Nursing B.S.N. (Pre-Licensure)

  1. Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning/Clinical Judgment:  Use a systematic approach in assessing, planning, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based solutions to patient care problems across a variety of healthcare settings. 
  2. Integration of Faith and Learning:  Develop and articulate an understanding of a Biblical worldview in integrating values of truth, virtue, and service in personal and professional life and in providing Christ-centered leadership and service.  
  3. Ethical Practice: Demonstrate behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity across the lifespan. 
  4. Holistic Living:  Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for self and nursing practice, engagement in life-long learning, and ongoing professional growth. 
  5. Communication:  Demonstrate appropriate written and oral communication skills to promote collaborative relationships with intro-professional healthcare team members, individuals, families, groups, and communities. 
  6. Professional Excellence:  Use a problem-solving approach in evaluating patient health status and in advocating for the patient and family, anticipating and reducing risk, and improving health outcomes.
  7. Cultural Competency and Citizenship:  Apply cultural competence theory in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  8. Information and Technology Competency:  Demonstrate technology skills in locating, retrieving, applying, and evaluating the integrity of information while using information responsibly and ethically. 
  9. Leadership and Patient Safety:  Apply leadership concepts, skills, decision making, and problem solving in the provision and oversight of nursing practice, and in advocating for equitable health care. 
Core Curriculum Requirements 1,243
Nursing Major (BSN) Requirements85
General Electives0
Total Units128

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


See the Four Year Plan for Core Curriculum courses and the sequence in which they are to be taken.

Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Major Requirements

Related Discipline Core Requirements
BIOL-100CFundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors3
BIOL-100CLFundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab1
BIOL-204CHuman Anatomy3
BIOL-204CLHuman Anatomy Laboratory1
BIOL-304Human Physiology3
BIOL-304LHuman Physiology Lab1
BIOL-209Principles of Microbiology3
BIOL-209LPrinciples of Microbiology Lab1
CHEM-210CIntegrated Chemistry4
CHEM-210CLIntegrated Chemistry Laboratory1
PSYC-103CIntroduction to Psychology 13
MATH-270CHealth Professions Statistical Methods3
Upper Division 2, 3
NRS-302Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice in Older Adults3
NRS-302PFundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice in Older Adults Practicum2
NRS-350Nursing Care of the Adult I3
NRS-350PNursing Care of the Adult I Practicum3
NRS-355Physical Assessment2
NRS-355LPhysical Assessment Lab1
NRS-360Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing2
NRS-360PPsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practicum2
NRS-365Integr Pathophys/Pharmacology4
NRS-370Nursing Care of the Adult II3
NRS-370PNursing Care/Adult II Practicum3
NRS-375Maternity and Women's Health2
NRS-375PMaternity and Women's Health Practicum2
NRS-400Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult3
NRS-400PNursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult Practicum3
NRS-420Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent2
NRS-420PNursing Care of the Child and Adolescent Practicum2
NRS-460Leadership and Management2
NRS-465Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRS-469Community and Public Health Nursing3
NRS-469PCommunity and Public Health Nursing Practicum2
NRS-476Nursing Capstone and Preceptorship3
NRS-480Ethical Issues and Holistic Care3
Total Units85

Course fulfills Core requirements


Registration for the upper division courses in the Pre-Licensure program are predicated on acceptance into the Pre-Licensure program during the Spring of Sophomore year.  Questions, contact the Pre-Nursing Advising Coordinator or the Chair of the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program.


NRS-385 Specialty Residency Elective is an elective course that may be taken, but is not part of the academic program requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Pre-Licensure students. For more information, contact the Department of Nursing. 

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Nursing.

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
BIOL-100C Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors 3
BIOL-100CL Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology 3
Year 1 Term 2
BIOL-204C Human Anatomy 3
BIOL-204CL Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
MATH-270C Health Professions Statistical Methods 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
HIST-PLCR1History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy) 3
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
Year 2 Term 1
BIOL-304 Human Physiology 3
BIOL-304L Human Physiology Lab 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
Year 2 Term 2
BIOL-209 Principles of Microbiology 3
BIOL-209L Principles of Microbiology Lab 1
CHEM-210C Integrated Chemistry 4
CHEM-210CL Integrated Chemistry Laboratory 1
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
Year 3 Term 1
NRS-302 Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice in Older Adults 3
NRS-302P Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Practice in Older Adults Practicum 2
NRS-355 Physical Assessment 2
NRS-355L Physical Assessment Lab 1
NRS-365 Integr Pathophys/Pharmacology 4
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 3 Term 2
NRS-350 Nursing Care of the Adult I 3
NRS-350P Nursing Care of the Adult I Practicum 3
NRS-375 Maternity and Women's Health 2
NRS-375P Maternity and Women's Health Practicum 2
NRS-360 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2
NRS-360P Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practicum 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
Year 4 Term 1
NRS-370 Nursing Care of the Adult II 3
NRS-370P Nursing Care/Adult II Practicum 3
NRS-420 Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent 2
NRS-420P Nursing Care of the Child and Adolescent Practicum 2
NRS-465 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRS-468 Community and Public Health Nursing 2
NRS-468P Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum 2
Year 4 Term 2
NRS-400 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult 3
NRS-400P Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Adult Practicum 3
NRS-460 Leadership and Management 2
NRS-475 Nursing Capstone and Preceptorship 2
NRS-475P Nursing Capstone and Preceptorship Practicum 2
NRS-480 Ethical Issues and Holistic Care 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
 Total Units128


  • Enrollment in NRS courses is predicated on acceptance into the Pre-Licensure BSN program. This process takes place during Year 2, Term 2. Consult the Pre-Nursing Student Success Advisors with questions. 
  • Students may choose to take the optional course NRS-385 Specialty Residency Elective for 1-4 units in the summers following year three and year four.