Please discuss all courses with your Faculty Preceptor to ensure that they are congruent with your plan of study.
Add courses in a variety of Core categories.
The School of Nursing has pre-registered you for the following courses**: RSP 102 and BMS 111. The goal is to have 14 to 17 total semester hours for your first semester. Choose some additional courses you would like to take if your first choice courses are closed. Make a list with a few more courses (e.g., THL 100, PHL 107, ENG 120, ENG 121) in case you have to substitute.
Below we have provided an example of what your schedule will look like if you are following the traditional 4 year BSN program**.
BMS 111 Basic Human Anatomy
CHM 111 Fundamentals of General Chemistry
RSP 102 Culture of Collegiate Life
PSY 111 Introductory Psychology
SOC 101 or ANT 111 or SOC 102
Skills (ENG 150 required if English ACT score is below 22 or SAT Verbal score is below 500)
** Students who have chosen, or are required to follow a plan of study other than the traditional 4 year program (5 year, ROTC, Pre-Med, or anything other variant, such as FLP) must consult your advisor as the courses may be different.
Consider your current academic interests.
Contact your Faculty Preceptor to discuss your proposed plan of study. Your Faculty Preceptor may suggest courses you have not thought about. It is important to alert them if you plan to follow the Pre-Med or ROTC program of study, to study abroad, or have received college credit as this will change your plan.
Premed Nursing Plan of Study- There may be courses that are required for medical school and it is important to discuss this with your faculty preceptor. Be sure to review the Pre-Med Nursing Plan of Study to learn about the additional requirements. The College of Nursing strongly recommends any student interested in attending medical school to begin researching schools and find out about specific requirements for each institution.
Starting with the required nursing courses (RSP 102, BMS 111), begin looking in the NEST for open (not full) sections that fit with your schedule. Like anything else in life, it often takes a bit of trial and error to produce the best schedule for you. Keep in mind: PSY 111 and SOC 101/SOC 102/ANT 111 are pre-requisites to NUR 228 and must be completed your freshman year, preferably first semester.
Try different sections of the courses to work them all together. Also, pay attention to blocks of time--sometimes it is necessary to schedule a course that follows immediately after another, but avoid the temptation to schedule yet another right after that. Your brain needs a break! You will also want to pay attention to matters like early morning courses (does the idea repulse you?), night courses (not recommended for freshmen, especially the courses that meet just once a week), and online-delivered courses (talk to your Faculty Preceptor about advice regarding one of these if you are interested).
If you are planning on doing work-study, try to develop your schedule with some blocks of time where you can work. Outside employment is not encouraged as it does take away from study time.