Chicago State University
BSN (Basic) Curriculum 

Admission into the Department of Nursing takes place each fall semester. Students are eligible to apply at the junior level after completing all prerequisite courses. The Department of Nursing Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee adheres to current nursing departmental admission policies in making final decisions regarding student admission.

Revised Nursing Curriculum Effective Fall 2016

Fall Credit Hrs Spring Credit Hrs Summer Total

ENG 1270
(English I)

3 ENG 1280  (English II) 3 HSC-2150 Intro to Health Professions 3
BIOL 1080 (General Biology) 3

Chem 1050
(General + Organic Chemistry)

5 Critical Thinking – Humanities Phil 1020 or 1030 3
PSYCH 1100 (General Psychology) 3 BIOL 2020  A/P I(Anatomy & Physiology) 4    

MATH 1200

3 PSYCH- 2000 (Lifespan Development) 3    
FINE ARTS(Gen Ed requirement) 3        
Total: 15   15   6
Fall Credit Hrs Spring Credit Hrs Summer Total
 BIOL 2059 (Microbiology)  3  Humanities Communication 1130 or CMAT 2030  3    
 BIOL 2021 A/P II (Anatomy & Physiology)  4  Foreign Language (Gen Ed requirement)    
 SOC  1250 (Social Sciences)  3  HSC/NURS-3321 Service Learning in Health  3    
 Foreign Language (Gen Ed requirement)  3  HSC-3329 or Psych 4190  Biostatistics  3    
  Total:  13    12    
Professional Sequence Effective Fall 2016
Fall - Junior year Credit Hrs Spring - Junior Year Credit Hrs

Nursing Pathophysiology


Nursing Process in the Administration of Pharmacologic Agents


Fundamentals of Nursing (4 Theory + 2 Clinical)


NURS- 3350
Mental Health Nursing (3 theory +2 clinical)


Health Assessment


Comprehensive Care of Adults (6 theory+2 clinical)


NURS 3140
Theory and Professional Issues in Nursing


NURS 3101
Seminar I


NURS 3102 Seminar II

  Total:  15    17
Second Year
Fall - Senior year Credit Hrs Spring - Senior Year Credit Hrs

Nursing Care of the Developing Family
(2 Theory+ 2 Clinical)


Nursing elective


Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents
(2 Theory+ 2 Clinical)


NURS- 4251
Community based care of Family, Groups and Populations (3 theory +2 clinical)


Research Methods


Nursing Leadership and Management ( 2 theory + 2 clinical)


NURS 4400
Advanced Therapeutics and Prioritization in Complex Health Conditions


NURS 4201
Seminar III


NURS 4202
Seminar IV

  Total:  14    13

Total credits 120

Curriculum pattern for CNA-BSN students entering professional program prior to fall 2016. 


Curriculum Pattern for the RN-BSN


Students with the registered nurse (RN) license can obtain a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree at Chicago State University. The RN-BSN track is designed to meet the educational needs of the RN as an adult learner, and builds on prior nursing knowledge and experiences. Consistent with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, RN students from state-approved nursing programs will receive 30 hours of nursing credits. For more information, please visit the College of Health Sciences website.

RN students receive 30 semester hours of credit, in accordance with the Illinois Articulation Initiative for the following courses:

Nursing 2300 Pharmacology 

Nursing 3050 Fundamentals  3
Nursing 3250 Adult Health I  6
Nursing 4200 Mental Health  6
Nursing 3300 Nursing Care of Developing Family  3
Nursing 4000 Adult Health Nursing II  6
Nursing 4050 Nursing Care of Children/Adolescents  3


Chicago State University is a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Advance placement credit from any accredited college or university, that is listed on the official transcript of the institution, will be accepted for advanced credit at Chicago State University. . University placement examinations are waived for second baccalaureate degree students and students with Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.


The Department of Nursing is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Information regarding Chicago State University's Department of Nursing accreditation status may be obtained by contacting:

3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975.5020


Curriculum Pattern for the CNA-BSN

Consistent with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, certified nurse assistants who have graduated from a state-approved nurse assistant course and have passed the Illinois Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation may receive up to three hours of credit in nursing. The Department of Nursing will award these three credits after admission into the professional sequence for the nursing elective Certified nursing assistants admitted under this pattern will subsequently follow the same curriculum pattern as basic students.

BSN Curriculum Conceptual Framework: Caring

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The conceptual framework emanates from the philosophy and serves as the organizing structure for the curriculum. The central theme for this conceptual framework is the concept of caring. Caring is a universal phenomenon and is critical to growth, development, and a sense of wellness as described by nursing theorist Dr. Jean Watson. Caring is used to promote health and dignity across the life span. The expression, process, and patterns of caring may vary among cultures. However, it remains a driving force for self-actualization. Caring gives comprehensive meaning and order to persons' lives and helps to overcome separateness, achieve union, and transcends the routine. Caring implies viewing persons as unique, holistic, self-determining beings endowed with complementary stabilizing and actualizing tendencies. Stabilizing tendencies are responsible for maintaining the fluctuating internal and external environments within a range that is compatible with continuing existence. Stabilizing tendencies enable persons to strive for increasingly higher levels of well-being through the process of growth and development. Self-determination, expressed through individual choice, enables persons to maintain health and achieve increasingly higher levels of wellness. Human caring acknowledges the right to self-determination and choice inherent in the enduring values of human freedom and dignity that is both universal and individual. It is through their uniqueness that each individual, family, and community responds to changes in the internal and external environments in an attempt to maintain health and achieve higher levels of wellness.

The major elements of caring are knowing, patience, honesty, trust, humility, hope, and courage. Caring, as an interactional process requires that all persons in the caring relationship must know their own powers and limitations, as well as know the powers and limitations of others involved in the relationship. With knowing comes patience, the ability to demonstrate a nonjudgmental acceptance of the other person, and allowing others to grow at their own pace. Honesty among all persons in the caring relationship facilitates openness within the relationship and the ability to accept constructive criticism.

Trust, another crucial ingredient of a caring encompasses elements of knowing, patience, and honesty in that there must be the belief that all persons will grow in time, and that mistakes will be growth producing. Humility implies that caring is reciprocal and that both parties involved in the caring relationship will learn from each other. Through hope, both parties will support each other even through difficult times. Courage allows the caring parties to enter into the unknown of human behavior. Caring entails environmental, biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural influences within which the nurse operates.

Curriculum Pattern for the LPN-BSN (Program is currently suspended)

Suspension of the LPN to BSN Program

Due to shortage of faculty, admission to the LPN-BSN track has been suspended immediately. Students currently enrolled in the LPN-BSN track are not affected by this development and they will complete their program as planned. LPN applicants can apply for admission through the Basic track and they will receive the 15 hours of nursing credits recognized under the Illinois Articulation Initiative.


Department of Nursing.
Tel: 773 995 3992

University Graduation Policy

All students must complete the following University requirements for graduation:

  1. Completion of all curriculum requirements as specified in the required program.
  2. Successful completion of University required placement examinations in math, English and reading.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of college level credit.
  4. Completion of the last thirty (30) semester hours at Chicago State University, including eighteen (18) hours in the field of nursing. Credit earned through proficiency examinations, with the exception of University proficiency examinations, and/or military training may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  5. Minimum overall cumulative Chicago State University grade point average of C (2.0) at the time of graduation.
  6. Successful completion of the examination on the state and federal constitution.
Nursing Requirements for Graduation

All students must achieve a satisfactory grade of C or better in each nursing course and co-requisite course. Nursing courses can be re-taken one time only. In addition, students must successfully pass all end-of-course examinations, and successfully pass the senior comprehensive exit with a score of 900 points examination in order to qualify for graduation.

In general, course-for-course credit for nursing courses completed in other schools who enter Chicago State University nursing program with RN licensure will receive 30 hours of nursing credits, with LPN licensure 15 hours of nursing credits, and students who are certified nursing assistants will receive up to 3 nursing credits, according to the Illinois Articulation Initiative. See Accelerated Pathway Component, following the course descriptions.

Adjustments in the basic nursing curriculum may occur from year to year. Upon admission to the major in nursing, each student will be provided a curriculum pattern indicating the courses for which s/he will be held responsible. Any student who drops/withdraws or leaves the nursing program for any reason and is re-admitted will have to meet the requirements of the current nursing curriculum. Any consideration for re-admission of the student is dependent upon space availability. The Department of nursing reserved the right to limit the number of student being re-admitted to the Nursing program.