Program Requirements

Hours: 95

Prerequisites - 18 hours

BIO 197Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (4) N/CN

BIO 198Human A&P for Hlth Sci II (4) N

CHE 104General & Organic Chemistry (3) N/CN

CHE 104AGeneral & Organic Chemistry LAB (1) N/CN

PSY 103Introduction to Psychology (3) S/CEP

SOC 103Our Social World (3) S/CS

Major Courses - 59 hours

*Capstone course subject to CCEP approval

NUR 100Health Promotion (3)

NUR 205Hlth Assess Across Lifespan (3)

NUR 207Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing (3)

NUR 210Foundations Patient Centered Care (5)

NUR 220Medical-Surgical Nursing I Common/Chronic Conditions (6)

NUR 317Pharmacology and Medication Administration (3)

NUR 320Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Acute/Chronic Conditions (6)

NUR 360Fam-Centd Maternity NursingCare (4)

NUR 370Patient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health (4)

NUR 410Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Complex Conditions (4)

NUR 420Med-Surg Nurs V:Critical Care (6)

NUR 421*Preceptorship (3)

NUR 430Research in the Health Sciences (3)

NUR 460Family-Centered Pediatric Nurs (4)

NUR 470Leadrshp in Professional Nursing (2)

Cognate Courses- 18 hours

BIO 215Introductory Microbiology (4) N

BIO 301Pathophysiology (4)

ETH:REL 252Theological Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE


ETH:PHI 250Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE

PSY 204Lifespan Development (4) S

MTH 174Statistics I (3) MA/CMA


MTH 176Stats I With SPSS (3) MA/CMA

Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission into the BSN Clinical Component:

Admission Guidelines:
The clinical component of pre-licensure BSN program will admit 48 students into the nursing program. The official admission into the pre-licensure BSN program begins in the students’ sophomore year. This is the official start of the pre-licensure BSN program. For current, pre-nursing Mount students applying to the clinical component of the Pre-licensure BSN program 40 seats are reserved. For students repeating (returning students who did not meet the admission requirements in the first-year and non-Mount transfer students) eight seats are reserved.

Requirements for Admission:
Current pre-nursing students must meet the minimum criteria below in order to be accepted into the clinical component of the BSN program:

  • Admitted to Mount St. Joseph University
  • Completed 28 credit hours
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher (all previous college/university coursework is included in calculating GPA)
  • Completed the required Category I or Prerequisite Courses with a “C” or higher in (listed below):
    1. PSY 103: Introduction to Psychology
    2. SOC 103: Our Social World
    3. BIO 197/197A: Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences 1*
    4. BIO 198/198A: Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences 2*
    5. CHE 104/104A**: General & Organic Chemistry*
    6. NUR 100: Health Promotion
  • * have at least one “B” in the lecture portion of a science course listed above
  • Submit a completed “Application to the Nursing Major” to the Freshman Advisor by February 1st
  • Successfully complete a Criminal Background check performed by a service designated by the Department of Nursing
  • AND successfully complete a drug screening with negative results prior to beginning a clinical rotation ONLY if required by the clinical site. Students will be notified by faculty if applicable

**In order to enroll in CHE 104/104A, the student must have passed high school chemistry with a “C” or higher and score a “C” on the COMPASS test.

Applications for admission to the clinical component of the BSN program will be evaluated based on the Requirements for Admission into the clinical component of the BSN (listed above). The applicants will be notified in writing of the decision.

If more than 40 students meet the specified criteria, and if the nursing program is unable to accommodate more than 40 students, the applicants will be ranked according to their science GPA and cumulative GPA, and the top 40 candidates will be admitted.

Note: if a student (Mount and/or non-Mount transfer students) earns less than a ‘C” in any Category I (perquisite) course, the student will need to reapply for one of the eight spots the
following academic year. The course must be repeated. If a grade of less than a “C” is earned a second time, or if the student earns less than a “C” in another Category I course, the student is not eligible for admission to the BSN program.

The eight seats are reserved in the following order:

  • First priority: students repeating the first clinical course.
  • Second priority: Returning Mount students who did not meet the admission requirements in their first year.
  • Third priority: Non-Mount students attempting to transfer directly into the clinical component of the Pre-licensure BSN program.

Requirements for Continuing Enrollment in the Nursing Program

To continue enrollment in the Nursing Program, the admitted student must complete each Category II Support course and Category III nursing course with a grade of "C" or higher and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0.

Category II Support Course and Category III Nursing Course Requirements

Category II

BIO 215, 215A
BIO 225
ETH:REL 252/PHI 250
NUR 205, NUR 207
NUR 315, NUR 317/317A
NUR 430, NUR 470
MTH 174/176
PSY 204

Category III

NUR 210
NUR 220
NUR 310, 360
NUR 320, 370
NUR 410, 460
NUR 420, 421
NUR 422, 423, 424, 425

The student who fails to achieve a "C" or higher in a Category II or Category III course must, prior to enrollment:

  1. meet with the course faculty to discuss factors that contributed to the course failure;
  2. meet with their advisor.
  3. If the course is a Category III course, the student must meet with the Assistant Dean of Nursing or BSN Program Director and submit a letter of petition that includes a description of factors contributing to the course failure, reasons for desiring permission to repeat the course, and plans for achieving success in subsequent repeated courses.

The student who fails to achieve a “C" or higher in two Category II or Category III courses shall be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

The student must successfully complete the repeated Course Category III nursing course(s) before enrolling in any subsequent Category III nursing course. A course can be repeated one time only.

Students must meet all stated pre-requisite and co-requisite course requirements to register for each Category III nursing course.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***