Nursing (BSN Completion)

Nursing Degree Completion Course Offerings

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of NURS in the course listings.

310 – The Role of the Professional Nurse (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course provides the beginning BSN student with a foundation of the expanded role of the professional baccalaureate nurse.  The course introduces concepts related to professional development, values, and role development, all of which will be synthesized through effective verbal and written communication.  Through writing activities, in-class and on-line discussions, and group work, students will apply critical precepts to concepts of personal and professional development and transformation.  Students will gain a multi-perspective understanding of the role of the professional nurse in the current health care delivery system.

320– Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course is designed to enhance the registered nurse’s previous knowledge and experience in completing a comprehensive health assessment.  An emphasis will be on the advanced skills and techniques of a physical assessment, as well as on identifying lifestyle choices, health alterations and pertinent patient education activities.

410 – Evidence Based Nursing Research (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course introduces the research process and methods for critiquing research literature.  It also explains the development of theoretical frameworks for research studies, quantitative and qualitative methodology to accomplish goals, and dissemination of research findings.  The course will examine the use of research in the delivery of quality nursing care and the need for nurses to engage in research in order to expand the body of nursing knowledge.  The research process will serve as a framework for this course, whereby students will engage in a systematic, formal process to identify scientific relationships that will lead to finding solutions to problems and/or to discovering new nursing knowledge.

420 – Community-Public Health Nursing (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course examines the promotion of health in communities through primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and intervention.  The course examines population health and the principles of public health nursing in creating healthy environments for diverse populations and communities.  Social issues and public policies that impact healthy living along with Healthy People 2020 will be examined.  In this course students will engage in a community clinical field work experience to examine the role of community leaders and health professionals in promoting and preserving a health community.  This course will 16 hours of observational field work experience.  This can be done in a variety of community settings that includes but is not limited to: School Nursing, Nurse Managed Clinic, Outpatient Clinic, Community Centers.  During the fieldwork the student assesses the needs of the community site and designs a program that would meet it’s needs.

430 – Current Nursing Issues and Trends (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course examines the current issues and trends in nursing and its effect on delivering quality health care.  In this course the registered nurse will consider current political, economic and social issues and discuss the impact they will have on the future of delivery systems.  Students will explore the role of the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse, discuss a specific issues of concern, and explore how to craft a position on this issue and become a change agent in health care.

490 – Advanced Practice Fieldwork (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This is a capstone course designed to assist the registered nurse student to identify and develop leadership objectives.  The course includes a seminar component with an individualized corresponding field experience, introduces advanced concepts of nursing leadership and management, and builds on the previous courses n the RN-BSN program.  This course will provide the graduating student with the opportunity to examine future career paths within the profession of nursing and is the final nursing course in the RN curriculum.  This course includes 16 hours of observational fieldwork experience with an advanced practice nurse examining her or his role in the delivery of health care.  After the fieldwork opportunity, students craft a career trajectory plan.

510 – Nursing Informatics (3)

Prerequisite: RN Licensure/admission to program.  This course explores the utilization of information technology in health care delivery systems with an emphasis on how nursing uses computing systems to deliver effective high quality, patient centered care.  This course will examine the various information systems currently being employed in health care and will examine the benefits and challenges associate d with technology in the delivery of care.  Additionally, students will examine social technology and public information domains and their impact on patient services.