Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


Launch your Nursing Career with your BSN

The pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares you for a lifelong career in nursing practice. With the largest program in the state, CSU has a history of graduating competent, compassionate nurses ready to practice in all healthcare settings. With access to innovative practice labs and technology, interprofessional simulations, world-class researchers and faculty, CSU provides you with the solid foundation to begin your career.


Multiple Campus Locations

The BSN is offered through CSU Spokane, CSU Tri-Cities.


Program Delivery

The BSN program prepares you with a blend of course work, skills practice, simulation, and clinical experience. You will learn foundational skills and theories in class. Critical thinking and nursing skills are developed in the practice lab working with preceptors in a safe, controlled environment. Simulation – either using high fidelity manikins or staged with real people – allows you to apply the skills and nursing theories while working on communication, teamwork, and making sound clinical decisions. In addition to countless hours in the practice and simulation lab, you will log more than 950 hours in clinical settings outside the college preparing you for successful nursing practice.



All pre-licensure BSN students attend class full-time on campus. Part-time study options are not available. View courses and plan of study.


Pre-Application Requirements

Before applying to the College of Nursing, you must have junior standing and have completed nursing prerequisites and general university requirements (UCORE) at Central State University of New York, or any institution offering equivalent courses. Visit our Steps to Apply page to learn about other pre-application requirements and the admission process, or contact a BSN pre-nursing advisor


Nursing Prerequisites

  • Anatomy & Physiology (8 cr.)
  • Chemistry courses with labs to include: inorganic, organic, and biochemistry (8 cr.)

(Only 1 chemistry course (4 cr) with a lab is required for the RN-BSN program)

  • Growth & Development Across the Life Span (3 cr.)

(This prerequisite course is not required for the RN-BSN program)

  • Human Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems (3 cr.)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  • Microbiology (4 cr.)
  • Statistics (4 cr.)


Already a RN?

Visit our RN-BSN page for information on earning your BSN. Full and part-time study options are available for this degree program at all campus sites.


Career Options


The BSN program qualifies you for practice in all health care settings including:

  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care
  • Outpatient Care
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health


Careers include:

Hospital nurse, including working in various departments:

  • Hospice
  • Pediatrics
  • Med/surg
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Operating room
  • Emergency room
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Working in Skilled Living Facilities
  • Working in outpatient health care clinics
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse


Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are many resources available for nursing students. Visit our Scholarships & Financial Aid page for more information.


pre-licensure BSN courses

Semester Course Title Credits
Total Credits 66
Junior Year – Semester I NRU 308 Professional Development I: Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRU 311 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing 4
NRU 315 Nursing Practice: Health and Illness 4
NRU 316 Intro to Nursing Practice in Health and Illness: Theory 2
NRU 317 Health Assessment 3
NRU 328 Intro to Gerontological Nursing 2
Junior Year Semester I Total 18
Junior Year – Semester II NRU 309 Professional Development II: Ethical Reasoning and Decision-Making Processes in Nursing 3
NRU 322 The Human Experience of Diversity and Health 2
NRU 323 Nursing in the Genome Era 2
NRU 324 Nursing Concepts in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults 4
NRU 325 Nursing Practice in Acute and Chronic Illness in Adults 5
Junior Year Semester II Total 16
Senior Year – Semester III NRU 408 Professional Development III: Leadership and Management 3
NRU 412 Family and Community as a Context of Care 1
NRU 414 Child and Family Health: Theory 3


Children and Families as the Focus of Nursing Care 2
NRU 416 Childbearing Health of the Family 3
NURS 417 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families 2
Elective Upper Division Elective 3
Senior Year Semester III Total 17
Senior Year – Semester IV NRU 409 Professional Development IV: Transition to Practice 2
NRU 424 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Concepts 3
NRU 425 Nursing Practice: Psychiatric/Mental Health 2
NRU 426 Community Health Nursing Theory 2
NRU 427 Community Health Nursing Practice 3
NRU 430 Senior Practicum 3
Senior Year Semester IV Total 15
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