Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree will be qualified to apply for the professional nurse licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. This program for pre-licensure is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Major Requirements (BS)

Course descriptions for all NURS courses are available at the bottom of this page.

47 semester hours of prerequisites and supporting courses (see course names on the major application process page):

  • BIOL 1250, 1260, 2910, 2930
  • CHEM 1021, 1031
  • STAT 1490
  • PSYC 1000, 2700
  • SOC 1910
  • NURS 2150, 2540
  • NPD 1000

53 semester hours (sh) of required core courses — NURS 2100, 3020, 3030, 3201, 3220, 3240, 3500, 3520, 3540, 4200, 4201, 4202, 4203, 4240, 4500, 4520, 4540, 4550


  • Students may take a proficiency test for NURS 2150 to be exempt from this supporting course. No credit will be given for testing out of NURS 2150.
  • Many of the prerequisite courses listed above also satisfy requirements of North Park’s core curriculum requirements.
  • Once accepted into the major, students must earn a minimum of a C grade in each nursing course in order to progress. Only one nursing course may be repeated.
  • Nursing students accrue additional expenses, on top of standard tuition and fees, that include uniforms; laboratory fees for clinical nursing courses; costs of health examinations, vaccinations, and liability insurance; transportation costs for visits to agencies and community health visits; and standardized examination fees.
  • All nursing majors are required to take and pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation and in order to apply for professional nursing licensure.
  • To earn departmental honors in nursing, students must reach fourth-year status with an overall GPA of 3.5, with a major GPA of 3.7. Students apply following the spring term of their third year, and then must earn 4 sh of NURS 4000 in addition to the major requirements.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all nursing courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

NURS 0100 – eLearning-Prepare for Success

NURS 0500 – eLearning-Prepare for Success

NURS 2100 – Survey of Professional Nursing
Introduces students to the mission, vision, philosophy, and distinctives of the North Park University School of Nursing; explores the concepts of professional nursing, the history of nursing and nursing education, the roles and settings where professional nurses practice, and envisions a preferred future for the profession

NURS 2150 – Math for the Nurse Generalist
Math for the Generalist Nurse is designed to review basic math relevant to nursing pharmacology and provide the student with necessary knowledge and practice to master comprehensive dosage calculations in nursing practice.

NURS 2540 – Applied Nutrition
Applies the science of nutrition to human needs throughout the life span. Includes major nutrition related health problems. Explores cultural and ethical issues and values related to nutrition, food consumption, hunger, and the environment. Connects to Christian, urban, and international issues.

NURS 3000 – Pathophysiology: RN
Examines physiologic changes occurring as a result of disease processes. Presents concepts of disease causality cell metabolism, injury and death, infection, and inflammation. Uses a systems approach.

NURS 3020 – Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
Introduces students to the foundational concepts and beginning skills required in professional practice. Includes lecture, lab, and clinical.

NURS 3030 – Health Assessment
Integrates knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences to focus on holistic health assessment of adults. Includes assessment of spiritual, cultural, developmental, and nutritional aspects. Considers ethnic variables of normal assessment. Course culminates with students performing and recording a complete health assessment. Students will describe the role of the nurse in health assessment.

NURS 3201 – Nursing of Adults I
Based upon knowledge of liberal arts and sciences and basic nursing concepts, applies nursing theory to the care of adults with physiological disorders. The focus is patients who undergo surgery or have disorders in the respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and endocrine disorders. Applies theory and practice in acute care settings.

NURS 3210 – Concepts of Professional Nursing: RN
A bridge course designed for Registered Nurses. Selected units may be taught on-line. Discusses ways in which nursing practice, personal experience, and liberal arts education interface with nursing professionalism. Introduces theories of adult learning styles, critical thinking, group dynamics, and personal/professional development. Applies theoretical principles to professional writing and presentations. Examines current legal issues, multiculturalism, and healthcare policy. Integrates personal values, Christian perspective, and caring in nursing. Explores students' personal experiences in various healthcare settings.

NURS 3220 – Pharmacology in Nursing
Introduces basic pharmacological concepts including drug classification, drug actions, routes of administration, drug standards, legislation and control, and nursing implications for patient use.

NURS 3240 – Pathophysiology
Explores major pathophysiology concepts using a physiological systems approach. Applies theories of etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations to common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy and physiology provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction. Concepts learned in this course are basic to nursing practice.

NURS 3500 – Nursing of Childbearing Families
Applies a caring philosophy and current knowledge, theory, and research to nursing care of diverse pregnant women, fetuses, newborns, and families. Explores cultural values, community resources, and ethical and spiritual issues related to childbearing. Uses acute and ambulatory care settings.

NURS 3520 – Nursing of Children
Based upon knowledge of liberal arts and sciences and basic nursing concepts, nursing theory is applied to the care of ill children and their families. Emphasizes Family Centered Care. Theory and practice in ambulatory and acute care settings. Patients and families are from urban, suburban, or rural environments. The Christian mission is integrated in the plan of care. A caring philosophy directs interaction with culturally and spiritually diverse families.

NURS 3540 – Ethics in Health Care
Issues and dilemmas in the health care system serve as a basis for examination of theories and principles of ethics. The spiritual domain is considered a valued context for decision-making.

NURS 3910 – Topics in Health
Selected topics in health related areas. Restricted to third-year status or above, or consent of nursing faculty.

NURS 3920 – Management of Cardiac Dysrhythmias
Focuses on identification and management of cardiac dysrhythmias. Provides students with basic information concerning cardiac functioning and conduction principles. Guides students through analysis and interpretation of rhythm strips, and management of various common arrhythmias.

NURS 3940 – NCLEX-RN Review
Presents a comprehensive review of content areas with integration of nursing concepts and test-taking strategies as preparation for successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination.

NURS 4000 – Departmental Honors in Nursing
Honors independent research study; student completes individually selected nursing research project that includes all steps of the research process. The student will present and defend their project to nursing and University-wide faculty and community. Student must have completion of minimum of 90 sh; application for admission may be made upon completion of the third year. Special restrictions: School of Nursing approval; fourth-year standing; major GPA 3.7 on a 4.0; overall GPA 3.5. Co-requisite: NURS 4200, 4220, 4240, 4500, 4520.

NURS 4200 – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Integrates knowledge of human development, behavior, and psychological theory; places emphasis on increasing self-awareness and therapeutic use of self and milieu. With assistance and use of collaborative skills, students develop decision-making skills in the psychiatric-mental health care delivery system in a way that communicates respect and understanding.

NURS 4201 – Nursing of Adults II
Based upon knowledge of liberal arts and sciences and Nursing of Adults I, nursing theory is applied to the care of adults with physiological disorders. The focus is patients who have cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, neuromuscular, and renal disorders typically seen in olderadults. Applies theory and practice in acute care settings. Co-requisite: NURS 4202.

NURS 4202 – Concepts in Gerontology
Focus is on being old in America and transitions that impact health of older adults and families. Explores issues related to the health care industry, access to health care, and health care management. Considers culturally specific issues, and ethics of health care at the end of life. Incorporates priorities of Healthy People 2010 and ANA standards of practice for gerontological nursing. Co-requisite: NURS 4201.

NURS 4203 – Concepts of Gerontology Internship
Applies gerontological concepts in student-selected activities. Students identify, plan, implement, and analyze the effectiveness of their acute and community-based service related activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance the quality of life, or support adaptive behaviors with the elderly. Requirements include a course project incorporating specific cultural and ethnic perspectives to provide optimal, individualized care.

NURS 4240 – The Research Process in Professional Nursing
Introduces elements of the research process with emphasis on becoming a consumer of research. Focus is on relevance of research findings to evidenced-based quality health care. Considers ethical issues in research.

NURS 4500 – Community Health Nursing
Synthesizes knowledge in the science and practice of community health nursing, and is built upon and connected to the University's urban, intercultural, and Christian distinctives. Focuses on patterns that influence wellness, as well as potential barriers that place individuals, families, and communities at risk for major health problems. Includes health care delivery system and its effects on under-served consumers and professionals, community assessment, epidemiology, violence in the community, environmental & occupational health issues, world health issues, and home health hospice care. Applies theory and practice in community health settings.

NURS 4510 – Community Health Nursing: RN
Designed for registered nurses, the course synthesizes knowledge of the science and practice of community health nursing, and is built upon and connected to the University's urban, intercultural, and Christian distinctives. Focuses on patterns that influence wellness and potential barriers that place individuals, families or communities at risk for major health problems. Includes health care delivery system and its effects on underserved consumers and professionals, community assessment, epidemiology, violence in the community, environmental & occupational health, world health issues, and home health hospice care. Applies theory and practice in community settings.

NURS 4520 – Synthesis of Nursing Practice
Culminating nursing course. Synthesizes knowledge in arts and sciences, nursing theory, and current management principles in multi-complex health care settings. Includes leadership, management, and synthesis of multi-system disorders.

NURS 4530 – Management/Leadership in Nursing: RN
Designed for registered nurses as a culminating nursing course. Focuses on synthesis of nursing knowledge, integrating management and leadership principles, and addressing professional challenges and opportunities in nursing. Individualized practice opportunities in clinical settings.

NURS 4540 – Health Policy and Politics
Examines and emphasizes the challenges and opportunities related to issues in health policy and health care from a local, national, and international perspective. Addresses the political, economic, legal, and ethical aspects of the United States Health Care policy and health care issues; their impact on patients; and mechanisms and strategies for political advocacy and influence.

NURS 4550 – Leadership and Management in Nursing
Integrates leadership and management theory in the preparation of nurse leaders and managers who, through the functions of leading, managing and directing others in a variety of healthcare settings, will not only know how to use power appropriately, but will empower others in serving humankind.

NURS 4901 – Nursing Comprehensive Exam
Comprehensive examination of major requirements.

NURS 4910 – Independent Study in Nursing
The student completes an individually selected nursing project. Open only to nursing majors with consent of faculty and School of Nursing Director.

NURS 4970 – Internship in Nursing
Internship in an approved healthcare setting. A maximum of 4 semester credit hours of elective credit can count toward the overall graduation requirement. The student must have completed at least 14 semester hours in nursing and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the nursing major. Approval by the Selection and Progression Committee and the Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program is required. Please refer to the catalog for further internship requirements and guidelines. Awarded on an individual basis.

Program requirements