Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing offers a four (4) semester traditional nursing program that begins in the fall semester. Students will graduate at the end of spring semester in their second year.

Traditional nursing students first complete their prerequisite courses and other university requirements (such as general education requirements) as a pre-nursing major at the University of Newcastle or another college/university. Most traditional students complete their pre-requisite and other required courses in two years, applying to the traditional program in January of their sophomore year. Declaration of the pre-nursing major at the University of Newcastle does not guarantee admission to the traditional program.

The curriculum in the nursing program provides learning experiences in health promotion, acute care and community health nursing, health care disparities, global health nursing, health policy and issues associated with special populations. Students receive supervised clinical learning experiences with clients in a variety of settings for approximately 12–24 hours per week. Exposure to nursing research, community-engaged learning and leadership experiences are integrated throughout the program.


·         Completion of at least 45 semester hours of study at the university/college level.

·         Completion of general education requirements prior to starting the nursing program.

·         Completion of the ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher prior to entering the program (C- grades are not accepted).

·         The six (6) nursing prerequisite marked by (*) must be completed and graded at the time of application. Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must be completed within 7 years of starting the program and must have been taught in the English language.

·         Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 in all prerequisite courses.

·         Minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities, and community service. 

·         Some conditions may not apply for students who study thru distance learning.


The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities and community service.

Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be admitted to the program.

Completion of all ten (10) nursing prerequisite courses listed below is required prior to entry into the nursing program. All prerequisite courses must have a Grade of C or better. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit updated transcripts to ensure the review of the application.

The six (6) prerequisite courses identified with an asterisk (*) must be completed before the application deadline. If these courses are not completed, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

·         Prerequisite Courses

·         Principles of Biology (*)

·         Human Anatomy (*)

·         Human Physiology (*)

·         Elementary Chemistry (*)

·         Elementary Bio-Organic Chemistry (*)

·         Introduction to Statistical Inference (*)

·         Nutrition Intervention

·         Human Development:Lifespan

·         Medical Microbiology

·         Pathophysiology

·         Course Equivalencies

If a course is not listed on the College of Nursing Course Equivalency Chart below, it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the course meets the prerequisite requirements by contacting the College of Nursing.

Applications are accepted once a year for fall semester admission. Individuals apply directly to the College of Nursing. If you are not currently a University of Newcastle student, you must also apply to the University of Newcastle's Office of Admissions. Admission to the University of Newcastle does not constitute admission to the traditional nursing program.


Applications to the nursing programs are accepted through our convenient online application system. You will be able to create an account with a PIN and password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Instructions for each component of the application are provided within the online application. The following is an overview of the application materials:


·         Personal information, educational and employment history

·         Professional resume

·         Three professional letters of recommendation

·         Responses to short answer questions

·         Electronic interview that you will schedule through the online application system


Additional Requirements

·         Current official transcripts sent to the University Office of Admissions (if applying to the University) and College of Nursing

·         Score of 50 or higher on the SPEAK test for applicants for whom English is a second language 

·         Any other information requested by the admissions committee.


Students are responsible for the completion of their application file. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee on the basis of academic qualifications as well as promise for success in the program and potential for contributions to the profession. The College of Nursing adheres to the University of Newcastle's policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in admission decisions. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the resources of the college, students are accepted on the basis of the recommendations of the Baccalaureate Admissions and Advancement Committee and the Dean of the college. Final acceptance is contingent on receipt of official transcripts and the successful completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. If the applicant does not enroll as a student and enter the College of Nursing the first day of classes for the semester admitted, the position in the entering class will be forfeited.

All applicants will receive notification about the status of their application by email.

Students who are denied admission are responsible for completing and submitting a new application each admission cycle. Applications are not automatically forwarded. Applications from individuals who have applied in the past are reviewed as a member of the current applicant pool. Individuals who reapply must be currently admitted to the University of Newcastle.

The First and Second years of the BS degree are a sample program of study. It is strongly

recommended that pre-nursing students take the nursing program prerequisite courses

(highlighted in bold) in the semesters identified below. Students may need to adjust the first two

years based on availability of general education course offerings, class schedules, and

math/science background. General Biology and Statistics may be waived with an AP Score of 5.


Applicants to the nursing program must have earned a grade of C or better in the prerequisite

courses. Completion of all 10 (ten) nursing prerequisite courses or their equivalencies is

required prior to entry into the program. The six (6) nursing prerequisite courses marked with an

asterisk (*) must be completed and graded at the time of application to the nursing program.


The following general education and BS degree requirements must be completed prior to entry

in to the nursing program: Intellectual Explorations (2 Fine Arts (FF), 2 Humanities (HF), 2

Social/Behavioral Sciences (BF)), Lower Division Writing (WR), American Institutions (AI),

Quantitative Reasoning A and B (QA, QB).


First Year (pre-nursing)

Semester 1 -

·         NUBIOL 1210 General Biology (4)

·         NUCHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry (4)

·         NUMATH 1030 or 1050 or 1090 (3 or 4)


Semester 2 -

·         NUBIOL 2325 Human Anatomy (4)  

·         NU45676 Fine Arts (3)

·         NUWRTG 2010 Intermediate Writing (3)


Semester 3 -

·         NUBIOL 2420 Human Physiology (4)

·         NUCHEM 1120 BioOrganic Chemistry (4)

·         NUOY123 Social/Behavioral Science (3)

·         NUPOW134 Second Year (pre-nursing)


Second Year

Semester 1-

·         NUMATHNU 1070 Statistics (3)

·         NUMURSNU 2100 Human Development: Lifespan (3)

·         NUPATH 3100 Medical Microbiology (3)


Semester 2 -

·         UNNURSNU 2270 Pathophysiology I (3)

·         UNNUTRNU 3010 Nutrition (4)

·         UNO296 Humanities (3)  


Semester 3 -

·         UNH654 Humanities (3)  

·         UNH655 Fine Arts (3)

·         UNH656 American Institutions (3)


Third Year - Beginning of the Nursing Program

 Semester 1 -  

·         MYNURS 3100: Introduction to Professional Nursing (3)

·         MYNURS 3105: Foundations of Clinical Care (4)

·         MYNURS 3107: Nursing and Health Promotion (3)

·         MYNURS 3108: Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)

·         MYNURS 3261: Nursing Management of Drug Therapy (3)


Semester 2 -

·         MYNURS 3110: Nursing Across Systems and Populations (4)

·         MYNURS 3115: Clinical Care of Individuals and Families (6)

·         MYNURS 3117: Response to Illness Across the Lifespan (5)


Fourth Year


Semester 1 -  

·         MYNURS 4110: Global Health Nursing (3)

·         MYNURS 4115: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan (3)

·         MYNURS 4117: Developing Family Systems (3)

·         MYNURS 4118: Population Health and Illness (3)

·         MYNURS 4119: Clinical Care of Vulnerable Populations (3)

·         NUHSC 5800: IPE Preparedness and Response (0.5)


Semester 2 -  

·         UNURS 4150: Nursing Initiatives (3)

·         NUURS 4155: Clinical Capstone (8)

·         UUUHSC: 5700 IPE Simulation of Ambulatory Patient Care (0.5)

·         Approved Upper Division Elective (3-4)


Completion of the 4-semester nursing program fulfills all Bachelor of Science degree requirements: Upper-Division Communication/Writing (CW),Diversity (DV), Upper-Division International (IR) and the two upper-division BS Quantitative Intensive (QI).




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