College of Health and Human Services2012-2013


Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This popular four-year program is offered on four campuses around the state of Arizona. After a very competitive admission process, nursing courses are taken in sequence over five semesters. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

The high-tech world of health care will always be driven by the human heart. If a gifted nurse has helped you, you know that one person truly can make a difference. What you may not know is that nurses outnumber all other health care practitioners. And the demand grows.

Our programs provide the tools you need for a successful nursing career. You can advance in dozens of directions. Our hands-on curriculum covers health maintenance, disease prevention, primary care assessment, and evidence-based research. We emphasize rural and urban health care needs in the culturally diverse Southwest.

We offer a traditional BSN program as well as an Accelerated Second Degree option for students with a bachelor's degree in another field. This accelerated program is a 12 month program. The traditional BSN is a five semester (2.5 year) program.

A new program is available for prospective associate degree nursing students selected in a competitive admission process with their Arizona community college. This program will enable them to complete many of the baccalaureate nursing courses (professional requirements) as a cohort while completing their associate degree in nursing. All pre-professional requirements must be completed in order to be considered for this program.

Note: If you want to major in Nursing, you must apply and be accepted to the School of Nursing’s program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Rehabilitation
  • Family nursing
  • Hospital nursing
  • Community nursing
  • Public Health nursing
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Critical care nursing

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nursing Informatics

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 47 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 73 units of professional requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an NUR prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. Contact your advisor for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required STA 270
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $1600 ($400 per semester in students' Junior and Senior years) has been approved for this program.

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