Curriculum: RN to BSN Courses

nurse with chart

Adventist University of Health Sciences is focused on providing quality course content while educating students. The degree includes a total of 68 trimester credit hours: 33 credits of Nursing Component courses and 35 credits of General Education courses. The degree can be completed in as few as 5 terms.

 

BSN Degree General Education Course Requirements (35)

CPTR 105 Introduction to Microcomputers 3

Computer applications using IBM-compatible microcomputers. This course combines the content of CPTR 103 as well as spreadsheet and presentation applications. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ENGL 101 English Composition I 3

Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. Prerequisite: A minimum English ACT score of 19, or a passing score the English Composition Placement Test, or ENGL 091 with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). 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).

ENGL 102 English Composition II 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 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).

STAT 205 Introduction to Applied Statistics 3

Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school algebra with a minimum grade of "B" (3.00) or a college-level math course with a minimum grade of "C"(2.00). 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.

RELE 305 Ethics for Nursing and Allied Health 3 (Or choose RELB 379)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. 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.

RELB 379 Lessons on Living: Biblical Perspectives 3 (Or choose RELE 305)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. Prerequisite Note: ENGL 102 may replace ENGL 102. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.

RELT 368 World Religions for the Healthcare Professions 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 Prerequisite Note: ENGL 102 may replace ENGL 102. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). 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.

HPER 125 Health and Well-being 2

Topics include the fundamental elements of physical fitness, nutrition, weight control, and stress management. Emphasis will also be given to the practice of personal vision, management, and leadership which contribute to a holistic paradigm of individual health. Covers both theoretical and experiential components.

PSYC 124 General Psychology 3

Survey of psychology, including human development, sensation and perception, learning and thinking, emotions, motivation, personality, and stress, as well as psychological disorders and their treatment.

SOCI 349 Aging and Society 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 Prerequisite Note: ENGL 102 may replace ENGL 102. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). 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.

HIST 174 World Civilization 3

Study of the development of Western and non-Western civilization with an emphasis on Europe and its interaction with non-European civilizations. Covers the time periods from pre-history to the beginning of the Middle Ages.

HMNT 325 Healing Words: The Literature of Healthcare 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 102 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). 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.

CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry (3)

An introduction to the fundamental principles of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Topics covered will include atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; stoichiometry; states of matter; chemical kinetics; acid-base equilibria; hydrocarbons; carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins; and biochemical processes with emphasis on the application of chemistry to everyday life. This course is designed for non-science majors, does not satisfy the requirement for a major or minor in chemistry, and cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other chemistry course.

BSN Degree Nursing Course Requirements (33)

NRSG 315 Concepts in Professional Nursing for RNs 4

Prerequisites: ENGL 101; CPTR 105; ENGL 102 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). DNRS326 is a prerequisite to all other baccalaureate level courses. This course focuses on concepts of the profession-its development and organization, communication skills and issues related to baccalaureate level nursing practice, nursing models and the formation of a personal philosophy of nursing. This course includes 4 credit hours of theory (60 clock hours). This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communications Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Bulletin).

NRSG 336 Pathopharmacology for RNs (4 cr.)

Successful completion of NRSG 326 or permission of the department chair is required to enroll in course. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

The course explores principles of human physiology and the pathologic processes that alter patient lines of defense and resistance.  The content builds on the student’s pharmacology knowledge base in relation to pathophysiologic clinical alterations.  Students are engaged in interactive discussion threads with the instructor and peers, integrating concepts from Neuman Systems Model.  Individual assignments and clinical projects assist to demonstrate application of the course content.  Students enrolled in this course will complete clinical projects outside the classroom that will require assistance with community/facility based agents.   No mandatory sync sessions are required.  All course material will be delivered utilizing an asynchronous methodology.

NRSG 335 Health Promotion and Assessment for RNs (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326 Successful completion of NRSG 326 or permission of the department chair is required to enroll in course. All prerequisite(s) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

This course explores concepts of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention as they relate to specific medical conditions. Students explore health promotion and assessment strategies used to improve physical and psychosocial wellness, behavioral change theories and theories of motivation, determinants of health and Healthy People 2020, cultural factors contributing to health practices, risk assessment and risk reduction approaches, and health teaching. Emphasis is placed on the professional nurse's role of health advocate and teacher. Students apply concepts from the CREATION Health Model to promote healthy lifestyle choices and optimize risk reduction.  This course includes a clinical project with three components including a risk assessment survey, health promotion action plan and professional presentation of health promotion strategies to healthcare providers, in the acute care setting.

NRSG 345 Theoretical Foundations of Practice (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326 Successful completion of prerequisites or permission of the department chair is required to enroll in course. All prerequisite(s) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

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). This course meets the requirements for a written communication course (see Communication Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog).

NRSG 365 Nursing Informatics for RNs (2 cr.)

Nursing Informatics is the combination of nursing science, informational science, and computer science, integrated in a manner that facilitates practice through technological structures supportive of evidence-based decision making.   The course introduces the student to a broad scope of information management in the health care setting and emerging roles and functions of nurses who use computer technology as aids to their practice.  Clinical, legal, and ethical standards behind documentation and methodology will be examined.  Emphasis is on quality and safety concerns in health care delivery as they relate to nursing informatics practice.  The nurse’s workflow is examined and professional documentation expected.

All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

NRSG 450 Community Health Nursing for RN’s (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Prerequisite Note: RN License

This course focuses on the health of the population as a whole and includes health protection, health promotion, disease prevention, health literacy, and education on primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care in variety of public settings. It describes the historical and current status of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice in the community. It also emphasizes and addresses the 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, 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.

NRSG 451 Community Health Nursing for RNs II (3 cr.)

This course builds on NRSG 450 – Community Health: Individuals and Groups for RNs, with emphasis on two major projects: Assessment of the community where the student lives and development of an educational project that will address the learning needs for the community health client. This is a process of critically thinking about the community and involves getting to know, and understand the community client as partner. This course helps the student to understand individual, family, and group problems, and to know what community strengths and resources are available to help with health promotion, disease prevention, and necessity to involve consumers in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health care efforts.

NRSG 475 Introduction to Nursing Research for RNs (4 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326; STAT 205 Online courses available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Prerequisite Note: ENGL 101 may replace ENGL 101; ENGL 102 may replace ENGL 102

The student explores the history, development, future, and utilization of nursing research. Various means of collecting information as evidence for building knowledge in nursing practice and strategies for participating in research studies are introduced, leading to awareness regarding improvements in policy-making and health care delivery services. This introductory course will prepare the student for advancement in future nursing education endeavors.  Three major papers comprise individual and collaborative creative student products.  It meets the requirement for a written communication course and involves a time commitment with deadlines.   

NRSG 480 Leadership & Management for RNs (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Prerequisite Note: RN License The course is designed to introduce the student to activities that merge leadership and management theory with application to today’s nursing practice. This course focuses on the application of contemporary leadership and management principles in 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 are given the opportunity to critically analyze trends, issues, and functions of nursing leaders, managers, and, the impact nursing organizations have on the profession from a micro and global perspective. This course includes a clinical project that is completed outside of the classroom setting (a) an interview with a nurse leader and (b) attendance at a professional organization meeting (not a hospital-based committee meeting). Students are strongly encouraged to negotiate their clinical project sites / personnel during the first week of the course.

NRSG 490 Health Care: Policies and Access (2 cr.)

Prerequisites: NRSG 326 All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00). Prerequisite Note: RN License This course examines health care delivery of the U.S. in the 21st century in the reality of economic, organizational, legal, ethical, and historical factors. Assumptions and circumstances leading to the need for reform are reviewed in the context of socio-cultural changes in populations, environmental influences, and public health indicators in a global society. Policy making implications for regulatory change and relevant fiscally responsible approaches to health care delivery are explored by comparing and contrasting systems which focus on health restoration and maintenance. The role of the professional nurse in practice and influential advocacy will permeate discussions in the course.

NRSG 496 Seminar in Nursing (4 cr.)

Nursing courses (NRSG 315, NRSG 336, NRSG 335, NRSG 355, NRSG 365, NRSG 450, NRSG 451, NRSG 475) are pre-requisites to NRSG 496. Students may register for NRSG 480 and or NRSG 490 concurrently with 496 or may take the earlier;

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore health-related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economic, political, and/or scientific changes has on nursing and healthcare. The course is a seminar in which students are active in selecting the content to receive attention; the course anticipates each student’s active participation in online discussions of a variety of issues relevant to the profession and the health care system. Students should anticipate online time for participating in discussions several times during each discussion week.

In harmony with the current healthcare emphasis on clinical outcomes, each student designs and presents an evidence-based 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.  Students develop the outcome project in 5 sections, submitting a draft of each section for feedback, and then compiling them into a final presentation (to be given to a group of RNs near the end of the course) and a final paper.  Scheduled weekly Open Office hours allow interaction about the assignments for those with questions.

NRSG 355 Physical Assessment Validation (1 cr.)

Assuming that practicing RNs are engaged in a variety of assessment activities through their employment, Physical Assessment is designed as a self study course, allowing the student to shape the particular focus of the course to meet personally identified deficits.  Students engage with a virtual patient as they review the various assessments. Students must complete and validate their competency re: head-to-toe assessment before registering for DNRS400/NRSG 400 coursework.

Total Class Credits Required to Meet Graduation Requirements: 124

call to action

20 Responses to “Curriculum: RN to BSN Courses”

  1. Gail says:

    I am looking to take as many classes as I can from home before I transplant to a new school. I am interested in getting my BS In nursing and I noticed that alot of the classes you offer would transfer to Walla Walla or southern Adventist university. Is there a way I could look at which courses are offered this summer or fall and sign up for them?

  2. I have completed one semester of RN-BSN program at Worcester State University Worcester, Ma and a few weeks of this semester unable to complete semester due to inability to finance semester. No financial aid available and hourse needed to be on campus and clinicals conflicted with work schedules. Would like to know if classes I have completed will transfer. I completed introduction to professional nursing and health assessment.
    Thank you for your assistance.

    • jrodriguez says:

      Hi Norma, Worcester State is a regionally accredited school so yes their classes transfer however, nursing classes do not transfer. Also financial works the same at all schools.

  3. Glenda says:

    I currently hold a BS in Business HR and a Masters in HR. However, I had a change of heart and my path is leading me towards the medical field, specifically nursing (RN). The issue is that I don’t want to spend another 4 years in college and I don’t have a lot of funding available. What would be my best choice and how my prior education will play into it? Also I would like to stay employed while I complete my courses as much as possible.

    • jrodriguez says:

      For this program you would need to be an RN or have an ASN. It would be difficult for you to find and evening or online program. Our enrollment specialist would recommend that you look at other schools that have online options.

  4. Ernestine says:

    How much is a class per credit hour.

  5. NormaColon says:

    how long is your RN to BSN program

  6. linda says:

    Hi good afternoon¡¡

    I’m spanish and I’m nurse, I have worked in critical care since 2007, I have done my homologation for register nurse by florida. On June I will to pass my NCLEX exam. That is necesary have first my license before I want to apply for BSN…

    thanks very much¡¡¡

    • jrodriguez says:

      Hi Linda, You would need to have passed the NCLEX exam or if you have already received your ATT form with your date then you can apply but you would need to provide the NCLEX prior to classes starting.

  7. Mary Thate says:

    What prerequisite courses are required? I have my ASN/RN; however, I am finding that different programs had different prerequisite courses….I graduated in 1981.

    • jrodriguez says:

      We require 2 English courses, 2 Chemistry courses & a Computer courses which was taken within the last 5 years. If you are missing any of these course that is ok, we offer these courses online. Once you have applied, reviewed & accepted these courses would be incorporated into your curriculum. If you have not filled out your information online please do so, and your advisor will be happy to follow up with you.

  8. Hongnan Jhang says:

    I studied nursing in my country and have associate three years degree of nursing. I am RN. am i still in same curricurum ? and how many credit do I have to take?

  9. Aanthony says:

    Hello, I received my AA from Valencia and my ASN RN from Valencia. Do I still need to take extra classes like western civilization? Or organic chemistry? Even though I am already an RN & I have both my AA & ASN. Or because I have both I can start the program, no problem? Thank you.

    • Jennifer Gallard says:

      Hi Anthony,

      Yes, you still would need to take world civilization and organic chemistry even if you have your ASN and AA.

  10. I am almost done with my ASN-RN degree and I am wondering if Concorde Career College credits is transferrable to your institution for a RN-BSN degree?

Post a Comment or Question

Leave a Reply


eight × 4 =

Thank you for your interest in Adventist University of Health Sciences' RN to BSN degree.

Click here to download your free program brochure. Your Distance Enrollment Specialist will contact you soon to discuss the program and your academic goals.

Thank you for your interest in Adventist University of Health Sciences' BS in Radiologic Sciences degree.

Click here to download your free program brochure. Your Distance Enrollment Specialist will contact you soon to discuss the program and your academic goals.

Thank you for your interest in Adventist University of Health Sciences' BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree.

Click here to download your free program brochure. Your Distance Enrollment Specialist will contact you soon to discuss the program and your academic goals.