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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Course Sequence and Schedule

Below are the courses that students will complete throughout the online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program.

Semester 1

NURS 3813 Holistic Nursing Pathophysiology and Health Assessment (6 credit hours)

Pathophysiological concepts that guide professional nurses in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic care for patients across the lifespan. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of effective communication and collaboration related to assessment findings that inform patient-centered nursing care of various health alterations
  • Employ critical thinking, clinical judgment and evidence-based practice when discussing assessment and nursing care of patients with various health alterations
  • Examine the importance of considering health alterations from a holistic aspect incorporating environmental, physiological, genetic, spiritual and psychological perspectives
  • Build on an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology to appreciate abnormal clinical manifestations, risk factors and holistic nursing care of selected health alterations
  • Use knowledge of pathophysiological concepts to enhance nursing assessment skills
  • Explain the etiology, pathophysiological changes, clinical manifestations, associated laboratory and diagnostic tests of various health alterations
  • Assess risk factors of selected pathophysiological conditions across the lifespan and the impact on health promotion/illness prevention activities
  • Utilize pathophysiological concepts to explain epidemiological and geographic disease patterns
NURS 3843 Formation of Professional Nursing Practice (5 credit hours)

Examines concepts, theories and competencies fundamental to the formation of professional nursing practice. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing values and ethical practice
  • Incorporate an awareness of personal and professional values, priorities and ethics into clinical reasoning
  • Explore the roles of the professional nurse within the current healthcare environment
  • Examine legal trends and ethical issues related to professional nursing practice
  • Incorporate effective interprofessional communication and collaboration within team, systems and groups
  • Demonstrate core competencies in professional writing and oral communication
  • Understand theory, concepts, and trends related to formation of professional nursing practice

Semester 2

NURS 3833 Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice (6 credit hours)

Utilization of healthcare informatics to promote integration of current evidence into the delivery of quality patient care. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of research findings and other data in providing the professional with a body of scientific knowledge that contributes significantly to the improvement of nursing practice and healthcare delivery
  • Analyze the legal, ethical and political issues surrounding research
  • Critically read, evaluate and interpret nursing research studies for use in professional nursing practice
  • Use communication and information technology to facilitate literature searches and data management and analysis
  • Discuss application of evidence for decision-making to promote client health and improve quality and cost outcomes of care
  • Identify practice problems, gaps and limitations in evidence for nursing practice
  • Relate diverse cultural issues in application of evidence for nursing practice
  • Utilize retrieval approaches and present evidence-based information to support safe patient-centered care
  • Apply technology to support the provision of patient-centered care
  • Demonstrate skill in information management and patient care technology to deliver quality patient care
NURS 4833 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3 credit hours)

Addresses evidence-based leadership/management competencies for the professional nurse as a member of interprofessional teams. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Reflect upon self as leader in clinical settings
  • Propose strategies to enhance the development of self as leader
  • Synthesize evidence-based leadership and management theories/principles/processes to current nursing practice situations in various healthcare environments
  • Incorporate effective interprofessional and intraprofessional skills to promote professional working relationships - for optimal delivery of evidence-based patient-centered care
  • Articulate leadership competencies necessary for identifying, planning, implementing, and evaluating change
  • Assess strategies to address political, cultural, legal and ethical issues facing nurse leaders

Semester 3

NURS 4843 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (6 credit hours)

Integrate past nursing practice and acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes for transition to the professional nursing role. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, humanities, medicine and nursing as a basis for analyzing the healthcare delivery system and nursing’s unique role in it
  • Identify current trends and issues related to professional nursing practice
  • Apply active learning and self-reflection techniques to build the foundation for lifelong learning and professional development
  • Analyze the application of nursing leadership and management concepts in complex healthcare systems
  • Identify how culture, mission and vision of organizational systems impact nursing leadership role
  • Examine the role of the nurse leader in planning, implementing and evaluating Quality Improvement systems
NURS 4853 Clinical Prevention and Population Health (5 credit hours)

Concepts inherent in the delivery of nursing care for individuals, families and populations in the global community. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Utilize information technology to effectively communicate collaboratively with individuals, families, populations and healthcare delivery systems
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical judgment in the delivery of professional nursing practice in the global community
  • Describe evidence-based interventions in the delivery of professional nursing practice with individuals, families and populations within the global community
  • Discuss clinical prevention and population health skills in providing professional nursing practice within varying settings and situations
  • Exhibit inclusion of diversity skills in the delivery of professional nursing practice in the global community
  • Employ relevant leadership skills in the delivery of professional nursing practice for diverse populations in the global community

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