The traditional program or curriculum plan is designed for the beginning nursing student: high school graduates or students with limited college transfer credit (12 credits maximum). 

Lower Division Nursing Courses (Freshman and Sophomore Students in the Conway School of Nursing)

During the first two years of study at Catholic University freshman and sophomore nursing students are assigned advisors. Those students who meet requirements for admission into the upper division of the school will be assigned a nursing faculty adviser who is available for consultation on academic matters. Full-time and part-time study is available. Students who attend classes on a part-time basis will require more than 4 years to complete all degree requirements.

The complete program consists of 120 credits that are articulated below. The program course plan requirements may be modified in instances of individual academic program progression issues, which may be limited and are authorized by the Conway School of Nursing.

Advance Placement course credits for courses taken in high school are evaluated by the School of Arts and Sciences for potential transfer as Catholic University college credit.

Natural Science and Math: 18 credits
Chemistry (inorganic and organic chemistry content): 4 credits
Human anatomy and physiology: 8 credits
Microbiology: 3 credits
Statistics: 3 credits

English: 3 credits
All students are required to take one English writing course. The particular course is grounded on the English placement criteria at the time of admission to the university. English 101 is part of the first-year experience and the freshman learning communities.

Philosophy: 6 credits
All students are required to take Philosophy 201 and 202, both of which are a part of the first-year experience and learning communities. 

Religion: 9 credits (6 credits while in Arts and Sciences)
Of the three required religion courses, the first must be TRS 201, Faith Seeking Understanding, a learning community course. The second theology course must be TRS 202 A or TRS 202B The Church and the Human Person. The third required theology course is a biomedical ethics course, either Theology 333 or Philosophy 303 (this course is taken after matriculating into the School of Nursing during junior year). Bioethics must be taken at Catholic University and is not transferable from another university.

Humanities/Liberal Studies: 18 credits
Psychology: 3 credits
Human Growth and Development: 3 credits
Fine Arts or Literature: 3 Credits
Electives: 9 credits

Nursing Exploratory (before matriculation into the upper division of the Conway School of Nursing): 12 credits
Introduction to Health Systems and Professions: 3 credits
Population Health: 3 credits
Health and Wellness across the Lifespan: 3 credits
Nutrition: 3 credits

Total number of credits in the School of Arts and Sciences: 60

Upper Division Courses (required after acceptance into the Conway School of Nursing)
Health Assessment: 4 credits
Pathophysiology: 3 credits
Pharmacology: 3 credits 
Community and Environmental Nursing Lecture and Clinical Applications: 3 credits (1/2)
Fundamental Applications: 3 credits
Mental Health Nursing (Lecture and Clinical): 5 credits (3/2)
Adults in Health and Illness I (Lecture and Clinical): 5 credits (3/2) 
Adults in Health and Illness II (Lecture and Clinical): 5 credits (3/2)
Women in Health and Illness (Lecture and Clinical): 5 credits (3/2)
Children in Health and Illness (Lecture and Clinical): 5 credits (3/2)
Adults in Health and Illness III (Lecture and Clinical): 4 credits (2/2)
Management of Health Care Delivery: 2 credits
Transition to Professional Practice: 2 credits
Strategies for Professional Practice: 2 credits
Evidence Based Care/Health Informatics: 2 credits
Nursing Research: 3 credits
Optional - Practicum in Complex Nursing: 2 credits

Total number of credits in the School of Nursing: 60 credits

Course descriptions are available on the Web at

Introduction to Health Systems, Population Health, Health and Wellness & Nutrition are open to non-nursing students on a space available basis. Students from other schools should check with the Conway School of Nursing before registering for these courses.

The number of hours of meeting/contact time per week is determined by the type of nursing course and credits and does not include out of class study time or work on out of class assignments. P/F indicates the course is graded with either Pass or Fail.  The following ratios are used:

Didactic Course: 1 credit=1 hour/week
Clinical/Lab Course: 1 credit= 3 hours/week

All undergraduate nursing students in the 4-year plan B.S.N. program must take 12 credits of electives. The requirements for these electives is consistent with the School of Arts and Sciences. Please see specific school announcements for particular degree requirements.