Online RN-BSN Program Curriculum


The online RN-BSN program is an online degree completion program that requires 30-34 credit hours of coursework through Briar Cliff University, depending on previous academic credit.

All RN-BSN courses are eight-week courses with the exception of the following: NURS 339-Pathophysiology, NURS 303-Pharmacology, and NURS 356-Biological & Health Aspects of Aging.

A sample curriculum is as follows:

Course Schedule 

Year One: Fall Semester Credit Hours

Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (RN-BSN only)

Designed as a bridge course to orient the registered nurse to Upper Division study. Nursing theories are evaluated in the context of the theory-practice relationship. Prerequisite: RN licensure Read More about Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (RN-BSN only)

Digital Research for Academic Endeavors

This course will help students reach new thresholds in their understanding of information literacy. Read More about Digital Research for Academic Endeavors

Year One: Spring Semester Credit Hours

Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN only)

Provides opportunity for the student to expand upon current knowledge and skills applicable to the practice of health assessment in professional nursing. The emphasis of the course will be on the relationship between the nursing process and health assessment skills at various stages of life span development. Prerequisite: RN licensure Fees: Lab - $75 Read More about Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN only)

Nursing Process in the Community I (RN-BSN Only)

Provides for utilization of the levels of prevention as intervention to assist the family client system to promote, restore, and maintain stability. Read More about Nursing Process in the Community I (RN-BSN Only)

Year One: Summer Term Credit Hours

Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing (RN-BSN Only)

Enhances the student's knowledge of evidence-based practice. Read More about Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing (RN-BSN Only)

Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System (RN-BSN Only)

Explores theories and concepts of decision making, leadership, management and the change process in relationship to the application of the nursing process in various health care settings. Read More about Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System (RN-BSN Only)

Year Two: Fall Semester Credit Hours

Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN Only)

Focuses on cellular physiological and pathophysiological processes through the lifespan, in order to provide a foundation for wholistic clinical assessment, decision-making, and clinical management. Emphasis is on commonly found altered health states based on current epidemiological trends. Read More about Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN Only)

Student must also take an additional nursing elective at a course level of 300 or higher. (3-4 credits)

Year Two: Spring Semester Credit Hours

Essentials of Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Read More about Essentials of Statistics

Ethics

Looks at several ethical theories that shape how people think ethically. Then examines various human behaviors, individual and social, from a moral viewpoint. Focuses on arguments for moral positions. Prerequisite: Sophomore status Read More about Ethics

Year Two: Summer Term Credit Hours

Nursing Process in the Community II (RN-BSN Only)

The second course in the community and public health sequence synthesizes the concepts of nursing, human, and public health science and is integrated with the art of nursing. Read More about Nursing Process in the Community II (RN-BSN Only)

Student must also take a psychology elective (PSYC) at a course level of 300 or higher. (3 credits)

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Class Format

Online courses

Next Start Dates

  • Summer 2018
  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2019

Tuition Cost

$415/credit for general RN-BSN students

$330/credit for employees at participating healthcare facilities

Completion

30-34 credit hours