Nursing, B.S.

Take the traditional route to an exceptional Nursing career with USJ’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

Take the first step toward a career as a nurse, ranked the No. 5 best job by U.S. News & World Report, and pursue the best major for the job, Nursing.

While health care continues to change with new technology, improved treatments, and different clinical settings, USJ’s commitment to preparing nurses to provide compassionate, quality care to our communities is stronger than ever.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum


About USJ’s Nursing Program

  • For high school graduates and college transfer students
  • No previous education in nursing necessary
  • Progression in the Nursing major requires a minimum of a 2.67 GPA in Nursing courses during sophomore, junior, and senior years and a B- in all sciences

Program Outcomes for Nursing

  • Integrate the aesthetics and empirics of nursing with the natural/behavior sciences, the humanities, and interprofessional education to provide holistic care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in leadership that promote quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Implement an evidence-based and theoretically guided framework for nursing practice including the five patterns of knowing in nursing and transition theory.
  • Utilize data from diverse sources with knowledge and skill in informatics and patient care technology to promote safety and optimal patient outcomes.
  • Appraise and respond to the economic, legal, political, and social issues that impact health and wellness of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations through emancipatory knowing.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other members of the health care team to advocate for high quality and safe patient care.
  • Deliver culturally appropriate nursing care through health promotion and disease prevention to populations on a local and global level.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for ethical professional behavior and nursing care.
  • Demonstrate competent nursing practice in diverse settings caring for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

Required Science Prerequisites

  • Microbiology
  • Inorganic/Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II

How Do USJ Students Carry on the Florence Nightingale Legacy?

By striving my best, using evidence based practices in my work, and always brainstorming ways in which healthcare can be improved.

– Jessica Karwowski, USJ Nursing Student

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I become a nurse?

For individuals interested in serving their communities, USJ’s nationally-recognized Nursing program can prepare them for meaningful careers. Learning on campus, in a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, and at clinical placements throughout the region, students gain a deep understanding of the nursing profession. They also have the opportunity to join the Student Nurses’ Association, the Iota Upsilon-at-Large Chapter, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Thanks to meaningful experiences both in and out of the classroom, students graduate ready for success in their health care careers.

How do I become a nurse?

Students interested in becoming a nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) must complete a four-year college Nursing program. At USJ, Nursing students complete a rigorous eight-semester degree program, which includes classroom instruction and experiential learning in clinical rotations. After graduation, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed nurses.

Why is USJ right for me?

Do you want to be the best possible nurse? Are you willing to do the hard work of learning through lectures, simulations in the lab and in an acute-care environment? Do you do well in the sciences and see Nursing as more than just liking people and caring for them?

If you are prepared for a rigorous education, support from world-renowned faculty and are willing to push yourself to achieve your personal best, you should visit the USJ campus and see if we feel right for you. We graduate only exceptional nurses who are highly sought after by area health care institutions.

What do I need to do to apply?

Apply online by contacting the admission nursing specialist. The University has rolling admission so you may submit your application at any time. You will need:

  • A current transcript from high school or any other colleges you have attended
  • Your SAT scores are optional
  • Letters of reference (not required, but are a benefit)

Can I visit the campus? Can I sit in on a nursing class?

Of course! Please get in touch with our admission counselors to make arrangements. We look forward to meeting you!

What do I have to do to get into the major once I am accepted at the University?

  • In the fall semester of the sophomore year, each student completes a formal application to the department of Nursing. This must include a current transcript and you must pass a criminal background check.
  • Prior to the first Nursing course, you are expected to be certified in CPR and have all immunizations necessary per the School’s health policy.
  • At the time of application to the major, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, in addition to B-(minus) or better in all science classes. Please see our Undergraduate Student Catalog for more specific information.
  • You must maintain a 2.67 GPA during the first course and thereafter to progress in the major.

How long does it take to become a nurse (after high school)?

In order to become a nurse in a BSN program, students must complete a bachelor’s degree program in Nursing. At the University of Saint Joseph, this four-year program combines classroom instruction with clinical rotations to effectively prepare students for a challenging and meaningful career as a nurse. Following the completion of a bachelor’s degree, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed nurse.

What is the difference between an RN and a BSN?

A Registered Nurse (RN) is an individual who has earned an associate’s degree and has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which requires an individual to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program in Nursing before passing the NCLEX-RN. Earning a BSN is highly encouraged in the field, as nurses with a BSN are statistically more likely to be hired over those with an associate’s degree. Additionally, nurses with a BSN tend to make more money than their RN counterparts, making a bachelor’s program a wiser long-term investment.

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