Revised Second Degree Accelerated BSN Curriculum

Summer 2024 & Beyond

Prerequisites/Degree Requirements

Prerequisites may be completed at the University of Louisville or through other regionally accredited institutions.

  • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
  • Chemistry
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Statistics

First Semester

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NURS 314
Population Health Nursing
This course is designed to apply population health principles in a variety of community settings to develop knowledge through holistic assessment and intervention to protect and promote the health and well-being of populations.

3 Credit-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 315
Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
This course is designed to introduce professional nursing principles while teaching students to apply foundational knowledge of nursing care. This course will introduce the student to the legal and ethical principles of nursing. Skills practiced in lab will facilitate application of cognitive, psychomotor, and interpersonal skills.

3 Credits-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-lab (42 hours)

NURS 316
Health Assessment
In this course, focus is placed on the assessment component of the nursing process as a foundation of professional nursing practice. A systematic approach to client interview and physical exam techniques are emphasized.   

2.5 Credits-class (35 hours)

0.5 Credit-lab (21 hours)

NURS 317
Wellness Across the Lifespan
This course provides students the opportunity to examine people’s interactions with their physical and sociocultural environments by exploring factors that affect health and wellness. There is an emphasis placed on nutrition across the lifespan and implications for specific clinical populations.2 Credits-class (28 hours)

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NURS 371
Mental Health Nursing
This course is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in providing mental health care across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Students will participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences to facilitate student engagement in the application of mental health nursing knowledge and skills. Pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts are included.

3 Credits-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 372
Nursing Care of the Older Adult
This course is designed to apply evidence-based nursing care related to the distinct health needs of the aging population. The focus is on understanding health promotion and safety throughout care transitions. In addition, this course will focus on variable responses of older adult clients to acute and chronic pathophysiological conditions as well as polypharmacy. Further focus includes maintaining a level of function that promotes quality of life.2 Credits-class (28 hours)
NURS 373
Nursing Management of Adult Clients I
This is the first course in a two-part series, which explores alterations in adult body systems and the management of chronic health conditions in adults, including young adult, middle-aged, and older adult clients. Pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts in the adult client experiencing alterations in the Immune, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Integumentary systems are covered. 

2.5 Credits-class (35 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 374
Nursing Management of Adult Clients II
This is the second course in a two-part series, which explores alterations in adult body systems and the management of chronic health conditions in adults, including young adult, middle-aged, and older adult clients. Pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts in the adult client experiencing Oncological, Sensory, Hematological, Genitourinary, Neurological, and Musculoskeletal disorders are covered. 

2.5 Credits-class (35 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 607
Foundational Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice
This course introduces the student to evidence-based practice models and research design and methods. Students will learn the process of critically evaluating the literature for evidence-based practice.3 Credits-class (42 hours)

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NURS 435
Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Utilizing active learning experiences, this course encompasses the nursing care of perinatal families from preconception through the neonatal and postpartum period with emphasis on multiple factors that impact health promotion, decision making choices, and disease management. 

3 Credits-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 436
Pediatric Nursing
This course is designed to present essential concepts, theories, and developmental processes fundamental in understanding acute & chronic health concerns of children ranging from infant to adolescent and their family units. Components of health promotion, disease prevention, pathophysiology, and pharmacology are included.

3 Credits-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 437
Nursing Management of Adult Clients III
This is the first course in a two-part series which explores alterations in adult body systems and the management of acute health conditions in adults, including young adult, middle-aged, and geriatric clients. Pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts in the adult client experiencing alterations in the Immune, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, and Endocrine systems are covered. This course will also include an introduction to case management and perioperative nursing.

2 Credits-class (28 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 438
Nursing Management of Adult Clients IV
This is the second course in a two-part series which explores alterations in adult body systems and the management of acute health conditions in adults, including young adult, middle-aged, and geriatric clients. Pathophysiological and pharmacological concepts in the adult client with Oncological, Sensory, Hematological, Genitourinary, Neurological, Musculoskeletal, and Reproductive disorders are covered.

2 Credits-class (28 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 643
Quality & Safety
This course introduces students to the latest information on healthcare quality and patient safety. Focuses on the specific domains of healthcare quality.  Quality frameworks and models will be the basis for explaining techniques of quality management. Examines healthcare quality and patient safety from a strategic viewpoint with the goal of making APN providers effective decision makers. 2 Credits-class (28 hours)

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NURS 445
Complex Health Nursing
This course is designed to introduce the pathophysiology, pharmacology, and principles of nursing management for adult clients with complex health alterations. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize knowledge gained in previous adult health courses and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in the clinical setting. 

3 Credits-class (42 hours)

1 Credit-clinical (42 hours)

NURS 446
Role Transition
This course is designed to provide a framework to support transition from student role to novice professional nurse, while assisting students to plan their career path. Emphasis is placed on clinical judgement and application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to demonstrate multiple roles of the nurse in providing care for individuals, families, and communities across the wellness-illness continuum.

4 Credits-class (56 hours)

4 Credits-clinical (168 hours)

NURS 657
Health Promotions & Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse & Vulnerable Populations
This course provides an overview of health behavior at the level of the individual family, community, and clinical/aggregate populations. The effects of individual health beliefs, cultural variables, readiness for change, community environment, and health disparities will be discussed.3 Credits-class (42 hours)