Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is designed for students who desire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 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 using knowledge, skills, professional values, critical thinking, and professional development. This program can be completed in 8 semesters or less depending on advanced placement (AP), dual-enrollment, or transfer courses.

Overview of the Program 

  • Prepares graduates for the NCLEX-RN exam and positions as registered nurses.
  • Provides a wide range of real-world clinical experiences, such as acute care, skilled nursing, population health, community health, school-based health, and practicum.
  • Prepares graduates for graduate study.
  • Enhances critical thinking, leadership, management, and evidence-based practice skills. 
  • Provides opportunities for individual mentoring with faculty and RN preceptors. 

Admission Program Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Traditional BSN program must:

  1. Meet the general admission and course placement requirements of Fairmont State University. 
  2. Submit an application for Fairmont State Admission designating the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the major field of study. 
  3. Submit an application to the College of Nursing designating the BSN program
  4. Submit official college or diploma program transcripts for any coursework completed. 

Admission to the Traditional Bachelor of Science Nursing program is on a competitive basis. Students can be accepted into the Traditional BSN program in two ways. 

  • High school seniors – This applies to high school students with eight (8) or less college credits. High school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT score of 21 or higher or SAT 1060 or higher, and TEAS composite score of 70 or higher (pending space availability) are eligible to apply to the traditional BSN program during their senior year of high school. Applications are due by January 15th (this includes official high school transcripts, official college transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and official TEAS scores). Progression to the sophomore year is contingent on completion of all required freshman-level courses with a grade of “C” or higher by the end of the summer semester of the year the student is scheduled to begin the sophomore-level nursing courses. Students, who are unable to begin the sophomore-level courses will need to reapply to the program. 
  • Current or previous college students – Students with nine (9) or more college credits or previous college graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants must have an overall 2.5 cumulative college GPA and a composite TEAS score of 70 or higher. Applications are due by January 15th (this includes University receipt of official high school transcripts, official college transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and official TEAS scores). Successful applicants will be admitted to the freshman or sophomore level, depending on the completion of freshman course requirements. Progression to the sophomore year is contingent on completion of all required freshman-level courses with a grade of “C” or higher by the end of the summer semester of the year the student is scheduled to begin the sophomore-level nursing courses. Students, who are unable to begin the sophomore-level courses will need to reapply for admission during the next application window if the deficiency is corrected. 

Students must also meet all clinical agency requirements.

Model Schedule

The program of study is shown in the following table.  General studies/core curriculum courses are shown in italics, courses preceded by an * can be taken in any order. 

Semester 1

Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1101: Written English (Written Communication Core Curriculum) 3-4 cr
BIOL 1180 and 1181: Human Anatomy and Physiology (Natural Science with Critical Thinking Core Curriculum) 4 cr
Mathematics – Core Curriculum Choice 3-4 cr
NURS 1025: Introduction to Nursing (First Year Seminar Core Curriculum) 3 cr
Fine Arts with Critical Thinking – Core Curriculum Choice* 3 cr
Total Credits 16-18 cr

Semester 2

Course Title Credit Hours
PSYC 1101: Introduction to Psychology (Social Science with Critical Thinking Core Curriculum) 3 cr
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1103: Written English/Technical Report Writing (Written Communication Core Curriculum) 3 cr
PHED 1180: Medical Terminology 3 cr
Humanities with Critical Thinking – Core Curriculum Choice* 3 cr
CHEM 1101: General Chemistry (Natural Science with Critical Thinking Core Curriculum) 4 cr
Total Credits 16 cr

Semester 3

Course Title Credit Hours
NUTR 1110: Nutrition (Fitness & Well-being Core Curriculum) 3 cr
BIOL 2205: Technical Microbiology  3 cr
Oral Communication – Core Curriculum Choice* 3 cr
NURS 3310: Health Promotion and Communication 3 cr
NURS 3332: Assessment and Physical Examination  3 cr
Total Credits 15 cr

Semester 4

Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 3400 Foundations of Nursing 6 cr
NURS 3401 Pharmacology 3 cr
NURS 3402 Drug Calculations 3 cr
Management: Choice of
BSBA 2209: Principles of Management
or
MGMT 3308: Human Resource Management
3 cr
Total Credits 15 cr

Semester 5

Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 3600 Adult Health I 6 cr
NURS 3360: Nursing Ethics 3 cr
NURS 3610: Mental and Behavioral Health 4 cr
Statistics: Choice of
PSYC 2240,
SOCY 2240,
BSBA 3310
or
MATH 1530
3 cr
Total Credits 16 cr

Semester 6

Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 3700: Adult Health II 6 cr
NURS 3701: Mother/Baby and Women’s Health 4 cr
NURS 3370:  Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technologies 3 cr
NURS 3380: Evidence-based Practice 3 cr
Total Credits 16 cr

Semester 7

Course Title Credit Hours
Citizenship: Core Curriculum Choice* 3 cr
NURS 4401: Child and Adolescent Health 3 cr
NURS 4410: Population Health Nursing 5 cr
NURS 4430: Nursing Leadership 3 cr
Total Credits 14 cr

Semester 8

Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 4442: Complex Healthcare 3 cr
NURS 4444: NCLEX-RN Prep 1 cr
NURS 4450: Healthcare Delivery Systems: Political, Social and Economic Influences 3 cr
NURS 4452: Clinical Capstone 5 cr
Total Credits 12 cr