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RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program combines innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary teaching, and collaborative partnerships in a values-based baccalaureate program.

The two-year course of study promotes critical inquiry, enhances the nurse’s skill set, and prepares the nurse for leadership roles in the healthcare environment.

Course Descriptions

Year One

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 310 • Information Technology in Nursing (3 units)
This course will be an introduction 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 305 • Nursing Theory and Professional Practice (3 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 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 405 • Nursing Research and Seminar (4 units)
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 327 • Health 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 using the theoretical concepts of Erikson, Roy, and Piaget. 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 425 • Education Theory & Process of Teaching in Nursing (3 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 420 • Community Health Nursing and Clinical Studies (5 units)
Note: Please refer to Admission Requirements for additional items needed prior to beginning NURS 420.
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. Ninety hours (90) of 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.

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.

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

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