Chicago State University

BSN (Basic) Curriculum

Admission into the Department of Nursing takes place each fall semester. Students are eligible to apply at the junior level after completing all prerequisite courses. The Department of Nursing Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee adheres to current nursing departmental admission policies in making final decisions regarding student admission.

BSN Curriculum

Fall Credit Hrs Spring Credit Hrs Summer Total
ENG 1270
(English I)
3 ENG 1280  (English II) 3 HSC-2150 Intro to Health Professions 3
BIOL 1080 (General Biology) 3 Chem 1050
(General + Organic Chemistry)
5 Critical Thinking – Humanities Phil 1020 or 1030 3
PSYCH 1100 (General Psychology) 3 BIOL 2020  A/P I(Anatomy & Physiology) 4    
MATH 1200
3 PSYCH- 2000 (Lifespan Development) 3    
FINE ARTS (Gen Ed requirement) 3        
Total: 15   15   6
Fall Credit Hrs Spring Credit Hrs Summer Total
BIOL 2059 (Microbiology) 3 Humanities Communication 1130 or CMAT 2030 3    
BIOL 2021 A/P II (Anatomy & Physiology) 4 Foreign Language (Gen Ed requirement) 3    
SOC  1250 (Social Sciences) 3 HSC/NURS-3321 Service Learning in Health 3    
Foreign Language (Gen Ed requirement) 3 HSC-3329 or Psych 4190  Biostatistics 3    
Total: 13   12    

BSN Curriculum Professional Sequence

Fall - Junior year Credit Hrs Spring - Junior Year Credit Hrs
Nursing Pathophysiology
3 NURS-3250
Nursing Process in the Administration of Pharmacologic Agents
Fundamentals of Nursing (4 Theory + 2 Clinical)
6 NURS- 3350
Mental Health Nursing (3 theory +2 clinical)
Health Assessment
3 NURS-3325
Comprehensive Care of Adults (6 theory+2 clinical)
NURS 3140
Theory and Professional Issues in Nursing
NURS 3101
Seminar I
1 NURS-3325
NURS 3102 Seminar II
Total: 15   17

Second Year

Fall - Senior year Credit Hrs Spring - Senior Year Credit Hrs
Nursing Care of the Developing Family
(2 Theory+ 2 Clinical)
4 Nursing elective 3
Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents
(2 Theory+ 2 Clinical)
4 NURS- 4251
Community based care of Family, Groups and Populations (3 theory +2 clinical)
Research Methods
3 NURS-4301
Nursing Leadership and Management ( 2 theory + 2 clinical)
NURS 4400
Advanced Therapeutics and Prioritization in Complex Health Conditions
NURS 4201
Seminar III
1   NURS 4202
Seminar IV
Total: 14   13

Curriculum Pattern for RN to BSN Track


Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
English 1230/1270 3 English 1240/1280 3
Mathematics1200 level 3 Chemistry 1050 5
Psychology 1100 3 Biology 2020 4
Sociology 1250 or ANTH 1010 3 Psychology 2000 3
Biology 1080 3    
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15


Fall Semester   Credits Spring Semester Credits
Biology 2059   3 Psychology 4190 or HSC 3329 3
Health Science 2150 Intro to Health Professions   3 Foreign Language 3
Biology 2021   4 Phil 1020 or 1030 3
Foreign Language   3 HSC 3321 Service Learning 3
  Fine Arts Required   3 CMAT 2030 or 1130 3
Total Credits   16 Total Credits 15

RN to BSN Program

Junior Level

Summer Semester -1 Credits Fall Semester -2 Credits
NURS 3400 Professional Development RNs 3 NURS 3020 Nursing Pathophysiology 3
NURS 3500 Nursing Informatics 3 NURS 3151 Health Assessment 3
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6

Senior Level

Spring Semester -3 Credits Summer Semester -4 Credits
NURS 3200 Research Methods 3 NURS 4301 Nursing Leadership & Management Clinical hours required 4
NURS 3450 Health Promotion RNs 3 NURS 4400 Advanced Therapeutics and Prioritization in Complex Health 2
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6

Senior Level

Fall Semester -5 Credits    
NURS 4251 Community Based Care of Family, Groups & Populations Clinical hours required 5    
Total Credits 5 Total Program Credits 120

Total credits 120


The Department of Nursing is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Information regarding Chicago State University's Department of Nursing accreditation status may be obtained by contacting:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975.5020

University Graduation Policy

All students must complete the following University requirements for graduation:

  1. Completion of all curriculum requirements as specified in the required program.
  2. Successful completion of University required placement examinations in math, English and reading.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of college level credit.
  4. Completion of the last thirty (30) semester hours at Chicago State University, including eighteen (18) hours in the field of nursing. Credit earned through proficiency examinations, with the exception of University proficiency examinations, and/or military training may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  5. Minimum overall cumulative Chicago State University grade point average of C (2.0) at the time of graduation.

Nursing Requirements for Graduation

All students must achieve a satisfactory grade of C or better in each nursing course and co-requisite course. Nursing courses can be re-taken one time only. In addition, students must successfully pass all end-of-course examinations, and successfully pass the senior comprehensive exit with a score of 900 points examination in order to qualify for graduation.

In general, course-for-course credit for nursing courses completed in other schools who enter Chicago State University nursing program with RN licensure will receive 30 hours of nursing credits, with LPN licensure 15 hours of nursing credits, and students who are certified nursing assistants will receive up to 3 nursing credits, according to the Illinois Articulation Initiative. See Accelerated Pathway Component, following the course descriptions.

Adjustments in the basic nursing curriculum may occur from year to year. Upon admission to the major in nursing, each student will be provided a curriculum pattern indicating the courses for which s/he will be held responsible. Any student who drops/withdraws or leaves the nursing program for any reason and is re-admitted will have to meet the requirements of the current nursing curriculum. Any consideration for re-admission of the student is dependent upon space availability. The Department of nursing reserved the right to limit the number of student being re-admitted to the Nursing program.