Program Requirements

Hours: 97

Prerequisites - 18 hours

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

BIO 197AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences I (LAB) (0) N/CN

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

BIO 198AHuman Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences II (LAB) (0) N

CHE 104General, Organic and Biochemistry (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 - 61 hours

NUR 100Health Promotion (3)

NUR 205Hlth Assess Across Lifespan (3)

NUR 205AHlth Assess Across Life-Lab (0)

NUR 207Population-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing (4)

NUR 207CPopulation-Focused Primary Health Care Nursing-Clinical (0)

NUR 210Foundations Patient Centered Care (5)

NUR 210ADim Prof Nursing Clinicals Foundations of Patient Centered Nursing Care Lab (0)

NUR 210CFoundations of Patient Centered Care and Clinical (0)

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

NUR 220AMedical Surgical Nursing I Common/Chronic Conditions Lab (0)

NUR 220CMedical-Surgical Nursing I Common/Chronic Cond(Clinical) (0)

NUR 317Pharmacology and Medication Administration (3)

NUR 317APharmacology (LAB) (0)

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

NUR 320CMedical-Surgical Nursing III: Acute/Chronic Cond (Clinical) (0)

NUR 360Family-Centred Maternity Nursing Care (4)

NUR 360CFamily-Centred Maternity Nursing Care Clinical (0)

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

NUR 370CPatient-Centered Nursing in Mental Health (Clinical) (0)

NUR 410Medical-Surgical Nursing IV: Complex Conditions (5)

NUR 410CMedical-Surgical Nursing IV: Complex Conditions Clinical (0)

NUR 420Med-Surg Nursing V:Complex Conditions (5) EXP

NUR 420CMedical-Surgical Nursing V: Critical Care Clinical (0)

NUR 421Professional Nursing and the Common Good (3) CCP

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 215AIntroductory Microbiology (LAB) (0) N

BIO 225Pathophysiology for the Health Sciences (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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Pre-Clinical Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program:


  • ACT score of 21 or higher/SAT score of 990 (CR + M) or higher.
  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successfully completed high school chemistry, algebra I and algebra II with a “C” or higher.
  • Must submit official high school transcript to University.
  • Score above MTH 098 – Intermediate Algebra on math placement test.

*ADULT students with no prior college work will be evaluated based on high school credentials and placement tests.


  • Submit official transcripts from all high school and previous colleges/universities attended.
  • College cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Passed chemistry with a “C” or higher in high school and/or college.
  • Score above MTH 098 – Intermediate Algebra on math placement test.
  • Transfer Courses:
  • If transfer students earned less than a “C” in specific category I pre-clinical courses at Mount St. Joseph University or any other college/university, the course must be repeated.
  • The course can only be repeated one time.

Category I Courses:

  • PSY 103
  • BIO 197/197A
  • BIO 198/198A
  • CHE 104/104A
  • SOC 103
  • NUR 100

Admission Guidelines:
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.

Requirements for Admission into the BSN Clinical Component:

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 and Biochemistry*
    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 placement


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.

Note: if a student (Mount and/or non-Mount transfer students) earns less than a "C” in any Category I (prerequisite) course, the student will need to reapply. 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.

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 2.8/4.0.

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 317/317A

NUR 430, NUR 470

MTH 174/176

PSY 204 

Category III

NUR 207/207C

NUR 210/210A/210C

NUR 220/220A/220C

NUR 360/360C

NUR 320/320C

NUR 370/370C

NUR 410/410C

NUR 460/460C

NUR 420/420C

NUR 421

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 Category II or 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.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the baccalaureate nursing program is able to:

  • implement effective, culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions based up assessment data
  • communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups and populations
  • employ critical thinking to make competent decisions
  • develop caring relationships with clients from diverse populations
  • apply principles of leadership and management while working in interdisciplinary teams
  • exercise professional, legal, ethical, social and political responsibilities
  • use information literacy to provide evidence-based care