B.S. in Nursing

An efficient path to career versatility and growth for working or recently graduated registered nurses (RNs), this program adds two more years of schooling to your existing associate’s degree.

This degree paves the way for greater clinical responsibility, management, research and specialized nursing jobs or master’s studies.

The BSN Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, located at One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, Phone: (202) 887-6791.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
At a Glance
120 credit hours
3-4 semesters
Builds on an ASN or diploma nursing degree
How to Apply

Only graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs that are state-approved and accredited by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) are eligible to apply.

Second-year A.S. in Nursing students may be accepted, but enrollment depends upon passing the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) before the first day of class.

To apply to the B.S. in Nursing, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. GPA of 2.5 from college courses.

  2. Meet general admission requirements of Bluefield State College.

  3. Have completed the English and Math general studies requirements.

  4. Be a graduate of a state-approved accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing program (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone: 404-975-5000).

  5. If not a graduate from Bluefield State College Associate of Science in Nursing program, official transcripts are required.

  6. Have a current United States RN license; BSN faculty will verify this online.

  7. Second year A.S.N. students may be accepted but enrollment is contingent upon passage of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination prior to the first day of class.

  8. Meeting minimal qualifications does not guarantee acceptance.

Application Deadlines 

Admission is rolling, and students will be notified about their acceptance throughout the year.

How to Earn Your Degree

Suitable for working nurses and students balancing busy lives, the program offers three ways to attend class: live on the Bluefield State campus, in real time from a home computer, or by watching the video within one week of when the class took place.

To complete your degree, you’ll take 30 credit hours of required nursing courses—covering topics ranging from health issues to ethics, research to management. These studies are complemented by a range of general courses and electives.

Three-Semester Option

This academically demanding option is designed for students who have the time and drive to complete their B.S. in Nursing degree in three semesters (as opposed to four or more). It is available to students enrolled in the fall semester of the program’s first year. Applications are due by December 1st, and acceptance is granted by the end of the semester.

Part-Time Open Enrollment

To get a head start on your degree and ease your transition into the program, you may take three open-enrollment courses while awaiting full-time admission to B.S. in Nursing:

  • NURS 301 Advanced Health Assessment for RNs (3 credit hours)
  • NURS 303 Complex Health Problems (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing (3 credit hours)

To take these courses, complete the B.S. in Nursing application online and email Carol Cofer, program director, or Susan Shrader, program assistant, indicating your desire to take open-enrollment courses.

Senior Practicum 

Nursing 412 is an independent clinical rotation in which you’ll both observe and apply your studies in a hospital or clinic of your choice. The course requires strong time management and leadership skills; while taking NURS 412, you’ll need to be able to devote 30 hours per week to all of your coursework.

Semester 1
NURS 300 Concepts of Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 300
Credit Hours
4

Concepts of Professional Nursing is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized. The student will examine skills in communication and interpersonal relations needed to be effective members of the healthcare team. The professional nurse’s unique role demands a blend of caring, courage, competence and skills in dealing with patients, families, work teams, and community leaders. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily. PR: Admission to program. CO: NURS 301.

NURS 301 Advanced Health Assessment for Registered Nurses
Course ID
NURS 301
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the lifespan. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented.

Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S. nursing students. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.

CO: NURS 300, 303.

NURS 303 Complex Health Problems
Course ID
NURS 303
Credit Hours
4

Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.) CO: NURS 300, 301.

*N301: OE course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year BSC ASN students.
*N303: OE course available to RNs.
Semester 2
NURS 302 Community Nursing
Course ID
NURS 302
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on concepts, principles and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families and communities. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social and economic factors that influence family and community health. Course content includes historical and current perspectives of public health nursing, methods of family and community assessment, epidemiology, global health and populations at risk. PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 306.

NURS 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 306
Credit Hours
3

This course provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values that are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from pre- and co-requisite requirements.) PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 302.

*N306: Open enrollment course available to RNs.
Semester 3
NURS 403 Gerontological Healthcare Issues
Course ID
NURS 403
Credit Hours
3

This course offers the professional nursing student the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care to older adults. Course content includes assessment tools and nursing strategies necessary to evaluate and care for the health of older adults as well as those who experience acute and chronic co-morbid physical and mental conditions. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 405.

NURS 405 Nursing Research
Course ID
NURS 405
Credit Hours
3

Introduces quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice. PR: MATH 210, senior standing. CO: NURS 403.

Semester 4
NURS 402 Nursing Management and Leadership
Course ID
NURS 402
Credit Hours
3

This course explores characteristics, concepts and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups. PR: Senior Standing. CO: NURS 412.

NURS 412 Senior Practicum
Course ID
NURS 412
Credit Hours
4

A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of healthcare. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 402.

Program Requirements
Basic Skills Component

You must take 40 hours of lower-level nursing courses (ASN degree). Students with fewer than 40 nursing credit hours in their ASN program will need to take additional electives to earn the required 120 credit hours for the BSN degree.

In addition to the Basic Skills courses below, you must also take a Technology Literacy course (any COSC course, BUSN 130, or MEET 112).

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

MATH 101 General Mathematics
Course ID
MATH 101
Credit Hours
3

Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.

*In place of MATH 101, you may take MATH 109, 110, 220; GNET 115, 116; or BUSN 250.
*In place of COMM 201, you may take COMM 208.
Core Skills Component
ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

*In place of ENGL 201, you may take ENGL 205.
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science

The elective course may be selected from:

  • ARET 205;
  • ECON 211, 212;
  • ARTS 101, 205, 208; 
  • FREN 101/102 or SPAN 101/102;
  • GEOG 150;
  • HIST 101, 102, 105, 106;
  • HUMN 150, 222;
  • MUSC 150, 200;
  • POSC 200, 210, 218; or
  • THEA 200.
PSYC 103 General Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 103
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Health and Wellness
Core Skills Health & Wellness
Course ID
Core Skills
Credit Hours
3
PHED 104 Aerobics
Course ID
PHED 104
Credit Hours
2

General activity course designed to provide a fitness program that offers complete and effective conditioning. A combination of exercise, weightlifting, and dancing. Eligible General Studies activity course. 

Science and Math

The remaining 4 credits of lecture/lab may be selected from:

  • BIOL 101/103L, 102/104L, 202/204L, or 4 hours of additional Anatomy & Physiology lecture/lab;
  • CHEM 101/103L, 102/104L;
  • ENSC 201/203L, 202/204L;
  • PHSC 101/103L, 102/104L;
  • PHYS 201/203L, 202/204L; or
  • GNET 101, 102.
BIOL 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Course ID
BIOL 210
Credit Hours
3

A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.

BIOL 211L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
Course ID
BIOL 211L
Credit Hours
1

Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.

MATH 210 Elementary Statistics
Course ID
MATH 210
Credit Hours
3

Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.

*In place of BIOL 210 and BIOL 211L, you may take BIOL 212 and BIOL 213L.
Electives

Please take up to 10 credits as needed to reach 120 credits for graduation.

  • Take 3 hours in a 100-200 level course.
  • Take 7 hours in a 200-400 level course. PSYC 210 (shown below) is recommended.
PSYC 210 Lifespan Human Development
Course ID
PSYC 210
Credit Hours
3

The lifespan covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103. Fall, Spring.

BSN Nursing Courses
NURS 300 Concepts of Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 300
Credit Hours
4

Concepts of Professional Nursing is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized. The student will examine skills in communication and interpersonal relations needed to be effective members of the healthcare team. The professional nurse’s unique role demands a blend of caring, courage, competence and skills in dealing with patients, families, work teams, and community leaders. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily. PR: Admission to program. CO: NURS 301.

NURS 301 Advanced Health Assessment for Registered Nurses
Course ID
NURS 301
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the lifespan. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented.

Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S. nursing students. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.

CO: NURS 300, 303.

NURS 302 Community Nursing
Course ID
NURS 302
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on concepts, principles and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families and communities. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social and economic factors that influence family and community health. Course content includes historical and current perspectives of public health nursing, methods of family and community assessment, epidemiology, global health and populations at risk. PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 306.

NURS 303 Complex Health Problems
Course ID
NURS 303
Credit Hours
4

Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.) CO: NURS 300, 301.

NURS 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 306
Credit Hours
3

This course provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values that are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from pre- and co-requisite requirements.) PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 302.

NURS 402 Nursing Management and Leadership
Course ID
NURS 402
Credit Hours
3

This course explores characteristics, concepts and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups. PR: Senior Standing. CO: NURS 412.

NURS 403 Gerontological Healthcare Issues
Course ID
NURS 403
Credit Hours
3

This course offers the professional nursing student the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care to older adults. Course content includes assessment tools and nursing strategies necessary to evaluate and care for the health of older adults as well as those who experience acute and chronic co-morbid physical and mental conditions. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 405.

NURS 405 Nursing Research
Course ID
NURS 405
Credit Hours
3

Introduces quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice. PR: MATH 210, senior standing. CO: NURS 403.

NURS 412 Senior Practicum
Course ID
NURS 412
Credit Hours
4

A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of healthcare. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 402.

Three-Semester Option
Semester 1
NURS 300 Concepts of Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 300
Credit Hours
4

Concepts of Professional Nursing is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized. The student will examine skills in communication and interpersonal relations needed to be effective members of the healthcare team. The professional nurse’s unique role demands a blend of caring, courage, competence and skills in dealing with patients, families, work teams, and community leaders. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily. PR: Admission to program. CO: NURS 301.

NURS 301 Advanced Health Assessment for Registered Nurses
Course ID
NURS 301
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the lifespan. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented.

Open enrollment course available to RNs and to qualified (GPA 3.0) current second year Bluefield State College A.S. nursing students. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.

CO: NURS 300, 303.

NURS 303 Complex Health Problems
Course ID
NURS 303
Credit Hours
4

Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.) CO: NURS 300, 301.

Semester 2
NURS 302 Community Nursing
Course ID
NURS 302
Credit Hours
3

Focuses on concepts, principles and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families and communities. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social and economic factors that influence family and community health. Course content includes historical and current perspectives of public health nursing, methods of family and community assessment, epidemiology, global health and populations at risk. PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 306.

NURS 306 Ethics & Issues in Professional Nursing
Course ID
NURS 306
Credit Hours
3

This course provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values that are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (Open enrollment course available to RNs. These students are exempt from pre- and co-requisite requirements.) PR: NURS 300, 301, 303. CO: NURS 302.

NURS 402 Nursing Management and Leadership
Course ID
NURS 402
Credit Hours
3

This course explores characteristics, concepts and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups. PR: Senior Standing. CO: NURS 412.

Semester 3
NURS 403 Gerontological Healthcare Issues
Course ID
NURS 403
Credit Hours
3

This course offers the professional nursing student the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality care to older adults. Course content includes assessment tools and nursing strategies necessary to evaluate and care for the health of older adults as well as those who experience acute and chronic co-morbid physical and mental conditions. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 405.

NURS 405 Nursing Research
Course ID
NURS 405
Credit Hours
3

Introduces quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice. PR: MATH 210, senior standing. CO: NURS 403.

NURS 412 Senior Practicum
Course ID
NURS 412
Credit Hours
4

A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of healthcare. PR: Senior standing. CO: NURS 402.