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RN to BSN Course Descriptions

Please note: These course descriptions reflect the new program curriculum effective Fall 2015.  Please refer to the university catalog to reference former course descriptions alongside the new courses.

3713Transitions to the BSN Role


This course focuses on the baccalaureate-prepared nursing role with emphasis on the following concepts: clinical judgment, communication, Health Information technology, health promotion, patient eduction, professionalism, baccalaureate-prepared nurses and standards that define professionalism are explored.

3721Leadership Roles  Clinical

Co-requisite: NURS 3723

This is the clinical portion of NURS 3723.

3723Leadership Roles

Prerequisites: Admission to the RN to BSN program or RN to MSN program. Co-requisite(s): NURS 3721.

This course emphasizes leadership and management theories in communications and conflicts resolution, budgeting, human resource management, quality improvement, risk management, change, delegation, decision making, and management ethics.  Clinical experiences focus on management of issues and interactive observation of leaders and managers in a variety of settings.

3733Foundations of Comprehensive Pathophysiology in Nursing


This course examines basic pathological processes that underlie diseases commonly found in clinical practice.  The basics of each pathological process are explained and illustrated by an examination of common diseases caused by that pathological process.  Modifiable factors that offer opportunities for nursing intervention are identified.

3743Introduction to Evidence-based Practice


Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research serves to compare and evaluate evidence-based practice and healthcare in clinical practice.  This course will demonstrate appropriate utilization of research findings to monitor patient-centered care, quality improvement, safety, and leadership outcomes.  Critical appraisal skills that assist nurses as competent research consumers will be identified

4703Ethics in Healthcare


This course builds on the ethical and legal foundations for professional nursing practice and health care services.  Ethical, legal, and moral/social principles along with the ANA Code for Nurses are applied to selected common and complex health care related situations.


Comprehensive Health Assessment Clinical

Co-requisite: NURS 4713

This is the clinical portion of NURS 4713.


Comprehensive Health Assessment

Co-requisite:  NURS 4711

An in-depth coverage of a comprehensive health assessment with an introduction to the concept of health promotion and how this concept is applied within nursing practice.  Health promotion is viewed broadly in scope as behaviors that promote optimal health across the lifespan within an individual, family, community, population and environment (Giddens, 2013, p. 407).  This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.


Healthcare Organizations and Informatics


This course explores U.S. health care delivery organizations and payment systems.  Perspectives of providers, institutions, insurers, and health care workers are described.  The role of information in the continuity of care among institutions and inter-disciplinary care teams is articulated.  The electronic information infrastructure is examined with implications for nursing practice.


Population Focused Community Health


This course introduces the concept of the community of persons/patients, families, and populations as the patient in the healthcare system and the roles of the nurse in community services.  Nurse roles include public policy, provision of primary care, prevention of disease or health risk, education and health promotion, and restoration.


Capstone Project

Prerequisite(s): Student will take this course the final semester of the RN to BSN program.

This capstone course provides students with an experiential learning practicum experience to integrate clinical knowledge with concepts/theories into professional nursing practice.  Students will develop a population-focused project utilizing evidence-based resources, address public health competencies and analyze how the identified issue and interventions influence the health of an affected population.  Students will integrate leadership skills, healthcare policy, quality improvement, evidence-based and population-based care to design a clinically focused project to improve client/community outcomes in collaboration with a faculty member.