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RN to BS

Curriculum: 30 hours

RN-BS Program Plan

The College of Nursing offers a Baccalaureate of Science degree with a major in nursing for registered nurses. This degree consists of 30 hours of coursework. This program of studies has been organized around the following components:

  • Common core - 15 credits
  • Leadership/Management Cluster - (Minimum 6 hours) or
  • Patient/Staff Education Cluster - (Minimum 6 hours) or
  • Clinical Excellence Cluster - (Minimum 6 hours) and
  • Elective courses from any cluster - (9 hours)
  • Service Learning Practicum Hours - 15 hours required in 4 Core Courses. Allows students to apply knowledge & skills to clinical practice

Program Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Semester I: Core Courses
NUR 3078 Information Technology Skills for Nurses 1
NUR 3805 Educational Transitions for RN's 2
NUR 4895C Educational Role of the Nurse in Healthcare 3
Semester II: Core Courses & 1 Elective Cluster Course - Contact Advisor to choose cluster prior to term!
NUR 4828C Foundations of Nursing Healthcare Leadership & Management 3
  Nursing Elective Course 3
Semester III: Core Course & 1 Elective Cluster Course
NUR 4169C EBP for the Baccalaureate Prepared Nurse 3
  Nursing Elective Course 3
Semester IV: 2 Elective Cluster Courses
Nursing Elective 3
Nursing Elective 3
Semester V: 1 Elective Cluster and Final Core Course
Nursing Elective 3
NUR 4634C Population Health 3
Total Nursing Credits: 30
Sample cluster courses include:
Course Number Course Name
NSP 3880 Foundational of Healthcare Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
NSP 4869 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance
Patient/Staff Education
NSP 3147 Web-based Education Strategies
Clinical Excellence
NUR 4069 Health Assessment
NUR 4128 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Update for RNs
NSP 4485 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on AIDS
NSP 4545 Substance Abuse across the Life Span
NUR 3678 Nursing Health Care for Vulnerable Populations
NSP 3640 Introduction to Military and Veteran Healthcare
Service Learning Practicum Hours

The RN-BS curriculum is designed for application to nursing practice. Four core courses include a required practicum for service learning projects (NUR 4895, NUR 4828C, NUR 4169C, and NUR 4634C). To facilitate the application of the project for practice, students admitted to the RN-BS program are expected to complete their practicum hours at their place of employment if the facility approves. It is the expectation that the student would have an opportunity in this situation to gain a broader and deeper perspective of their own organization as well as for the employer to have the opportunity to provide a forum for professional growth within the organization for the employee.

An Appropriate Practicum Facility would allow you to complete the following tasks:

  • Organizational Cultural Assessment
  • Patient Education Project
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project
  • Assessment of a Specific Patient Population using Healthcare Issues and Community Resources

***This practicum is not a hands-on clinical and will not require direct patient contact.***