Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is designed for registered nurses who desire a baccalaureate degree in nursing. It provides career mobility for the associate degree and diploma graduate nurse. The program is designed to prepare nurse generalists who function as a leader, manager, and advocate when providing patient-centered care in an inter-professional collaborative environment through the use of knowledge, skills, professional values, critical thinking, and professional development. 


  • Courses can be completed in 1 year (3 semesters). 
  • Courses are offered every semester, including summer. 
  • Meets the needs of the working RN through flexible online 7- and 15-week course offerings 
  • Provides real-world experiences through flexible project-based course assignments and practicums. 
  • Enhances critical thinking, leadership, management, and evidence-based practice skills. 
  • Enhances the professional development of RNs. 
  • Provides opportunities for individual mentoring with faculty. 

MODEL SCHEDULE (Effective Fall 2020): 

  • Core Curriculum Requirements:  Students will need to complete the Fairmont State University Core Curriculum Requirements either prior to or along with the nursing courses. Categories and courses offered are published in the Fairmont State University catalog. 
    • Written English (ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 or 1103) 
    • Oral Communication 
    • Mathematics 
    • Humanities with Critical Thinking 
    • Fine Arts with Critical Thinking 
    • Natural Science with Critical Thinking (BIOL 1180/1181 and BIOL 2205) 
    • Social Science with Critical Thinking (PSYC 1101) 
    • Citizenship 
    • Global Awareness or Fitness and Well-being (NUTR 1110) or Technology 

*Post-Graduates:  Students with previous four-year degrees may receive credit for meeting core curriculum requirements pending the registrar approval. 

  • Required Support Courses:  Students will need to complete: 
    • Statistics (PSYC 2240, SOCI 2240, BSBA 3310 or MATH 1550) prior to NURS 3380 
    • Management (BSBA 2209 or MGMT 3308) prior to or concurrently with NURS 4430 
  • Free Electives:  Students will need to complete free elective credits to total a minimum of 120 credits in order to graduate. 

Semester 1 

NURS 3320:  Health Assessment (3 cr)
NURS 3360:  Nursing Ethics (3 cr) 
NURS 3380:  Evidence-based Practice (3 cr; full semester) 

Semester 2 

NURS 3370:  Informatics and Healthcare Technologies (3 cr) 
NURS 4410:  Population Health Nursing (5 cr; full semester) 
NURS 4430:  Nursing Leadership (3 cr) 

Semester 3 

NURS 4440: Application of Evidence-based Practice (5 cr; full semester) 
NURS 4450:  Healthcare Delivery: Political, Social and Economic Influences (3 cr)