The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Completion 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
Research Design and Writing
Basic Statistics and Microsoft Excel Applications
Women and Health
program major courses
|Course Number||Course title||Quarter Credits|
|NUR 301||Health Promotions||6.0|
|NUR 302||Nursing Informatics||6.0|
|NUR 303||Population-Centered Healthcare in the Community||6.0|
|NUR 306||Advanced Health Assessment||6.0|
|NUR 307||Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice||6.0|
|NUR 406||Leadership in Nursing||6.0|
|NUR 407||Health Policy||6.0|
|NUR 409||Inter-Professional Collaboration in Healthcare||6.0|
|NUR 410||Nursing Excellence: Focus on Innovation (Capstone)||6.0|
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.
CVT Cardiovascular Technology
BIO Biological Science
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.
ADMISSIONSEntrance 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