Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Phone: 216.368.4591
Amy Bieda, PhD, APRN, PCPNP-BC, NNP-BC, Program Director

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The BSN program emphasizes intensive and early clinical experience, a strong foundation in acute care nursing, and a commitment to service to our community. Our students begin their clinical experience in the first term of the freshman year and complete their program with a 280-hour clinical preceptorship in the senior year. Students graduate with over 1300 hours of clinical experience, exceeding that of other schools of nursing. In addition, students provide healthcare services to children and families--collectively amassing approximately 16,000 hours of service to local schools alone each year.

The student-learning environment includes traditional classrooms, world-class clinical facilities, community settings and the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation & Innovation (CNESI). Clinical experiences occur in Cleveland’s nationally and internationally renowned health care facilities including University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth Medical Center System, and the Veterans Administration. Students also have extensive experience in community health departments, community centers and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The opportunities available to students are limitless. Students are encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary research projects with faculty. They have the opportunity to explore health issues in the global arena and to study at national sites as part of their standard curriculum. 

Graduates have a foundation in the discipline of nursing, demonstrate leadership in clinical practice, use clinical inquiry to advance practice, become involved in research, quality improvement, and assume responsibility for their own professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1.  Demonstrates the ability to integrate principles of evidence-based practice and quality improvement to deliver safe patient-centered care.
  2.  Exhibits leadership skills to optimize health care outcomes, influence health policy and advance the nursing profession.
  3. Demonstrates clinical reasoning that promotes a culture of quality and safety to individuals, families and populations.
  4. Collaborates with interprofessional teams, fostering open communication and shared decision making to ensure safe, high quality and cost-effective care.
  5. Integrates behaviors, values and the professional code that reflects the nursing profession.
  6. Explains the benefits of utilizing health care information systems and technologies to promote safe, patient-centered care and support decision making.
  7. Recognizes the individual as a full partner in coordinating care that promotes health and well-being based on respect of their preferences, values and needs.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete the following:

  1. Minimum of 125.5 hours as specified by the requirements with a 2.000 GPA
  2. A minimum of C for all courses taken in nursing and science courses counting toward the major
  3. A minimum of 50 credit hours in 300 and 400 level courses
  4. The SAGES General Education Requirements for the School of Nursing

For those with experience in the armed forces of the United States, or in the National Guard or in a reserve component,  the BSN program will (a) Review the individual's military education and skills training; (b) Determine whether any of the military education or skills training is substantially equivalent to the curriculum established in Chapter 4723-5 of the Ohio Administrative Code; and (c) Award credit to the individual for any substantially equivalent military education or skills training. (In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-5)

Progression in the BSN Program

Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement in all required courses. To maintain satisfactory academic standing, students must attain a GPA of 2.000 or above by the end of their junior year and must obtain a C or above in all nursing and science courses counting toward the major. Students who receive two unsatisfactory grades (D or F) in nursing and/or natural and behavioral science courses may be subject to separation from the school of nursing.  See the Undergraduate Student Handbook for a description of the criteria for academic standing.

Students who receive a grade of Incomplete (I), given at the discretion of the instructor for the course, must complete course requirements by the eleventh week of the following semester. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of the circumstances preventing completion of all assigned work. In the absence of notification or adequate justification, the instructor may give the student a final grade that assumes a failing grade for the missing work. If a student fails to submit the work required for removing the Incomplete by the date established or by the eleventh week of the following semester, the instructor will give a failing grade (F). The grade will convert from I to F when the deadline for making up incomplete grades from a previous semester has passed.

Students who receive a grade below C for a nursing course or a science course that counts toward the major must register for that course the next semester that it is offered. If the student fails to meet the University's requirement for good academic standing, the student is placed on academic probation. If the GPA does not improve the next semester, the Academic Standing Board of the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education will review the student’s record to determine whether extenuating circumstances warrant an additional semester of probation or separation from the university.


This four-year baccalaureate program for high school graduates leads to a BSN degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). A sample study plan also demonstrates how a BSN student might schedule the required courses.

The FPB School of Nursing has the right to determine a student's readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass this examination. This examination is given by State Boards of Nursing, and satisfactory completion of this examination enables the graduate to practice as an RN in the state for which the examination was taken.

The BSN program includes nursing, science and liberal arts courses. A minimum of 125.5 credit hours, with at least 50 credits from upper division courses, are required for award of the BSN degree. Students must meet the University requirements for graduation. The ratio of clinical hours to credit hours is 4 to 1, and for laboratory hours, it is 2 to 1. The program plan for entry-level students to the BSN program is as follows:

Principles of Biology (BIOL 114)3  
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 116)3  
SAGES University First Seminar4  
GER General Education Requirement3  
BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers (NURS 277)0  
Fundamentals of Nursing (NURS 115)4  
Foundations of the Practice II (NURS 122)  3
Applied Nutrition in Health and Disease (NURS 201)  2
Health Care in the Community (NURS 160)  1
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 117)  3
SAGES University Seminar  3
Concepts for a Molecular View of Biology I (CHEM 119)  3
Year Total: 17 15
Nursing Care of the Adult 1 (NURS 230)5  
Introduction to Pharmacology 1 (NURS 211)1.5  
Aging in Health and Illness (NURS 250)2  
Teaching/Learning in the Community (NURS 210)
or Evidence Based Public Policy in the Community (NURS 260)
Concepts for a Molecular View of Biology II (CHEM 121)3  
SAGES University Seminar3  
Medical Microbiology, Immunity, and Infectious Disease (NURS 342)  4
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (NURS 317)  3.75
Nursing Care of the Adult 2 (NURS 240)  4.75
Human Development: Medical and Social (SOCI 203)  3
Introduction to Pharmacology 2 (NURS 212)  1.5
Teaching/Learning in the Community (NURS 210)
or Evidence Based Public Policy in the Community (NURS 260)
Year Total: 15.5 18
Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NURS 315)
& Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Health and Illness (NURS 316)
or NURS 338 and NURS 339
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences (STAT 201)3  
Leadership in the Community (NURS 310)
or Process Change in the Community (NURS 360)
GER General Education Requirement3  
BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers (NURS 277)0  
Theoretical and Evidence Bases for Best Practice in Nursing (NURS 320) (Sages Departmental Seminar)  3
Care of the Adult and Older Adult with Complex Health Alterations (NURS 338)
& Care of the Perioperative Patient (NURS 339)
or NURS 315 and NURS 316
(NURS 345)  2
GER General Education Requirement  3
Process Change in the Community (NURS 360)
or Leadership in the Community (NURS 310)
Year Total: 15-16 17-18
Information Technologies in Health (NURS 370)1  
Population Health Nursing (NURS 371)3  
Health in the Global Community (NURS 372)3  
Global Health Practicum (NURS 373)5  
Issues and Ethics in Health Care (NURS 343)  2
Concepts of Management and Leadership (NURS 341)  3
Senior Preceptorship: NURS 350, NURS 352, NURS 354, NURS 356  8
Year Total: 12 13
Total Units in Sequence:  122.5-124.5

40 General Education Requirements

86 Nursing Requirements


In addition to your Sages advisor, each freshman nursing student will have a first year nursing advisor assigned to them.  This is to assure a smooth transition during freshmen year. Varsity athletes who are also majoring in nursing will have a specific nursing advisor during the time they participate in varsity sports.