BSN Curriculum

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Your online BSN is taught by an expert faculty and includes a total of 64 trimester credit hours: 35 hours of nursing courses and 29 credits of general education courses (many of which are waived for qualifying students). The nursing courses can be completed in as few as 4 short terms.

General Education Course Requirements (29 Credits)

CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)

An introduction to the fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry. Topics covered will include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, chemical kinetics, and acid-base equilibria with an 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.

CPTR 105 Introduction to Microcomputers (3 credits)

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 credits)

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.

ENGL 102 English Composition II (3 credits)

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.

HMNT 325 Healing Words: The Literature of Healthcare (3 credits)

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.

HPER 125 Health and Well-Being (2 credits)

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.

RELE 305 Ethics for Nursing and Allied Health (3 credits) (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 credits) (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 credits)

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 healthcare are emphasized.

SOCI 349 Aging and Society (3 credits)

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.

STAT 205 Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 credits)

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 chisquare; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. This course will not fulfill the math requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences.

Nursing Course Requirements (35 Credits)

NRSG 315 Conceptual Foundations in Professional Nursing (4 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, CPTR 105, CHEM 111 or equivalents.

This course 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 4 credit hours including both theory and clinical projects. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course (see Communications Requirements in the Academic Section of the Academic Catalog.) SyncSession options are 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Wednesdays.

NRSG 336 Applied Pathopharmacology for RNs (4 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315.

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. All course material will be delivered utilizing an asynchronous methodology; therefore, there are no mandatory SyncSessions.

NRSG 335 Applied Health Assessment and Promotion for RNs (3 credits)

Prerequisite NRSG 315.

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. Students apply concepts from the CREATION Health Model to RN-BSN Handbook 2016-17 Page 36 to promote healthy lifestyle choices and optimize risk reduction. Emphasis is placed on the professional nurse’s role of health advocate and teacher. This course includes a clinical project. Note: One of the implications of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report for Nursing Education is the transformation of care at the bedside. The emphasis of this course is on health promotion measures that can be implemented in the acute care environment.

NRSG 355 Physical Assessment Validation (1 credit)

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 focus of the course to meet personally identified deficits. Students engage with a virtual patient as they review the various assessments.

NRSG 365 Nursing Informatics for RNs (2 credits)

Prerequisite or Concurrent: NRSG 315.

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 healthcare 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 healthcare delivery as they relate to nursing informatics practice. The nurse’s workflow is examined and professional documentation expected. This is a 7-week, 2-credit course (30 clock hours) with scheduled voluntary SyncSessions with peers and the professor.

NRSG 375 Geriatric Nursing (2 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315.

This course reviews the normal processes and relationships involved in aging. Emphasis is on promoting and maintaining the health of client and family while adapting to the stresses of altered relationships, mental and physical capacities, productivity, and self-care independence that accompany increased aging. Special nursing adaptations required to provide care effectively to older adults receive attention. Particular attention is given to the use (RN-BSN Handbook 2016-17 Page 37) of pharmaceuticals in the management of healthcare as vulnerability increases. Clinical assignments may include either acute care or community-based environments.

NRSG 450 Community Health Nursing for RNs (3 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 355.

This course focuses on population health 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 practice in the community. The course examines the management of healthcare and select community environments, as well as issues related to managing cases, programs, disasters, and groups The focus will be on wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and/or restoration of the aggregates in the community.

NRSG 451 Community Health Nursing for RNs II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 355. This course builds on Community Health I for RNs, NRSG 450.

To meet the demands of a constantly changing healthcare system, nurses must be visionary in designing their roles and identifying their diverse practice areas. This course discusses issues and approaches in family and individual healthcare, risk factors, and health problems for families and individuals throughout the lifespan. It also aids the student in comprehending the vulnerability and challenges of the individual, family, and community, covering specific healthcare needs and issues of populations at risk.

NRSG 475 Introduction to Research for RNs (4 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 355.

This course is designed to prepare practicing nurses in research principles, knowledge of methods and their appraisal, and the integration of research in nursing practice. The innovation-decision process of step-wise learning is utilized supported by critical thinking exercises, peer presentations and discussions, group collaboration, and development of a research proposal. This course includes four credit hours of theory (60 clock hours), and meets the requirement for a written communication course.

NRSG 480 Leadership and Management for RNs (3 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 355.

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 clinical projects that are 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 RN-BSN Handbook 2016-17 Page 38 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 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 355.

This course examines 21st century healthcare delivery in the United States while referencing reciprocal worldview relationships. Economic, organizational, legal, ethical, and historical factors are realistically considered. 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 healthcare 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. This seven-week, two-credit course (30 clock hours) includes scheduled conferences and interactive discussions with peers and the professor.

NRSG 496 Seminar in Nursing (4 credits)

Prerequisite: NRSG 315, NRSG 335, NRSG 336, NRSG 355, NRSG 365, NRSG 375, NRSG 450, NRSG 451, NRSG 475. Prerequisite or Concurrent: NRSG 480, NRSG 490.

This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to explore health-related issues and analyze the impact that cultural, economic, political, and/or scientific changes have on 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 healthcare 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 interest. Through this project the student will demonstrate mastery of content from previous baccalaureate classes. Students develop the outcome project in five 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 SyncSession/Open Office hours allow direct interaction about the assignments. Students are expected to apply their recommended approach in the”real-world” arena of practice. This course includes four credit hours of theory and meets the requirements for a written communication course. SyncSessions are 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.