Traditional BSN

If you are pursuing your first bachelor's degree, our Traditional BSN pathway is the program to pursue. This immersive, three-year program combines on-campus lectures from our expert faculty, community-focused research and clinical experiences throughout the Detroit area. Students are guaranteed clinical placement each semester. Admission to this program occurs once a year, in the fall.

Important dates

Curriculum - After admission to nursing program

The Traditional BSN pathway is six semesters (Fall/Winter) over a 3-year period. The curriculum is as combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences throughout Southeast Michigan.

Students must meet the required 121 credit hour minimum through the College of Nursing and general education coursework to complete degree requirements. Students who need to satisfy University general education requirements have space throughout the Nursing curriculum to complete coursework to meet graduation requirements.

Fall semester I

Courses Credits
Total 12
NUR 2010 - Health Assessment: History Taking and Physical Examination 3
NUR 2030 - Pathophysiology Related to Nursing Practice 3
NUR 2060 - Nursing Implications of Drug Administration 3
ENG 3010 - Intermediate Composition (IC) 3

Winter semester I

Courses Credits
Total 16
NUR 2050 - Supportive Measures for Basic Care Needs (C) 5
NUR 2995 - Special Topics in Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NUR 3405 - Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
BIO 2270+2271 - Microbiology 5

Fall semester II

Courses Credits
Total 13
NUR 3010 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elderly with Acute Illness (C) 5
NUR 3015 - Restorative Care: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span (C) 5
NUR 4300 - Nursing Informatics 3

Winter semester II

Courses Credits
Total 13
NUR 3020 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elderly with Chronic Illness (C) 5
NUR 4010 - Integrative Care of Children and Their Families (C) 5
NUR 4800 - Transcultural Health Through the Life Cycle 3

Fall semester III

Courses Credits
Total 9
NUR 4020 - Integrative Care of the Perinatal Family (C) 5
NUR 4040 - Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice (C) 4

Winter semester III

Courses Credits
Total 13
NUR 4050 - Theory of Caring for Complex, Critically Ill Patients (C) 3
NUR 4060 - Synthesis of Core Nursing Knowledge 5
NUR 4120 - Community Focused Nursing Practice (C) 5

General education competency requirements may be satisfied by examination. See WSU Testing, Evaluation and Research Services or call 313-577-3400 for further information. Completion of competencies by test does not result in credit hours applied toward the degree. Students must meet the required 121 credit hour minimum to complete degree requirements.

* (C) indicates that there is a clinical component to the course.

+The WSU biology department requires BIO 1050 as a prerequisite for Biology 1510 for students who do not place into BIO 1510.  Biology 1510 is a required prerequisite for admission to the College of Nursing.

The last 30 credits of coursework must be taken at Wayne State University.

The curriculum design is for informational purposes and is subject to change by the College of Nursing. Contact your Academic Services Officer to develop an individualized Plan of Work.

Program requirements

Once admitted into the College of Nursing, students must meet the following requirements to maintain "good academic standing" in the program:

  • A cumulative university GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • A grade below a "C" in a professional nursing course is unsatisfactory for progression.
  • A maximum of one nursing curriculum course within the program may be repeated.
  • Once admitted, all nursing curriculum courses must be completed at Wayne State.
  • The Traditional BSN Program should be completed within four calendar years of admission.
  • The last 30 credits of coursework must be taken at Wayne State University.


Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs


BSN Academic Services Officer

Amanda Palma, MSEd, current BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen, BSN Second Career/Degree, prospective and current BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen and Traditional BSN Students