RN-BSN Curriculum

RN-BSN Curriculum

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coursework Options

The RN-BSN Program is happy to announce a new core curriculum with electives option. Contact your nursing advisor for information. It may be possible for students with previous upper division credits to complete the program in as little as two semesters.

  • Full-time: Students who wish to complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months) must start coursework in January, May, or August.
  • Part-time: Students who choose a part-time completion schedule may start coursework in January, March, May, June, August, or October.

Core Curriculum

NURS 3100 – Professional Nursing Roles

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

NURS 3100 is a pre or co-requisite for all other courses.
Focuses on the transition to professional nursing role and responsibilities and explores the differences in ADN and BSN education and practice levels by exploring the roles of the BSN nurse in the health care environment, including nurse educator, nurse leader, case manager, and community health nurse.

NURS 3200 – Health Assessment

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Prerequisite: BIOL 4400 or NURS 3900 

Focuses on the development of interviewing and physical assessment skills throughout the lifespan utilizing a holistic approach and critical thinking skills to evaluate assessment findings, differentiate between normal and abnormal variations. Purchase of electronic access is required to navigate this online course.

NURS 3600 – Nursing Research

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer and Fall

Prerequisite: MATH 1040

Introduces quantitative and qualitative research concepts, methodology, and techniques, addressing the scientific approach; preliminary steps in research design, measurement, and data collection; analysis of data; and critiquing. Emphasizes the relationship between research and the practice of professional nursing.

NURS 4020 – Community Health Nursing

5 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Prepares the baccalaureate student to function within the scope of professional nursing practice in the care of individuals, families, and groups in the community with emphasis placed on family assessment, community assessment, health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention. Past, present, and future community service trends are explored and analyzed. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.

NURS 4030 – Nursing Policy & Ethics

3 credits – Offered Spring and Fall

Addresses policy development, political influences and power, and nursing’s involvement in the policy-making process. Legislation past and present, as well as ethical theories, frameworks, and the process of ethical inquiry are examined, explored, and analyzed as a basis for professional nursing practice, education, research, and decision-making.

NURS 4040 – Nursing Leadership Management

5 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Explores the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager of patient care by exploring strategies, processes, and techniques of the nurse leader and manager as well as theories, principles, and application of leadership and management within the professional nursing role.

NURS 4600 – Senior Capstone

6 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Allows the student to select an area of interest and have an intensive experience focused on nursing leadership, research, and/or clinical practice. Student portfolios are used to design an individual learning experience in which students will integrate the role of the professional nurse with previous knowledge and experience. Students will meet the college requirement of 45 work hours per credit.

Program Electives

NURS 3300 – Transcultural Nursing

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

An approved Global and Cultural Perspectives course. Prepares professional nursing students to provide culturally sensitive and culturally competent care to individuals, families, and communities, emphasizing the importance of understanding cultural diversity in order to promote appropriate health prevention, disease intervention activities, and teaching strategies. Includes self-evaluation, including biases and prejudices about other cultures and ethnic groups.

NURS 3400 – Nursing Informatics

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Introduces informatics in nursing practice, education, research, and administration, exploring how informatics systems can be utilized to assist in providing more efficient and effective client care, including hardware, software, databases, new developments, and associated legal and ethical issues.

NURS 3700 – Gerontological Nursing

3 credits – Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

Focuses on nursing care of the older adult by exposure to best practices for care of the older adult; issues such as quality of life, elder abuse, cultural considerations, and restraint alternatives; normal physiologic changes of aging; pathological disease processes; cognitive and psychological changes; end-of-life care; and environments of care for the older adult.