Five Key Courses in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

The choice to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can be a rewarding decision. You’ve already taken many complicated courses to get you to your registered nurse status, assuming you passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) after graduating with your Professional Nursing Associate’s degree. Now, it’s time for you to buckle down and put your thinking cap back on because you will soon be back in school.

Going from a career as a registered nurse (RN) to an RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can be a smart decision. Whatever the reasons are for deciding to advance your career, earning your BSN can open many doors for you to expand and advance your knowledge and skills within the healthcare industry. With the higher-level degree you will have the opportunity for new and more professional growth and responsibilities, such as supervising others nurses.

However, before you register in a   Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you’re probably a bit curious what types of courses you will take. Here’s some information on five courses that every RN to BSN student must register for in the program:

Transcultural Nursing: This course centers on the cultural response to health and illness as they influence individuals and families. Topics covered in this course include current issues and problems, health care beliefs, a comparative analysis of communication, as well as practices of different cultural norms and how they affect clinics and the nursing profession.

Introduction to Microbiology: In this course, you will be introduced to microbiology that emphasizes the effect of microorganisms on the human body. Topics include microbial cell structure, function and metabolism, requirements for and control of growth, genetics, mutations, and biotechnology, and a survey of bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, protozoa and helminthes.

Public Health and Community Nursing: You will learn several concepts and theories related to public health and community nursing. Topics covered in this course are health promotion and prevention, community assessment, core functions and essentials of public health, as well as the ability to meet diverse clients’ need in unique settings.

Comprehensive Pharmacology Lab: In this course you will learn how to administer medications. You will also be taught the “six rights of administration,” how to calculate prescription dosage, proper use and storage of medications, as well as correct tactics in patient observation and documentation. In the nursing lab you will learn clinical skills.

Dimensions of Professional Nursing: This is a course that will give you the tools you need to transition from a RN to a BSN student. You will learn about nursing theory, philosophy and roles, which is aimed at expanding the scope of responsibility of nursing.

Hopefully, learning about these courses only further peaks your interest in earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program should take you to new heights in your career, and allow for personal growth, too. Why have you decided to pursue your BSN? Please tell us in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

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