Degree Requirements

Nursing Major, BSN

Seven 4-semester credit hour courses, including:

  • NUR 300 – Trends and Issues in Nursing
  • NUR 305 – Communication
  • NUR 306 – Paradigms in Nursing
  • NUR 403 – Families and the Life Cycle
  • NUR 410 – Community Health Nursing I
  • NUR 411 – Practicum: Community Health Nursing II
  • NUR 490 – Leadership/Management

A minimum grade of 2.0 in each nursing course and a cumulative major GPA of 2.5 are required. Students also must complete Augsburg’s residence and general education requirements.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the required courses in the Nursing major and are met by completing the major.

Students petitioning to transfer in upper division nursing courses from another institution to meet requirements in the nursing major at Augsburg must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these graduation skills.

Other Information

The BSN program has been planned so that courses in the nursing major can be completed over 16 months of full-time study, two courses per semester; however, students may pursue their studies at a slower and more flexible pace.

Courses in the Nursing major are generally offered on weekday evenings with practicum courses (NUR 410 and 411) requiring additional weekday time. More time may be required to complete the total course of study depending on the number of liberal arts (general education) courses individual students need to complete the BSN degree and the number of credits each student transfers to Augsburg College from other colleges or universities. Students in Nursing may take non-nursing courses in both the Day and WEC program. Students interested in pursuing the Nursing major should consult with BSN admissions staff in the Admissions Office for assistance applying.

Admission to the Nursing Major

In addition to meeting admission requirements for Augsburg College, admission to the Nursing major requires the following:

  • Completed application
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the basic nursing program
  • Unencumbered RN license–applicant must be a registered nurse who is licensed and currently registered to practice in Minnesota prior to beginning the Nursing major
  • Evidence of HIPAA training
  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Criminal background check (details provided in application process)

Special conditions:

  • Students may be provisionally admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Augsburg due to a cumulative GPA of less than 2.5 in their basic nursing program. Full admission to the program requires students to achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better in two liberal arts courses at Augsburg to be fully admitted to the program.
  • Students may apply to Augsburg College prior to completion of their degree program provided all admission requirements are met prior to enrolling at Augsburg.

Credit for Previous Nursing Courses

Registered nurses (RNs) transferring into Augsburg College’s BSN completion program will be granted 28 semester credits in recognition of their previous lower division nursing coursework if the following standards are met:

  • Prior nursing education in the United States is taken in an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program or a diploma in nursing program. Both must be state board-approved programs.
  • Nursing coursework taken outside of the United States is submitted for evaluation to the World Education Services (WES), an agency approved by Augsburg College to evaluate foreign transcripts. Reports should be sent directly to Augsburg College. In addition, nursing coursework must be verified for authenticity by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Applicants must request CGFNS (www.cgfns.org) to forward the educational credentials report to the Minnesota State Board of Nursing. Once their credentials are verified, applicants must apply for licensure and demonstrate successful passing of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Nurses who have previously submitted CGFNS credential verification in a state other than Minnesota, and who have passed the NCLEX, will be considered for admission and must meet the same residency requirements expected of all students.

Students who change their major and transfer out of the BSN completion program will lose the 28 semester credit block grant and their transfer credit evaluation will be reassessed. The 28 semester credit block grant will be applied toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing only.

Options for Completing the Degree

Augsburg recognizes that nurses have a variety of time schedules, personal responsibilities, and work demands that must be taken into account in any decision to work toward a college degree. For this reason, Augsburg offers full- and part-time sequential alternatives for pursuing a Nursing degree.

Courses at Augsburg are available weekday evenings. Generally, nursing classes meet on alternate weekday evenings for four-hour time blocks. Online instruction and activities occur between face-to-face class times. Clinical practicum requirements usually occur on weekdays for selected courses. Optional immersion courses and practicums at home and abroad are scheduled throughout the year. Check with the Department of Nursing for details.

It is recommended to work with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study when to take the liberal arts courses. Nursing majors can complete courses toward the bachelor’s degree at the Minneapolis and at the Rochester campuses.

Transfer of Upper Division Nursing Courses

BSN students who are provisionally accepted into the Master of Arts in Nursing program at Augsburg may enroll in up to three designated MAN courses, which can be used to fulfill elective credits in the BSN program as well as fulfill credits in the MAN program. Note that these graduate courses may not transfer into another college or university as graduate courses if they have been used to complete the BSN; Augsburg College, however, accepts the courses as also fulfilling requirements in the MAN. The three graduate Nursing courses plus the practica include the following:

  • NUR 500 – Transcultural Health Care (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 500P – Practicum: Transcultural Health Care in the City or in Oaxaca, Mexico (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 532 – Transcultural Healing and Self Care (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 532P – Practicum: Transcultural Healing Practices and Self Care (1 semester credit)
  • NUR 541 – The Politics of Health Care (3 semester credits)
  • NUR 541P – Practicum: Politics of Health Care in the City or in Guatemala (1 semester credit)

(see current class schedule for practicum offerings)

Note: Students who decelerate for more than five years may be asked to audit courses already taken. There is a fee to audit courses.

Departmental Honors

Admission to the honors major requires a GPA of at least 3.60 in the major and 3.30 overall, application to the department chair by November 1 of the senior year, recommendation by nursing faculty, and an honors thesis to be presented before a faculty committee by April 15. Candidates register for NUR 499 to complete the honors requirement.

Latin Honors

To be eligible for Latin honors, a student must meet minimum GPA standards as well as complete a minimum of 56 traditionally-graded credits at Augsburg and have no more than eight elective pass/no credit graded credits at Augsburg (classes offered only as P/N by the department will not be counted, nor will N grades). For further information, see the Latin Honors section in Academic Information.

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