R.N. to B.S.N. Course Descriptions

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree: R.N. to B.S.N.


NUR 301  Philosophical Foundations of Baccalaureate Nursing

This introductory course familiarizes the returning registered nurse student with baccalaureate education.   Its focus is to acquaint the practicing nurse with a perspective on the unique role of the registered nurse in the health care system and the nursing profession.  Content includes nursing theory, critical thinking, leadership, change theory and political advocacy.


ENG 241 Principles and Practice of Research

This course will focus on theoretical principles and practical applications of library research.   Discussion and assignments include forming inquiry questions; locating and evaluating print and electronic sources; and summarizing, paraphrasing, and incorporating source material in written presentations using the APA citation format.  Oral presentations of selected research assignments serve as the capstone of the course.


NUR 302 Holistic Nursing

This course introduces holistic nursing and builds upon the critical thinking theory presented in NUR 301.   The philosophical and theoretical basis of holistic nursing practice is explored. The student, using critical thinking skills, identifies and examines concepts related to holism and holistic nursing theory.  The application of this theory to self care and nursing practice is part of the course. (Prerequisite: NUR 301)


POL 352 Nursing and The Law

Overview of the current legal structure of the health care system, including informed consent, medical ethics, malpractice, elder and insurance law, nurses and litigation, and health care risk management.


NUR 336 Anthropology and Health
Introduces anthropological theories, concepts, and methods to examine health beliefs and practices of a variety of cultural groups in the United States and throughout the world.  Provides the practicing nurse with tools for effective delivery of health care to clients from different cultures.  
PHI 209 Logic and Knowledge

This course provides formal argument analysis and extended argumentation.  It introduces the student to the different modes of thought employed in various disciplines with particular attention to philosophic issues.


NUR 416 Health Assessment

This course builds on the RN student’s prior knowledge and clinical experience in developing comprehensive health and physical assessment skills. The analysis of physical findings, health behaviors, and lifestyle as the basis for client teaching is emphasized. Laboratory practice of assessment skills is included in class time.  (Prerequisite:  NUR 336)


ORG 311 Methods of Research and Statistics


An introduction to the research design process and its tools.  Content includes research design, and descriptive and inferential statistics using Microsoft Excel®.  Students are encouraged to critique research studies and to discuss and analyze managerial decision-making.

*Please note: Students must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel® software prior to the start of this course.  Many employers provide relevant learning opportunities in the workplace.


NUR 403 Fundamentals of Nursing Research

The fundamentals of nursing research are introduced and developed through critical reading of research studies and their application to nursing practice. Students develop skills in the identification, interpretation, and use of research findings, and their application to evidence based practice.   (Prerequisite:  ORG 311)


NUR 418 Holistic Health

As a continuation of NUR 302, this course expands the student’s knowledge of and practice in holistic nursing. The student analyzes and applies evidence- based research findings of integrative and alternative modalities to nursing care.  (Prerequisite: NUR 302, NUR 403)


NUR 408 Contemporary Medical Ethics

This course applies fundamental moral principles in the medical and health care professions.  Emphasis is placed on decision-making, social policy, and service related issues of health care.


NUR 423 Nursing Leadership and Management

Theories and principles of leadership and management in health care environments will be examined and discussed.  Organizational mission, vision and strategic planning, legal/ethical issues, motivation and change theory as applied to health care systems are explored. (Prerequisite: NUR 418)


NUR 432 Holistic Care of the Chronically Ill and Elders

This course builds on the knowledge and theories of holistic nursing from previous courses.  Learners are guided to develop a holistic framework for the care of the chronically ill and elders.  Issues related to the aging process, role changes, vulnerability, stigma, ethics, advocacy, end of life care and case management of the chronically ill and elders are addressed.  (Prerequisite:  NUR 423)


NUR 440 Nursing Care of Communities

Students consider the concepts and implications of community oriented and community based nursing care and investigate the factors that impact public health.  Health problems and issues facing vulnerable populations and the various roles of the nurse in promoting community health are explored.  Course objectives are achieved through service learning, community assessment, and health promotion programs.  Study of the structure of health organizations and the impact of this structure on national and global community health is part of the course. GUIDED FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  (Prerequisite: NUR 432; field experience lab fee)


NUR 450 Capstone

This course is the culmination of the BSN nursing program.  In a capstone paper, students reflect on their learning and demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and the attainment of the BSN learning outcomes. Online course.  (Prerequisite: All nursing courses)