What is Nursing Major?

The Department of Health Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the University of Sciences and Arts in Lebanon (USAL) offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in partnership with Bahman Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut.

The BSN is a traditional three-year program that prepares students in the biological, physical, and health sciences, as well as the theory and practice of professional nursing. Nursing students also take core-required courses in the humanities and social sciences. This is achieved by integrating theoretical knowledge, psychomotor skill acquisition, and the development of clinical judgment and reasoning, featuring experienced faculty and high-tech nursing labs.

The nursing curriculum integrates professional, ethical, and legal standards with the development of  problem- solving, decision-making, and leadership skills. It promotes life-long learning among the graduates.

work fields

Graduates of the program are general nurses who are prepared to achieve distinction in the practice of the nursing profession in four disciplines: practice, teaching, research, and management. Graduates have the opportunity to practice their profession in one of the following areas:

  1. Hospital units: Surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, coronary care, intensive care, operating room, dialysis room, psychiatry,….
  2. Community health services: Schools, outpatient clinics, occupational health, health care centers, dispensaries,…
  3. Extended care facilities: Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, special needs / handicap services,….
  4. Education and administration: Nursing schools, ambulatory care centers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, ….


The mission of the Department of Health Sciences is to promote, maintain, and restore the health and well-being of individuals and diverse communities through leadership and professional nursing education, research, and practice service. The department aims to contribute to forming a young and competent nurse generation empowered with science, experience, professionalism, integrity, and ethics, able to adapt to modern society, and to use the acquired skills and talents to meet the needs of the local and global labor market.


The vision of the Department of Health Sciences is to create a center of excellence in nursing education that will be recognized for scholarship, innovation, and service in the preparation of professional nurses.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are set in line with the mission and vision of the department and with respect to the values of the university. Most of these objectives are derived based on the code of ethics for the nursing profession – The Order of Nurses in Lebanon, and based on some well-known and worldwide-referenced universities.

  1. Educate nurses from different backgrounds to be efficient collaborators      in the healthcare system committed to increasing patient safety and improving the quality of outcomes through evidence-based practice.
  2. Enhance the nurses’ academic experience to make professional judgments in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team using critical thinking and scientific inquiry competencies for high-quality and equitable nursing care.
  3. Provide nurses with professional clinical practice to attain leadership capabilities in healthcare management and nursing interventions to improve the quality of nursing care delivered to different populations.
  4. Help nursing graduates adapt to rapidly changing healthcare delivery and practice while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in nursing care.
  5. Engage in self-development, life-long learning, and research projects on what constitutes safe with respect to rights and dignity and that advance nursing knowledge and best practices in health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation .
  6. Assess, identify, and develop plans to address community and health care facility needs, and implement, monitor, and evaluate these programs, considering high standards of nursing care.

Major Requirements

The major requires 61 nursing credits, and 35 core/foundation courses. In addition, the students must take 9 credits of University Requirements, of which six credits are electives from other faculties. to make 105 Credits as Total Requirements.

Credit Distribution (Total 105 Credits)

University Requirements 04 Credits
General Elective Courses 06 Credits
Program Courses 35 Credits
Major courses 61 Credits

Study program and Credits

University requirements: 12 credits

Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
ENGL201 English Communication Skills Placement test 3 credits
GENR201 Religion And Public Life 1 credit

Program courses: 35 credits

Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
CSCI 208 Information Technology in Health Science 2 credits
PSYC 210 General Psychology 2 credits
PSYC 211 Human Growth and Development PSYC 210 2 credits
SOCI 210 Introduction to Sociology 2 credits
BIOC 201 Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOL 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
BIOL 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 201 3 credits
BIOL 205 Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 210 Pathophysiology BIOL 202, BIOL 205 3 credits
NUTR 210 Introduction to Human Nutrition 2 credits
PHAR 210 Pharmacology BIOL 202, BIOL 205 3 credits
HLTH 210 Medical Terminology 1 credit
HLTH 211 Epidemiology 2 credits
HLTH 212 Biostatistics 2 credits
HLTH 310 Health care Research HLTH 212 2 credits

Component courses: 61 credits

Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
NURS 201 Introduction to Professional Nursing, Ethics and Communication 2 credits
NURS 202 Nursing Fundamental I 3 credits
NURS 203 Nursing Fundamental II NURS 202 3 credits
NURS 204 Health Assessment NURS 203, BIOL 202 2 credits
NURS 205 Law for Nurses 2 credits
NURS 220 Clinical Practice I NURS 203, NURS 204 (co-requisite) 1 credit
NURS 320 Clinical Practice II NURS 312 3 credits
NURS 301 Nursing Care of Adult I NURS 204, BIOL 202, BIOL 210 (co-requisite) 4 credits
NURS 311 Nursing practicum I (Care of adult I) NURS 220, NURS 301 (co- requisite) 3 credits
NURS 302 Nursing care of Adult II NURS 301, BIOL 202, BIOL 210 5 credits
NURS 312 Nursing Practicum III (Care of adult II) NURS 311, NURS 302 (co-requisite) 3 credits
NURS 303 Nursing Care in Gynecology and perinatology NURS 203, BIOL 202 3 credits
NURS 313 Nursing Practicum II (Care in Gynecology and perinatology) NURS 303 (co-requisite) 1 credit
NURS 304 Nursing Care of Children NURS 303 3 credits
NURS 314 Nursing Practicum IV (Care of children) NURS 304 (co-requisite) 1 credit
NURS 307 Mental Health Nursing PSYC 211, SOCI 210 2 credits
NURS 317 Nursing Practicum V (Mental Health) NURS 307 (co- requisite) 1 credit
NURS 308 Geriatrics Health Nursing NURS 302 2 credits
NURS 318 Nursing Practicum VI (Geriatrics Health) NURS 308 (co- requisite) 1 credit
NURS 401 Critical Care Nursing NURS 302, NURS 304 3 credits
NURS 411 Nursing Practicum VII (Critical Care) NURS 320, NURS 401 (co-requisite) 2 credits
NURS 402 Public & Community Health Nursing NURS 302, NURS 304, NURS 307 3 credits
NURS 412 Nursing Practicum VIII (Public & Community Health) NURS 402 (co-requisite) 1 credit
NURS 403 Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health NURS 401 3 credits
NURS 413 Nursing Practicum IX (Leadership and Management) NURS 411, NURS 403 (co-requisite) 2 credits
NURS 410 Senior Project HLTH 211, HLTH212, HLTH 310 (co-requisite) 2 credits
NURS 420 Internship NURS 413 (co-requisite) 0 credit

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  1. Submission of completed application form.
  2. Successful completion of Lebanese Baccalaureate II or its equivalence.
  3. A passing score (60/100) on Entrance Exam (remedial courses will be required otherwise)
  4. Favorable recommendation following an interview with faculty.
  5. Required health screens and immunizations.

Students holding a Lebanese “Technicien Supérieur” (TS) degree in Nursing are eligible to integrate the BSN program upon the satisfaction of the following:

  1. Submission of completed application form.
  2. Successful completion of Lebanese “Technicien Supérieur” (TS) degree in Nursing with an overall GPA of 12/20.
  3. A passing score (60/100) on Entrance Exam (remedial courses will be required otherwise)
  4. Successful completion of all prerequisite and required courses according to formal TS Lebanese equivalence decision 780/3/2013 sec. 16 Appendix 2 dated 1/7/2013.