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Nursing - RN to BSN

Offered: On Campus & Online Apply

The nursing department seeks to provide quality undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence while integrating the values of truth, virtue and service.

RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

This program is for licensed nurses or students currently enrolled in an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) dual enrollment program at another institution who seek to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Format & Schedule

Beginning fall 2019, Vanguard University will offer the RN to BSN program in two formats, hybrid and online. Both are taught by expert faculty using the same curriculum. Students can choose from the following:

1. Traditional Format (classes on campus) - Students enroll in two 7-8 week classes per semester. Class is taught one night per week on campus for 3-4 hours and includes one Saturday class per semester.

2. Online Format - Online Format –Students enroll in two 7 to 8-week classes per semester. Class is asynchronous and faculty will be available for online office hours. It is recommended that students attend on campus orientation at the beginning of the initial start term. There is potential for one on campus Saturday class in year two.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Vanguard University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
California Board of Registered Nursing
West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Assemblies of God

A Sampling of Professional Studies: Nursing Courses

NURS 410

Principles of Pathophysiology

Principles of Pathophysiology

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 420

Community Health Nursing and Clinical Studies

Community Health Nursing and Clinical Studies

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 for the Public Health Nurse certificate (PHN) is included (5 hours). Two additional hours of Child Abuse content is covered in NURS 325 Multi-dimensional Assessment or NURS 420 Community Health.

*Note: There may be additional clinical/health requirements or updates that need to be submitted prior to beginning this course. All clinical/health requirements are to be uploaded in an immunization tracker system (contracted by the university).

NURS 325

Multi-Dimensional Assessment

Multi-Dimensional Assessment

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.

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