BSN Program Curriculum & Clinicals

3-Year BSN Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program incorporates liberal arts and nursing coursework in a program that provides the education and skills necessary for a lifetime of personal and professional growth. The liberal arts component of the curriculum provides the student with a liberal arts foundation. This is accomplished through academic experiences that provide the skills needed for advanced studies and lifelong learning. The first year of the program emphasizes liberal arts and prepares the student for the nursing major.

BSN Degree Program Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Clinical and Non-Clinical Nursing

The BSN degree program consists of a minimum of 129 credit hours: 60 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 69 credit hours in the nursing major.

100-Level Nursing Courses
 100-Level Nursing Coures

 Course Number

 Course Title



 Preparing for Nursing College



 Transitions in Nursing (Theory 1)


200-Level Nursing Courses
 200-Level Nursing Courses

 Course Number

 Course Title



 Health & Wellness (Theory 3)



  Fundamentals – Skills (Theory 2, Lab 1)



 Fundamentals – Patient Care (Theory 2, Clinical 1)



 Nutrition, Health & Wellness (Theory 2) 



 Pathophysiology (Theory 2) 



 NR-282: Pathophysiology II (Theory 1)



 Pharmacology I (Theory 2)



 Pharmacology II (Theory 2)


300-Level Nursing Courses
 300-Level Nursing Courses

 Course Number

 Course Title



Health Assessment I (Theory 1.5, Lab 0.5)



Health Assessment II (Theory 1.5, Lab 0.5)



Mental-Health Nursing (Theory 3, Clinical 2)



Maternal-Child Nursing  (Theory 3, Lab 0.5, Clinical 1.5)



Pediatric Nursing (Theory 3, Lab 0.5, Clinical 1.5)



Adult Health I (Theory 3, Clinical 2)



Adult Health II (Theory 3, Clinical 2)



Critical-Care Nursing (Theory 3, Clinical 2)



Information Systems in Healthcare (Theory 3)


400-Level Nursing Courses
 400-Level Nursing Courses

 Course Number

 Course Title



Community Health Nursing – International (Theory 2, Clinical 2)



Community Health Nursing (Theory 2, Clinical 2)



Collaborative Healthcare (Theory 2, Clinical 2)



Evidence-Based Practice (Theory 3)



Capstone Course (Theory 2, Clinical 1)


Read more about the BSN admission requirements.

Liberal Arts & Sciences Requirements

60 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences is the minimum requirement for the BSN program. Learn about transfer credit opportunities.

BUSN-115: Introduction to Business & Technology**
COMP-100: Computer Applications for Business with Lab**
ECON-312: Principles of Economics
MGMT-303: Principles of Management**

English and Communications 
ENGL-117: English Composition  
ENGL-147: Advanced English Composition
ENGL-227: Professional Writing**
SPCH-275: Public Speaking (or SPCH-277)
SPCH-277: Interpersonal Communication (or SPCH-275)

Health Information and Technology
HIT-120: Introduction to Health Services & Information Systems**
HIT-141: Health Information Processes with Lab**

Health Services Management 
HSM-310: Introduction to Health Services Management**


ETHC-445: Principles of Ethics
HUMN-303: Introduction to the Humanities (or HUMN-451, LTRE-421, RELI-448)
HIST-405: United States History (or HIT-410, POLI-332)
HIST-410: Contemporary History (or HIST-405, POLI-332)
HUMN-451: 20th-Century Fine Arts (or HUMN-303, LTRE-421, RELI-448)
LTRE-421: Studies in Literature (or HUMN-303, HUMN-451, RELI-448)
PHIL-347: Critical Reasoning (or PHIL-447)
PHIL-447: Logic & Critical Thinking (or PHIL-347)
RELI-448: Comparative Religions (or HUMN-303, HUMN-451, LTRE-421)

Interdisciplinary Studies
INT-351: Multiculturalism in Healthcare – Special Populations (or SOC-350)

MATH-114: Algebra for College Students
MATH-221: Statistics for Decision Making
MATH-325: Healthcare Statistics and Research**

Political Science
POLI-332: Political Science*** [Nevada Campus Only] (or HIST-405, HIST-410) 

BIOS-242: Fundamentals of Microbiology with Lab
BIOS-251: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIOS-252: Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
BIOS-255: Anatomy & Physiology III with Lab
BIOS-256: Anatomy & Physiology IV with Lab
CHEM-120: Introduction to General, Organic & Biological Chemistry with Lab
SCI-204: Environmental Science**

Social Science
PSYC-110: Psychology
PSYC-290: Lifespan Development
PSYC-305: Motivation & Leadership**
PSYC-315: Social Psychology**
SOCS-185: Culture & Society
SOCS-315: Marriage & Family
SOCS-325: Environmental Sociology **
SOCS-335: Workplace Culture & Communication**
SOCS-350: Cultural Diversity in the Professions (or INT-351)

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The Clinical Experience

Hands-on experience in both the Chamberlain SIMCare Center™ and the on-site clinical setting allow nursing students to work side-by-side with faculty, mentors, peers, and experienced professional nurses as they refine their direct patient-care nursing skills. These skills include technical proficiency, as well as those determined by the National Student Nurses’ Association as necessary for practicing professional nursing. These skills require an eagerness to learn, determination, confidence, acceptance, caring, and “unbiased compassion for all” (NSNA, 2008).

Students who actively assume responsibility for their own clinical learning get much more out of clinical rotations than those who just passively observe. Accepting accountability for their academic and practical responsibilities, good mental and physical health, stamina and endurance, and the development of a sense of humor are all keys to success throughout your clinical rotations. In a clinical setting, patient census and care needs constantly change. Students must maintain a flexible attitude as clinical assignments change in order to maximize their learning experience. This is good practice for the role of a professional nurse.

Clinical FAQs

What are the Competencies and Functional Abilities?

Chamberlain College of Nursing recognizes that nursing is an intellectually, mentally, and physically demanding profession. Students seeking admission should be aware that all graduates are expected to assimilate basic competencies and abilities throughout their education with or without reasonable accommodation.

When do I participate in clinicals?

Regardless of whether a student is enrolled in the associate- or bachelor-level nursing program, all students begin their hands-on learning in high technology SIMCare™ Centers located on each campus. Once fundamental skills have been mastered and validated, students begin on-site, direct patient-care learning opportunities, or “clinicals”. Generally, clinicals last for the duration of the clinical course. Clinical shifts average six to eight hours, one to two days per week. Most clinicals are scheduled during the week. However, second shift and weekends may be possible. The associate degree program has a total of eight clinical courses. The bachelor degree program has a total of nine. Initial clinical courses provide students their first opportunities to interact directly with professional nurses, their patients and patient families, providing immediate reinforcement of assessment and other skills learned in the lab.


From there, nursing students in both degree programs will develop a mastery of medical/surgical nursing concepts and skills and experience two levels of adult health, with focuses on health promotion and the management of conditions that require acute and chronic care. All students experience both observational and hands-on learning in mental health, maternal-child also called “obstetrics”, and pediatric nursing.

The final associate degree program clinical rotations relate to multi-system alterations in adult patients, including complex interactions among various body systems and their implications for nursing care. There is also an advanced medical/surgical opportunity that explores acute and chronic complications, as well as patient and family discharge education. These experiences could occur in intensive-care units, acute-care units, and/or emergency departments/rooms.

Bachelor degree students experience two unique clinical-based courses: community health and collaborative healthcare, sometimes referred to as management or leadership. Community health clinical experiences occur within a community, where students, assigned to a mentor or preceptor, experience one-to-one or very small group settings in which health promotion or community-based healthcare is delivered. The collaborative healthcare clinical experience promotes critical thinking, patient care planning, delegation, relationships building, and confidence. This clinical usually takes place in an acute-care setting with an assigned mentor or preceptor.

Where will I complete clinical experiences?

Professional and proficient nursing doesn’t just occur in hospitals and neither should a nursing student’s clinical experiences. Chamberlain College of Nursing students may have opportunities to experience practice settings that include large and small hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and public-health agencies, faith-based service organizations, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, public health agencies, military services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers, schools, home health environments… anywhere healthcare is delivered. Students also may participate in service-based learning in other countries via the Global Health Education Program.

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*Course availability varies by location. A limited number of courses may be offered at the DeVry University’s Mesa campus at 1201 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, AZ 85210

**Electives: In order to satisfy graduation requirements, elective courses may be added to the individual’s plan of study. Contact your student service advisor for more information.

***The State of Nevada requires students to meet its requirements for study of the Nevada and U.S. constitutions. The POLI-332 course fulfills this requirement.

NOTE: When registering for courses taught by DeVry University, Chamberlain students will need to select the course with an “N” suffix designator (i.e., MATH-114N).
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Service-based learning

Chamberlain College of Nursing Service Trip to Kenya: 2011

Venturing beyond the classroom and local community, you can participate in a unique opportunity through our Global Health Education Program.

CODIE_2015_finalistChamberlain College of Nursing’s Pharma Collegē web-based game application has been named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Award in the “Best Postsecondary Learning Solution” category.