Course Descriptions

Courses are designed with emphasis on the QSEN Competencies and Professionalism as curriculum organizers.


Patient-Centered Care (PCC)

Community Nursing – 4 credits (Theory 3, Practicum 1)

This course focuses on providing patient-centered care to the individual, family and community as clients. Epidemiological concepts including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are addressed. Global, national, state and local health care systems will be compared on the bases of political, economic and social factors. This practicum portion of this course provides a framework for identifying, analyzing and planning for health care needs of vulnerable populations based on the objectives of Healthy People 2020. Students will complete a community assessment and plan a community project using informatics and technology to access data, document and communicate findings.


Teamwork and Collaboration (TWC)

Nursing Leadership and Management - 4 credits (Theory 3, Practicum 1)

This course focuses on the analysis, integration and application of principles of leadership and management to health care organizations and to population-based efforts across the health care delivery system. Special emphasis is placed on the practical skills needed for nurses to succeed as leaders and managers in today's local, state, national and international health care environment. The practicum will be individualized to provide the student with an opportunity to develop the role of nurse manager in selected health care settings. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge of nursing management strategies, nursing leadership and the management and organization sciences as they apply to nursing management practice. 


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

Evidence-Based Practice – 3 credits

This course examines the methods used to investigate issues in the provision of health care. It focuses on using research to guide evidence-based practice. Students will be guided to collect, evaluate and apply research to practice. Content will address how to conduct efficient, thorough searches of the literature; evaluate the quality of the body of research; appraise the design, methodology and data analysis; summarize findings; and apply research to current nursing practice.

Statistics – 3 credits

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, standard deviation, binomial and normal probability distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression, and application to business, industry and the sciences.


Quality Improvement (QI)

Quality and Safety in Nursing – 4 credits (Theory 3, Practicum 1)

This course analyzes the role of nurses as care coordinators to promote safe, quality, cost-effective care. It examines team work and collaboration through organization theory, health care policy, health care access, and the use of outcome measures to promote quality and cost effective health care. The practicum prepares the student to implement quality improvement, financial management and cost containment strategies and integrate safety and effective working relationships with inter-professional teams.

Trends and Issues – 3 credits

This course identifies and analyzes current and emerging issues in nursing and the social, economic, political, demographic and technological forces that impact health care delivery. Concerns related to ethical, legal and social issues of access, global health and health care systems will be explored.


Safety (S)

Health Assessment – 4 credits (Theory 3, Practicum 1)

This course addresses the importance of a systematic, holistic approach to health history and physical examination, including physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions. Content includes interviewing skills and physical assessment techniques necessary to provide safe, competent nursing care. The focus of this practicum is the application of concepts and principles of safety, assessment and patient-centered care through the use of the nursing process and scientific inquiry.


Informatics (IT)

Transition to Professional Nursing – 3 Credits

This is the first nursing course that the registered nurse (RN) student completes. The course's intent is to set the groundwork for transition of the RN to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. Content includes quality improvement skills necessary to support online learning; communication; technology and resource availability; and competent writing skills essential for scholarly achievement.


Professionalism (P)

Nursing Capstone – 3 credits

This culminating capstone course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the RN-BSN Degree Completion Program. Students will integrate theories and concepts from the arts, humanities, science and professional nursing to develop a capstone project.


General Education

Health, Healing and the Fine Arts – 3 credits

This course explores the ways in which the fine and performing arts have treated the subjects of health and healing. The course also explores the ways in which the fine and performing arts have been utilized to promote health and healing.

Ethical Perspectives in Health Care – 3 credits

This course is an examination of some of the major ethical issues involved in the practice of nursing, medical research and health care policy.

Statistics and Data Analysis – 3 credits

This course places emphasis on interpreting standard means presented in summary data and the use of appropriate statistical procedures. Includes basic parametric and non-parametric statistics as they apply to data from the behavioral sciences.

History of the U.S. Health Care System and Health Care Reform – 3 credits

This course will explore the history of the American health care system and discuss the issues such as the Affordable Care Act.