Nursing RN to BSN Curriculum

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) curriculum was developed based on the established accreditation standards set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008).

The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing (RN-BSN) at Ashworth College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Semester 1

EN111 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students’ undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

NS310 - Professional Issues in Nursing 

This course provides a transition for professional nurses as they begin their studies to achieve a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree. The course addresses qualities that professional nurses need to be leaders in the complex and ever-changing global health care environment. Topics include role transition, nursing history, ethical and legal issues, nursing theory, professional roles of the nurse, cultural considerations, violence in society, and advanced practice roles.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (100-200 Level)   NS330 - Cultural Issues in Nursing  

This course focuses on culture and its impact on health care delivery at the individual, community, and system levels. This course is designed to raise awareness, to inspire action, and to open discussion of cultural issues affecting professional nursing practice.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (100-200 Level)  

Semester 2

NS350 - Health Promotion 

The course explores the concepts of health promotion and the application of health promotion concepts to nursing practice to enable the client to control and improve health outcomes. While focusing on the methodology critical to developing a plan of care for clients, students will learn the rationale and techniques for utilizing specific assessment tools, analysis of assessment data, selection of lifespan appropriate interventions, implementation of interventions, and measurement of resulting outcomes. Content will be focused on cultural diversity, disparity in health care and social determinants that impact the client's plan of care and resulting approaches for promoting a healthier society. The use of technology and health promotion research will be explored and applied to nursing practice.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

NS370 - Population-Based Nursing  

This course focuses on an analysis of the nursing role as it relates to population-based health. The course addresses nursing theories, public health ethics, and nursing advocacy. Topics include the importance of health promotion and prevention across the lifespan, vulnerable populations, global health considerations, and the role of nursing in disaster settings.
Credit Hours: 3

MA260 - Statistical Analysis I  

This is an introduction to the foundations of statistical analysis, including distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Credit Hours: 3

NS390 - Pathophysiology 

This course provides a study of variations in physiologic functioning and alterations in physiologic response of body systems. The course addresses physiologic changes that will help identify alterations in body systems and their relationship to the patient's state of health. Topics include altered cell functioning, genetic disorders, risk factors, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

NS410 - Health Assessment for the RN 

This course provides the RN-BSN student with the opportunity to build on knowledge and skills of performing and documenting a comprehensive health assessment of diverse individuals across the life span. Critical analysis and synthesis of assessment findings will be emphasized to aid in clinical judgment and decision making for patient care.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   NS430 - Research and Evidence Based Practice  

The course explores evidence-based practice as a foundation for improved nursing practice and patient outcomes. Students will learn the history of evidence-based practice and the significant research methodologies that serve as its foundation. Students will explore the rationale for evidence-based practice and learn how to form research questions, hypotheses, and research methodologies. They will also learn about population sampling, data collection tools, and statistical analysis. Students will learn how to determine whether research is credible through the criticism of research articles, and they will be introduced to potential ethical concerns in the development of research and evidence-based practice. Emphasis will be placed on student-centered learning that will give students the opportunity to implement what they learn during the course into their nursing practice, regardless of specialty.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (300-400 Level)  

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NS450 - Informatics  

This course is the foundation for the improvement of nursing practice and patient outcomes through the application of knowledge and understanding of the history, terminology, and impact of informatics to the promotion of nursing professionalism in patient care and safety.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

NS460 - Health Care Delivery Systems  

This course provides perspectives on health care delivery past, present, and future. It also addresses the impact of health care issues on health care delivery including the determinants of health to include insurance costs, applications for health professions, and the need of comprehensive planning and its impact on the future. This course will encourage the formulation and evaluation of potential solutions to some of the most urgent health care delivery issues facing the U.S. today.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (300-400 Level)   NS480 - Leadership and Management  

This course provides an in-depth study of leadership and management principles as they apply to professional nursing practice. Students will explore teamwork, communication, the change process, and evidence-based practice. This course will also cover health care quality, legal policies, ethics, finance, and technology as they apply to leadership and management in nursing.
Credit Hours: 3

Elective (300-400 Level)  

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NS490 - Capstone Course  

This Capstone course is designed for RN-BSN students at the end of their program of study. It provides students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge of the concepts learned throughout the RN-BSN program. The primary focus is on applying this knowledge to a chosen evidence-based project that is related to an area of interest in nursing and health care.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The RN to BSN program focuses on developing the professional nurse to be a leader in providing high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care in a complex health care system. Building on the RN's skills and experience, the program integrates professional development, critical thinking, quality improvement, safety, and interprofessional leadership skills to foster professional practice.

Program Objectives

After completing the RN to BSN program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the role of interprofessional communication and collaboration in safe, patient-centered care.
  2. Appraise the role of professional values and behaviors in patient-centered care.
  3. Evaluate the role health promotion and disease prevention play within a culturally diverse population across the lifespan.
  4. Construct an appropriate health assessment process for individuals across the lifespan.
  5. Analyze how pathophysiology impacts the plan of care for clients across the life span.
  6. Recommend a plan to apply evidence-based research findings in patient-centered care.
  7. Evaluate the roles patient care technology and information-management systems play in delivering patient-centered care.
  8. Describe the impact of health care policies and the regulatory environment on professional nursing practice.
  9. Analyze the role of interdisciplinary leadership in the delivery of quality care and patient safety.
  10. Enter Ashworth College's Master of Science or MBA programs without any additional academic preparation.

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