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Step 2: Explore Majors, Minors & Certificates

Nursing

Nursing is a scientific profession with a comprehensive vision of the patient. Nurses care for people’s physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, and spiritual needs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) major offered at IU Bloomington seeks to teach students how to assess, develop, plan, implement, and evaluate plans of care for individuals, families, and communities. Founded in 1914, the Indiana University School of Nursing is among the largest nursing schools in the United States and offers bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The IU Bloomington (IUB), Indianapolis (IUPUI), and IUPUC (Columbus) programs are part of the “Core Campus” and have equivalent prerequisites and nursing core courses, as well as having one application for all three programs.

Academic preparation to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure examination can be earned through a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). The four year B.S.N. degree can be completed on campuses throughout the IU system, including the Bloomington campus. To complete the four-year B.S.N. at IU Bloomington, you take a minimum of one year of prerequisite nursing / general education courses, and once you are admitted to the School of Nursing, you will take three years of nursing core courses. You will have completed  45 credit hours of general education courses and 75 credit hours of nursing core courses for a total of 120 credit hours for the B.S.N. degree. Then to become a licensed Registered Nurse, you must satisfactorily complete the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) after graduation and fulfill licensure requirements for the state in which you plan to practice.

Sample curriculum for the 4 year B.S.N. degree

If you are planning for Nursing, be sure to fill out the Academic Planning Worksheet (pre-nursing APW), which you will find on the Health Professions and Prelaw Center’s Pre-nursing Registration Instructions page.