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The Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing (BSN) is a 4 year program in 8 semesters to complete 120 credits. The 120 credits consist of 60 pre-requisites and general courses, and 60 credits in Nursing Science that includes theory and practice. It is a bilingual program offered from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday.

Curricular Sequence

Code Course Title Credits
  Semester 1 Total 17
ENG 101 Basic Composition English 1 3
MAT 101 College Algebra 4
SOC 101 Fundamentals of Sociology 3
LAT 101 Latin American and the Caribbean I: The Colonial Period 3
BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
  Semester 2 Total 16
ENG 102 Advanced Composition English II 3
SPA 101 Basic Spanish 3
CHE 101 Preparation for general Chemistry 3
LAC 102 Afro Caribbean Societies and Cultures 3
BIO 102 Anatomy and physiology 2 4
  Semester 3 Total 17
CHEM 202 Essential of general Chemistry 3
CHEM 203 Essential of General Chemistry Laboratory 2
SPAN 202 Advanced Spanish 3
SOC 202 Race, Ethnicity and society 3
PHIL 201 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
NUR 101 Human Growth and Development 3
  Semester 4 Total 13
ANT 201 Introduction to evolution 3
NUR 102 Analysis and Action for Community Health 3
BIO 201 Microbiology 4
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  Semester 5 Total 15
PHA 202 Health Assessment 3
COMP 101 Information and Technology in Nursing 3
NUR 201 Nursing as Human Sciences 3
NUR 202 Therapeutic Nursing Intervention 1: Introduction to professional Nursing 6
  Semester 6 Total 15
NUR 301 Ways of Knowing Nursing : Nursing Research 3
NUR 302 Therapeutic Intervention II: Adult Health Nursing 3
NUR 303 Therapeutic Intervention III: Chronic Psychiatric and Mental Health Conditions 6
NUR 304 Pharmacologic Basis of Nursing Practice 3
  Semester 7 Total 15
NUR 401 Altered Health States: (Pathophisiology) 3
NUR 402 Therapeutic Interventions IV: Childbearing and Childbearing Families 6
NUR 403 Decision Making 3
PHIL 202 Bioethics 3
  Semester 8 Total 12
NUR 404 Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Care 3
NUR 405 Therapeutic Interventions V: Nursing Synthesis 6
NUR 406 Professional Nursing Management 3
  Total BSN Credits 120


*Graduates from our BSN program are required to apply for the Puerto Rico Board of Examiners of Health Professionals nursing licene in order to practice nursing.

Degree Requirements

To be able to graduate from the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, the student needs to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have taken the Analysis and Action for Community Health course (NUR102) at the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.
  • Complete all the Nursing courses at the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.
  • Total compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • Have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50.
  • Number of credit hours or contact hours to respond to the programmatic level of degree awarded.

The totals of credit hours are distributed as follows:

General Studies: 45
Prerequisites: 21
Major Courses: 54


General Course Descriptions

ENG 101 - English Composition 1

3 Credits

English 101 is a course in composition and English language studies. The two goals of English 101 are to achieve competence with the use of English and fluency with written English. To accomplish the first goal, we will study the structure of the English language, and to accomplish the second goal, we will study how several writers create their work.

Ultimately we want to learn what one well known commentator called the essence of all good writing — to make meaning on paper.


SPA 101 - Basic Composition Spanish 101

3 Credits

This course is designed to help students to apply the basic grammatical rules in the developing skills in expository writing. Emphasis is placed on the writing process, organization, methods of development, and appropriate diction. Spanish will be speaking in class at all time.


ENG 102 - English Composition 2

3 Credits

This course is designed to help students develop skills in expositor writing. Emphasis is placed on the writing process, organization, methods of development, and appropriate diction. A research paper using the MLA documentation format is required. You will also be asked to evaluate and critique your classmates’ essays in order to improve your own writing while encouraging others.


SPA102 - Advanced composition Spanish 102

3 Credits

This course will help the students continuing practice the Spanish language With active participation and the development of the writing will be able to applying the grammatical rules and concepts in the compositions, essay and documentation in Spanish.


SOC 101 - Fundamentals of Sociology

3 Credits

This course introduces students to sociological concepts and methods of research, as well as to their application to the analysis of modern societies, especially the US and Puerto Rico.


General Courses

SOC 102 - Race, Ethnicities & Society

3 Credits

This course is intended to provide an introduction, survey and critical assessment of the academic fields of ethnic and racial studies and racial relations. We will focus primarily on the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in the contemporary United States, but will examine the significance of race in some other nations as well. We will spend some time exploring how racial and ethnic identities have been created, changed, and used over time, by the people who claim them and by others. Portions of the course will be devoted to the areas of culture, politics, racial/ethnic conflict and cooperation, and current social issues. The course will explore possibilities for resistance and change, as well as past and present inequalities.


PHA 201 - Health assessment

3 Credits

The health assessment course is designed to provide student with  clinical competence in interviewing techniques, approaches to health history taking and physical examination assessment techniques. The theoretical content equips the student with a current and thorough knowledge of physical examination approach and history taking in order to establish data- base on clients in various health setting.


PHIL 101 - Contemporary Moral Issues

3 Credits

Ethics or Moral Philosophy is the branch of philosophy that occupies itself with the evaluation of human conduct. Within the Western tradition, study of Moral Philosophy has divided along three lines: meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Meta- ethics is concerned with questions about the origins of our ethical claims; it analyzes the meanings of moral terms like ―good‖ to see where their definitions arise. Or, it asks if morality exists independently of our thinking about it. We will not explicitly concern ourselves with meta-ethics in this course; rather we will focus on the latter two line of ethical enquiry. Normative ethics is the branch of Moral Philosophy that formulates theories within normative ethics to use in judging the morality or immorality of a specific case.


PHIL 202 - Bioethics

3 Credits

Recent scientific, technological, and social developments have produced rapid changes in medical care resulting in new ethical dilemmas for health professionals. This course will look at issues such: as euthanasia, assisted suicide, informed consent, and gene therapy, and provide a framework for analyzing them.


LAC 101 - Latin American and the Caribbean 1: The Colonial Period

3 Credits

This course is a historical survey of Latin America and the Caribbean from the first days of European and African contact with the Americas to the moment of Spanish and Portuguese American independence.

The course will examine pre-Columbian cultures and their social organization, the first instances of contact and the subsequent colonial imperial administrations of the Spanish and Portuguese. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, this course will explore such themes as conquest, hegemony, ―trans-culturation, race and ethnicity, mestizaje, social, political and economic structures, resistance and the conditions that shaped the fledgling independence movements and ultimately the modern nation states that comprise Latin America today.


LAC 102 - Afro – Caribbean Societies and Cultures

3 Credits

The course studies how historical forces have shaped the societies and cultures of Caribbean countries. We will explore the twin themes of commonality and diversity in the Caribbean, and the role the Caribbean countries play in contemporary world societies. There will be several low stakes and high stakes writing assignments designed to assist you to master the course material as well as improve your writing skills.


MAT 101 - College Algebra

4 Credits

This course explores rational expressions, integer and rational exponents, quadratic formula, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, trigonometry.


COMP 101 - Information and technology in Nursing

3 Credits

This course is a broad introduction to computers: how they work, how they are used, how they communicate, and how they affect society. It provides students with a basic understanding of computer terminology and concepts. The course gives hands-on experience with word processing, spreadsheets, database management, the World Wide Web (Internet), in a Windows XP/Vista environment. No prior Knowledge of computers is assumed. Case studies, current news items, and several software packages will be utilized to illustrate the principles covered. You will need the use of a computer system.


ANT 201 - Introductions to Evolution

3 Credits
The course is an introduction to physical anthropology. It will focus on the evolutionary history of human beings and our closest relatives, the non-human primates. The class material will be presented in a combination of lectures, readings, and laboratory exercises. The course is divided into three sections: Genetics and Evolutionary Processes, The Behavior, Ecology and Conservation of the Non-Human primates, and Paleoanthropologist and human evolution. Although the sections are presented independently, they are all interrelated and equally important.


CHE 101 - Preparation for General Chemistry

3 Credits

This course is focused on practice in handing mathematical problems in physical and an introduction to certain fundamental topics in chemistry for students who have had insufficient high school training the physical.


CHE 202 - Essentials of General Chemistry – Lecture

3 Credits

This course is a brief presentation of the essentials of chemistry their applications to inorganic chemistry.


CHE 203 - Essentials of General Chemistry – Laboratory

2 Credits

This course is an introduction to laboratory experimentation with the purpose to familiarize students with scientific measurements and practical chemical reactions.


BIO 101 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

4 Credits

This course is intended to study human anatomy and physiology. Lecture topics include cell structure and function, tissues, and the study of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Laboratory exercises complement the lecture material with the use of a workbook, models, and animal preparations.


BIO 102 - Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Credits

Anatomy and Physiology II is the continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Lecture topics include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, and selected topics on metabolism and fluid homeostasis. Emphasis is given to the physiological functioning of these systems. Laboratory experiments illustrate the concepts discussed in the lectures.


BIO 201 - Microbiology

5 Credits

This course is a survey of microbes and their structure, chemical composition, cultivation, ecology, and metabolism; special emphasis on applied aspects (infectious diseases and human resistance; food and industrial microbiology; biotechnology)


Nursing Courses

NUR 101 - Human Growth & Development

3 Credits

This course explores the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of human development across the life span.


NUR 102 - Analysis and Action for Community Health

3 Credits

This course pays attention to health needs of families in the context of their community. Introduction to epidemiological method and the principles of epidemiological investigation as tools for analyzing health needs. Issues of prevention, environmental health, and special risk families, planned change the concept of health teams and the roles of health workers in the community.


NUR 201 - Nursing as a Human Science

3 Credits

This course is the historical, philosophical & theoretical foundations of nursing and selected topics relating to the inter-subjective nature of professional nursing and its moral, ethical and legal dimensions.


NUR 202 - Therapeutic Intervention I

6 Credits

Introduction to Professional Nursing. This course gives emphasis on therapeutic communication, health assessment, and data analysis.


NUR 301 - Ways of Knowing

3 Credits

Nursing Research. This course explores diverse methods of research and inquiry in nursing and their implications for clinical practice.


NUR 302 - Therapeutic Intervention II – Adult Health Nursing

6 Credits

This course focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing care of adults with acute and chronic illnesses.


NUR 303 - Therapeutic Intervention III

3 Credits

Chronic Psychiatric & Mental Health. Conditions This course focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing care of adults with acute and chronic psychiatric and mental health conditions.


NUR 304 - Pharmacologic Basics of Nursing Practice

3 Credits

This course explores the general pharmacological principles as they relate to nursing practice and health care.


NUR 401 - Altered Health States (Pathophysiology)

3 Credits

This course focuses on the relationship of normal body functioning to the physiological changes that occur as a result of illness. It also pays attention to the epidemiological, preventive and pathological effects of disease.


NUR 402 - Therapeutic Intervention IV

6 Credits

Childbearing & Childrearing Families. This course explores the relation of nursing care to positive health experiences and outcomes in childbearing and childrearing families.


NUR 403 - Clinical Decision Making

3 Credits

This course is about the processes of clinical judgment and decision-making. It focuses on the examination of the interaction between diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning within the context of ethical reasoning.


NUR 404 - Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Care

3 Credits

This course identifies and explores the trends and debates issues in contemporary healthcare. It provides the opportunity to students to debate and defend a position on specific issues.


NUR 405 - Therapeutic Intervention V

3 Credits

Nursing Synthesis. This course is a synthesis of the knowledge and skills required to effectively support clients, families and groups along a trajectory from diagnosis through end of life support. It pays attention to population based care as it relates to disaster preparedness and targeted nursing response.


NUR 406 - Professional Nursing Management

3 Credits

This course is focused on the professional role of the nurse in the health care system. It emphasizes on leadership and management theory as related to nursing administration, organizational design and governance.




The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine


Private U.S. medical school, located in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It formally opened its doors in 1978.


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