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Traditional BSN

The primary degree program at Union leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The traditional BSN degree typically takes eight semesters (four years) to complete. Students take a core curriculum of courses (65 hours) shared by most Union students, then an additional 64 hours in Nursing course work.The BSN curriculum provides the professional knowledge and clinical experience to prepare you for success in a variety of healthcare environments. It will also provide the foundation for future specialized graduate studies. A complete list of courses required for the BSN degree at Union is available in the University Catalogue. The application deadline is March 1 of each year.

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Curriculum Model

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
BIO 221Anatomy & Physiology I4
CHR 111Old Testament3
UNI 196Christian Learning2
ENG 111Written Composition I3
PEWS 100Fitness for Health1
PSY 213Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 222Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHR 112New Testament3
ENG 112Written Composition II3
PSY 219Developmental Psychology3
SOC 211Principles of Sociology3
Total Credits16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
ART 210Arts in Western Civilization3
CHE 105Chemistry4
ENG 201World Literature I3
HIS 101World Civilization I3
MAT 114Introduction to Statistics3
Total Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 201Survey of Microbiology4
BIO 300Pathophysiology
(Pre-req: BIO 221 and BIO 222)
ENG 202World Literature II3
HIS 102World Civilization II3
Lower Level Elective3
Total Credits17

Junior Year

Fall Semester
NUR 302Foundations of Pharmacology1
NUR 308Foundations of Nursing6
NUR 309Skills Practicum3
NUR 310Health Assessment3
NUR 408Pharmacology I2
Total Credits15
Spring Semester
NUR 306Scientific Writing1
NUR 318Childbearing (OB)5
NUR 409Pharmacology II2
NUR 423Psych/Mental Health5
Upper Level Elective3
Total Credits16

Senior Year

Fall Semester
NUR 330Nursing Research3
NUR 418Childrearing (Pediatrics)5
NUR 419Issues in Professional Nursing3
NUR 421Adult Health I6
Total Credits17
Spring Semester
NUR 425Adult Health II6
NUR 430Leadership/Mgmt4
NUR 440Community Health Nursing5
NUR 499Senior Seminar1
Total Credits16

Total Credit Hours: 129

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Admission Criteria

Admission to the Traditional BSN is handled through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-33-UNION or

Students qualifying for Unconditional Admission to Union University must meet two of the following criteria:

  • 22 ACT/1020 SAT (combined critical reading and math scores)
  • 2.5 Core GPA
  • Top 50% of Graduating Class

Students who qualify for Unconditional admission must have a minimum of 18 ACT/860 SAT (combined critical reading and math scores) and a 2.0 Core GPA regardless of whether or not either of these criteria were utilized to qualify for admission. These two criteria serve as a "floor" for Unconditional Admission.

Transfer students may be admitted to the university with a GPA of 2.3 and an ACT of 20 but must meet progression requirements to file Request for Progression to Nursing Courses by March 1st.

Requirements to Progress to Nursing Courses

  • ACT 20 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Science GPA 3.0 (A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Pathophysiology)
  • A&P I, A&P II and Pathophysiology must have been taken within five years of beginning nursing courses
  • Submission of Request to Progress to Nursing before March 1st
  • Completion of core courses before starting the Nursing curriculum. Grades of C or higher are required for all Natural Science, Social Science, Math and English courses with a minimum cumulative and Science GPA of 3.0.
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