Curriculum & Progression Requirements for BSN Transfer Students

Transfer students accepted to begin the BSN program in Summer 2023 or beyond must have aminimum of 49 semester credit hours (73.5 quarter credit hours) accepted in transfer to begin the BSN program. See the Transfer Student Prerequisites for details.

Curriculum Requirements

University Core Curriculum Requirements
All University of Portland students, regardless of major, progress through a set of shared course options as part of the University’s liberal arts Core Curriculum. This curriculum offers a foundation of multiple lenses to address enduring questions of human concern, integrating the liberal arts, the University mission, and the knowledge, skills, and values needed in a diverse society and in the workplace.

Transfer students complete all Foundation Level University Core Curriculum Requirements as prerequisites for admission to the BSN program.

Please Note: Transfer students must complete the Exploration Level University Core Curriculum Requirements (6 Credit Hours) at the University of Portland during the BSN program of study. The Exploration Level requirements are THE 348: Theological Dimensions of Suffering and Death (3 Credit Hours) and an additional Exploration Level course outside of the Nursing program that is designated to fulfill Core requirements (3 Credit Hours).

BSN Foundation Requirements
Transfer students complete the BSN Foundation Requirements as prerequisites for admission to the BSN program.

Electives
Transfer students complete electives as prerequisites for admission to the BSN program.

BSN Major Requirements

Because nursing is a dynamic field, the nursing curriculum is subject to change at the School of Nursing’s discretion

NRS 200 - Licensure Lab I - 1 Credit Hour
NRS 204 - Foundations in Health Assessment - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 206 - Professional Practice: Health Assessment - 1 Credit Hour/45 Clinical Hours
NRS 207 - Clinical Reasoning Seminar: Health Assessment - 1 Credit Hour
NRS 208 - Transition into Professional Nursing - 6 Credit Hours
NRS 300 - Licensure Lab II - 1 Credit Hour
NRS 302 - Licensure Lab III - 1 Credit Hour
NRS 306 - Professional Practice: Population Health and Wellness - 4 Credit Hours/180 Clinical Hours
NRS 307 - Clinical Reasoning Seminar: Population Health and Wellness - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 308 - Professional Practice: Acute Illness Management - 4 Credit Hours/180 Clinical Hours
NRS 309 - Clinical Reasoning Seminar: Acute Illness Management - 3 Credit Hours 
NRS 316 - Population Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 317 - Acute Illness Management Across the Lifespan - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 325 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 326 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II - 3 Credit Hours 
NRS 400 - Licensure Lab IV - 1 Credit Hour
NRS 406 - Professional Practice: Chronic Illness Management - 4 Credit Hours/180 Clinical Hours
NRS 407 - Clinical Reasoning Seminar: Chronic Illness Management - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 408 - Transition to Professional Practice - 4 Credit Hours/180 Clinical Hours
NRS 409 - Clinical Reasoning Seminar: Transition to Professional Practice - 3 Credit Hours 
NRS 416 - Chronic Illness Management Across the Lifespan - 3 Credit Hours 
NRS 440 - Social Justice and Population Health - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 460 - Advancing the Culture of Health - 3 Credit Hours
NRS 480 - Life-long Learning - 3 Credit Hours

Total credit hours required for the BSN degree (including credits accepted in transfer): 122

Total on-campus and off-campus clinical hours: 765

Course descriptions for BSN program courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

View the sample BSN program of study for transfer students.

Progression Requirements

Progression in the BSN program is based on the following criteria for transfer students:

  1. A grade of C or better or Pass in all required nursing (NRS) courses. Students may not audit a required nursing (NRS) course.
  2. All required nursing (NRS) courses must be successfully completed (a grade of C or better or Pass) before progressing to the next semester.
  3. A grade of C- or lower or No Pass in or withdrawal from any required nursing (NRS) course will result in delayed progression and delayed program completion.
  4. If a student’s progression in the BSN program is interrupted such that they are not engaged in off-campus professional practice for one semester or more, the student must successfully complete (earn a grade of C or better in) NRS 401 prior to starting the next professional practice course.
  5. A required nursing (NRS) course may be repeated only once, regardless of whether it is repeated due to withdrawal or unsuccessful completion (a grade of C- or lower or No Pass).
  6. Students who receive a grade of C- or lower or No Pass in or withdraw from their second attempt (repeat) of a required nursing (NRS) course will be dismissed from the BSN program.
  7. Satisfactory completion of all professional practice entry requirements including background check, clean drug screen, HIPAA, American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, and all immunizations.

Additional Progression Information

  • Transfer students may only study abroad in the summer semester between their junior and senior year. Students interested in studying abroad should consult with their academic advisor, their program counselor, and the UP Studies Abroad office to understand the study abroad options and their impact on the BSN program of study. Note: The UP Studies Abroad program recommends a GPA of 3.0 or higher before going abroad but will consider applications from anyone with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Student conduct issues will be taken into consideration for progression in the nursing program.
  • Students with a positive drug screen prior to entry into professional practice courses will be dismissed from the School of Nursing.
  • Students who have been suspended from the University may be dismissed from the School of Nursing.
  • All BSN students are responsible for adhering to the policies in the most current version of the School of Nursing BSN Student Handbook.
  • See the University Academic Regulations in the University Bulletin.