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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Basic BSN: Course Requirements

Download/view the PDF files linked below for courses required in the Basic BSN option (Pre-Nursing and Nursing Major Components):

Math Requirement

  • Students need a strong math background to be eligible to take College Algebra in the fall of the freshman year along with Biology and Chemistry in order to stay in sequence for continuing science courses for the spring of the freshman year (Anatomy) and fall of the sophomore year (Physiology).

  • Students with a lower math placement (remedial courses and/or problem solving) will have their progression through the nursing curriculum delayed a minimum of one year or until they have achieved eligibility to enroll in and successfully complete College Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry (refer to 'Declaring Pre-Nursing' for more information).

  • For more information about math placement, please go to the UW Math Department Math Placement Web site at

Credit Requirements

  • The course sequence linked at the top of this page reflects both nursing program and University Studies Program (USP 2003) requirements. To assess your individual degree expectations, work with the Credentials Analyst in nursing ( Course requirements are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to keep in touch with our school.

  • The Pre-Nursing component of the program consists of 49-50 credits of prerequisite courses and 10-20 credits of required USP/graduation courses. The Nursing Major component consists of 63 credits. A minimum of 120 credits is required to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

  • Completion of prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall in which seeking admission into the nursing major component of the program (typically the spring of your sophomore year) is required. A grade of C or better and a minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.75 calculated on the prerequisite courses are required (refer to 'BSN Program Scholastic Requirements' for additional expectations). Admission is a competitive process; applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the nursing major component.

  • If transferring credits, a transcript evaluation by the School of Nursing is required for determination of how your courses may transfer to UW and be applicable to the nursing curriculum (refer to 'Transcript Evaluation' for directions and forms). Work with the Credentials Analyst in nursing (, especially with regards to transfer work, as some course requirements could vary based on your individual academic background.

Prerequisite/Requisite Courses--Additional Specifications

(Transfer courses need reviewed for transfer equivalency/acceptability potential.)

  • KIN/ZOO 2040/2041 (Human Anatomy) - Effective fall 2012 for incoming students and/or those seeking fall 2013 admission to the nursing major component of the program, typically transfer courses that are combined Anatomy/Physiology I/II, the combination will be needed to satisfy Anatomy.

  • KIN/ZOO 3115 (Human Systems Physiology) - Effective fall 2012 for incoming students and/or those seeking fall 2013 admission to the nursing major component of the program, transfer courses will need to be upper division (3000/4000 level) for potential equivalency to this prerequisite. Lower division/Community College level courses will no longer satisfy this requirement.

  • PHCY 4450 (Pathophysiology) and PHCY 4470 (Pharmacology) - Must be upper division (3000/4000 level). Lower division/Community College level courses do not satisfy this requirement. A syllabus is required for course evaluation.

  • MICR/MOLB 2240 (Medical Microbiology) - This course is more unique to UW and may not be as commonly found through other schools. UW students (on campus-based) are held to taking Medical Microbiology regardless of whether or not a different Microbiology course may have been previously completed. Students transferring to UW and who have primarily completed the pre-nursing component of the program elsewhere and/or off campus…General or Pathogenic Microbiology courses may be considered for satisfying this prerequisite course requirement.

Last updated 12/8/2011

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