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. 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. Opportunity is provided for in-depth understanding of the nursing process. Specific concepts relevant to professional nursing practice are considered and applied in analysis of both practice and education issues. Students apply these theories as a framework to guide nursing care of client systems. Initial validation of skills and initial written and oral communication competencies are addressed. 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

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

Year One: Summer Term Credit Hours

Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing

Enhances the student's knowledge of evidence-based practice. The student is introduced to research and research utilization processes. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills required to critically evaluate and apply qualitative and quantitative research to improve quality of care. Students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge/skills through the development of evidence-based practice changes. The student is exposed to process of grant writing. Prerequisite: NURS 335 (basic students), NURS 310 (RN-BSN students), MATH 200 Concurrent: NURS 330 & 340 (basic students) Read More about Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Nursing

Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System

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. Included is the connection of personal, professional, and organizational values and ethics to the identification of options and alternatives in leadership and management in the health care system. Health care policy is discussed and contemporary health care issues are critically evaluated as they relate to the health needs of the societal system and the practice of professional nursing. The clinical component provides an opportunity for students to experience (a) the role played by a nurse leader/manager and/or (b) engage in a leadership change project. Prerequisite: NURS 440, 455, and 410 (Basic); NURS 455 (RN-BSN) Concurrent: NURS 465, NURS 475 and 445 (Basic) Read More about Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System

Year Two: Fall Semester Credit Hours

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

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. Integration of current research from nursing and other disciplines is used to explore the pathophysiological processes, the compensatory mechanisms, and the rationales for clinical interventions. The advanced practice clinician will be able to utilize this knowledge as a basis for interpreting changes in normal physiologic function, and in prescribing appropriate treatment modalities. Read More about Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

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

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

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

» Aug. 21, 2017
» Jan. 23, 2018

Tuition Cost

$399/credit

Completion

30-34 credit hours