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BS in Nursing

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The Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a competitive program designed for students pursuing a career in nursing. Students must apply for admission into the upper-division professional program at the end of their sophomore year. The professional program covers clinical and theoretical foundations required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the necessary eligibility to take the national licensure examination required for practice as a nurse. The curriculum incorporates rigorous classroom, laboratory and clinical field learning of professional nursing.  Envision yourself becoming a professional nurse. Prepare to advance your leadership within the profession.

Major Details

College: College of Nursing
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Nursing requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts & Applications 3
CHEM 101A Lectures in General Chemistry 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
N SC 170C1 Nutrition, Food & You 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 101B Lectures in General Chemistry 3
CHEM 102 Laboratory in General Chemistry 1
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
FSHD 200 Lifespan Human Development 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
PSIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MATH 163 Basic Statistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
PSIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
NURS 350 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 356 Foundations in Nursing Care 7
NURS 379 Scholarly Inquiry in Evidence-Based Practice 2
NURS 472A Nursing Pharmocology 3
6th Semester
NURS 366 Acute & Chronic Illness Management I 10
NURS 368 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
7th Semester
NURS 470 Acute & Chronic Illness Management II 10
NURS 471 Mental Health Nursing 5
8th Semester
NURS 473 Population Health & Community Nursing 5
NURS 478 Nursing Leadership & Management in Health Systems 5
NURS 479 Transition to the Professional Nursing Role 6

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A major in Nursing provides students with in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutrition, leadership skills, illness management, and critical research strategies. This major prepares graduates to pursue clinical nursing in areas including critical care, oncological, medical-surgical, neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; mental health services; prevention and primary care services; and dialysis. Abundant non-clinical job possibilities include coordination of worksite wellness programs, community health advocacy, policy advising, research, legal services, communications, and training. In addition to hospitals and clinics, registered nurses are needed in schools, prisons, corporate campuses, and research laboratories. Nurses may choose to pursue further studies in nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, administration, or public health programs.

Potential Career Areas

  • Clinical nursing
  • Consulting
  • Policy advising
  • Research
  • Community health promotion
  • End of life care
  • Legal services
  • Worksite wellness
  • Training
  • Medical affairs coordination

Sample Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Mobile screening units
  • Hospice providers
  • Long term care facilities
  • Dialysis centers
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Health departments
  • Colleges and universities
  • Wellness centers
  • Birthing centers
  • U.S. Government
  • Corporations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Critical Care Nurse $44,200 - $64,700
School Nurse $28,000 - $49,000
Psychiatric Nurse $35,000 - $60,000
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Legal Nurse Consultant $30,000 - $45,000
Community Health Nurse $43,410 - $62,450
Clinical Instructor $37,190 - $59,210
Long Term Care Facility Administrator $48,300 - $80,240
Informatics Nurse Specialist $48,400 - $77,800
Hospice Nurse $43,410 - $62,450
Health Educator $50,500 - $61,500
Health Policy Adviser $30,000 - $45,000
Clinical Nursing Specialist $36,420 - $51,020
Patient Advocate $24,000 - $55,000
Staff Development Associate $31,100 - $54,200