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Program Description

The RN to BSN Program is designed for registered nurses who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.The curriculum provides opportunities for a nurse to develop critical thinking skills, cultural communication competence, decision-making skills, evidence-based practice, leadership skills, and incorporate research in practice and patient advocacy. The curriculum contains 36 quarter credits of levels 300 and 400 General Education courses and 54 quarter credits of nursing courses.

program learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and principles of advocacy as tools to make culturally-sensitive client-centered clinical decisions in all health care settings.

  • Collaborate with clients and other members of the health care team using effective communication in the planning, coordination and provision of competent care.

  • Integrate the concepts of Orem’s Self Care Deficit Theory into nursing practice.

  • Promote client and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on evidence- based practice.

  • Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, professional development and clinical-decision making.

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to clients across the lifespan in all care settings.

  • Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice.

General Education Coursework

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENG 303Research Design and Writing6.0
HEA 402Global Health6.0
HEA 403Women and Health6.0
PHI 401 Bioethics6.0
SOC 301Cultural Diversity6.0
Total 36

program major courses

Course NumberCourse titleQuarter Credits
NUR 301Health Promotions6.0
NUR 302Nursing Informatics6.0
NUR 303Population-Centered Healthcare in the Community6.0
NUR 306Advanced Health Assessment6.0
NUR 307Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice6.0
NUR 406Leadership in Nursing6.0
NUR 407Health Policy6.0
NUR 409Inter-Professional Collaboration in Healthcare6.0
NUR 410Nursing Excellence: Focus on Innovation (Capstone)6.0
Total 54

Total Program Credits (after 90 quarter credits transfer)= 90 quarter credits
Length of Program: 16 Months(70 weeks) Note: The intersession weeks between quarters are not included. 

Course Descriptions

Abbreviations

PSY Psychology
CVT Cardiovascular Technology
ENG English
MAT Math
BIO Biological Science
SPC Speech

This course centers on the role of culture in the development of attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations. Theories of cultural identity development and cross-cultural exchange as they pertain to living and working in a multicultural society are explored. Students also examine cultural constructs in relationship to social inequities and practice developing the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to serve as culturally competent professionals. It is important for the students to understand various cultural values and behaviors and how these values and behaviors shape an individual’s perceptions of other people . In addition, through case studies and situation analysis, students develop analytical skills and approaches that enable them to understand and deal effectively with diversity issues in the workplace, within their respective communities, and in a global context.
This course offers students instruction and practice in methods, techniques and process of research writing and dissemination of research information to a variety of audiences. Each student is required to develop a research paper through stages of drafting, editing, revising, and proofreading following conventions of academic writing and the APA style. In addition, students should be able to develop their own research study projects in order for them to incorporate these skills that they acquired through this process of learning and apply them toward their research work and design.
This course introduces students to basic statistics and the applications of Microsoft Excel to statistics. Topics include manipulation of data, single variable graphs and statistics, probability distributions, and inferences, among others. The course also includes discussions on statistical thinking and understanding, and numerical summaries of data.
This course introduces students to global health issues and challenges, programs, and policies. Topics and discussions include analysis of current and emerging global health issues and priorities, major global initiatives for health and disease prevention, and current and past global health problems brought about by poverty, international conflicts, health inequity, and other factors. Students also will learn to articulate various health issues relevant to different health care policies and search various global healthcare issues and controversies at various public health settings.
This course examines ethical dilemmas resulting from advances in medical technology and discusses ways of analyzing these dilemmas using the case-based approach to ethical topics. Students also review existing literature on bioethical issues  and analyze these issues in the light of ethical theories. These issues include abortion, euthanasia and the right to die, in-vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, allocation of scarce medical resources among others. Students are required to submit a literature review using the APA style.

This course discusses major issues in health promotion and disease prevention. Topics include strategies for promoting health and wellness, major causes of premature mortality and morbidity, behavioral and environmental contributions to illness and injury, strategies for risk reduction, and public policy and ethical issues in health promotion.

This course explores how technology and information management are related to the quality and safety of patient care. The use of informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making is discussed.

The application of public health and community health nursing concepts provides the framework for this course. Health indicators, disparities, population health goals and the role of the nurse in the community are discussed.

The focus of this course is to provide the practicing nurse with the tools to sharpen comprehensive health assessment skills on clients across the lifespan. It builds on health assessment skills previously attained in the basic nursing education. Clinical reasoning skills are emphasized.

This course emphasizes research and evidence-based competencies necessary to critically critique nursing research studies. Learning assessments focus on best practice in research utilization informing nursing practice decisions, based on the evidence, and incorporating research findings into professional nursing practice. Application and utilization of technology in the research process is explored.

This course examines the complex role of the nurse leader in 21st Century healthcare with an emphasis on the knowledge, skills and values essential to facilitate professional collegiality and promote quality nursing practice. The student will gain competence in interprofessional communication, conflict management and negotiation, and use concepts of leadership and management to promote quality care outcomes.

This course introduces the student to policy and politics in nursing and healthcare. Topics include nursing and healthcare policy, the healthcare delivery system, healthcare financing, policy and politics in research and nursing science, policy and politics in the workplace and workforce, policy and politics in associations and interest groups, and policy and politics in the community. The role of the RN related to healthcare policy will also be discussed.

Interprofessional collaborative practice is essential to the provision of safe, high quality patient- centered care. This course will introduce learners to the concept of interprofessional collaborative practice and the evidence base that supports its effectiveness in achieving healthcare outcomes. Modules will focus on the roles of various healthcare professionals, their scope of practice, and settings in which they work. Additional modules will focus on communication strategies and tools for effective interprofessional collaboration focused on patient safety and outcomes. Learners will gain competence in inter-professional communication, conflict management, and negotiation. Finally, concepts of leadership and membership strategies will be explored to promote effective inter-professional teamwork.

Translation of research and evidence into practice is an integral part of nursing. Nursing leaders at all levels of care set standards for integrating evidenced-based research and new knowledge into operational and clinical environments. Nurses are innovators in their field who routinely participate in efforts to advance professional practice and find ways to continually improve patient care and outcomes. Education about evidence-based practice and research enables nurses to appropriately explore the safest and best practices for their patients and practice environment and to generate new knowledge. Innovations in patient care, nursing, and the practice environment are the hallmark of nursing excellence. Students will design, implement, and monitor outcomes of an innovative change project at a healthcare setting of their choice.

ADMISSIONS

Entrance into the Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN to BSN) requires the following criteria:
  • Completion of an Associate degree in Nursing from a school accredited by the Department of Education.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (on a 4.00 scale) is required.
  • Complete Admissions Process
  • Completion of self assessment technology survey
  • RN License
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