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Basic BSN Curriculum

Professional Sequence                                                                        Units

Semester I      

                                                                              

NURS 255

Evidence-Based Practice

1.0

NURS 283

Nursing Foundations

4.0

NURS 284

Practicum in Nursing Foundations

4.0

NURS 285 

Nursing Assessment 

3.0

Semester II

NURS 303

Medical-Surgical Nursing I/Pharmacology*

4.0

NURS 304

Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical

4.0

NURS 311 

Nursing Informatics

2.0

NURS 312

Nursing Research 

2.0

Semester III

NURS 313

Maternal-Child Nursing

4.0

NURS 314

Practicum in Maternal-Child Nursing

3.0

NURS 343

Medical-Surgical Nursing II/Pharmacology

3.0

NURS 344 

Medical-Surgical Nursing II Clinical

2.0

Semester IV

NURS 400

Capstone Simulation Practicum

2.0

NURS 403

Integrative Nursing Theory

2.0

NURS 404

Practicum in Integrative Nursing

2.0

NURS 412

Health Policy

1.0

NURS 413

Nursing Management of Maladaptive Behavior

3.0

NURS 414

Practicum in the Management of Maladaptive

Behavior

2.0

Semester V

NURS 422

Leadership/Management & Professional Issues

in Nursing

3.0

NURS 424

Practicum in Patient Care Management

3.0

NURS 474

Practicum in Community Health Nursing

3.0

NURS 475

Public Health Nursing 

3.0

TOTAL 

60.0 

TOTAL UNITS FOR GRADUATION  

120.0                               

Based upon required general education courses and the professional nursing courses.

*Meets requirements for General Education upper division pathway science course

Semester I
Introduces the student to the fundamental competencies essential to the beginning professional nursing role.  These include knowledge and application of interpersonal communication, critical thinking, nursing assessment, basic skills and the nursing process.  Students are also introduced to evidence-based practice through the use of scientific data, outcomes and application in practice.
 
Semester II
Builds on the essential competencies of Semester I and provides the biophysical foundation for the application of decision making, communication and nursing therapeutics in the acute care of the adult and geriatric patient.  The focus of the semester is on pathophysiology, pharmacology and laboratory data, nursing informatics and research as tools for assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating high quality nursing care.
 
Semester III
Focuses on the application of theories of maternal/child nursing and family health maintenance as well as critical thinking, communication and nursing therapeutics in the care of childbearing and childrearing families in acute and community settings.  Students also continue to build upon their knowledge base in pharmacology and medical/surgical nursing with theory coursework and clinical application.
 
Semester IV
Students are provided the theory and clinical opportunities to apply their decision-making, communication and nursing therapeutics to the nursing care of individuals and groups with maladaptive behaviors in both the acute care and community settings. Students in the medical-surgical courses advance their knowledge of complex/high risk situations with clients across the lifespan in acute care settings. This knowledge and the associated clinical reasoning is further challenged through a capstone simulation course. An additional theoretical component in healthcare policy is provided. 
 
Semester V
The coursework is built upon the foundation of the preceding four semesters. Students are introduced to the organizational management and leadership roles of professional nursing. They apply their decision-making, communication and nursing therapeutic skills to planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care of groups of acutely ill patients.  In addition, students complete theoretical and clinical courses in community health nursing with the focus on nursing care delivery to diverse cultural family systems.

RN-BSN Curriculum

Professional Sequence                                                                        Units

1st Summer Session   

                                                                              

NURS 300W 

RN to BSN Bridge Course 

4.0

NURS 310  

Academic Writing for Nurses    

2.0

Fall Semester

NURS 316 

Nursing Informatics 3.0
NURS 342W Nursing Research  3.0

RELS 332

World Religions* 3.0
Winter Session
MCGS 310 LGBTQ Issues and Identities*  3.0
Spring Semester
NURS 422W

Nursing Leadership/Management and Professional

Issues

4.0
NURS 427 Professional Values and Ethics in Nursing 2.0
2nd Summer Session
NURS 477  Practicum in Public Health Nursing 3.0
NURS 478    Public Health Nursing 3.0
Credit for ADN coursework 20.0
TOTAL UNITS FOR GRADUATION 120.0

*Meets requirements for upper division pathway courses