The honors college and Bachelor of science in nursing

Nursing Honors BSN | The Honors College

The Nursing faculty members have adopted a curriculum plan that integrates the Honors College courses and the BSN degree-plan requirements. Highly motivated freshmen who are admitted into HCU’s Honors College and who are interested in nursing may apply to the Nursing honors BSN program through joint admission into the Honors College and the Linda Dunham School of Nursing. Through this admission, freshman Honors College students are preapproved by, and receive provisional admission to, the Bachelor of Science Nursing honors program from the dean of School of Nursing.

Dayron Perez, Honors College Alumnus
Dayron Perez, Honors College Alumnus

Nursing Honors College alumnus, Dayron Perez, who was named the 2018 outstanding nursing student of the year by the School of Nursing, had this to say about his decision to join the Honors College while majoring in nursing:

“The Honors College provided me with the critical thinking and writing skills to be able to make it through nursing school. The books we read and discussed in the Honors College helped me gain insight into questions I never knew I even had, and the instructors drove me to find the answers to those questions. The curriculum helped me understand myself better, and it has helped me care for others more effectively as a nurse. While it is difficult to balance nursing and Honors College classes together, you come out as a better nurse and person once you graduate. I highly encourage any student who has the opportunity to join the Honors College to do so.”

Nursing Honors College Requirements

Each semester, nursing honors students must pass their nursing courses and remain full-time in the Honors College in order to remain in the joint admission program. Students can receive full admission into the BSN program in their third  year after successfully completing all of the Linda Dunham School of Nursing criteria including criminal background check clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to continue their courses in the Honors College. This GPA requirement also stands for official admission into the nursing program as well as an acceptable score on the TEAS exam.

Students who are interested in the joint admission program should begin the admissions process by completing the Honors College application. After an applicant successfully interviews with the director of the Honors College, his or her application will be reviewed by the dean of the Linda Dunham School of Nursing, and a decision about the application will be made jointly by the director and the dean.

BSN Honors Major Requirements

Nursing Honors BSN Course Curriculum Map

Students who are admitted into the Honors College with provisional admission into the nursing program will follow this four-year plan towards their degree. Students should consult their Nursing advisor to confirm deadlines for BSN requirements and to obtain the curriculum map and worksheet.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 305-7400

  • Fall 1 Semester – 17 Credit Hours

    HNRS 1710 Walking to Piraeus; The Ancient Greek World
    HNRS 1020 Honors Writing I
    HNRS 1030 Honors Lecture I
    BIOL 2404 Anatomy and Physiology I
    MATH 1313 College Algebra or higher Math
    FYS 1300 Freshman Year Seminar

    Spring 1 Semester – 17 Credit Hours 

    HNRS 1740 All Roads Lead to Rome; Ancient Roman & Early Christian Years
    HNRS 1050 Honors Writing II
    HNRS 1060 Honors Lecture II
    BIOL 2414 Anatomy and Physiology II
    PSYC 1313 General Psychology
    PSYC 2301 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (Math 1313 pre-req)                                                           

    Fall 2 Semester – 14 Credit Hours 

    HNRS 2710 Faith, Reasons & Romance; The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
    HNRS 2020 Honors Writing III
    HNRS 2030 Honors Lecture III
    CHEM 1404 Intro to Chemistry
    PSYC 3313 Human Growth & Development (PSYC 1313 pre-req)

     *Science & overall GPA 3.0 or higher to apply for nursing

    Spring 2 Semester – 17 Credit Hours

     HNRS 2740 Enlightenment & Modernity: 1600-1900
    HNRS 2050 Honors Writing IV
    HNRS 2060 Honors Lecture IV
    BIOL 1414 Intro to Microbiology
    NURS 3314 Patho / Pharm I
    NURS 3322 Perspectives

    *Take TEAS Exams 60 days prior to application.
    *Apply to Nursing Program by March 15 deadline

     Summer 2 Semester – 3 Credit Hours (Online)

    NURS 3322 Perspectives of Healthcare (Optional)

    Fall 3 Semester – 19 Credit Hours

    HNRS 3710 The Last One Hundred Years: 1900 to the Present
    HNRS 3020 Writing V
    HNRS 3030 Lecture V
    HNRS 3135 Honors Laboratory (optional)
    NURS 3400 Core Nursing Comp w/ Lab
    NURS 3423 Health Assessment w/ Lab
    NURS 3410 Mental Health Nursing w/ Lab

    *Novice Checkpoint

    Spring 3 Semester – 18 Credit Hours

    HNRS 3740 The Story of Scripture
    HNRS 3050 Honors Writing VI
    HNRS 3060 Honors Lecture VI
    NURS 3401 Adult Health I w/ Lab
    NURS 3405 Adult Health II w/ Lab
    NURS 3315 Patho / Pharm II
    NURS 4414 Care of Families with Mental Health Problem  w/Lab

    *Advanced Beginner/Novice Level Checkpoint

    Fall 4 Semester – 15 Credit Hours

    NURS 3394 Nursing Research
    NURS 4415 Community Population Health w/ Lab
    NURS 4405 Obstetric Nursing w/ Lab
    NURS 4407 Pediatric Nursing w/ Lab

     All LACC must be completed before entering the final semester

     Spring 4 Semester – 12 Credit Hours
    (May Graduation) 

    NURS 4410 Transition to Practice w/Lab
    NURS 4416 Professional Issues in Nursing w/ Lab
    NURS 4406 Critical Care Across the Lifespan w/ Lab

    *Graduating Level Checkpoint


    *Revised April 14, 2020