RN to BSN Entrance Option

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RN to BSN Entrance Option Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Upper Division

  • Comprehensive Health Assessment
  • Applied Pathophysiology
  • Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  • Integration of Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing
  • Public Health and Community Nursing
  • Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Capstone

This course focuses on client assessment and the formation of a nursing diagnosis with an emphasis on the evaluation of health risks and health education. This course is designed to develop the student's knowledge and skills for obtaining and recording a systematic, comprehensive health history and physical examination of the adult client. Opportunities will be presented that provide for the synthesis of nursing, biologic, psychologic, and sociocultural knowledge and theories as they apply to the findings obtained in the comprehensive health assessment of adults. Interviewing and clinical examination skills will be utilized to gather and analyze data relevant to common health problems.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Quality and Safety in Nursing

Course ID: NUR 3177
Credits: 4


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 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 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 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 investigates the evolution of nursing with an emphasis on professional values, standards and ethics. Students will explore how social and economic factors influence the nursing practice. This course includes an overview of major contemporary issues in nursing with a critical-thinking approach to evidence-based nursing practice. Opportunities will be presented that provide for strengthening critical thinking skills and the development of a personal philosophy statement of nursing practice.

Prerequisite:Admission into the Program

Course ID: NUR 3816
Credits: 4


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 provides an overview of concepts and theories related to public health and community health nursing. Topics include core functions and essentials of public health, health promotion and prevention, population focused practice, community assessment, and interdisciplinary collaboration to meet diverse client needs in diverse settings.

Prerequisites or Co-requisite: Transcultural Nursing; Nursing Research

Course ID: NUR 4529
Credits: 4


This course explores leadership theories and concepts that impact the professional role of nursing. Emphasis will be placed on nursing leadership roles that create a culture of advocacy, safety and quality through individual and team performance. The student will develop knowledge related to improvement priorities in the work environment that will encourage organizational excellence. Additional topics include leadership styles, decision making, planned change, conflict resolution, communication, finance, healthcare policy, legal issues, and evaluation.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all other BSN courses

Co-requisite: Nursing Capstone

Course ID: NUR 4773
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


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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all other BSN courses Co-requisite: Leadership and Management in Nursing

Course ID: NUR 4909
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Select 1 course)

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course)

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits

Upper Division General Education Credits: 24

Upper Division Major and Core Credits: 44

Total Upper Division Major Credits: 68

Total BS Degree Credits: 181*

* Total credits above assume students have a current unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the U.S. and have successfully completed an Associate's Degree in Nursing which grants them an articulation transfer equivalent up to 113 lower-level proficiency credits toward this program.

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