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RN-to-BSN Required Course Descriptions
Listed is a brief description of the eight core nursing courses required to complete the RN-BSN Completion Program.
Utilize this page along with the Individual Course Design Sheet (PDF) and Proposed Course Pattern Sheet (PDF) to better understand the requirements for each semester. The courses are listed in numerical order do not reflect the sequence within the program.
NUR 4800: Transition to Professional Nursing- Introduction to socialization of the professional nurse with synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, issues of informatics, and models to facilitate transition into professional nursing. This is an intensive writing course. (Prerequisite: Health Assessment)
NUR 3100: Pathophysiology- Focuses on physiologic change, clinical manifestations and diagnostic criteria in a variety of disease processes across the life span that are fundamental to the development of critical reasoning and planning of nursing care.
NUR 3300: Evidence-based Practice- Introduces the basic elements of the research process and evidenced based practice. Emphasizes the critical appraisal of current evidence that guides professional nursing practice. This is an intensive writing course.
NUR 4810: Nursing Care in Genomics Era- Foundation course in genomics and determinants of health that explores essential competencies for professional nurses to improve clients’ health and increase their longevity. Emphasizes health and wellness in context of human diversity for individuals and families. Implications for best practices associated with genomic information including ethics and counseling are highlighted.
NUR 4820: Population-focused Nursing in Political Systems- Integrates population-based concepts to assess populations. Emphasizes all levels of prevention to promote health of individuals, families, and groups; including lifestyle and genetic factors impacting population health. Examines global aspects of the demographic, social, political, legal-ethical, and environmental issues influencing health care and health policy. Fieldwork provides opportunities for the professional nurse to provide and coordinate care among vulnerable populations as well as immersion experience.
NUR 4830: Wholistic Nursing- Introduction to complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) to promote wholistic nursing for individuals across the lifespan through various health care systems. Emphasis is on model of Relationship Based Care to promote care of patient, family, colleagues and self.
NUR 4840: Leadership and Management Strategies- Examines theories and strategies of leadership and management for the practice of professional nursing while incorporating safety and quality improvement initiatives, and improving quality patient outcomes. Includes application of leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of nursing care, team coordination, and participation in evidence-based improvement/change projects. Fieldwork provides opportunity for professional immersion experience.
NUR 4850: Collaborating for Improving Patient Outcomes- This interactive course prepares nurses for the 21st century role aimed at improving quality of care and patient safety in healthcare systems, with the use of technology and evidence-based decision-making among interprofessional teams.