Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

Curriculum

Stay Competitive in the Field with the Latest Curriculum in Nursing

The multifaceted curriculum provides an engaging and personalized classroom environment in a convenient online setting.

In addition to online coursework, the program includes 35 clinical hours, with a focus on wellness and prevention for individuals and families. Clinical hours will be 5 hours per week for 7 weeks, totaling 35 hours. The clinical component can be completed at your current place of employment in another unit, or at another convenient location.

Courses are taught by with their community and committed to helping their students become leaders in nursing and healthcare.

The online RN to BS in Nursing curriculum is characterized by:

  • A focus on clinical skills, critical thinking, technology, leadership and communication skills
  • Experiential learning
  • Distinguished faculty members
  • An engaging, interactive online learning environment

The program plan of study is as follows:

First Semester BIO (0105) 209 — Emerging Trends in Genetics – 2 credits
NUR (0302) 206 — Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professional – 3 credits
Second Semester BIO (0105) 210 — Pathophysiology – 3 credits
NUR (0302) 233 — Nutrition in Nursing – 2 credits
Third Semester NUR (0302) 309 — Interdisciplinary Communication and Education – 3 credits
NUR (0302) 312 — Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan – 4 credits
Fourth Semester NUR (0302) 307 — Family Community and Global Health – 4 credits
NUR (0302) 308 — Family Community and Global Health Clinical – 0 credits
NUR (0302) 384 — Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing – 3 credits
Fifth Semester NUR (0302) 454 — Chronic Care Perspective and the Older Adult – 3 credits
NUR (0302) 447 — Project Management and Information Technology – 3 credits
Sixth Semester NUR (0302) 448 — Transformation and Organizational Leadership – 3 credits

*Any elective credits needed to obtain a total of 124 credits necessary for degree will be added to each semester on an individual basis.

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Course Descriptions

Nursing students will be introduced to genetics and genomics, providing a foundation of the key concepts in these areas including the nature of the gene and the causes and patterns of inheritance of genetic disorders, together with the ethical issues faced by medical professionals in genetics

Students will learn the key principles underlying diseases that enable them to form a basis for understanding how they are detected and treated. Fundamental biology concepts and processes in pathophysiology and their relationships to developmental stages and the needed treatments for specific disorders will be emphasized.

This course is designed to promote excellence in scholarly writing. Students will be required to use information technology to access scholarly literature and, after completing a variety of assignments aimed at improving scholarly writing, complete a paper that is appropriate for publication in a professional journal.

This course is designed to introduce students to the essentials of nutrition, and the effects on health and wellness. Emphasis is on understanding nutritional guidelines for health promotion and disease management.

This course explores the impact of community and global health issues on the health of individuals, families and society. Utilizing principles of epidemiology and wellness, the role of the community health nurse to maximize health at all levels of prevention will be explored. A clinical component is provided as part of the course.

In addition to project work, this course consists of 35 hours in a clinical setting.

Students will examine the role of the nurse as a communicator and provider of patient, staff and peer education in interdisciplinary settings. Students examine the impact of educational and communication theories and policies on patient outcomes utilizing evidenced based research. Effective communication strategies essential for communication and teaching are actualized.

This course introduces the theoretical and laboratory components of a comprehensive nursing assessment. Students will examine the variables and risks that influence the health status of patients through the lifecycle. Students will continue to build upon their pre-baccalaureate health assessment abilities and expand their competencies.

Students study quantitative and qualitative research processes. Emphasis is placed on the development of a scholarly approach to reading and analyzing research findings and the importance of using those findings in clinical practice. The goal is for students to become intelligent consumers of research.

The course explores the dynamics of chronic care issues with a focus on the older adult. Content examines models, perceptions, and coping strategies that patients ascribe to chronic illness and disability. Strategies include advocacy, change, healthcare planning, teaching, legal and ethical issues. Best practices for chronic case management are examined.

This course provides concepts of information technology applied to project management for the professional nurse. An introduction to electronic technology and database systems are presented applied to the healthcare field. Health care financing concepts are introduced to facilitate understanding project management as it applies to the healthcare field.

This capstone course will explore trends, issues and policies in healthcare delivery. The student will explore the social, economic political context in which professional nurses provide holistic care. Concepts of effective leadership and management will be analyzed.