The Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment. It is delivered in a semester format with classes meeting in the daytime. Students are admitted directly to the program if selected after completing admission requirements. Once admitted, students are guaranteed required program courses so that they may complete the degree in four years if academic requirements are met. The curriculum includes foundation courses in the arts and sciences as well as nursing courses designed to guide students in achieving expected student outcomes.

Students receive classroom, lab, and clinical learning experiences which emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. Students that complete the BSN program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The BSN program at Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Additional Information

Curriculum and Expected Student Outcomes

Semester I Courses

  • Stritch Seminar (3 cr.)
  • BL 111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)
  • CORE Elective (3 cr.)
  • Communication elective (3 cr.)
  • EN 101 Persuasive Writing (CH 107 Fundamental Chemistry, if needed, or Elective) (3 cr.)

Semester II Courses

  • NUR 110 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • BL 112 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr.)
  • PS 190 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.)
  • Moral/Ethical Reasoning elective (PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics recommended) (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester III Courses

  • NUR 210 Health Assessment (4  (3/1) cr.*)
  • NUR 212 Pathophysiology I (3 cr.)
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BL 203 Microbiology laboratory (1 credit)
  • EN 102 Research Writing (3 cr.)

Semester IV Courses

  • NUR 222 Pharmacology (3 cr.)
  • NUR 224 Adult/Geriatric Health - Chronic Care (6 (4/2) cr.**)
  • Math elective (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Semester V Courses

  • NUR 300 Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • NUR 310 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NUR 314 Mental Health (4 cr.)
  • NUR 420 Population Focused Health (4 cr.**)

Semester VI Courses     

  • NUR 322 Maternal Newborn Health (4 (3/1) cr.**)
  • NUR 324 Pediatric Health (3 cr.)
  • CORE class (3 cr.)
  • CORE class (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Semester VII Courses

  • NUR 410 Pathophysiology II (2 cr.)
  • NUR 412 Adult/Geriatric Health - Acute Care - (7 (3/4) cr.**) 
  • NUR 414 Holism and Diversity (3 cr.)
  • Nursing elective (2 cr., choose 1) either NUR 415 Critical Care Nursing (2 cr.) or NUR 417 Spiritual Health (2 cr.)  

Semester VIII Courses

  • NUR 424 Leadership for Change (3 cr.)
  • NUR 428 Transition into Professional Practice (6 (2/4) cr.**)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
*This course has 1 credit of lab which equals 2 hours a week of lab time
**This course has a clinical component which equals 3 hours per week for every 1 credit of clinical

BSN Program Expected Student Outcomes

F:        Incorporate Franciscan Values and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in academic and practice settings.

R:        Use research and evidence-based practice as a basis for planning and providing care.

A1:       Practice according to the ANA Nursing: Scope and standards of practice and the CONHS Standards of Conduct; abides by the legal standards as defined by state nurse practice acts and federal regulations.

N1:       Provide developmentally appropriate nursing care across the continuum of healthcare environments.

C1:       Collaborate and communicate with the patient and the healthcare team to maximize health outcomes.

I:         Use information management and the application of patient care technology to provide quality care.

S:         Demonstrate leadership by influencing others to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and provide quality care.
C2:      Provide culturally competent and holistic nursing care to diverse patients.

A2:      Advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

N2:       Demonstrate knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments to improve patient outcomes.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

High School Applicants

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or 250 GED.
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 21, or SAT CR+M score of 1060.

Transfer Applicants
  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college-level coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Letter of Good Standing
    If currently or previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution, a letter of good standing must be submitted from the institution.  
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Applicants who meet the Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission requirements are admitted directly into the program.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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