Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSN Curriculum Revision
Changes have been made to the BSN Curriculum at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Beginning with traditional and RNBSN students admitted Fall 2013, and accelerated students admitted Spring 2014, the BSN curriculum will be revised to reflect best practices and trends in health care and nursing education. This voiced-over presentation outlines the revised curriculum.
The BSN program prepares students to meet the current and future health needs of society through a comprehensive academic foundation in the sciences and humanities. A minimum of four years of full-time study is necessary, with course work emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, health restoration, and maintenance.
Current BSN students: While your plan of study will likely not be affected, rest assured that your BSN education is of the highest quality. In the unlikely event that you should fall out of sequence, please be aware that doing so could result in the remainder of your program course progression looking a little different from the planning sheets you have used with your nursing advisors up to this point. In the event that this would happen, we would work with you to find the best course of study for you to finish your BSN.
Curriculum and career preparation
The BSN offers a creative curriculum to prepare students for careers as professional nurses who understand society’s current and future health needs. The curriculum reflects the current trends in health care, focusing on wellness/illness concepts and the delivery of care in both hospital and community-based settings.
The BSN curriculum consists of two components:
- 45 credit hours of general education course work.
- 75 credit hours of nursing courses that stress critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills
The curriculum also provides a foundation for graduate study and leadership positions, as graduates will possess a broad knowledge of the humanities, biological and social sciences, and nursing.
A portfolio option is available to students who believe they meet the outcomes of specific courses through prior learning and/or professional nursing experience. Through a portfolio review process, you may be able to meet course requirements by documenting evidence of your nursing skills and experience.
As a BSN graduate, you will have the problem-solving skills necessary to practice nursing in a competent and responsible fashion. You’ll be able to assist individuals, families, and communities with their health goals as you help design and develop more efficient, effective approaches to the delivery of health care services.
Graduates can function as practitioners in a variety of settings, including:
- Acute and long-term care
- Community settings
- Home care and other nontraditional settings
For more information about the BSN program, please contact:
The Center for Academic Affairs
1111 Middle Drive, NU 122
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, RN-BSN students
hmakuras [at] iu [dot] edu
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
gwible [at] iu [dot] edu
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Honors students
jwhite35 [at] iu [dot] edu