Course Requirements

The nursing program at any level is a learning-intensive, time-consuming enterprise. You will be required to complete course work, clinical work, skills testing, theory testing, nursing care plans and more.

The School of Nursing strongly recommends that you work no more than 24 hours a week during the course of the program. If your family and home commitments are high, we recommend you curtail outside employment even further.

Following are the required courses for the nursing program. Non-nursing courses are available to all WSU students. In order to enroll in the nursing courses, you must have applied and been accepted to a specific nursing program.

All non-nursing courses must be completed at a C level or higher. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted toward graduation completion.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses must be passed with a C grade or higher. All accepted students (including high school graduates) must complete the science option I or II by the end of summer semester prior to starting the nursing program.


Option I:
HTHS 1110/1111 Biomedical Core with Lab (8 credits)
CHEM 1050 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5 credits)**
MATH Quantitative Literacy Requirement (3/4 credits), see Advisor

Option II:
ZOOL 2100 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
ZOOL 2200 Human Physiology (4 credits)
CHEM 1050 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry (5 credits)**
MATH Quantitative Literacy Requirement (3/4 credits), see Advisor

**CHEMISTRY NOTE: For applicants attending a college or university where Chemistry 1050 is not available, take CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry (5 cr). In addition, some graduate nursing programs require two sections of Chemistry; therefore, Chemistry 1110 and Chemistry 1120 would be a best choice. Talk with an academic advisor.

Support Courses:
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (3 credits)
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (3 credits)
Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)

General Education:
We recommend you have some general education courses completed prior to beginning the program. This will lighten the course load during the program.

Humanities (HU) (3 credits)
Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)
Humanities or Creative Arts (3 credits)
Social Science (SS) (3 credits)
American Institutions (3 credits)
Computer Information Literacy (3 credits)
Diversity (3 credits)+
+ Refer to general education requirements in the university catalog for diversity courses: humanities/diversity (HV), creative arts/diversity (CV), or social science/diversity (SV).

Some prerequisite courses, support courses, and General Education courses are offered through WSU Online (801-626-6600). The nursing program dates and deadlines override Continuing Education, Online and Distance Learning guidelines. Support courses must be completed and grades posted two weeks prior to nursing orientation.

Suggested Course Outline
You must be accepted into the WSU nursing program to register for nursing courses. All nursing courses must be passed with a B- grade (80 percent) or higher to proceed in the program.

First Semester (First Year):
NRSG 2100 - Pharmacology for Nurses 1 (3 credits)
NRSG 2200 - Nursing Foundations (3 credits)
NRSG 2250 - Nursing Foundations Clinical (3 credits)

Second Semester (First Year):
NRSG 2300 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 1 (3 credits)
NRSG 2350 - Patient Centered Nursing Care Clinical 1 (3 credits)
NRSG 2400 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 2 (3 credits)
PSY 1010 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing (3 credits)

Summer Semester (Second Year):
American Institutions (3 credits)
Humanities (HU) (3 credits)

Third Semester (Second Year):
NRSG 2500 - Patient Centered Nursing Care 3 (3 credits)
NRSG 2550 - Patient Centered Nursing Care Clinical 3 (3 credits)
NRSG 3100 - Pharmacology for Nurses 2 (3 credits)
ENGL 2010 - Intermediate Writing (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (Second Year):
NRSG 3200 - Complex Patient Centered Nursing Care 1 (3 credits)
NRSG 3300 - Entry into Nursing Professional Practice (3 credits)
NRSG 3350 - Entry into Nursing Professional Practice Preceptorship (3 credits)
Humanities (HU) or Creative Arts (CA)  (3 credits)
Computer Information Literacy (4 credits)
Creative Arts (CA) (3 credits)

See the WSU Course Catalog for individual course descriptions.


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