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Requirements for the Major

Note: Year 1-3 of the Pre-Nursing and Nursing Major fulfills the requirements for the diploma in nursing education qualifying the student to take the NCLEX-RN Examination. “JMHSN” denotes courses taken at the UPMC School of Nursing at Jameson (JMHSN).
*Courses are subject  to change based upon availability

PSY 101: General Psychology (Social Thought and Tradition IP)
BIO 135: Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
BIO 136: Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
BIO 137: Foundations of Microbiology with lab (Scientific Discovery IP)
SCI 101: Introduction to Healthcare
NUR 111: Professional Nursing and Health Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 112: Basic Health Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 113: Health Assessment and Nursing Practice Strategies @ JMHSN
Human Growth and Development
NUR 211: Health Promotion Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 212: Family Health Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 215: Pharmacology in Nursing I @ JMHSN
NUR 311: Health and Illness Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 312: Mental Health Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 315: Pharmacology in Nursing II @ JMHSN
PHI 240 Biomedical Ethics (Religious and Philosophical thought IP)
NUR 380: Complex Health Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 382: Professional Nursing and Health System Concepts @ JMHSN
NUR 399: NCLEX Preparation @ JMHSN

Year 4 (pre-requisite of active RN licensure required):
NUR 401 Community Health Nursing
NUR 402 Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice
MTH 135 (Quantitative Reasoning IP) CLUSTER COURSE REQUIREMENT with NUR 402
NUR 403 Professional Transition and the Nursing Role
NUR 404 Nursing Capstone REQUIREMENT

In addition, the curriculum for Pre-Nursing and Nursing Major Student includes:

First Year Program:
PE 101: Wellness
INQ 111: Inquiry/Introduction to Liberal Arts
SPE 111: Speech/Oral Communication
WRI 111: Writing

Intellectual Perspectives (IP):
Foreign Language (FL) electives
Humanity and Culture (HC) elective
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)- cluster course with Nursing 402
Religious and Philosophical Thought (RP)- Biomedical Ethics (year three)
Scientific Discovery (SD)- Foundation of Microbiology (year one)
Social Thought and Tradition (ST)- Psychology 101 (year one)
Visual and Performing Art (VP) elective

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What can you do with a Nursing degree?

Imagine yourself as a Registered Nurse (RN).  RN’s with a BSN degree have numerous options in nursing to choose from including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, trauma nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, home health care and community-health nursing.  In addition, many RN’s continue their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree.  Registered Nurses can also earn professional certifications to become nurse anesthetists (CRNA), nurse practitioners (CRNP) and nurse educators (CNE).  The profession of nursing IS more rewarding than you can imagine.