Nursing (B.S.)


Students enrolled in this program receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing. The basic nursing major is 85-86 credits and is for students who do not have a RN license. The basic program provides a foundation for a nursing career, which includes roles in acute care and community based care environments and for graduate education in advanced practice. Many opportunities are available for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in today’s health care system. Students must complete all support courses prior to beginning NSG 207 and NSG 212. Total credits required for degree completion (minimum): 121 credits

Admission to the Nursing program as a current student declaring Nursing as a new major requires a major GPA of 3.000 for all support coursework required for the Nursing program. Contact the Office of Academic Advising ([email protected]) for more details on this process.

The Accelerated B.S. in Nursing degree (ABSN) is for student's who have previously earned a bachelor's degree and who have successfully completed the pre-requisite support courses listed below. The ABSN program is a 16-month degree program (54-57 credits) that begins in the fall term. Course sequence: first Fall semester (12-15 credits), Spring semester (16 credits), Summer semester (14 credits), and final Fall semester (12 credits).

Support Courses

Note: to be eligible to enroll in NSG coursework, a 3.000 or higher nursing major GPA in the support courses is required.

  • Complete all of the following:
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Academic Standards

Students are required to attain and maintain a Nursing major GPA of 3.000 or higher. In order for a student to enroll in Nursing department courses (NSG), a Nursing GPA of 3.000 is required. If a Nursing GPA of 3.000 is not achieved, the student will be placed on probation and may not progress in the Nursing sequence. The student will be provided a single semester to increase their Nursing GPA to the required 3.000 by either repeating a Nursing Course and/or required prerequisites. If the required Nursing GPA of 3.000 is achieved, the student will be allowed to progress in the Nursing sequence and come off probation. After one semester, if the cumulative Nursing GPA of 3.000 is not achieved, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing program.

Students are responsible for reviewing the academic standards for nursing as outlined in the appropriate College Catalog and the Nursing Department Student Handbook. The first time a student’s GPA falls below 3.000 or a course grade of less than C (2.000) is earned in any nursing course (NSG), the student’s academic standing will be reviewed by the Nursing Academic Standards committee and the Chair of the Nursing Department. Following this review, at the end of the academic semester the student will be placed on probation and will not be allowed to progress in the nursing program. Students may not appeal probation. The student will be permitted to retake only one NSG course (including NSG courses with a W grade). See the Repeat Course Policy for the institutional limit.

Recommendations from the committee will be given to the student to improve the student’s academic standing within the program. The student must adhere to the recommendations. If the student has previously repeated a nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Note: students may only be on probation once while in the nursing program and may only repeat one nursing course.

Suggested Program of Study

The following is a suggested course sequence for the Nursing major. Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning your course schedule. Other course sequences are possible and may be required to accommodate students in clinical placements. Consult your faculty advisor or the Nursing Program Director. Note: BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 208, CHM 103 (or CHM 111 or PHY 101), SCI 120, PSY 101, PSY 202 or PSY 208, are required prerequisites for NSG 207 and NSG 212. *Recommended for the Quantitative-General Education requirement: Statistics course (MAT 220 or PSY 207), 4 credits.

Year 1 - Fall: 16 credits
CHM 103 & CHM 103L
PSY 101
RSC 101
Sociology course (SOC 101 recommended)
WRT 101

Year 1 - Spring: 16 credits
BIO 201 & BIO 201L
SCI 120
WRT 201
General Education Course
General Elective

Year 2 - Fall: 16-17 credits
BIO 202 & BIO 202L
PSY 208 or PSY 202
RSC 201 or General Education course
General Education Course
General Elective

Year 2 - Spring: 16 credits
BIO 208 & BIO 208L
SOC 350
RSC 201 or General Education course
General Education course
General Elective

Year 3 - Fall: 12 credits
*Nursing major GPA of 3.000 or higher is required for NSG 207 & NSG 212.
NSG 201 Theoretical Basis of Nursing
NSG 207, NSG 207L, NSG 207R Health Assess Promo Strag.
NSG 212, NSG 212L, NSG 212R Nursing Concepts I

Year 3 - Spring: 16 credits
NSG 323, NSG 323L, NSG 323R Nursing Concepts II
NSG 325, NSG 325L Family & Comm Health I
NSG 326, NSG 326L Psych Mental Hlth Nursing
NSG 345 Nursing Pharmacology

Year 4 - Fall: 17 credits (NSG 14cr. & RSC 3cr.)
NSG 333, NSG 333L Nursing Concepts III
NSG 355, NSG 355L Reproduction & Sexuality
NSG 425, NSG 425L Family & Comm Health II
RSC 301 General Education course

Year 4 - Spring: 12 credits **
NSG 405 Leadership & Mgt in Nursing
NSG 409 Professional Role
NSG 450, NSG 450L Transitions to Prof Practice
**Due to the clinical hours requirement in NSG 450, completing 12 credits maximum in the last term of study is strongly recommended.

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for a bachelor's degree (minimum): 121 credits
  • Completion of General Education coursework required
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
  • Completion of 60 liberal arts and sciences credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 3.000
Total Credits