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
NSG205 Pharmacology - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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.
NSG301 Nursing Research and Evidenced-based Practice - 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.
Co-requisites: INL302, MAT301
NSG302 Pathophysiology - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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.
NSG303 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. Readings and audiovisual materials will be assigned to supplement class time.
Pre/co-requisite: NSG 302
NSG307 Geopolitics and Health Care Policy - 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.
NSG401 Nursing Issues in Caring for At-Risk Communities - 3 Credits
(Class 45 hours)
NSG401a Nursing Community Practicum – 2 Credits (Clinical 60 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.
Pre/co-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303, NSG 205
NSG 402 Nursing Leadership and Management - 2 Credits (Class 30 hours)
NSG 402a Clinical Practicum – 2 credits (Clinical 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.
Pre/co-requisites: NSG301, NSG302, NSG303
NSG 404 Nursing in A Clinical Specialty – 5 Credits (Class 45 hours; Clinical 60 hours) - Elective
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.
Pre-requisites: NSG205, NSG301, NSG302, NSG303
NSG 405 Applied Ethics in Nursing – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours) - 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.
NSG406 Inter-professional Communication - 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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.
NSG407 International Nursing – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours) - 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 health care delivery systems, war, religion, politics, culture, and the environment.
NSG409 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
Pre-requisites: All other nursing courses in the curriculum
NSG501 Genetic Issues in Patient Care – 3 Credits (Class 45hours) - 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.
NSG502 Using the Arts to Enhance Clinical Care – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours) - 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.
NSG503 Nursing Informatics in Clinical Practice – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours) - Elective
This course develops an understanding of the role of nursing information systems and technology within a health care organization. It examines the business and technical issues associated with the selection, deployment, and use of health informatics in the clinical and back office areas. For this course, Nursing Informatics 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.
NSG504 Nursing Education: Approaches to Classroom and Clinical Teaching –
3 Credits (Class 45 hours) - Elective
The focus of this course is the exploration of principles and the practice of teaching and learning integral to clinical nursing education. Identification of the role of the Nurse Educator with diverse learning styles and needs within a variety of clinical settings is incorporated.
NSG505 Leadership and Professional Development Strategies for Nursing -
3 credits (Class 45 hours) - Elective
This course will expose students to the principles of organizational culture, dynamics, mission, vision, values, and goals as it impacts nursing. Additionally, students will learn current theories of change management and resource management for nursing practice. They also will explore change agent roles in project management and processes.
ENG301 Professional Writing- 3 Credits (Class 5 hours)
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.
INL302 Information Literacy and Technology - 3 Credits (Class 5 hours)
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.
MAT301 Statistics- 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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 health care policy, genetics, bioinformatics and other related topics.
PSY200 Group Dynamics- 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
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 hours)
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.
SPA100 Spanish for Health care Professionals – 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This course empowers nursing students with Spanish literacy skills so that they may communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, their families, and other health care providers. Organized by medical systems addressing patients’ chief complaints, the course content will integrate Spanish grammar and vocabulary knowledge into communicatively-focused activities. The stress, intonation, rhythm, and articulation patters of Spanish will also be highlighted.
SPE201 Public Speaking– 3 Credits (Class 45 hours)
This course focuses on the development of public speaking skills in general with an emphasis on conducting presentations in the health care 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.
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
Program completion is calculated as 150% of the standard completion time for the program. For the RN-BSN program, students have a maximum of eight semesters for program completion. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of two courses per semester.