Nursing Semester Schedule Breakdown

So, I wanted to do a breakdown of what classes are a core part of Baton Rouge Community College’s (BRCC) nursing program. And, what you can roughly expect your nursing semesters to look like once you’re enrolled in the program. This is assuming that you stay on track and finish the courses as necessary without having to repeat. If you take one nursing class per a semester then your personal schedule will be very different from the one I’ve shown below.

A lot of these classes are prerequisites for the next level and require you to pass to enroll in the next level.

The core classes are basically the classes you can only enroll in once you’re accepted in the nursing program and cleared for registration.

Core Classes:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing

Introduces fundamental concepts of nursing practice and the application of basic assessment and nursing skills. Focus on the use of the nursing process in the provision of safe, holistic nursing care is emphasized.

  • Adult Nursing I

Focuses on nursing care of adult clients experiencing commonly diagnosed health problems.

  • Mental Health Nursing

Focuses on nursing care of adult clients experiencing mental health problems.

  • Adult Nursing II

Continues Adult Nursing I and focuses on nursing care of adult clients experiencing selected health problems.

  • Maternal Child Nursing

Focuses on nursing care of women across their lifespans and children.

  • Adult Nursing III

Focuses on nursing care of adult clients experiencing life threatening or complex health problems. Management of the health care environment and the role of the professional nurse is emphasized.

  • Senior Capstone

Synthesizes theoretical nursing concepts leading to successful transition into the professional (RN) role.

Attached below is a chart of what you can expect your semesters as a nursing student to roughly look like. While the chart says first semester, second semester, and etc., this is in reference to your first, second or third semester as a nursing student enrolled in the nursing program. You may have already taken 2-3 semesters at BRCC prior to becoming accepted into the nursing program and thus it does not refer to your overall enrollment status at the institution. Your own schedule may look very different you have other classes (i.e. statistics or microbiology) you need to take because those will also affect your ability to enroll into the higher level nursing classes.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursPrerequisites
First Semester
NURS 1106Fundamentals of Nursing
6
BIOL 2214, PSYC 2013, ENGL 1013, and
MATH 1113 or MATH 1213
Second Semester
NURS 2106Adult Nursing I
6
NURS 1106 and BIOL 2224
NURS 2124Mental Health Nursing
4
NURS 1106, BIOL 2224, and PSYC 2113
Third Semester
NURS 2206Adult Nursing II
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and BIOL 2104
NURS 2226Maternal Child Nursing
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and PSYC 2113
Fourth Semester
NURS 2307Adult Nursing III
7
NURS 2206, NURS 2226
NURS 2401Senior Capstone
1
NURS 2206, NURS 2226

The class schedules are very tight and dependent on succeeding in the prerequisite courses with little room for compromise.

By the time you’re accepted into the nursing program, you will have taken all the prerequisites which will allow you to enroll in Nursing Fundamentals for your first semester as a nursing student. Nursing Fundamentals (and the rest of the nursing classes) are broken into 2 parts: lecture and clinical. You must pass both sections of the class to receive a passing grade.

Once you pass Nursing Fundamentals, you may then begin the process of enrolling for your next set of nursing classes. But, in order to enroll in your next classes (Adult Nursing I and Mental Health Nursing), you need to have taken and passed both Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2224) AND Psychology of Development (PSYC 2213). If you’ve taken one and not the other, it can affect the pace at which you can complete your courses and graduate on time because you won’t be able to complete both second level nursing classes at the suggested rate.

Furthermore, from there we can see that in order to enroll in either Adult Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing for your third semester, both Adult Nursing I and Mental Health Nursing need to be completed. If you have one completed and not the other, you will not be able to enroll in either of your next level classes. And for your final semester, both the Adult Nursing III and Capstone class require that both Adult Nursing II and Maternal Child Nursing be completed.

Furthermore, BRCC not only requires you to successfully complete the coursework and clinical work, but you’re also required to take a standardized exit exam at the end of each class. Failure to pass these standardized exams will affect your ability to move up to the next level class even if you’ve successfully completed and passed all other coursework. Not to mention, BRCC also has a final exit HESI at the end of the capstone class which needs to be passed or else you cannot graduate.

For a bit of comparison, the Nursing 2017-2018 Student Handbook suggests students start their prerequisites and move into their nursing courses to finish the degree requirements in 5 semesters by following this order:

Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursPrerequisites
First Semester
BIOL 2214Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BIOL 1033 and BIOL 1031L or ACT composite of 22 [and] eligibility for MATH 1113 or MATH 1213
PSYC 2013Introduction to Psychology
3
ENGL 1013English Composition I
3
Appropriate placement test score or ENGL 091
MATH 1113 or MATH 1213College Algebra
3
Appropriate math placement scores or MATH 0094 or MATH 0099
ARTS or HUMNArt or Humanities
3
Second Semester
NURS 1106Fundamentals of Nursing
6
BIOL 2214, PSYC 2013, ENGL 1013, and
MATH 1113 or MATH 1213
BIOL 2224Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BIOL 2214
PSYC 2113Psychology of Development
3
PSYC 2013
ENGL 1023English Composition II
3
ENGL 1013
Third Semester
NURS 2106Adult Nursing I
6
NURS 1106 and BIOL 2224
NURS 2124Mental Health Nursing
4
NURS 1106, BIOL 2224, and PSYC 2113
BIOL 2104General Microbiology
4
BIOL 1033 and BIOL 1031L or ACT composite of 22
Fourth Semester
NURS 2206Adult Nursing II
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and BIOL 2104
NURS 2226Maternal Child Nursing
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and PSYC 2113
Fifth Semester
NURS 2307Adult Nursing III
7
NURS 2206, NURS 2226
NURS 2401Senior Capstone
1
NURS 2206, NURS 2226
MATH 1303Elementary Statistics
3
placement test or MATH 1113, MATH 1213, or MATH 1235
ARTS or HUMNArt or Humanities
3

For contrast, my degree completion path will look like this because I tested out of a lot of my prerequisites:

Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursPrerequisites
First Semester
PSYC 2013Introduction to Psychology
3
HUMN 2103World Mythology
3
Second Semester
BIOL 2214Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BIOL 1033 and BIOL 1031L or ACT composite of 22 [and] eligibility for MATH 1113 or MATH 1213
PSYC 2113Psychology of Development
3
PSYC 2013
BIOL 2104General Microbiology
4
BIOL 1033 and BIOL 1031L or ACT composite of 22
Third Semester
BIOL 2224Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BIOL 2214
NURS 1106Fundamentals of Nursing
6
BIOL 2214, PSYC 2013, ENGL 1013, and
MATH 1113 or MATH 1213
MATH 1303Elementary Statistics
3
placement test or MATH 1113, MATH 1213, or MATH 1235
ARTS 1023Intro to Fine Arts
3
Fourth Semester
NURS 2106Adult Nursing I
6
NURS 1106 and BIOL 2224
NURS 2124Mental Health Nursing
4
NURS 1106, BIOL 2224, and PSYC 2113
Fifth Semester
NURS 2206Adult Nursing II
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and BIOL 2104
NURS 2226Maternal Child Nursing
6
NURS 2106, NURS 2124 and PSYC 2113
Sixth Semester
NURS 2307Adult Nursing III
7
NURS 2206, NURS 2226
NURS 2401Senior Capstone
1
NURS 2206, NURS 2226

I enrolled in BRCC Fall 2017, and my first year was spent finishing my prerequisites along with some of the other nursing prerequisite classes. And, since I started school in the fall, there was no way I could get my degree in the recommended 5 semesters because of how the application cycle works. As you can tell, while there is a lot of variation depending on the person, the nursing classes are still very strict in the order and manner they need to be taken in order to successfully complete the program. Even though there are definite differences in my course schedule compared to what’s recommended through BRCC, the core nursing classes are set at the same pace as their recommended.

I hope this information helps you plan your classes as you finish your prerequisites and plan for your future nursing classes.

All the information is pulled from the 2018-2019 BRCC Catalog and may change at any time for later cohorts.

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