American University of Beirut

Rafic Hariri School of Nursing (HSON) Undergraduate Program

​​Officers of the School

Fadlo R. Khuri President of the University
Zaher DawyProvost
Samar NoureddineDean of the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
Nuhad Yazbik-Dumit
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Bradley Jon TuckerRegistrar, ex-officio
Antoine SabbaghDirector of Admissions, ex-officio
Fatme Charafeddine Interim Director of University Libraries ex-officio


Convener/Graduate DivisionHonein, Gladys
Coordinator, PhD Program:Noureddine, Samar
MSN Nursing Administration and Management Track (blended) CoordinatorYazbik-Dumit, Nuhad
MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS Track Coordinator: Massouh, Angela
MSN Psychiatry and Mental Health CNS Track Coordinator: Farhood, Laila
MSN Community and Public Health CNS Track Coordinator: Honein, Gladys
Convener/Undergraduate Division: Gharibian Adra, Marina
Accelerated Programs Coordinator: Madi, Dina
Professors: Farhood, Laila; Noureddine, Samar; Yazbik-Dumit, Nuhad
Associate Professors Abi Abdallah Doumit, Myrna; Fares, Souha; Honein, Gladys
Clinical Associate Professors: Madi, Dina; Adra, Marina; Abi Fakhr, Lina; Younan Sabbagh, Lina
Assistant Professors: Alayan, Nour; Massouh, Angela, Puzantian, Houry, Dakessian, Silva 
Clinical Instructors:Abdallah, Nour; Avedissian, Tamar; Damianos, Danielle; Succar, Emilie
Senior Lecturer:Kordahi Badr, Lina

​​​School Administr​at​ive Support​

Executive and Financial Officer:Chami, Diana
Student Services and Career Planning Officer: Abdallah, Mira
Skills and Simulation Lab Manager:Farha, Randa
IT Manager, Faculty of Medicine and Hariri School of Nursing: Itani, Maher
IT Field Support Technician: Karout, Toufic
Medical Librarian: El Zein, Ola

Historical Background

The School of Nursing, founded in 1905, was the first nursing school in the Middle East. The five–year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, established in 1936, was replaced in 1964 by a four–year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students entering the school as sophomores graduate in three calendar years. The RN-BSN program was reactivated and launched in 2003. The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was launched in 2003. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) and the MSN program are registered by the Department of Education of New York State, HEGIS codes 1203.00 and 1203.10, respectively. The BSN and MSN programs are accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, in the USA. The AUB School of Nursing is the first School of Nursing outside the US territories to be accredited by CCNE. The PhD program, HEGIS code 1203.12, was launched in the academic year 2018-2019. Effective September 2018, Hariri School of Nursing became the seventh independent faculty at AUB.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to promote and maintain the highest educational standards of excellence, integrity, and professionalism in nursing, following the American model of nursing education and practice. The school aims to provide learning opportunities that will enable students to develop into competent nurses who, guided by ethical principles, respect cultural diversity while coordinating and delivering high–quality, compassionate nursing care in Lebanon and the region. The faculty believes education is an interactive process between faculty and students with both taking responsibility for active learning. The baccalaureate program, drawn primarily from the humanities, sciences, and caring disciplines, focuses on the use of nursing theory and research as a basis for practice. The master’s program focuses on preparing nurses for advanced nursing practice roles and is based on the use and generation of research–based knowledge to guide practice. The PhD program in Nursing Science aims to provide rigorous training for research careers in nursing and healthcare. The program is intended to produce research scientists who will make significant and original contributions to nursing practice and healthcare delivery. Nursing students at AUB learn to think critically, develop professional attitudes and leadership skills, and appreciate the value of life–long learning and freedom of speech.


The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing aspires to become the leading school of nursing in Lebanon and the region and nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in education, research, and service.

The school is committed to offering cutting-edge, culturally-relevant and internationally recognized graduate and undergraduate education, fostering life-long learning and scholarship, developing leaders in nursing and health care, and attracting a competent and culturally diverse student body.

Undergraduate Program Outline


Students holding diplomas from a 12–year secondary school may gain admission to the School of Nursing as first year nursing students (see required courses at the freshman level). Freshman students wishing to transfer to the School of Nursing from AUB or another institution may gain admission provided they complete the required freshman courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The School of Nursing follows the admission policies and criteria of the university. For further details, see the section on Admissions of this catalogue.

Accelerated Programs

BT–BSN Program

The curriculum is designed to permit the graduates of a technical program (Baccalaureate Technique) in nursing to pursue the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing as per the university entrance requirements (refer to page 35 of the catalogue). The time limit for completion of the program should not exceed six calendar years. A selected number of nursing courses may be validated if applicable.

Preferred requirement for admission to the program is one-year worth of experience in addition to the University entrance requirement. The applicant should provide BT governmental exam certificate similar to BACC II and license to practice nursing from Ministry of Public health. The candidate may be asked to have an interview with the school’s Dean and/or program convener.

According to the decree no. 855 dated 01/07/2015, issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, holders of the technical baccalaureate (BT) are eligible for admission to similar fields as that of BT. In this case, holders of BT in nursing may apply to any health-related major.

Those applying to the RN-BSN program should complete the following remedial/pre-requisite courses starting the BSN II year:

  • 3 credits in Mathematics (choose one of: MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 203, MATH 204)
  • 3 credits in Chemistry (CHEM 101)
  • 3 credits in Biology (BIOL 101)
  • 3 credits in Physics (PHYS 101, 103 or 200)


The School of Nursing accelerated program is designed for individuals who have a BS/BA in fields other than nursing. The streamlined curriculum permits students to earn a BSN in 24 months. Students who graduate from this program are entitled to sit for the National Colloquium Exam to become registered nurses. The admission to the BS/BA-BSN program requires the following:

  • BS/BA degree in a field other than nursing
  • A minimum GPA 3.0 including prerequisite courses and general education requirements
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses prior to admission: ENGL 204, PSYC 201, Biostatistics course, PSYC 210, SOAN 201, and four elective courses in humanities
  • Applications are available online through the AUB website.
  • Students are urged to submit course syllabi and course descriptions for courses requiring equivalence.

Transfer from the Freshman Class

Transfer students from the freshman class of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may apply to the sophomore year at the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:

  • completed at least 24 credits prior to their registration in the fall or spring term and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.

Transfer from Other Faculties at AUB

Transfer students from other faculties at AUB may apply to the BSN program. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:

  • completed at least 24 credits prior to their registration in the fall or spring term and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.

Transfer from Other Universities

Transfer students from other universities in Lebanon or abroad may apply to the junior year. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:

  • completed 30 sophomore credits (1 year) or more prior to their registration in the fall or spring term,
  • achieved a minimum cumulative average equivalent to the AUB GPA 2.3,
  • submitted the most recent transcript of their grades,
  • and met the Readiness for University Studies in English.

Once a student is accepted, the assigned academic adviser follows up with the student on credit transfer and course equivalences. The student should submit course syllabi and course descriptions for courses requiring equivalence. A grade of (C+) or above is required in the major courses for transfer. Furthermore, accepted students must complete at least 45 credits at AUB.

Dual Degree

The School of Nursing follows the requirements set by AUB to allow students to pursue a dual degree. For further details, see the section on General University Academic Information on page 50 of this catalogue.


Course Numbers

Nursing courses are numbered according to level and they normally follow a sequence. See curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and course descriptions on page ​641-650.

Numbers Following Course Titles in the Course Description

  • The first number following the title of a course indicates the number of class hours per week.
  • The second number indicates the clinical hours required each week.
  • The last number indicates the number of credit hours applied toward graduation.
Frequency of Courses

Courses marked fall/spring/summer are offered accordingly during each academic year.

Graduation Requirements

All recommendations for graduation are made by vote of the faculty upon the recommendation of the academic committee.

To be eligible for graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the following requirements must be met:

  • completion of the prescribed program of study with a minimum of 103 credits after the freshman class or equivalent, 100 credits for those entering at English 204, 91 credits for those entering as registered nurses (excluding the remedial courses mentioned under section RN-BSN program on page 546)
  • and an overall GPA of 2.3, excluding freshman courses.
  • The maximum time allowed for the completion of the degree program should be within the following specified periods: BSN II six calendar, BSN III four calendar years, BSN IV two calendar years.
  • Students must petition the academic committee for an extension of time if needed.

All undergraduate transfer students from AUB or from other recognized institutions of higher learning to the School of Nursing need to complete the required prerequisites and all required nursing courses. A minimum residency period of one year or 30 credits for within AUB transfers and 45 credits for transfers from outside must be completed at AUB.

Course credits pertinent to the nursing curriculum may be transferred according to criteria set by the admission and academic committees.


Graduates are qualified for the licensing examination in Lebanon (Colloquium). Non Lebanese graduates cannot practice Nursing in Lebanon, unless permitted by the Order of Nurses in Lebanon in exceptional situations.

Academic Rules and Regulations

For information on Academic Advisers, Categories of Students, Correct Use of Language, and Graduation with Distinction and High Distinction, see General University Academic Information in this catalogue.


Classes and Laboratories

  • Students are expected to attend all classes, laboratories, and any other required activities. Absence by students, whether excused or not, from any class or laboratory session does not excuse them from their responsibility for the work done or from any announcements made during their absence.
  • Students who are absent from more than one fifth of the number of lectures of any course during a term lose all credit for the course.
  • Students may not be excused from laboratory and field requirements. All missed clinical and field requirements must be made up for. In case of repeated absences from clinical courses, over one fifth of the total hours, the student may be asked to drop the course.
Examinations and Quizzes

Students are not allowed to be absent from announced final examinations and quizzes unless they present an excuse considered valid by the coordinator of the course. The course coordinator may then require the student to take a makeup examination.

Students taking non–nursing courses in other faculties of the university are required to follow the attendance regulations of that faculty.

Grading System

Refer to the grading system, under “General University Academic Information” section in the catalogue.

The passing grade for all nursing major courses is C+, except for NURS-203 (passing grade is D).

Incomplete Grades

  • Incomplete course work will be reported as an “I” followed by a numerical grade reflecting the evaluation of the student available at the end of the term. This evaluation is based on a grade of zero on all missed work.
  • To secure permission to complete the work for a course, a student must submit a valid excuse to the instructor of the course and the academic committee within two weeks from the date of the scheduled final exam for the course.
  • Students permitted to complete work for a course must do so within four weeks of the start of the next regular term. After the incomplete work is done and evaluated by the faculty member, a grade change will be considered by the Dean of the school (upon the recommendation of the program convener) and a new grade reported to the Office of the Registrar.
  • If no valid excuse is presented and the work, if permitted, is not completed within the time limits specified above, the “I” will be dropped and the letter grade available becomes the final grade in the course.
  • For the purposes of averaging, the letter grade is used until it is changed in accordance with the grading system set above.

Withdrawal from a Program

To maintain student status, a student must register every term, excluding the summer session, unless required by the program. Students who do not register submit a reactivation/readmission petition, provided they can complete the requirements within the time limit of the program.


Students shall be promoted at the end of the summer session after completion of 30 or more credits beyond the requirements from the previous level. However, students who register in September and who lack 6 or fewer credits for completion of a class will be registered in the next higher class at the discretion of the academic committee. In order to be promoted, students must attain a minimum average of (GPA: 2.0) at the end of the second regular term (sophomore year) and (GPA: 2.3) in the following years. Promotion of BSN students based on earned credits. Sophomore (N2) nursing students are promoted to N3 if they complete 30 earned credits Junior (N3) nursing students are promoted to N4 if they complete 67 earned credits.

Placement on the Dean’s Honor List

To be placed on the Dean’s Honor List at the end of a term, a student must carry at least 12 credits of courses other than those repeated, not be on probation, have passed all the courses of the term, attained in all courses an overall average of (GPA: 3.7) or be ranked in the top 10 percent of the class and have an overall average of (GPA 3.3), and not have been subjected to any disciplinary action within the university.

Graduation with Distinction and High Distinction

The School of Nursing follows the academic rules and regulations set by AUB to recommend the graduation of students with Distinction and High Distinction. For further details, see the section on General University Academic Information on page 50 of this catalogue.

Failures and Deficiencies

Placement on Probation

A student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:

  • If the student fails 6 or more credits at the end of a term
  • and/or if the student does not attain the minimum required term average of (GPA: 1.7) for the first regular term of BSN II or (GPA: 2.0) for the second regular term of BSN II, or (GPA: 2.3) for the following years.

These regulations do not apply to part-time students until they have completed at least 12 credits. For part-time students, a term is defined as consecutive courses totaling 12 credits.

Removal from Probation

Action to remove probation at the end of a term will be taken provided the full-time student meets the following requirements:

  • passes all courses taken during the term,
  • achieves the minimum required average (GPA) for that term,
  • and achieves the minimum yearly average (GPA) required.

Repeating Courses

A student may repeat any course with the consent of the adviser and course coordinator.

  • All required courses that a student fail must be repeated. No course may be taken more than three times.
  • When a course is repeated, the highest grade obtained will be considered in the calculation of the (Overall GPA).
  • A student who fails or withdraws from a course may be delayed from graduating.

Dismissal from the BSN Program

A student may be dismissed by vote of the faculty upon the recommendation of the academic committee in any of the following cases:

  • failure to remove probation within two terms
  • failure in one-third or more of the load attempted during that year and failure to attain the minimum yearly average (GPA)
  • not making satisfactory academic progress, having not shown sufficient professional promise, or having behaved in a manner below the norms expected by the school

Students who are dropped from the program will be placed as Majorless for two consecutive regular terms to secure a transfer to another major. Students who fail to transfer within the required time will be dismissed from the Hariri School of Nursing, i.e from the university.

  • Failure to meet clinical requirements as stipulated in the nursing courses syllabi
  • Dismissal from the BSN program
  • Failure to satisfy the requirements of the repeated year

Application for Readmission

When, in accordance with university regulations, a student is dropped, the implication is that the student is not qualified to continue her/his education at the School of Nursing. Consideration for readmission is given for one of the following reasons:

  • if the student was not able to do her/his work efficiently because of health reasons (in such cases, the school relies on a medical report from the university physician)
  • if the adviser of the student or a faculty member or administrative official of the university knows of certain family problems that may have influenced the academic achievement of the student
  • if after spending one or two years at another institution, the student is able to present a satisfactory record and recommendation

Supporting documents for the above reasons must be presented to the school.

Disciplinary Action

A student engaging in academic misconduct, such as cheating on examinations or plagiarism, will be referred to the Student Affairs Committee and the Dean.


Penrose Award

This is a non-cash honorary award presented on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and contribution to university life to an outstanding graduate of the school.

Janet Haddadin Nursing Award

The Janet Haddadin award is a cash award granted to a graduating undergraduate nursing student with the highest Cumulative GPA”

Salma Mansur Jurdak Excellence Award in Nursing

The Salma Mansur Jurdak Excellence award is a cash award granted to a graduating undergraduate nursing student with top academic achievement and demonstrated dedication to the profession

Women’s Auxiliary Awards

  • Mary Crawford (Florence Nightingale)
  • Nada Alameddine Kanso
  • Emily Asfour
  • Agnes Shamaa
  • Helen Zarwi
  • Najla Morston
  • Jacqueline Rubeiz
  • Hanneh Shahine
  • Ann Smith
  • Leila Ilya

and certificate awards are granted to senior students who meet the following criteria:

  • academic achievement
  • professional integrity and seriousness of purpose
  • contribution to professional and university life
  • willingness to join AUBMC after graduation.

Lions Award

The Lions Award is a non-cash award granted to an outstanding student who has been commended by the faculty of the School of Nursing.

The Rouzan Al-Najjar Excellence Awards in Nursing

The Rouzan Al-Najjar Excellence Awards in Nursing

is a monetary award presented by the Yafa Foundation. It is given to three students (one senior, one junior and one sophomore) who are the most academically qualified Arab Nursing student at the end of their senior/junior/sophomore year of his/her studies, who shows outstanding academic and professional promise, and intent to work in Nursing after graduation.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

First Year

Freshman curriculum requires completion of 30 credits. The following courses are required:

​First term
MATH 101 (3 cr.), BIOL 101 (3 cr.), ENGL 102 (3 cr.) Natural Sciences1 (3 cr.), elective2 (3 cr.) 
Second term
MATH 102 (3 cr.), CHEM 101 (3 cr.), ARAB 101 or ARAB 1023 (3 cr.), Social Sciences1 (3 cr.), Humanities1 (3 cr.) ​

Second Year

  No. of Weeks Lecture Hrs.

Lab. or Clinical



Clock Hrs.



First term     
BIOC 246Biochemistry for NursesGE1664-644
ENGL 203Academic English4 5 GE1648-483
HUMR 244Introduction to Human BiologyGE1632-322
NURS 200Introduction to Nursing1632-322
PSYC-201Introduction to Psychological ScienceGE1648-483
Total   224  224 14
Second term     
NURS 201Introduction to Nursing Practice161635512
NURS 202 Health Assessment161635512
HUMR 248Human Anatomy and PhysiologyGE166030905
MBIM 237Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing163228603
NURS 203Biostatistics for NursesGE1648-483
Total   172 128 300 15
Summer Session     
ELECCultures and HistoriesGE848-483
ELECCultures and HistoriesGE848-483
ENGL 204Advanced Academic EnglishGE 848-483
Total   144 0 144 9

Third Year

First term     
PHRM 240Pharmacology1648-483
NURS 300Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I: Theory and Practicum16321121445
NURS 304Nursing Care of the Expectant Family: Theory and Practicum16321121445
PSYC 2102Lifespan Development PsychologyGE1648-483
NURS 210APathophysiology1616-161
Total   176 224 400 17
Second term     
NURS 302Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II: Theory and Practicum16321121445
NURS 306Nursing Care of the Children, Theory and Practicum16321121445
NURS 210BPathophysiology1616-161
ELECTHuman Values (Ethics)GE 1648-483
Total   128 224 352 14
Summer Session     
SOAN 201Introduction to the Study of the SocietyGE848-483
ARAB 201Issues in Contemporary Arab CultureGE848-483
NURS 307Practicum I8-96960
Total   96 96 192 6

Fourth Year

   No. of Weeks Lecture Hrs.

Lab. or Clinical



Clock Hrs.



First term
NURS 400Critical Care Nursing, Theory and Practicum1632841164
NURS 402Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Theory and Practicum1648841325
NURS 406Nursing Research1648-483
NURS 404Nursing Informatics1632-322
Total   160 168 328 14
Second term     
NURS 408Community Health Nursing, Theory and PracticumGE1648841325
NURS 410Leadership and Management in Nursing, Theory and Practicum1648961445
ELECCultures and HistoriesGE1648-483
NURS 411Intensive Practicum II16-1441440
IPEC 300Interprofessional Education and Collaboration1616-161
Total   159 324 483 14
Total Credit Hours 1259 1164 2423 103

BT–BSN (Revised)

First year
  No. of Weeks Lecture Hrs.

Lab. or Clinical



Clock Hrs.



First term
BIOC 246Biochemistry for Nurses1664-644
ENGL 203Academic English8 9GE1648-483
HUMR 244Introduction to Human BiologyGE1632 322
PSYC 201Introduction to Psychological ScienceGE1648-483
MATH 1648-483
Total   240  240 15
Second term     
HUMR 248Human Anatomy and PhysiologyGE166030905
MBIM 237Microbiology and Immunology for Nursing163228603
NURS 205Foundations of Professional Nursing1632-322
NURS 203Biostatistics for NursesGE1648-483
PHYSICS 1648-483
Total 2205827816
Summer Session     
PHRM 240VPharmacology848-483
NURS 308VMaternal-Child Nursing, Theory and Practicum8481441926
Total   96 144 240 9

Second Year

​ ​ ​No. of Weeks ​Lecture Hrs. ​Lab. or Clinical Hrs.1 ​Total Clock Hrs.
Credit Hrs.
First Term
SOAN 201
Introduction to the Study of the SocietyGE
​16 ​48​- ​48 ​3
PSYC 2102 Lifespan Development Psychology​16​48​-​48​3
ENGL 204
Advanced Academic English
16    48 

48    3
ELEC Cultures and HistoriesGE​



NURS 210A Pathophysiology​16​16​-​16​1
​Second Term
NURS 312 Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Theory and Practicum16   
NURS 313
Leadership and Management in Nursing, Theory and Practicum

Summer Session
Nursing Care of Adults and older Adults, Theory and Practicum8 48
174 6
ELECElective Humanities 8 48 - 48 3
Total 961262229

Third Year
​ ​ ​No. of Weeks ​Lecture Hrs. ​Lab. or Clinical Hrs.1 ​Total ClockCredit Hrs.
First Term
Critical Care Nursing, Theory and Practicum​1632841164
NURS 406 Nursing Research
NURS 404
Nursing Informatics
16    32

32 2
NURS 314 Community Health Nursing, Theory and Practicum
IPEC 300 Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
​​Second term
ARAB 201Issues in Contemporary Arab CultureGE1648-483
ELECTCultures and HistoriesGE1648-483
ELECTHuman ValuesGE1648-483
Total -144-1449
Total Credit Hours  1387 508 2063 103

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