Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN

Mary Wickman, RN, Ph.D. Director

The major in Nursing delves into the complexities of today’s multi-faceted health care field which has an increasing demand for nurses with advanced degrees. Vanguard University uniquely meets this need by combining innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative partnerships in its conveniently designed Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing program.

RN to BSN Major Requirements

English Composition
English Composition (3)
Research Writing (3)
6 units
Humanities/Fine Arts
Communications (3)
Humanities (3)
6 units
Human Anatomy (4) – with lab
Physiology/Human Biology (4) – with lab
Microbiology (4) – with lab
Chemistry (4) – with lab
16 units
Statistics Course 3 units
Philosophy/Religion 3 units
Social Sciences
Psychology (3)
Sociology (3)
Life Span/Development (3)
9 units
Total General Education Units 43 units * **
Total Nursing Major Units (course descriptions follow) 49 units
Total Elective Units 32 units **
Total units needed for B.S.N. degree 124 units

* Many of these units may have been completed within a student’s A.D.N. program

** Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better on all prior college work

General Education Classes

Course Descriptions

Year One

NURS 305 • Nursing Theory and Professional Practice (4 units)
This course assists students with their transition into the role of a professional BSN prepared nurse. Special emphasis will be placed on the philosophy of Baccalaureate nursing education and critical thinking skills. Discussion and comparison of concepts will be applied to the practice of professional nursing. Integration of theory into subsequent course work and professional practice will be explored.

NURS 310 • Information Technology in Nursing (4 units)
Students will be introduced to computer applications in nursing and health care. They will develop computer literacy skills in the areas of information processing, computer technology, and issues related to privacy and confidentiality. Students are expected to share their findings with class members in presentation format. Computer laboratory experience will include an investigation of computer applications within nursing, focusing specifically on their use in nursing administration, research, clinical practice, and education.

NURS 315 • Writing and Critical Analysis of Health Related Issues (4 units)
This course focuses on critical thinking and research writing relevant to learning and practice in nursing. Includes self-assessment, collaborative learning, problem solving approaches, and clinical decision making. Applies critical analysis to health-related issues. Proper APA format will be emphasized and required for all written work.

NURS 320 • Ethical Issues and Legal Aspects for Nursing and Health Care (4 units)
This course introduces students to the analysis of ethical issues and dilemmas arising in nursing practice and health care systems. Emphasis is placed on values clarification, models for ethical decision making, consideration of relevant legal aspects, and related documents such as the Nursing Code of Ethics that guide professional practice. Woven throughout the ethical discussions is reference to the importance of Christian values and a Christian worldview in identifying and solving ethical issues that arise out of the practice of nursing.

NURS 335 • Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Older Adults and their Families (4 units)
This course will assist students to develop the skills necessary to provide patient-centered care to older adults and their families. Discussions will focus on increasing respect and understanding about the complexities and variations of care in the geriatric population. Emphasis will be placed on both health promotion and disease prevention.

NURS 405 • Nursing Research and Seminar (4 units)
Prerequisite: Statistics. This course explores the historical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of nursing research. The relationship between nursing research and professional accountability is explored. An emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of research process with emphasis on evaluating research to determine significance and applicability to nursing practice. Students will apply concepts to a research project.

Year Two

NURS 410 • Principles of Pathophysiology (4 units)
This course presents knowledge of pathophysiology, using a systems approach, as applied to current nursing practice. Selected major health problems, their pathophysiology and medical treatment are discussed. Topics from various scientific and clinical areas will be explored and coordinated with other courses in the Nursing program.

NURS 325 • Multi-Dimensional Assessment (4 units)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to be equipped with skills necessary to do a multi-dimensional health assessment of their identified client. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of bio-psycho-social, spiritual, cultural, and community health care needs in performing the holistic examination of the individual. Additional emphasis will include the client’s health care needs, levels of prevention, and growth and development of the individual across the lifespan. Two hours of the required Child Abuse content for the Public Health Nurse certificate (PHN) will be included in this course.

NURS 415 • Sociocultural Contexts of Diversity (4 units)
This course examines how cultural, socioeconomic, religious, racial, generational, and lifestyle differences are experienced by members of society, and how these variables are related to health and disease. Also included is a concerted understanding of how cultural and social practices impact health both positively and negatively. This course is designed to help the student integrate diversity knowledge within the community health setting.

NURS 420 • Community Health Nursing and Clinical Studies (5 units)
This course, through both classroom and clinical experience in community settings, will help the student develop skills in providing nursing care to individuals, families, and/or communities. Issues such as Child Abuse and family violence will be discussed. Ninety hours of clinical practice in public/community health settings are required to successfully complete this course. The remainder of the required Child Abuse content as required for the Public Health Nurse Certificate (PHN) is included (5 hours). Two additional hours of child abuse content is covered in NURS 325 Multidimensional Assessment.
*Note: There are additional clinical/health requirements that need to be submitted before beginning this course.

NURS 425 • Education Theory & Process of Teaching in Nursing (4 units)
This course explores education theory and skills in clinical teaching situations with emphasis on individuals, families, and groups. Content includes theories and principles of learning, teaching strategies and methodologies, teaching resources, assessment and evaluation of instruction.

NURS 430 • Leadership/Management in Professional Nursing (4 units)
This course explores theories of leadership/management, concepts of power, motivation, decision-making, change, budgeting and management skills related to the professional nursing role in the health care system.

MATH/NURS 235   Statistics for the Health Professions (3 units)

This course introduces the conceptual background of statistical techniques and reasoning with an emphasis on application relevant to identifying outcomes. Provides a framework for understanding and applying commonly used data analysis techniques in health science research. Includes selecting, applying, and interpreting univariate and bivariate statistical methods in answering research questions from a health science perspective.

 * See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.

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