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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

  • NURN 451 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.

  • NURN 452 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.

  • NURN 453 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.

  • NURN 454 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.  

  • NURN 455 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.

  • NURN 456 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.

  • NURN 457 Nursing Capstone

This course integrates extant nursing experience and synthesizes RN-BSN program coursework.   Accountability is a hallmark of the role of the professional nurse and this course explores the ways in which nurses are expected to be accountable to the public, their patients, their profession, and themselves.  Emphasizing reflective, self-directed learning in the traditional classroom, online forum, and clinical settings, the course is designed to match individual interests with a unique preceptorship experience. (NOTE: 6 credits; includes time doing fieldwork with preceptor)

  • NURN 360 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. 

  • NURN 361 Holistic Nursing (Nursing Elective)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to Holistic nursing practice and an overview of selected healing modalities. Discussion, demonstrations and/or experiential sessions are utilized to facilitate an understanding of these modalities. The emphasis is on developing an evidence based practice and in examining the implications of Holistic nursing in practice and research.

Non-Nursing Courses (required)

  • 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. 

  • 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.  Each week will combine a topic in philosophical theory with a discussion of issues and examples from a particular area of real nursing practice.