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.

Nursing Prerequisite Courses

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). A final grade of C or higher must be earned in these courses:

  • BIO 1112/1113: Introductory Cell Biology/Lab
  • BIO 2122: Microbiology for Health Professionals
  • BIO:2312/2313: Human Anatomy/Lab
  • BIO 2412/2413: Human Physiology/Lab
  • PSY 2100: Lifespan Development
  • PEH 3240: Nutrition

Nursing Course Requirements

Below are the nursing courses students will complete during their Students will need to earn a minimum final grade of 80% (B-) in each course and an overall GPA of 3.0 to maintain enrollment in the BSN program. Courses with ** showcase those with a clinical component.

Year Two
  • NRS 2001: Healthcare Relationships I: Disparity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • NRS 3501: Crucial Conversations in Healthcare
Year Three and Four –

Please note that all University Core requirements and Nursing prerequisites should be completed before year 3 nursing courses begin. Talk to your advisor for questions and more information.

  • NRS 2101: Foundations of Nursing**
  • NRS 2201: Assessment of Health and Wellness for Nursing Practice**
  • NRS 2301: Principles of Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nursing
  • NRS 2401: Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
  • NRS 3101: Nursing Management of Adults I
  • NRS 3201: Family-Centered Nursing Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents**
  • NRS 3301: Gerontological Nursing
  • NRS 3401: Multiple Perspectives in Mental Health**
  • NRS 4001: Preparatory Seminar: Healthcare Relationships II
  • NRS 4201: Population and Community Health**
  • NRS 4401: Reproductive Health**
  • NRS 4501: Nursing Management of Adults II: Complex Health Conditions**
  • NRS 4301: Healthcare Relationships II: Disparity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • NRS 4101: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • NRS 4801: Pathways to Practice**

Courses marked with ** have clinical elements.

Check out this sample 4 year plan – BSN Curriculum Guide

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.