Curriculum: RN to BSN Courses
Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly known as Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) is focused on providing quality course content while educating students. The degree includes a total of 63 trimester credit hours: 37 credits of Nursing Component courses and 20-26 credits of General Education courses. The degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.
BSN Degree General Education Course Requirements (35*)
Explores the relationship between attitudes within society and the elderly. It examines the increasing influence of senior citizens upon the norms, politics, economics, and demographics of society.
An introduction to statistics and its applications, this course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis will include descriptive statistics; analysis of graphs; sampling methods; binomial, z, t, and chi-square; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. This course will not fulfill the math requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences.
A survey of ethical issues facing the allied healthcare professional from a Christian perspective. Topics include: confidentiality, conflict of interest, autonomy, culturally appropriate health practice, reproductive issues, end of life care, and issues in the allocation of health care. The student will have the opportunity to draw upon clinical practice.
Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.
A study of literature that encourages examination of the healthcare profession from the perspective of the healthcare provider and the patient. This course is an exploration of literature of medical, ethical, and spiritual issues within cultural and social contexts. Reading and writing assignments and projects include the examination of contemporary issues such as patient care, the prolonging of life, euthanasia, AIDS, and the relationship between the mind and healing.
Focuses on writing as a means for authentic expression and exploration. Emphasis is on the writing process, especially revision. Students write several expository essays organized according to prescribed modes and learn specific writing skills and principles which readily apply to most writing tasks. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).
Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 101 or DENG 101 while focusing on rhetorical and reasoning skills necessary for various persuasive and research writing activities. Students write several persuasive papers and a major research paper. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (See communication requirements section in the Academic Bulletin).
A study of the major world religions, including their history and development. This course will also familiarize the student with the major tenets and practices of these religions. Teachings and practices that impact the practice of health care are emphasized.
BSN Degree Nursing Course Requirements (29)
Focuses on concepts, communication skills and issues related to Baccalaureate-level nursing practice, nursing models, and the formation of a personal philosophy of nursing. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours). This course meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
Provides the nurse with a comprehensive approach to health promotion and assessment using the nursing process. It is accomplished by theory and practice in history taking, physical exam techniques, use of assessment tools/equipment, and health teaching. The student will learn about common variations seen in healthy clients, age-related variations, and common abnormal findings. This course includes four credit hours of theory and clinical projects (60 clock-hours).
Explores the principles of human physiology and the pathologic processes that alter patient/client lines of defense and resistance. This course will provide the student with an understanding of structural adaptations and functional responses of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The student will develop the ability to relate clinical manifestations to pathophysiologic changes. This course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock-hours).
Builds on the student's pharmacology knowledge base while focusing on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions. The major drug classifications will be studied in terms of their effects on the patient/client lines of defense and resistance. The student analyzes clients' multiple-drug regimens for the purpose of teaching and providing quality care to clients and families. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours).
Focuses on contemporary health issues with emphasis on community assessment and analysis of healthcare needs by utilizing the nursing process within the epidemiologic framework. Emphasis is given to primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care. This course includes three credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock-hours), and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
Focuses on providing students with a knowledge of population-based healthcare interventions to effect changes in health promotion and disease prevention, disaster preparedness, and interventions across the continuum of care in a multicultural society. This course includes three credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock-hours). This course meets the requirement for an oral communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
Focuses on the application of contemporary leadership and management principles in the current healthcare environment. The student will have the opportunity to observe and analyze the function of managers and healthcare executives. This course includes 3 credit hours of theory and clinical projects (45 clock-hours).
The study of the research process as applied to nursing problems. The student will evaluate published research findings for use in nursing practice. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours), and meets the requirement for an oral and written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to explore health-related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economical, political, and/or scientific change has on nursing and healthcare. In harmony with the current healthcare emphasis on clinical outcomes, each student designs and presents an outcome project in an area of special clinical interest. Through this project the student will demonstrate application of the Neuman Systems Model and mastery of content from previous Baccalaureate courses. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and meets the requirements for both a written and oral communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
Total B.S. Level Coursework required: 66
Transferred in Elective & ENGL 101: 6
Total A.S. Level Coursework required: 55
Total Class Credits Required to Meet Graduation Requirements: 127
*Beginning in Fall of 2012, Organic Chemistry will be added to the prerequisite curriculum. If students have not completed the necessary prerequisite courses (DCHE 111, DENG 101, DENG 102, and DCPT 105) and are not enrolled in DNRS 326 Concepts of Professional Nursing by Summer 2012, they will be required to take the second chemistry class.