Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Requirement Update

In an effort to ensure program excellence and student success, William Carey University’s Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing has made improvements to some admission and progression requirements for the prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. These changes will apply immediately to all students who have not yet taken pre-nursing courses at William Carey University. Students will be required to meet the new admission requirements, beginning with those applying for the Spring 2013 admission to the prelicensure BSN program. These changes will apply to any student who is not actively and successfully progressing in the nursing program. Please note that the changes to the School of Nursing admission requirements are as follows:

  • The required cumulative grade point average for pre-nursing coursework has increase from 2.5 to 2.75. (Beginning Spring 2013 no student will be admitted to the first semester of the nursing program with a cumulative grade point average less than 2.75.)
  • Students applying to the nursing program for the Fall 2012 cohort or thereafter, must earn a minimum of a 67 on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.
  • Any student with two or more Ds or Fs in the same course or a combination of Ds or Fs in two courses are not eligible for admission to the Nursing program. This rule pertains to BIO 234, BIO 235, BIO 260, BIO 306, CHE 101, and HEA 240.

The following course requirement updates have been made:

  1. The number of credit hours for the BSN degree has decreased from 128 credit hours to 120 credit hours
  2. NUR101- Introduction to Nursing Art and Science must be successfully completed as a prerequisite to beginning the nursing program. This is a three (3) credit hour course.
  3. Three (3) credit hours of Philosophy (PHI 201 or 250) is no longer a degree requirement / core course for the BSN degree.
  4. The six (6) credit hour requirement (one general elective and one Psychology /Sociology/General Elective) is no longer a requirement for the BSN degree.
  5. The physical education requirement has been reduced from 2 credit hours to 1 credit hour for the BSN degree.

Thank you for choosing William Carey University and we look forward to assisting you with your educational pursuit. If you have additional questions please contact the program head at the location for which you plan to apply to the BSN program:

Hattiesburg Tradition New Orleans
Karen Sicard, MSN, RN
710 William Carey Parkway, Box 8
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Bobbie Loveless, DNP, RN, CNE
19460 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532
Office: 228-702-1827
Karen Sicard, MSN, RN
3939 Gentilly Blvd., Box 308
New Orleans, LA 70126
Office: 504-286- 3281

Courses required for the BSN degree



The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree may be earned only by nursing majors. Religion 101-102 (6)
English 101-102 (6)
(These courses must be taken in sequence upon initial enrollment.) Literature with an ENG prefix (3)
Communication 101 or 202 (3)
History 101-102 or 201-202 (6)
(History requirement must be met by taking two trimesters of same history sequence.) Mathematics 131 or higher (3)
Biology 234-235 (anatomy and physiology), 260 (microbiology), 306 (pharmacology) (15)
Chemistry 101 or higher (4)
Health 240 (nutrition and diet therapy) (3)
Psychology 201 (general psychology), 305 (developmental psychology), 351 (psychological statistics) or BUS 216 or MAT 220 (9-10)
Sociology 101 (3)
Fine Arts (3)
ART 200, MUM 101, THE 135 Physical Education (1)
(two activity courses or HEA 300; military science may be used to satisfy one hour of physical education; varsity sports, marching band, and or cheerleading will not meet physical education requirements.)
Nursing- NUR 101 (3)



NUR 303 fundamentals of Nursing (4)
NUR 304 Health Assessment/Health Promotion (4)
NUR 306 Nursing of the Adult I (4)
NUR 307 Pathophysiology (2)
NUR 308 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2)
NUR 314 Mental Health Nursing (4)
NUR 321 Nursing of the Childbearing Family (4)
NUR 322 Nursing of the Childrearing Family (4)
NUR 326 Nursing of the Adult II (4)
NUR 330 Community Service (1)
Nursing Elective (2)
NUR 412 Introduction to research (2)
NUR 414 Writing and reporting research (1)
NUR 423 Complex Health Problems (4)
NUR 424 Managing Health Care (2)
NUR 431 Community Nursing (4)
NUR 444 Preceptorship (3)