To complete the nursing major, students must take 31 hours of required support courses and 11-12 hours of other courses in addition to completing more than 900 hours of clinical experience. Nursing students often combine this major with a minor in psychology, biology, business, communication, or music.
During the freshman year, nursing students concentrate on completing their Common Experience courses and specific coursework psychology, mathematics, microbiology, anatomy, biology and statistics. As sophomores, students are introduced to nursing courses such as nutrition, pharmacology, nursing theory, nursing fundamentals and medical terminology. Sophomores also begin their clinical experiences.
In the junior and senior year, students concentrate on nursing courses and hands-on nursing practice. Courses focus on specific types of nursing, such as psychiatric, maternal and child, community health, critical care, etc.