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.
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
NRN401 Professional Nursing Concepts – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This course facilitates the development and implementation of strategies to enable the synthesis of professional development for the nurse. The course enables the student to recognize and understand the critical role that nurses play in health care delivery. Students will analyze principles of professional practice and will explore strategies to model the professional practice role in current clinical situations.
PHI301 Healthcare Ethics – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
Increased autonomy in the nursing profession comes with increased responsibility, particularly ethical responsibility. This course provides both the student and practicing nurse with a foundational knowledge of ethics, ethical reasoning, and decision-making strategies to navigate the difficult ethical situations encountered on a daily basis. Decision-making models, rationales for decisions, and various topics about ethical patient care are provided in this course, satisfying the competencies needed for successful professional practice.
BIO331 Practical Pathophysiology- 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This course is a practical guide to pathophysiology that presents information in a student-friendly, understandable way. Here, extraneous information is omitted, leaving only necessary information. The information in this text is also presented in a more accessible manner by considering readability, providing colorful graphics, and giving the content context and meaning.
NRN404 Health Assessment - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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.
NRN402 Nursing Informatics and Foundation of Knowledge – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
The course develops an understanding of the role of nursing information systems and technology within a healthcare organization. It examines the business and technical issues associated with the selection, deployment and use of health informatics, both in the clinical and back office areas. Nursing informatics, for the purpose of the course, is defined as the convergence of information technology, information management, and health care, at various levels, ranging from simple data gathering, to the design and implementation of new nursing care information systems.
MAT331 Statistics – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This foundation course in statistics aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of the principles of statistical analysis. The concepts of data analysis such as probability, hypothesis testing and regression intervals will be explored. Equipped with a mastery of terms and their meanings, students will develop the ability to interpret numerical results and graphical summaries both generally speaking as well as how they are applied to discipline related content they will encounter in their careers as healthcare providers. Computers in the Learning Resource Center will be utilized to master statistical problems related to healthcare policy, genetics, bioinformatics and other related topics.
NRN403 Evidenced-based Practice for Nurses - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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.
PSC331 Policies and Politics - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This course examines the social, political, historical and economic events that have shaped health care 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.
HUS351 Population Health – 5 Credits (Class 75 hours)
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.
HUS331 Global Health Care - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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 health care delivery systems, war, religion, politics, culture, and the environment.
NRN405 Specialty Nursing – 5 Credits (Class 75 hours)
This course builds upon the nursing theory and practice learned in basic nursing education. The course provides an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in the focused area of a clinical specialty. Specialty options may include: Critical Care/ED, Peri-operative Nursing; and Community/Home. Students provide direct patient care under the supervision of nurse preceptors who guide their development.
MGT341 Leadership and Management – 4 credits (Class 60 hours)
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 health care 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 issues in their assigned placement. Students will be required to develop an evidence-based project in collaboration with their clinical preceptor that relates to the course objectives.
NRN409 Nursing Capstone - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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
NURSING CERTIFICATION CREDITS
The school will award baccalaureate nursing degree credits for the following nursing certifications, up to a maximum of five credits. Credits earned by certification are accepted for NRN405 Specialty Nursing Course. Evidence of successful national certification must be submitted to the Office of Student Services as part of the enrollment process and prior to the beginning of classes.
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 residency requirement is 44 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
Program completion is calculated as 150% of the standard completion time for the program. For the RN-BSN program, students have a maximum of six semesters for program completion.