Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

BSN Program

The nursing curriculum includes both a major in nursing and a minor in biomedical humanities that results in a distinct, academically comprehensive program of study, with the goal of educating a new generation of professional nurses with an education embedded in both the liberal arts and the discipline of nursing. Such an educational foundation prepares one to become a clinically competent, ethically grounded, socially and culturally responsible professional nurse who is prepared to think critically and participate as a leader in the delivery of health and nursing care. In addition to didactic instruction in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and nursing, the program of study includes laboratory and simulation experiences, and study abroad opportunities. It also includes clinical practicum and role-development experiences in a variety of health care settings, including acute care facilities, community and specialty hospitals, long-term care facilities and ambulatory and community health agencies throughout Northeast Ohio. Upon completion of the nursing curriculum, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and will be qualified to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Hiram College holds approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and Ohio Board of Regents for the nursing program. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hiram College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://ccneaccreditation.org).

First Year Curriculum Plan

Direct Admit

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13100 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB 1,2 4
BIOL 23800 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB 1,2 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement Course CM or IM 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13300 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB 1,2 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 2 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 2 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours31-32
1

Course with a lab component

2

Pre-nursing courses. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each of these courses. Two (2) failed attempts in any one pre-nursing support course or an accumulation of three (3) failed attempts of different pre-nursing courses will result in an ineligibility to advance into the nursing program. A withdrawal due to a failing grade will constitute a failed attempt. If the withdrawal ("W") is due to extenuating circumstances, the nursing faculty will review documentation and determine if the "W" will count as a failure. All pre-nursing courses must be completed within two years.

Traditional Admit

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 23800 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB 1,2 4
 Hours8
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement Course CM 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13100 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB 1,2 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 2 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 2 4
 Hours4
Summer
BIOL 13300 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB 1,2 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours32
1

Course with a lab component

2

Pre-nursing courses. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each of these courses. Two (2) failed attempts in any one pre-nursing support course or an accumulation of three (3) failed attempts of different pre-nursing courses will result in an ineligibility to advance into the nursing program. A withdrawal due to a failing grade will constitute a failed attempt. If the withdrawal ("W") is due to extenuating circumstances, the nursing faculty will review documentation and determine if the "W" will count as a failure. All pre-nursing courses must be completed within two years.

Hiram Core Requirements:

  • CM - Creative Methods
  • IM - Interpretive Methods
  • MM - Modeling Methods
  • EW - Experiencing the World
  • UD - Understanding Diversity at Home
  • ES - Meaning, Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • SM - Experimental Methods
  • CA - Social and Cultural Analysis Methods

Pathway

Direct Admit - First Year

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13100 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB 1,2,3 4
BIOL 23800 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB 1,3 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement Course CM 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13300 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB 1,2,3 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 3 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours31-32

Traditional Admit - First Year

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 23800 MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB 1,3 4
 Hours8
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement Course CM 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
BIOL 13100 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB 1,2,3 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA 3 4
 Hours4
Summer
BIOL 13300 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB 1,2,3 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours32

All Nursing Students Years 2-4 (includes courses for the addition of a BIMD minor)

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
Students will complete coursework as outlined above in their first year. 31-32
 Hours31-32
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
NURS 20200 PROF NURSING FOUNDATIONS 3
NURS 21000 HEALTH ASSESSMENT W/LAB 1 3
NURS/PSYC 25000 DEVELOP ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 2,4 3
CHEM 10500 PHYSIOLOGIC CHEM W/LAB:SM 1,2,4 4
 Hours13
Fall 3 Week
Select one of the following: 3
NARRATIVE BIOETHICS:ES 2,4
NUTRITION AND FITNESS 4
 Hours3
Spring 12 Week
NURS 20300 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING 3
NURS 22000 FUND PROF CLINIC NURS-W/CL&LB 1,5 5
BIOL 26600 HUMAN GENETICS-NO LAB 4 4
MATH 11000 COMPUTATIONS FOR NURSING 4 2
 Hours14
Spring 3 Week
Select one of the following: 3
NUTRITION AND FITNESS 4
NARRATIVE BIOETHICS:ES 2,4
 Hours3
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
MATH 10800 STATISTICS:MM 4
NURS 34000 PARENT&NEWBORN NURSING-W/CLIN 5 4
NURS 33000 PEDIATRIC NURSING-W/CLINICAL 5 4
NURS 20500 NURSING INFORMATICS 2
 Hours14
Fall 3 Week
NURS 30100 THE ART OF NURSING 2
NURS 30200 INTRO TO NURSING RESEARCH 2
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
NURS 31001 ACUTE&CHRONIC ADLT NUR-W/CL&LB 1,5 5
NURS 32000 GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING-W/CLIN 5 4
NURS 30300 APPLIED/EVIDENCE- PRACTICUM: I 1
BIMD 20100 INTRO TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES 6 4
 Hours14
Spring 3 Week
NURS 30310 APPLIED RESEARCH PRACT: II 2
NURS 32200 ADULT WELLNESS 2
 Hours4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
NURS 42000 PSYC & MENTAL HLTH NURS-W/CLIN 5 4
NURS 43000 CRITICAL CARE NURSING-W/CL&LB 1,5 4
BIMD 18100 GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES 4 1
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
 Hours13
Fall 3 Week
A course to satisfy EW core: study abroad, domestic experience, or independent study 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
NURS 40100 PROFESSIONAL NURSING ROLE 2
NURS 41000 COMMUNITY HLTH NURS-W/CLIN:UD 5 4
NURS 44000 LEADERSHIP/MGMT NURSING 2
NURS 44100 ROLE TRANSITION IN NURSING I 5 1
BIMD 35000 AUTOBIO,ILLNESS,EMBODIMENT:IM 2,6 4
 Hours13
Spring 3 Week
NURS 44110 ROLE TRANSITION IN NURS II:ES 5 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours132-134
Four-Year Total Hours:  132-134

Minimum requirement for the nursing major is 128 credit hours. 

1

Courses with a lab component

2

Courses for the biomedical humanities minor

3

Pre-nursing courses. A grade of "C" or higher is required in each of these courses. Two (2) failed attempts in any one pre-nursing support course or an accumulation of three (3) failed attempts of different pre-nursing courses will result in an ineligibility to advance into the nursing program. A withdrawal due to a failing grade will constitute a failed attempt. If the withdrawal ("W") is due to extenuating circumstances, the nursing faculty will review documentation and determine if the "W" will count as a failure. All pre-nursing courses must be completed within two years.

4

Nursing support courses. All nursing and nursing support courses must be taken in sequence. A grade of "C" of higher is required in each of these courses.

5

Courses with a clinical component

6

BIMD course required for BIMD minor