Curriculum: RN to BSN Courses
Adventist University of Health Sciences is focused on providing quality course content while educating students. The degree includes a total of 72 trimester credit hours: 33 credits of Nursing Component courses and 39 credits of General Education courses. The degree can be completed in as few as 5 terms.
BSN Degree General Education Course Requirements (39)
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
BSN Degree Nursing Course Requirements (33)
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).
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).
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).
This course prepares students to critically analyze and apply knowledge of selected nursing philosophies, conceptual models, and theories to autonomous practice. The process by which theory is translated into evidence-based practice is studied. Students have opportunities to expand on their exploration of the link between theory, research, and evidence-based practice with an emphasis on theory-based approaches to quality client outcomes. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock hours) and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole and includes health protection, health promotion, disease prevention, and education on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care in a variety of public health settings. It describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing status in the community. It also emphasizes and addresses specific issues of populations at risk and societal concerns that affect nursing practice in the community. It analyzes conceptual frameworks applied to nursing practice in the community and selected models from nursing and related sciences. The course examines diversity in the role of nurses in the community and describes the rapidly changing roles, functions, and practice settings. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
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 course focuses on concepts and theoretical principles of nursing leadership and management applicable to the current healthcare environment. Students explore models related to time management, delegation, empowerment, conflict management, negotiation, and change as they relate to collaborative relationships and decision-making. Students also analyze trends and issues from a micro and global perspective to enhance an appreciation of stewardship of resources. This course includes three credit hours of theory (45 clock-hours) and meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).
This course examines assumptions and circumstances leading to current U.S. health care delivery, policy-making, and finance. Consideration will be given to comparing and contrasting systems which focus on health restoration and maintenance vs. those which focus on disease management and cure. Economic implications of the regulatory changes in the present health care system and approaches to health care delivery will be explored.
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 Class Credits Required to Meet Graduation Requirements: 127