Plan of Study

BSN traditional track degree requirements and curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on the accelerated second degree track, you must complete 120 credit hours of coursework in three areas: prenursing coursework, nursing core courses, and general electives.

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You can use Indiana University’s iGPS tool to explore the degree requirements for the BSN accelerated second degree track, plan your coursework, and monitor your progress toward your degree.

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Prenursing coursework (29–31 credit hours)

To be eligible to apply to the BSN accelerated second degree track, you must complete between 29 and 31 hours of prenursing coursework by the end of the spring semester of your freshman year. Prenursing coursework includes courses that fulfill IU Bloomington’s General Education (GenEd) requirements, which all IU students must meet in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, as well as specific courses that are required for your application to the BSN program.

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Nursing core courses (75 credit hours)

The heart of the BSN curriculum consists of the nursing core courses, which include lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The nursing core is made up of 19 course topics that total 75 credit hours.

You will begin taking nursing core courses during your third semester at IU, after you have been admitted to the BSN program

    General electives (1 credit hour)

    You must take a 1 credit hour elective to complete the 120 credit hours of coursework required for the BSN traditional track. You may choose any course offered by IU to fulfill this requirement; however, you may not take the course as pass/fail.