The RN-BSN program is designed for registered nurses educated at the associate degree or diploma level who wish to advance their professional education to the baccalaureate level. The program design is seamless for the new nurse graduate, as well as the experienced working nurse. Our program uniquely addresses the needs of RNs who want to pursue advanced study in a specialty area. Students may choose from critical care nursing, emergency nursing, perioperative nursing and community/home. The program may be completed in 15 months (Admission Fall and Spring).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
- Develop nursing knowledge and clinical skills in a specialty practice setting in order to improve patient outcomes.
- Conduct evidence-based research.
- Utilize technology and information literacy skills in the systematic process of inquiry, research and analysis to support evidence-based practice.
- Communicate across disciplines to provide and maintain delivery of culturally-sensitive healthcare.
- Demonstrate leadership and management skills that utilize critical and creative thinking, ethical decision-making and the ability to manage ambiguity in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
- Promote and maintain a culture of mutual respect, upholding the rights, beliefs, and values of all individuals in local or global communities in the delivery of accessible, cost-effective, safe and quality patient care.
- Analyze the issues of an aging community and the impact on the provision of healthcare.
- Analyze the provision of care across the health-illness continuum with attention to public policy and advocacy.
- Demonstrate accountability for nursing practice and commitment to ongoing professional, educational and clinical development.
- 75% of students will complete the RN-BSN program within four years of enrollment.
- 95% of graduates will state that the program provided them with a broad knowledge base for evidence-based, clinically competent, professional practice in the care of individuals, groups and families in a specialty practice setting.
- 95% of graduates will evaluate the leadership and management opportunities as positive learning experiences.
- 95% of graduates will rate the opportunities for inter-professional activities positively.
- 30% of graduates will continue their education at the masters-level within 5 years.
- 10% of graduates will continue their education at the doctoral-level within 10 years.
RN-BSN Master Curriculum
N301 Nursing Research and Evidenced - based Practice- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
The steps of the research process are presented to provide students with the basis for evaluating research, designing research projects and the application of research in clinical practice. Legal, ethical and political issues will be discussed as well as an overview of the role of institutional review boards and their role in protecting human participants. Special emphasis will be placed on quality initiatives, patient satisfaction and issues of diversity. Pre/co-requisites: INL302, MAT301
N302 Inter-professional Communication and Practice- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
The course builds on inter-professional teamwork providing an overview of the history of inter-professional communication and practice from the establishment of the nursing profession to current times. The principles of collaboration, communication, and care coordination are explored in depth.
N303 Advanced Health Assessment- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
Students will build on their basic physical assessment skills of adults to learn to conduct a thorough history and physical exam, including recognizing normal variations, common abnormalities and potential problems. Class will be conducted in the nursing skills lab and include lectures, skills demonstration by faculty, and peer skills practice. Readings and audiovisual materials will be assigned to supplement class time. Pre/co-requisite: SCI401
N304 Nursing Issues in Caring for Aging and At-Risk Communities -3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
The course will provide an overview of the aged and other vulnerable residents in the community setting. Emphasis will be placed on identifying challenges within selected at-risk communities to seek methods to overcome such challenges as enhancing health promotion, disease prevention, illness care, restoration, rehabilitation, health counseling, education, spiritual care and client advocacy. The student will assess a community and select an area identified as lacking in resources. Pre/co-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303, SCI301
N305 Nursing Leadership and management -3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
N305a Nursing Leadership Practicum- 1 credit (Clinical 30 hrs)
Students will explore theories, models and principles of nursing leadership and management in a variety of settings. The course utilizes Benner’s framework of knowledge in comparing and contrasting the functions, responsibilities and expectations of the roles of leader and manager. Emphasis will be placed on professional practice issues, the current healthcare environment, the use of research and evaluation, and legal/regulatory issues. The clinical practicum experience will provide students with an opportunity to observe, reflect upon, assess and identify specific management/leadership styles and issues. Pre/co-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303, SCI301
N401 Nursing in a Clinical Specialty-3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
N401a Nursing in a Clinical Specialty Practicum- 2 credits (Clinical 60 hrs)
The course provides an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in a focused area of specialty- Critical care Nursing, Emergency Nursing and Nursing in Perioperative settings. Students provide direct patient care under the supervision of nurse preceptors who guide their development. Pre/co-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303, SCI301
N402 Nursing Capstone- 2 credits Class- 30 hrs
N402a Nursing Capstone- Practicum- 1 credit (Clinical 30 hrs)
The Capstone course requires the student to demonstrate the competencies consistent with the program outcomes. The student will have the opportunity to display his/her knowledge and expertise in selected areas of nursing, including but not limited to specialty clinical nursing practice, nursing leadership, nursing education, and community health nursing. Course requirements will include an evidence-based project that is selected by the student. The completed project will be displayed as a poster presentation followed by a paper describing how the outcomes were attained. Pre-requisites: All other nursing courses in the curriculum
N403 Applied Ethics in Nursing – 3 credits (Class – 45hrs.) – Elective
Students will expand their knowledge of theories, models and principles of ethical decision making in nursing situations across the lifespan, in a variety of settings. The course utilizes an epistemological framework based on the work of Bayliss Webber that incorporates nursing knowledge, meaning, values, skills, and experience (KMVSE). Selected ethical issues and dilemmas encountered in health care delivery systems and nursing practice will be explored.
N404 Using the Arts to Enhance Clinical Care – 3 credits (Class – 45hrs.) - Elective
This course integrates concepts of nursing clinical care with interdisciplinary learning activities in the humanities, developed from the disciplines of history, literature, religion, philosophy, and the fine arts including music, painting, sculpture, drama and film. The course utilizes teaching/ learning strategies and evaluation methods to hone reflective/observational abilities of the student. It also allows student translation of their reflective and critical thinking abilities into sensitivity to patient concerns and enhanced clinical skills.
N405 International Nursing – 3 credits (Class – 45hrs.) - Elective
The course provides advanced theories and principles related to the delivery of nursing care in selected global settings and/or with selected patient populations. The student will gain an overview of global health in preparation to practice in a variety of settings. An overview of strategies that promote the health of nations will be examined including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and the complex factors that affect the health of countries such as healthcare delivery systems, war, religion, politics, culture, and the environment. Pre/co-requisite: NSG301
N406 Genetic Issues in Patient Care – 3 credits (Class – 45hrs.) - Elective
This course introduces the student to advances in the field of genetics and genomics and the application and impact of these advances to patient care. Since many options for patient care now include genetics (the study of individual genes) and genomics (the study of all the genes in the human genome) information, the course will focus on the application of these for disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, selection of treatment, and monitoring of treatment effectiveness. The student will research anticipated future findings and its expected impact on patient care. Pre-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303
Liberal Arts & Science Courses
ENG301 Professional Writing- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This foundation course will fine-tune the nurses’ basic writing skills and prepare them for the types of writing necessary for registered nurses. Writing as both a conceptual activity and a mechanical act will be jointly addressed.
HIS200 Geopolitics of Healthcare- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course examines the social, political, historical and economic events that have shaped healthcare from the late 1800’s to the present in this country and internationally. It addresses the connections between a society’s wellness (its physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, interpersonal and environmental state of being) and its ability to function and coexist amicably with other global citizens.
INL302 Information Literacy and Technology - 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course provides an overview of information literacy and explores the principles of fundamental research, evidence-based nursing practice and proper usage of appropriate citation style, as skills to be utilized by nurses. Information literacy skills will be integrated with strategic searching, evaluative research and communication endeavors. Co-requisite: NSG301
MAT301 Statistics- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This foundation course aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of the principles of statistical analysis. The concepts of data analysis including probability, hypothesis testing and regression intervals will be explored. Students will utilize these concepts to master statistical problems related to healthcare policy, genetics, bioinformatics and other related topics.
PSY200 Group Dynamics- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course provides an overview of the group dynamics inherent in small group interactions. Didactic and experiential techniques are used to explore the stages of group development, decision-making techniques, group problems and problem-solving, resolution skills, group norms, structures, leadership authority, cultural sensitivity and the intra- and interpersonal dynamics that occur within small groups.
PSY300 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course provides an overview of various forms of psychopathology, including addictive, anxiety, childhood, dissociative, impulse control, mood, organic, personality, psychophysiological, schizophrenic and sexual disorders. Based on a review of contemporary research findings, discussion will focus on relevant theories and approaches for understanding, diagnosing and treating psychological disorders.
SCI301 Pharmacology- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
General principles of pharmacology, mechanisms of drug actions, biotransformation, drug characteristics and interactions are discussed. Major classifications of drugs are presented in relation to therapeutic use.
SCI401 Pathophysiology- 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course focuses on the physiologic changes that participate in disease production. These alterations are examined at the cellular, organic and systemic levels. Emphasis is placed on the body’s attempt to compensate for these changes.
SPE201 Public Speaking– 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course focuses on the development of public speaking skills in general with an emphasis on conducting presentations in the healthcare setting. Students will strengthen their abilities in speaking in front of a group and learn how to tailor their oral message for different audiences. Issues related to the delivery of speech, such as pitch, articulation, pauses, and volume will be highlighted. Non-verbal communication, clarity, repetition, and simplicity of expression will also be incorporated.
*See Catalog (Credit for Experience) for a list of nursing certifications that may be awarded up to a maximum of five nursing credits.
The academic policies of the School are designed to ensure that all students meet the school’s academic standards for successful program completion and eventual licensure. Students are advised to be thoroughly familiar with these policies since they will be accountable for strict adherence to all academic policies and for maintenance of the ethical and legal standards of the School.
The minimum residency requirement is 27 to 32 nursing credits. Comparable liberal arts and science courses may be accepted for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Once enrolled, all liberal arts and science courses must be completed at the school.
Time Requirements for Program Completion
All courses in the program must be completed within a 4-year period of enrollment. This policy remains valid as long as the graduation requirements do not change. The program may be pursued on a part-time basis as long as the 4-year completion policy is followed. All leaves of absence are included in the 4-year time frame for program completion.