The RN to BSN is a degree-completion program offered as a full-time or part-time program for registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. This program will be delivered fully online, but students will have opportunities to visit campus as a value-added feature. The RN to BSN program provides an educationally robust plan of study that enhances the foundational education of the associate-degreed nurse generalist. The courses in the RN to BSN program will focus on liberal art studies as a complement to their already completed nursing courses to practice holistically in today’s highly technological health care system. The mission of the programs is to prepare individuals as professionals whose practice reflects altruistic, evidence-based, ethical, and articulate membership in the nursing profession.
RN-BSN Program Learning Goals
- Demonstrate professional practice that upholds the inherent worth and dignity of individuals, families, and communities, sensitive to their diverse spiritual and cultural needs
- Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural and social sciences, and nursing as the foundation for critical thinking and decision making
- Employ effective communication skills throughout the scope of professional practice
- Utilize evolving technology to promote quality patient outcomes
- Uses the nursing process to provide consistent, safe, competent patient-centered care
- Consider the complex economic, legal, political, and ethical issues affecting the delivery of care in the global and dynamic health care environment
- Assume responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice
- Demonstrate beginning leadership abilities as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team
- Evaluate and integrate research that supports evidence based nursing practice
- Demonstrate intellectual inquisitiveness and lifelong commitment to learning
Nursing Pre-requisite courses rationale:
Pre-requisites ensure proper preparedness of nursing students for the rigors of the nursing program. Nursing curriculum builds on previous knowledge gained through course content from the Core Curriculum, LAS Seminars, Area Studies, Multicultural course, and nursing pre-requisites.
Nursing courses rationale:
Courses prepare a graduate a nurse generalist in the beginning leadership role of an interdisciplinary health care team who is sensitive to culturally diverse understandings of illness, health, and wellness and uses the nursing process to practice in a variety of settings.