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RN-to-BSN Program Course Descriptions

Nursing courses are 4 credits except for the Capstone Course (6 credits) and nursing electives (3 credits). Non-nursing courses are 3 credits.

Nursing Courses


NURN451 Leadership Roles and Management in Professional Nursing
The purpose of this course is to engage the RN-BSN student in the theoretical study and practical application of the fundamentals and requisites for successful leadership development - Decision Making, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking.

NURN452 Health Assessment
This course serves to assist the registered nurse in gaining a more thorough understanding of health assessment techniques and interpretation. Students will learn assessment techniques for each body system, focusing on in depth examination techniques, normal age related changes, communication, and obtaining a health history. Students will practice health assessment techniques in a laboratory setting and will perform a systematic health history and physical examination for evaluation.

NURN453 Pharmacology for the RN
This course builds upon the RN's knowledge of relationship of pathophysiology of disease and pharmacological interventions. Utilizing the nursing process, the RN will examine the manifestations and pharmacological management of disease in major organ systems of the human body through therapeutic terms, drug actions, dosage, toxicology, and application of drugs in the clinical setting. Emphasis will be on the role of the bachelor's prepared RN to creating a safe environment, integrating evidence, and clinical judgment in planning, implementing and evaluating the patient's response to treatment.

NURN454 Community Health
The purpose of this course is to engage the RN-BSN student in disease prevention and health promotion in the community. The relevance and application of epidemiology, environmental health, communicable disease control, vulnerable populations, and ethical issues to the global health care environment are explored.

NURN455 Evidence-Based Nursing Research
This course focuses on the research process and evidence-based care. The student will learn to read, critique, and determine how to utilize research in nursing practice. The course provides the student with an understanding of the evidence-based process and its application to nursing care. Students will be able to access sources of evidence through databases, utilize a model to translate the evidence to practice, and have the knowledge and skills to participate on a team of health care providers implementing evidence-based care.

NURN456 Nursing Informatics
This course introduces nursing informatics as an integration of nursing, computer, and information sciences for the support of nursing practice and health care delivery. It will acquaint practicing nurses with the effective utilization of technology and its applications throughout all aspects of health delivery. Knowledge and skills in information management and technology and in the use of computer resources to locate information for quality care are incorporated.

NURN457 Nursing Capstone
The course is designed to match individual interests with a unique preceptorship experience. The course is intended to build, integrate, and refine the knowledge and skills developed throughout the curriculum. The competencies developed throughout the program will be enhanced and refined. This course includes fieldwork with a preceptor in an area of the student's interest. Students will develop a project related to their chosen practicum.

NURN360 Understanding Suffering (Nursing Elective)
The purpose of this course is to assist the student to define and recognize various aspects of suffering as well as to explore approaches that promote hope and healing to those suffering. Suffering is a universal concept with physical, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual suffering aspects that occurs within all cultures and across the lifespan. Suffering may have acute and/or chronic implications for an individual and/or community.

NURN375 Health Care Economics and Policy (Nursing Elective)
This course provides students with an opportunity to utilize basic economic concepts and principals to examine current trends in healthcare. The impact of policy, healthcare financing, and delivery within the U.S. will be emphasized. This course will prepare the student for political advocacy in today's health care environment.

NURN362 ST: PTSD and Implications for Nursing Practice (Nursing Elective)
This course evaluates pertinent causes and issues that impact professional nursing care of individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Students analyze societal, ethical, cultural and economic factors that impact health care and professional nursing practice related to this disorder. Assignments elicit critical thinking related to public health and nursing practice delivered to a diverse population suffering from this ever-evolving disorder.

Core Courses


SORN 212 Statistics
This course focuses on the theory and application of statistical inference used in the field of social research. This course focuses on the basic concepts and measures, as well as research applications via univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques. Topics include hypothesis testing, ANOVA, correlation, confidence intervals, t-tests, chi-square testing, and regression analysis.

HURN 310 Studies in Humanities

This course in an introduction to the study of humanities and the timeless questions that are central to understanding the human spirit and condition. The assigned readings, music and films cross several disciplines and genres to introduce students to important aspects of the broad sweep of Western culture. In literature, film, music and the arts, students are challenged to consider critical questions that are part of the human experience in every time and place and the meanings and functions of science, art, leadership, politics, and religion in the human family/community.

PHRN 107 Ethics
This course is a systematic study of the rational principles of moral behavior and philosophical methods of making moral decisions with special emphasis on the philosophical basis of the dignity of the human person. Our aim is to provide an understanding of the types of moral behavior that come into question in human life, and within Nursing in particular, on the basis of natural reason alone without the aid of revelation. We will study traditional philosophical views on the basis of morality such as Virtue Ethics, Natural Law Theory, Utilitarianism, and Kantian Deontological Ethics. We will learn basic methods of moral reasoning in applying the principles of these theories to specific issues and problems that arise in Nursing. We will also consider the philosophical basis of human dignity, the nature of human suffering, and the ethical requirements of care.

PHRN 323 Philosophy of Education (philosophy elective)
This course examines both classical and modern theories of education, focusing on the nature of learning and teaching, with special application to current policies in the United States.

THRN 425 Medical Ethics
This course endeavors to educate the student in: basic concepts in theology; the Christian Scriptures; and in medical ethics, with a special emphasis on Catholic medical ethics. In order to achieve this goal the first part of the course investigates the foundations of medical ethics. The second part of the course focuses on issues in applied medical ethics. The points of departure for these investigations are Scriptural texts, relevant papal encyclicals, and works in Catholic moral theology, and secular medical ethics.

THRN 368 Theories of Peace and Social Justice (theology elective)
This course endeavors to educate the student in the various theories of peace and justice that have influenced social structures and human decision making over the past three millennia. Students will critically read the central texts of this field. Students will also engage in ethical reflection on contemporary cases in peace and justice.