Auburn Bulletin 2023-2024

Nursing — Traditional (NURS)

Freshman eligibility is determined by the Office of Enrollment Services. Admission requirements are stated elsewhere in this Bulletin. High school mathematics, chemistry and biology courses are strongly recommended, along with other college preparatory courses in social science, history, literature, and English composition. Students are strongly encouraged to see an academic advisor in the College of Nursing on a regular basis. Transfers from other institutions must apply through the Office of Enrollment Services. Review of transcripts by the College of Nursing will determine the amount of credit allowed for the pre-nursing requirements. Students planning to transfer from other universities are encouraged to contact the College of Nursing as soon as possible for advisement on transfer of credits.

Professional Program

Pre-nursing students must formally apply for admission to the professional program, typically during the sophomore year, and meet the deadlines and requirements for the admission cycle. Auburn Nursing uses a holistic review to assess applicants for admission. Student experiences, transcripts, and traditional and situational interviews are included in the admission process to provide a holistic viewpoint.  Students are encouraged to learn more about this process by reading the applicant workbook found on the College of Nursing website. Applicant interviews will be conducted once per year in Fall semester. Due to limited enrollment, all students who meet minimum requirements may not be interviewed or admitted. Students will be notified of admission decisions before the end of fall semester. Those applicants admitted must successfully complete all pre-nursing courses with a C or higher before entering the upper division. Admission to the professional program occurs in spring semester. After successful completion of spring semester, students will progress to the clinical courses beginning either summer or fall semester. 

BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology**3BIOL 2500 Human Anatomy and Physiology I**3
BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory1BIOL 2501 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I**3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1Core History II3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences**3
MATH 1120 Pre-Calculus Algebra3NTRI 2000 Nutrition And Health**3
CORE History I3 
 17 16
BIOL 2510 Human Anatomy and Physiology II**3BIOL 3200 General Microbiology**3
BIOL 2511 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1BIOL 3201 General Microbiology Laboratory1
PHIL 1020 Introduction to Ethics or 1030 Ethics and the Health Sciences3Core Literature I or II 3
CORE Fine Art3CORE Social Science3
CORE Humanities3NURS 2020 Dosage Calculation and Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals1
PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology (or SOCY 1000 Intro to Sociology)3NURS 2030 Foundations of Professional Nursing3
 NURS 2040 Professional Nursing Across the Lifespan3
 16 17
Total Hours: 66

Must have History sequence and one Literature course OR a Literature sequence and one History course.

  • Option for courses labeled CORE are in the Auburn University Bulletin ( under Core Curriculum.
  • Students who choose to do a literature sequence should see their advisor for guidance.
  • Students must complete all PNUR requirements with a “C” or better prior to beginning the upper division nursing program.
  • Students must choose between PSYC 2010 OR SOCY 1000 for at least 3 hours of their social science credit.
  • Courses marked with ** are used to calculate your academic attainment score for nursing admission.
  • Curriculum guides for the junior and senior years vary according to semester of admission to professional program.

Summer Admission

NURS 3010 Pathopharmacology for Simple and Stable Conditions2NURS 3020 Pathopharmacology for Acute and Mental Health Conditions2NURS 4030 Pathopharmacology for Preconception through Adolescence2
NURS 3510 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Simple and Stable Conditions5NURS 3520 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Acute Conditions8NURS 4540 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Preconception Through Adolescence6
BLOCK 1 NURS 3530 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Mental Health5Specialty Course2
NURS 3410 Health Assessment2 Specialty Course2
  NURS 4410 Professional Nursing Leadership3
NURS 3420 Professional Community and Public Health Nursing3 BLOCK 2 
  NURS 4420 Evidence Based Practice2
 12 15 17
Total Hours: 44
NURS 4040 Pathopharmacology for Complex Conditions1
NURS 4550 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Complex Conditions5
NURS 4940 Professional Nursing Licensure1
NURS 4941 Professional Nursing Preceptorship5
Total Hours: 12

Fall Admission

NURS 3010 Pathopharmacology for Simple and Stable Conditions2NURS 3020 Pathopharmacology for Acute and Mental Health Conditions2
NURS 3510 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Simple and Stable Conditions5NURS 3520 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Acute Conditions8
BLOCK 1  NURS 3530 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Mental Health5
NURS 3410 Health Assessment2 
BLOCK 2   
NURS 3420 Professional Community and Public Health Nursing3 
 12 15
Total Hours: 27
NURS 4030 Pathopharmacology for Preconception through Adolescence2BLOCK 1 
NURS 4540 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Preconception Through Adolescence6NURS 4040 Pathopharmacology for Complex Conditions1
Specialty Course2NURS 4550 Clinical Judgment in Nursing for Complex Conditions5
Specialty Course2NURS 4940 Professional Nursing Licensure1
NURS 4410 Professional Nursing Leadership3NURS 4941 Professional Nursing Preceptorship5
NURS 4420 Evidence Based Practice2 
 17 12
Total Hours: 29

Total Credit Hours = 122

Upper Division

​Beginning in the first semester of the program, students participate in required clinical (including some night & weekend clinicals) and classroom experiences which prepare them to function in a multifaceted healthcare arena.

Current Nursing Specialty Course Options:


Students accepted into the professional program should expect to incur additional expenses including a professional fee associated with the clinical courses. Uniforms, equipment, expenses related to travel to clinical sites, smart phone devices with the capability of retrieving required information, laptop with designated specifications, standardized exams and software, NCLEX reviews, a health examination, and liability and health insurance coverage are among the requirements. Students are required to have a current drug screen and background check. The costs of such requirements will be the responsibility of the student. An updated Detailed Expenses by Semester sheet can be located on the College of Nursing website.

Academic Regulations

Advanced placement credit in pre-nursing courses is granted according to university policies stated elsewhere in the Bulletin. Proficiency examinations or Advanced Placement (CEEB), with accepted score, may be used for advanced placement.

A minimum grade of C is required in pre-nursing courses. Transfer credit will not be granted for courses in which a grade less than C is earned.

In the professional program, a minimum grade of C, or Satisfactory in all courses, must be achieved. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained for progression through the professional program. Because the professional nursing curriculum is designed for progressive development of nursing knowledge and skills, students who earn an Unsatisfactory or grade less than C in a professional program course are not allowed to progress to the next clinical course. The course in which the student earns a grade less than C or Unsatisfactory may be repeated one time only. Students who earn a grade less than C or Unsatisfactory in two or more professional program courses or whose GPA falls below a 2.0 will be dropped from the professional program and are not eligible for readmission. Transfer credit is not generally allowed for courses in the professional program.

Application for RN Licensure

Following successful completion of the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the graduate will apply for RN Licensure in Alabama or another state and follow all procedures as stipulated by the state board of nursing.