The Elon University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is a four-year, 140 credit hour curriculum that will qualify students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed, registered nurse. The four-year curriculum satisfies all core requirements, includes opportunities for experiential and global learning, and is built to allow pursuit of a biology minor in addition to all nursing pre-requisites. Prerequisite requirements include 24 hours of coursework, including human anatomy and physiology (8 credits), microbiology (4 credits), intro to cell biology (4 credits), lifespan development (4 credits), and nutrition (4 credits).

Below is an example curriculum guide for the four year BSN program.

  • The courses in italics are prerequisite courses for nursing courses. A final grade of C or higher must be earned in these courses.
  • The highlighted courses are nursing courses students must complete to earn a BSN. A final grade of 80% (B-) must be earned in these courses.
Year TOTAL 37
Fall Courses Credit Hours Clinical Hours
ENG 1100: Writing: Argument and Inquiry 4
STS 1100: Intro to Statistical Reasoning or STS 2120: Statistics in Application 4
BIO 1112/1113: Introductory Cell Biology/Lab 4
PSY 1000: Introduction to Psychology 4
ELN 1100/NRS 1100: First Year Advising Seminar/Nursing at Elon 1
Winter Courses
COR: Expression (course in literature, philosophy or fine arts 4
Spring Courses
COR 1100: The Global Experience 4
COR 1010/1020: World Language (choice of foreign language) 4
BIO:2312/2313: Human Anatomy/Lab 4
NRS 2000: Healthcare Relationships I: Disparity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 4
Year TOTAL 34-38 80
Fall Courses Credit Hours Clinical Hours
BIO 2412/2413: Human Physiology/Lab 4
CORE: Society (Course in economics, geography, political science,
psychology, human service studies or sociology/anthropology)
NRS 2100: Foundations of Nursing 6 40
CORE: World Language 1020 (Second foreign language course if needed) 4
Winter Courses
CORE: Civilization (Course in history, world languages, art history
or religious studies)
Spring Courses
CORE: Expression (Course in literature, philosophy, or fine arts) 4
PSY 2100: Lifespan Development 4
PEH 3240: Nutrition 4
NRS 2200: Assessment of Health and Wellness for Nursing Practice 4 40
Year TOTAL 32 160
Fall Courses Credit Hours Clinical Hours
BIO 2122: Microbiology for Health Professionals 4
NRS 2300: Principles of Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nursing 3
NRS 2400: Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
NRS 3100: Nursing Management of Adults I 6 80
Winter Courses
CORE: Advanced Studies (3000-4000 level course outside the major field in Arts and Sciences) 4
Spring Courses
CORE: Advanced Studies (3000-4000 level course outside the major field in Arts and Sciences) 4
NRS 3200: Family-Centered Nursing Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents 4 40
NRS 3300: Gerontological Nursing 2
NRS 3400: Multiple Perspectives in Mental Health 4 40
Year TOTAL 33 300
136-140 540
YEAR FOUR Clinical Hours
Fall Courses Credit Hours
NRS 4000: Preparatory Seminar: Healthcare Relationships II 1
NRS 4200: Population and Community Health 4 40
NRS 4400: Reproductive Health 4 40
NRS 4500: Nursing Management of Adults II: Complex Health Cond 6 80
Winter Courses
NRS 4300: Healthcare Relationships II: Disparity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 4
Spring Courses
NRS 4100: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 4
NRS 4600: Crucial Conversations in Healthcare 2 20
NRS 4800: Pathways to Practice 4 120
CORE: Elon COR Capstone outside the major field at the 300- or 400-level 4

Program Outcomes

  1. Use the nursing process to provide ethical, culturally sensitive and compassionate client centered care to diverse populations in various settings.
  2. Promote safety by utilizing evidence-based practice and quality improvement to deliver safe and effective care.
  3. Collaborate with clients, nursing and interprofessional teams to provide quality holistic care.
  4. Integrate informatics and technology to promote the art and science of quality nursing care.
  5. Expand knowledge of self-care and lifelong learning to enhance personal well-being and professional growth.