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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Nursing, BS



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Undergraduate Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Sue Malloy

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing  prepares you for professional careers with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing.

The following courses (or their equivalents) are to be completed for the baccalaureate degree. Extended campus facilities include public health departments, home health agencies, sub-acute facilities, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory care clinics, acute care hospitals, Nurse-Managed Centers and a wide variety of community-based agencies for clinical experience. Students must provide their own transportation to extended campus facilities. Some community agencies require home visits, therefore students must have individual use of an automobile. In Academic Year 2020-2021, the University may have alternate course delivery systems, which will be posted on the University website (eg., COVID-19 updates).

Overall requirements: Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better or “Credit” in each nursing course and in all prerequisites and corequisite courses for the nursing major (see admission impaction supplemental criteria for exceptions). In addition, students must pass background and drug clearances. Policies are posted on The Valley Foundation School of Nursing website at www.sjsu.edu/nursing.

All students must meet all health requirements and obtain personal professional liability insurance through the School’s designated vendor. Students must carry personal health insurance at all times as well. Those who do not meet the health clearance guidelines must meet with the advisor for follow-up.

Students should be aware that the application requirements and prerequisite courses are subject to change. Interested students should check the Nursing web page frequently for updates and changes.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 24
Major Preparation 35
Major Requirements 61
Total 120

University Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

Program Roadmaps

The 4.5-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions  area in the General Education (GE)  section to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses required in the major (preparation, major, and electives) require a grade of “C” or better or “Credit” (see admission impaction supplemental criteria for exceptions ). In addition, students must pass background and drug clearances. Policies are posted on The Valley Foundation School of Nursing website.

General Education/American Institution Requirements

Courses that meet General Education/American Institution requirements are noted with area designation for required area. For legend please see General Education Attributes .

University Requirements (24 units)


Core Lower Division General Education (12 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 27 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details. Of the 39 units, the following 12 units are not satisfied in the major:

Upper Division General Education (6 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details. Of the 9 units, the following 6 units are not satisfied in the major.

American Institutions (6 units)


The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Complete One Sequence From:

Physical Education


The Physical Education requirement is waived for Nursing BS students.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


Those students starting in the Nursing BS in Fall 2020 (Writing Skills Test waived for fall 2020) must only pass NURS 100WE  course. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) . This requirement is fulfilled in the major requirements with NURS 100WE - Evidence Based Practice Writing Workshop 

Major Preparation (35 units)


Total Units Required (120 units)


Students may complete NURS 148AI  instead of NURS 177 .

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