BSN Curriculum Course Order Matters! Created by the Academic and Career Engagement Center of Northwestern State University of Louisiana May 2013
Course Order for BSN Due to strictly enforced prerequisites for nursing courses taken prior to clinicals, skipping courses in the first semesters can delay graduation. BSN curriculum checklists are available at this link: http://ace.nsula.edu/degree-checklists/
NURB 2160 Prerequisites • NURB 2160 is the first required nursing course and is listed in the second semester of the BSN curriculum pattern. • Students must complete all courses listed in the first semester of the curriculum pattern with a grade of “C” or better to register for NURB 2160. *See the appropriate University Catalog or BSN curriculum sheet for a list of classes satisfying this requirement.
NURB 3030 & 3050 NURB 3030 & NURB 3050 are listed in the 3rd semester:
NURB 3030 & 3050 Prerequisites Requirements for registration in NURB 3030 & 3050: • Students must complete all courses listed in the 1st year and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in other courses listed in the 3rd semester. • Students must have a 2.7 or higher GPA on all BSN courses pursued (see “How to Calculate Your Nursing GPA” at http://ace.nsula.edu/student-tutorials/).
options if 1styear GPA is less than 2.7 • Take required non-nursing courses listed in the last five semesters of the curriculum checklist to improve your BSN GPA: • Take a different course (for requirements where you have options) if grade is lower than a “B” since the course with higher grade will be used in GPA calculation. For instance, take GEOG 1010 to replace “C” in ANTH 1510. • Repeat required courses with grades lower than “B”.
options if repeating (or taking extra) courses will not bring nursing GPA above a 2.7 • Consider alternative majors that will still allow you to pursue service-oriented careers: • Social Work • Psychology • Health & Exercise Science • Child Development & Family Relations