Accelerated-BSN Second Entrance Option

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Accelerated BSN Second Degree Entrance Option Bachelor's Degree Course List

The A-BSN Second Degree Entrance Option is a campus based program and is not available fully online.

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Nutritional Principles in Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Critical Analysis and Nursing Science
  • Health, Wellness and Self-Care
  • Nursing Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Pharmacology

This course introduces the student to the chemical processes that occur on a cellular level related to nutrient intake and digestion. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Metabolism and the body’s ability to meet basic health and wellness needs as it pertains to a diverse set of clients across the life span. Students will be introduced to basic physiological concepts and are encouraged to explore Clinical and Nursing Judgment, Education and Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. Special emphasis is placed on Growth and Development, Cellular Regulation, and clinical nutrition in order to prepare the student to critically apply these principles throughout the nursing program in the form of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Prerequisite:Admission to a Nursing Program

Course ID: NUR 1172
Credits: 4


This course provides students with a variety of opportunities to develop their critical thinking, clinical, communication, and interviewing skills to conduct comprehensive and focused systematic client assessments inclusive of health history, nursing diagnoses, physical examination, and psychosocial findings of clients. Focus is on the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of data collected and differentiation between normal and abnormal findings. Students use the physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual information collected to analyze the health status of clients across the life span with emphasis on adults and geriatric populations.

Prerequisite:Dimensions of Nursing Practice

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 2092
Credits: 4


This course examines the balance needed between the art and science of nursing and the delivery of compassionate holistic care. Students will develop critical reasoning and analysis skills supported by evidence-based research to study core frameworks, models, theories, and concepts that influence nursing practice such as health, alterations in health, wellness, illness, holism, caring, environment, self-care, diversity, interpersonal and team relationships, transitional care, nursing process, client safety and quality, ethics, standards of practice, and evidence-based clinical decision making. The history of nursing, nurse theorists, and present day presence and image will be investigated to gain an understanding about how they have influenced the discipline and health care. Having the opportunity to integrate theory, research, and practice students will begin to appreciate nursing's unique role in responding to and meeting the physical, behavioral, and psychological needs of society, the environment, diverse populations and communities, families, and clients.

Prerequisite:ENC1101 English Composition

Co-requisite:ENC1101 English Composition

Course ID: NUR 2162
Credits: 4


This course is designed to expand students' appreciation and integration of holistic nursing philosophy, theory, and practice.Highlighted are determinants of health, wellness, alterations in health, and disease/illness across the life span. Students will learn the importance of using holistic health assessments for communities, families, clients, and themselves along with nursing's role in health promotion and disease/illness prevention.Self-care and health and healing in daily living are also significant components of this course. Students will begin examining linkages between mind, body, and spirit, and how stress is a challenge to health and well- being. The course provides an opportunity for students to identify evidence-based self-care strategies and methods to respond to stress in health-producing ways, make healthy choices, adhere to and practice wellness for their own self-care, and that of communities, families, and clients.

Prerequisite:None

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 2284
Credits: 4


This course provides the framework needed to critically investigate ethical and legal concepts, issues and regulations, their interconnecting relationship, and the ethical-legal-moral dilemmas that may occur in delivering safe, competent, and compassionate care in diverse healthcare settings. Legal issues and their underlying implications and ethical theories, values, and decision making processes will also be carefully examined. Selected cases reflecting problems where ethical and legal decisions affecting nurses, nursing, clients, and the delivery of healthcare will be analyzed using legal-moral-ethical perspectives and approaches.

Prerequisite:NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing

Co-requisite:NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing

Course ID: NUR 2320
Credits: 4


This course emphasizes the delivery and therapeutic aspects of medication administration justified by evidence based findings. Emphasis of this theory and laboratory course is on principles and demonstration of the use of critical thinking and judgment to assure safe and competent administration and delivery of medications to include current rights of medication administration, dosage calculation, major drug classifications, over the counter, and pharmacokinetics and harmacodynamics inclusive of potential interactions with over the counter drugs, herbals, and supplements. Students will also learn techniques to coach and mentor clients and their families regarding medications and their use and understand the legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of taking medications. The course also includes the impact of technological devices and systems, economics, and regulatory forces on medication delivery as well as strategies on how to best collaborate with the health care team.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Algebra.

Co-requisite:Introduction to Microbiology

Course ID: NUR 2407
Credits: 6

Upper Division

  • Applied Pathophysiology
  • Essentials of Professional Nursing
  • Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • Adult Health – Acute Care
  • Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Parent Child Health
  • Dimensions of Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Public, Family, and Community Health
  • Leadership, Management, and Professional Development
  • Integration of Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing
  • Professional Nursing Integration
  • Professional Nursing Capstone
  • Nursing Informatics

This course focuses on the basic understanding of pathophysiology related to human illness with an emphasis placed on cellular alterations in organ systems as they relate to selected disease states. Opportunities will be presented that provide for the use of critical thinking processes to analyze diverse client presentations of selected illnesses for symptomatology, pathophysiology, and health care implications.

Prerequisite:Admission into the Nursing Program

Course ID: NUR 3205
Credits: 4


This course is designed for students to integrate the values and engage in professional nursing practice as generalists (designers, coordinators, and managers of care) become productive and effective staff members in a range of healthcare facilities, and have the ability and disposition to work in a care delivery discipline. This theory, laboratory, and clinical course incorporates critical thinking and analyses, integration of inter-disciplinary theories and concepts, and the nursing process, as they are the frameworks from which evidence based nursing care is delivered. Students will understand fundamental concepts and demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors, basic nursing, therapeutic communication, and collaborative skills providing a sound foundation for more advanced and specialized areas of later clinical study and training.The intended outcome of this course is for students to learn how to practice as ethical, holistic, safe, competent, and compassionate caregivers who understand the needs and are able to care for diverse clients across the life span, and populations with a range of acute, chronic, transitional, and emergency conditions/situations in a variety of settings from acute to long term care.

Prerequisite:• NUR2162 Critical Analysis and Nursing Science
• NUR2092 Health Assessment
• NUR1172 Nutritional Principles in Nursing Care

Co-requisite:NUR1172 Nutritional Principles in Nursing Care

Course ID: NUR 3294
Credits: 6


This course explores the use of alternative and complimentary therapies in healthcare. Topics include examining safety issues, evidence based health care, and the various types of complementary and alternative therapies. Students will gain an understanding of alternative and complimentary therapies used in healthcare.

Prerequisite:Transcultural Nursing

Course ID: NUR 3418
Credits: 4


This course focuses on providing holistic nursing care to adult clients experiencing acute physiological alterations in health.This theory, laboratory, and clinical course explores the physiological and psychosocial factors that contribute to altered health states and their impact on clients and their families. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process and demonstrated refinement of nurse generalist clinical skills. Students will gain experience in working with adults in acute care settings including hospitals and surgical settings, as well as working with the families ofacutely ill individuals. Expectations of students will include demonstrating ethical andl egally based practice using evidence-based clinical judgment/decisions. Students are also expected to practice collaboratively with other healthcare team members, and plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive plans of care which encompass principles, practices, and associated standards related to pharmacology, nutrition, pathophysiology, health and wellness, diversity, and psycho-social aspects of care. Students will also provide client and family education individualized to specific client situations.

Prerequisite:• NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing
• NUR2407 Pharmacology
• NUR3205 Applied Pathophysiology

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 3463
Credits: 8


This course focuses on the critical review of current quality and safety issues in healthcare and guidelines and systems impacting healthcare agencies. Topics include quality and safety issues in nursing and healthcare, QSEN competencies, Joint Commission Standards, and Magnet Status. Students will gain understanding of contemporary quality and safety standards and best practices for quality and safety initiatives in healthcare settings.

Prerequisite:NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 3508
Credits: 4


This course continues the exploration of providing holistic care for adult clients as they experience the trajectory of illness. In this theory, laboratory, and clinical course the focus is on chronic illness (multi-system complex health alterations) and transitional care within a framework of health promotion and disease prevention. Emphasisis on the application of the nursing process and demonstrated refinement of nurse generalist clinical skills particularly for clients who transition from and to acute tochronic care facilities or home and those at end of life and/or who require palliative care. Expectations of students will include demonstrating ethical and legally based practice using evidence-based clinical judgment/decisions.

Prerequisite:NUR3463 Adult Health – Acute Care

Co-requisite:NUR3508 Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice

Course ID: NUR 3524
Credits: 8


This course emphasizes the importance of recognizing and incorporating cultural beliefs and experience of patients, families, and their health care professionals with care settings.Topics include: comparative analysis of communication styles, fostering open communication, family roles, dietary preferences, safety and concerns associated with cultural beliefs, values, and practices of cultural norms, and the impact of health care practice. Nursing interventions that integrate and examine evidence-based practice related to various cultural beliefs will be discussed. The importance of incorporating a holistic approach in the care and treatment of the patient will be demonstrated within this course.

Prerequisite:NUR2162 Critical Analysis and Nursing Science

Co-requisite:NUR2162 Critical Analysis and Nursing Science

Course ID: NUR 3655
Credits: 4


This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to holistically care for clients and their families during childbearing and childrearing. This theory, laboratory, and clinical course spans pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, care for the newborn and neonate as well as including the pediatric client. The course also incorporates assessment of family structure, function and dynamics, and specialized concerns of childbearing women and their families. Emphasis is on the care of children with both acute and chronic alterations in health. Students will have an opportunity to explore selected high risk situations. Attention however will be focused on normal physiology, pathophysiology, psychosocial adaptation, biological-behavioral growth, genetics, and the unique needs of reproducing families as the basis for assessment and clinical decision-making. Students will use the clinical skills and judgment gained from previous courses to care for these special populations and to preserve, promote, and restore the healthy status of the family and its members.

Prerequisite:• DEP2004 Human Growth and Development
• NUR3463 Adult Health – Acute Care

Co-requisite:NUR3463 Adult Health – Acute Care

Course ID: NUR 3672
Credits: 5


This course emphasizes the concepts and application of therapeutic communication, and therapeutic use of self within the nurse-client relationship. This theory, laboratory, and clinical course assists students in learning how to holistically care for clients across the lifespan who are experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. Techniques and strategies are provided to support clients and their families in achieving optimal levels of wellness. Consideration is given to the legal, ethical, cultural, and spiritual influences that impact mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Prerequisite:• NUR3463 Adult Health – Acute Care
• PSY1012 General Psychology
• NUR3524 Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care

Co-requisite:NUR3524 Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care

Course ID: NUR 4005
Credits: 6


This course provides an overview of concepts and theories related to public, family, and community health nursing. In this theory and clinical course, the role of the professional nurse in sustaining, restoring, and promoting health among diverse populations and communities is explored. Topics include core functions and essentials of public health, health screening, promotion and injury prevention, population focused practice, community assessment, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Principles of epidemiology and the influence of factors impacting the health and the well-being of local and global communities are incorporated. This course provides students the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking and collaborative communication using community and other assessment tools to improve health outcomes.

Prerequisite:• NUR3524 Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care
• NUR4005 Dimensions of Mental and Behavioral Health
• PSY1012 General Psychology

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 4187
Credits: 6


This course explores leadership theories and concepts that impact the professional role of nursing. This theory and clinical course emphasizes holistic nursing leadership that promotes a culture of advocacy, safety, and quality through individual and team performance. Students will develop knowledge related to improvement priorities in the work environment that will encourage organizational excellence. Additional topics include use of leadership styles, decision making, managing planned change, delegation, conflict resolution, communication, finance, healthcare policy, legal issues, and evaluation.

Prerequisite:• NUR4187 Public, Family, and Community Health
• NUR3672 Parent Child Nursing
• NUR4232 Integration of Evidence-Based Practice and Research

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 4201
Credits: 5


This course is designed to support the baccalaureate nurse scholar who contributes to the science of nursing practice by translating current evidence into practice. The student will study the use of evidence-based practice issues, search and critique published research, and propose creative, innovative, or evidence-based solutions to clinical practice problems. Emphasis is on developing a straightforward understanding of the research and using the evidence to improve professional nursing practice.

Prerequisite:• NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice
• MAT1031 College Algebra
• NUR3524 Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care

Co-requisite:NUR3524 Adult Health – Chronic and Transitional Care

Course ID: NUR 4232
Credits: 4


This course is designed to promote student responsibility and accountability by having them comprehensively apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their program. This theory and clinical course (supervised practicum) focuses on critical examination, synthesis, and evaluation of professional nursing care with individual clients and families representing diverse populations and settings. Emphasis is on mastering theoretical concepts, applying research findings, strengthening skill competency, and developing clinical leadership capabilities. Also included is discussion of contemporary issues and trends in nursing, and how they are influencing the demand for and delivery of current and future health care.

Prerequisite:Must be taken in the last quarter of the Nursing Major.

Co-requisite:NUR4201 Leadership, Management, and Professional Development

Course ID: NUR 4392
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize and comprehensively apply and integrate theoretical and clinical experiences from their previous nursing courses. Students will use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice to promote client centered nursing care that encompasses quality and safety. Students will plan and implement a project consistent with the professional standards of the baccalaureate nurse essentials and QSEN competencies. The capstone offers students a mentored experience and promotes role transformation, critical thinking and analysis, and clinical competence at the BSN preparation level.

Prerequisite:• NUR4201 Leadership, Management, and Professional Development
• All graduation requirements met and must be taken in the final quarter of program.

Co-requisite:• NUR4201 Leadership, Management, and Professional Development
• All graduation requirements met and must be taken in the final quarter of program.

Course ID: NUR 4455
Credits: 4


This course integrates nursing science, information science, computer science, and cognitive science to acquire, process, design, and disseminate knowledge. The student will explore the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support the delivery of health care. Students will discuss the impact informatics has on the delivery of care including: efficiency and productivity, patient safety, and confidentiality.

Prerequisite:NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing

Co-requisite:NUR3294 Essentials of Professional Nursing

Course ID: NUR 4870
Credits: 4

Total Program Credits

Lower Division General Education Credits: 47

Upper Division General Education Credits: 28

Unrestricted General Education Elective: 4

Lower Division Major/Core Credits: 26

Upper Division Major/Core Credits: 76

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits: 181

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