BSN Degree

Upper Division




Completed your nursing prerequisites and ready to take the next step toward a nursing career? The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Upper Division option is for students who have completed their first two years of education at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Option Highlights

Our Upper Division option has many benefits to students, but here are a few of them:

Campus Placement 

Our Upper Division option is housed on our Duncan Campus located on the Washington University Medical Campus.

Relevant, Rigorous Curriculum

Beyond technical skills, you’ll have access to strong core nursing courses focused on adult care, childbearing, pediatrics, mental health and community patient populations. Take a look at the sample course sequence below to get an idea of what to expect.

Interdisciplinary Emphasis

We believe nursing education should be integrated alongside other disciplines to understand how they work together as a team to deliver patient care. We emphasize interprofessional simulations across other disciplines. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with your counterparts in medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work and other related fields.

World-Class Simulation Center

Beyond the classroom, we’ve made advanced simulation technology a fundamental part of the clinical learning experience. Our Clinical Simulation Institute combines sophisticated resources with a supportive environment that teaches patient care in a realistic setting. The skills labs and hypothetical scenarios are designed to prepare you for the real-world challenges you’ll face in the field.

Clinicals are Diverse and Convenient

Your clinical experience will give you an opportunity to explore a variety of health care settings and help you determine which is the right fit for your career after nursing school. Our rotations will expose you to real-world health care environments in diverse settings throughout the St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County regions, from rural clinics to inner-city hospitals.

Successful Program Outcomes

Goldfarb's 2018 average NCLEX Pass Rate for BSN graduates passing on the first attempt is 93.15%.

The accredited Upper Division option prepares students to provide direct care to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings, as well as to pursue higher degrees in nursing. Passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®)* exam is required to become an entry-level registered nurse.

*Please note that program completion does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN. See the Missouri Practice Act for details. Section 335.066 of the Missouri Nurse Practice Act can be viewed online.

Sample Course Sequence

Revised: February 2021
NOTE: Courses and sequencing are subject to change

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Pathophysiology 4
Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse* 3
Foundations of Professional Practice 3
Evidence- Based Practice and Research 3
Term II
Introduction to Adult Health* 6
Gerontological Nursing 3
Nursing Pharmacology 4
Term III
Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family* 4
Adult Health Nursing I* 6
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing* 4
Term IV
Adult Health Nursing II* 6
Nursing of Children and Families* 4
Leadership Role Development 3
Term V
Nursing Synthesis* 5
Population Health Nursing* 5
Nursing Elective 3
* Practicum Contact Hours (clinical, simulation, and/or lab)

Admission Requirements

The Upper Division option admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on core prerequisites
  • Minimum of 54 credit hours in the following prerequisites. (Note: Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Microbiology must have been taken within the last five years. Core prerequisites may not have been taken more than twice within the last five years.)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab*
  • Microbiology with lab*
  • Nutrition*
  • General Psychology*
  • Human Growth and Development* (across the lifespan)
  • Statistics*
  • English Composition I*
  • English Composition II
  • Speech or Oral Communications
  • 1 Social Science Elective (3 Credit Hours) - (Examples: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Speech, History, Economics, Political Science, Geography, Criminal Justice; Please refer to your college catalog for other social science courses)
  • 3 Humanities Electives (9 Credit Hours) - (Examples: Philosophy, Music, Art, Foreign Language, Literature, Religion; Please refer to your college catalog for other humanities courses)
  • 3 Electives (9 Credit Hours) - (Example: Any 3-credit hour college level course)
  • *Core Prerequisites
  • Core Prerequisites courses are only required for applicants with a bachelor’s degree


Costs and Financial Aid

Financial Aid

We want you to be successful as you embark on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Upper Division option. Take a look at what financial assistance is available to you.

Tuition Costs

Earning your BSN degree is a significant investment, and one of the most important ones you will make. Take a look at expenses or down our program cost flyer.

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