Traditional (Pre-Licensure) Nursing B.S. Program Program Requirements for 2023-2024

B.S. in Nursing

All courses listed as required nursing courses (NURS) are used in the determination of the grade point average in the major.


Required Liberal Arts/Sciences Courses – 60 credits

Core Requirements
  • Learning Community, two-course cluster (6)
  • Any 1299 Research-Based Writing (3)
  • Data Analysis course (3)
  • Any Civic Engagement course (3)
  • Any Creative Inquiry course (3)
  • Any Diversity Equity and Inclusion course (3)
  • Any Ethical Reasoning course (3)
Nursing Prerequisites
  • BIOL 131/131Lab – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4)
  • BIOL 132/132Lab – Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4)
  • BIOL 107C/107Lab – SQ Microbes and Disease and Lab (4)
  • BIOL 108C – P4 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
  • CHEM 120C/120 Lab – P4 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab* (4)
  • Choose ONE:
    • ECON 221 – SQ Statistics I (3)
    • PSYC 201 – Basic Statistics (3)
    • SOCI 120 – SQ Basic Biostatistics (3)
  • PSYC 231C – P3 Development Across Lifespan (3)
  • Choose ONE of PHIL 124C, 250C, REST 130, 284D, or 387D (3)
  • Electives from any of the Liberal Arts (8)

Required Nursing Courses – 60 credits

  • NURS 107 – Nursing Seminar: Freshmen (fall) (0)
  • NURS 108 – Nursing Seminar: Freshmen (spring) (0)
  • NURS 205 – Nursing Seminar: Sophomore (fall) (0)
  • NURS 206 – Nursing Seminar: Sophomore (spring) (0)
  • NURS 300 & 300L – Introduction to the Discipline and Practice of Professional Nursing (6)
  • NURS 304 – Nursing Leadership and Patient-Centered Care I (3)
  • NURS 308 – Genomics in Nursing Practice (2)
  • NURS 312 – Palliative and End-of-Life Care (2)
  • NURS 313 & 313L – Health Assessment and Lab (2)
  • NURS 317 – Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing I (5)
  • NURS 320 – Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology I (3)
  • NURS 323 – Care of the Childbearing Family (4)
  • NURS 3991 – Advanced Research Writing (3)**
  • NURS 403 – Mental Health Nursing (5)
  • NURS 406 – Nursing Leadership and Patient-Centered Care II (2)
  • NURS 423 – Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing II (5)
  • NURS 428 – Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology II (3)
  • NURS 429 – Public Health and Community Nursing (5)
  • NURS 431 – Care of Children and Their Families (4)
  • NURS 446 – Nursing Leadership & PCC III (3)
  • NURS 4991 – Cardinal Experience: Senior Nursing Preceptorship (3)**

Total: 120 credits***

*CHEM 103C and CHEM 103L may be substituted.

**These required nursing courses also meet the Core requirements of Advanced Research Writing and Cardinal Experience.

***Students who begin the traditional nursing program as freshmen are required to take a one-credit Freshman Seminar (ITDY 101) in their first semester. As this course is NOT considered a liberal arts course, these students will end up with at least 121 credits at program completion.

Note:  If the optional NURS 498H and NURS 496 courses are taken, they will be included in the GPA calculation for the major. For purposes of determining whether the requirement to complete at least half of the major courses at St. John Fisher University has been met, all courses listed above as required nursing courses (NURS) are used.

Fast-Track for Traditional Nursing Students

Petition for Graduate Study

Current Fisher nursing students may petition to complete graduate-level coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study. The accelerated options allow specific graduate-level courses to be taken. This shortens graduate degree requirements without compromising didactic and clinical learning experiences in the undergraduate program.

Students may take advantage of one or both accelerated course options.

Note:  Approval to take graduate courses does not guarantee admission to the M.S. program in nursing. Students who wish to continue their graduate studies at Fisher must complete the application process for graduate admissions. Please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions for more information.

Students beginning their study of nursing at St. John Fisher University follow the curriculum of the traditional nursing B.S. program. They may petition to take courses in the graduate program after all 300-level undergraduate courses have been completed with a GPA in nursing of 3.30 or higher. Students interested in an accelerated option should consult with their advisors and the graduate program director during their junior year at St. John Fisher University for more information and to obtain the appropriate registration paperwork. Approved traditional baccalaureate students may pursue one or both of the following options:

Note:  Application of these fast-track courses for graduate credit may be affected by curriculum changes in the graduate programs in the future.

Fast-Track Requirements

The number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

First Semester Senior Year (S1)

  • GNUR 704 – Advanced Technology in Support of Clinical Management (3) –OR–
  • GNUR 707 – Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)


Second Semester Senior Year (S2)*

  • GNUR 704 – Advanced Technology in Support of Clinical Management (3) –OR–
  • GNUR 707 – Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)

Enrollment Status

Either GNUR 704 or GNUR 707 is taken along with other required undergraduate nursing courses during the first and second semesters of the senior year. These courses are posted as graduate credit, and there is no additional charge for these courses as long as the student is full-time in the undergraduate B.S. nursing program.

Note: The program requirements listed are for the current academic year. Past and future program requirements may differ.