College of Nursing
Curriculum
General Approach

Our Online R.N. to B.S.N. Program will provide you with opportunities for professional and career advancement, while preparing you for the challenges of today's changing healthcare environment. This innovative B.S.N. completion program is designed for the busy R.N. who wants to balance career and personal commitments with a flexible educational program of study. A total of 122 credits are required to complete the B.S.N. degree. These include: 32 credits for the nursing curriculum, 32 credits granted for RN licensure, 55 course credits in arts and sciences, and 3 credits for Health Assessment. The nursing curriculum will be completed online. Non-nursing courses completed from other colleges will be evaluated for transfer credits (advance standing). Additional liberal arts and science courses may be required. Students may complete clinical course requirements within their respective geographical locations. Faculty guidance and consultation is provided in the selection of clinical sites and preceptors. Eligible students have the option to accelerate to the M.S.N. program. For more information contact the program administrators.

Coursework

NUTH 1001 Group Dynamics is designed to assist students to apply psychological, cultural, and behavioral concepts to the study of group interaction. Principles of dealing with small groups in a variety of sociocultural settings are examined in order to maximize students' ability to comprehend the interactive factors that influence group behaviors and to become effective group participants. (2 credits)

NUTH 1003 Culture and Health reviews culture-specific theories, strategies and interventions for health promotion, disease management and healthcare systems will be examined in light of culture-specific needs. This course aims to increase cultural awareness cultural sensitivity, and cultural competency among healthcare professionals. (3 credits)

NUTH 2012 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan students will implement strategies to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent injury and disease in individuals in various community settings. Content focuses on health throughout the lifespan, risk assessment and screening, and health promotion resources.

NUTH 3002 Gerontological Nursing focuses on the aging process from both biological and social perspectives. Discussions include patterns of normal aging as well as common pathological conditions and health problems faced by the elderly. (2 credits)

NUTH 3003 Research in Nursing introduces the undergraduate nursing student to the research process and ethical issues related to nursing research. The student will acquire skills necessary to read, interpret, evaluate and critically analyze nursing research studies in view of their use in nursing practice. (3 credits)

NUTH 3004 Economic Concepts for the Professional Nurse focuses on the structural, financial and managerial foundations of integrated healthcare delivery systems. Students identify major revenue streams, payer sources and regulatory topics such as entitlement programs, DRGs and prospective payment systems. The basic concepts of insurance, utilization and case management and contractual commitments will be covered. (3 credits)

NURN 3001 Professional Nursing I explores the interrelationships between nursing theory, practice, education and research as foundations for understanding nursing theorists, the nursing process and the impact of nursing research on practice. Current and emerging roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse are compared and contrasted with other nursing roles as well as with other health professionals. (6 credits)

NURN 4017 Community Health Perspectives focuses on community-based healthcare, roles and functions of the community and public health nurse, developing partnerships with community organizations, healthcare delivery systems, levels of prevention and health promotion and risk models. Consideration is given to epidemiology, communicable diseases, healthcare services and resources in relationship to the social, political, and cultural environment. The course focuses on specific groups such as the chronically ill and disabled, children, elderly, homeless, the working population, disaster victims and rural communities, and addresses community health problems including violence, addictions and teenage pregnancy. (5 credits)

NURN 4020 Professional Nursing II focuses on knowledge and skills derived from leadership and management as they are translated and integrated into professional nursing practice within the contemporary healthcare delivery system. Specific issues and trends in healthcare delivery, in general, and nursing, in particular, are analyzed. (6 credits)

Residencies and Typical Academic Calendar

First Residency Weekend and Orientation
Semester 1 - Group Dynamics, Gerontological Nursing, Research in Nursing
Semester 2 - Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Economic Concepts for the Professional Nurse,
Mid-Program Residency Weekend
Semester 3 - Professional Nursing I
Semester 4 - Community Health Perspectives, Culture and Health
Semester 5 - Professional Nursing II

Final Residency Weekend/Pinning Ceremonies and University Commencement (May)

Attendance at the orientation and mid-residency weekend residencies is required.
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