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RN BSN Courses Online

RN to BSN Courses

RN BSN Courses Online

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires 120 semester credit hours: 27 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses, 36 semester credit hours of University and Nursing requirements, and 57 credit hours in the Nursing major. As of 1986, the State of Connecticut RN to BSN Articulation program allows students to transfer 30 credits for lower division undergraduate nursing coursework. Students who graduated before 1986 may also be awarded 30 credits for an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) after a review of their materials.

Prerequisite Courses* Credit Hours
PS 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 252 Child Development Psychology 3
SO 110 Sociological Imagination 3
BI 126 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BI 127 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BI 128 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BI 128 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
BI 161 Introduction to Microbiology 3
BI 161 Introduction to Microbiology Lab 1
BI/CH/PY Biology, Chemistry or Physics elective 3
  Academic Writing 3
BSN Requirements Credit Hours
NU 290 Validation of Prior Learning  
NU 305 Transition to Professional Practice 3
NU 315 The Human Journey in Nursing 3
NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs 3
NU 335 Information Technology for Nursing Practice 3
NU 345 Evidence Based Practice 3
NU 355 Leadership in the Contemporary Nursing Practice 3
NU 376 Care Management: Individuals and Family 4
NU 387 Populations and Global Health 5
University and Nursing Core Requirements Credit Hours
EN/CC 102 Literary Expressions of Human Journey 3
HI/CC 101 Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization 3
CC 103 Social Sciences: The Individual & Society OR Natural Sciences: Scientific Discovery & the Human Community 3
CC 104 The Human Search for Truth, Justice, & the Common Good 3
MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making OR SO 242 Statistics for Social Research 3
PH 101 Introduction to Problems of Philosophy 3
TRS 101 Introduction to Study of Religion 3
TRS 340 Bioethics 3
FLO 125 The Art of Thinking 3
Elective Humanities Electives 6
Elective Free Elective 3

* Transfer credit for these courses may be applied on review of a student's transcripts and is at the discretion of the Sacred Heart University nursing department. Prerequisite courses are not offered at SHU.

Undergraduate coursework outside the major incorporates an innovative Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum consists of three areas:

  • Foundational Core courses hone skills needed to function successfully in a global society
  • Elective Core courses support work toward the major and encourage the life-long pursuit of knowledge
  • Common Core courses seek to instill a sense of personal and social responsibility to the community and the earth by exploring the meaning and value of the Human Journey through the arts and sciences

Nursing Major Requirements (56 credits)

NU 290 Validation of Prior Learning Validation of Prior Learning Students may be awarded 30-36 Nursing credits through the State of Connecticut Nursing Articulation Plan. Students who graduate from schools in other states can be awarded 30 credits through endorsement of these courses. Students will be advised of their status by the Nursing faculty with credits shown as NU 290.

NU 305 Transition to Professional Practice This course is for RNs and is designed as a transition to the nursing major and as a forum to facilitate comparison between the scope of practice of the registered nurse and the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Role behaviors of the baccalaureate practitioner will be analyzed and applied within a framework of the health care environment and the ethical, legal and social issues that influence nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Engage in self-reflection and collegial dialogue about professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply the principles of teaching and learning in teaching individuals or groups.
  3. Review the health care environment and the role of nursing within the various organizational structures.
  4. Understand how health policy is formulated, how to affect this process, and how it impacts clinical practice.
  5. Utilize an ethical decision making framework that incorporates a professional nursing code of ethics, personal values and beliefs, and moral concepts.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to process and evaluate new and existing knowledge while engaging in reflective thinking practice.
  7. Explore the various professional nursing organizations and appreciate the benefits of membership.
  8. Examine current theories as a basis for professional practice.
  9. Discuss societal, healthcare, and professional trends that will influence the future of the nursing profession.

NU 315 The Human Journey in Nursing This course is for RNs. The Human Journey in Nursing utilizes the four questions posed in the University Common Core to address Nursing’s role in building a just society. Concepts such as human vulnerability, resiliency, spirituality and cultural diversity will provide the platform from which discussions about the professions and the professional nurse’s role in shaping past, current and future health care will be based. Reflection on service learning experiences will personalize and professionalize the meaning and responsibility for addressing health inequities within the workplace and the perpetuation of health disparities in society. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the RN-BSN Nursing Major and Completion of University Common Core 101 and 102 courses. This course is not a substitute for the Common Core Courses.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Analyze historical events that shaped the evolution of nursing from an occupation to a profession.
  2. Describe socio-cultural factors that have and continue to influence the nursing workforce, health environment and professional practice.
  3. Apply basic ethical principles that guide nursing practice.
  4. Explore the experience of caring in nursing, the provision of care and care giving using literature, poetry, and other mediums.
  5. Discuss the effects of culture, spirituality and alternative care methods on contemporary nursing practice.
  6. Engage in a service-learning experience that promotes socio-cultural change within the community or nursing practice environment.

NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs Utilizing the conceptual framework of the nursing program, this course focuses on comprehensive health assessment. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes is stressed. The student will use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) nomenclature. The nursing laboratory experience is available for students but not required. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course tool. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN or RN-MSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and the sciences into the health assessment of individuals throughout the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate skills in health assessment through interviewing, history taking, physical assessment and functional assessment.
  3. Utilize the diagnostic reasoning process to accurately formulate judgments about health assessment data.
  4. Demonstrate principles of adequate and accurate documentation related to the health assessment of an individual.
  5. Discuss the legal and ethical implications of the role of the nurse related to health assessment.

NU 335 Information Technology for Nursing Practice This course is for RNs and provides an introduction to information and technology needed for the practice of nursing today. It will focus on providing material to enable nurses to be computer literate by exploring the use of emerging information sources and communication technology and their impact on health care. Emphasis will be placed on trends and issues in clinical technology. It will also examine key issues such as security and the use of data bases. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN to BSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explore theoretical foundations on which nursing informatics relies. (Informatics is the management of information, using cognitive skills and the computer).
  2. Develop knowledge of basic computer science with identification of the elements of available hardware and software.
  3. Explore the use of information technology as a tool to improve health and healthcare.
  4. Develop understanding of the subspecialty of nursing informatics and proceed to look at clinical informatics.
  5. Define the relationship between information technology and information literacy.
  6. Explore trends and issues that informatics professionals are confronting.

NU 345 Evidence Based Practice This course is for RNs and prepares nursing students to critically evaluate evidence developed through methodologies such as research and research protocols for its application to the practice of professional nursing. The course reviews levels of evidence and provides a foundational overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Ethical issues and policy agendas that influence research are considered throughout the course. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the RN-BSN Nursing Major, MA 131

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Read, understand, interpret, and apply research findings from nursing and other disciplines into practice.
  2. Understand basic elements of evidenced-based nursing practice process.
  3. Discuss the role of baccalaureate prepared nurses in promoting evidenced-based nursing practice
  4. Discuss the relationship of ethics and quality improvement to use of evidence based nursing practice.
  5. Critically evaluate evidence for its applicability to nursing practice.
  6. Communicate research appraisals verbally and in writing with clarity and accuracy.
  7. Synthesize the best evidence to support a plan for an evidence-based practice change.

NU 355 Leadership in the Contemporary Nursing Practice This course is for RNs and will focus on the professional nurse’s role in applying theory and principles of leadership and management in organizations across the health care continuum. Focus will be placed on strategies necessary to function effectively in a changing health care system by exploring interrelated process of thinking systematically, developing reflective judgment, and exercising leadership. Strategies for managing the quality and cost if health care, as well as research utilization, are emphasized to promote effective practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the RN-BSN Nursing Major

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Discuss the impact of current trends, nursing roles and principles of management and leadership that influence the health care delivery system.
  2. Analyze nursing management roles that involve planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating.
  3. Distinguish between various organizational structures in health care settings.
  4. Discuss principles of human resource management and motivation.
  5. Apply change theory in nursing practice and management of health care activities.
  6. Use appropriate evaluation methods to analyze the quality of patient care.
  7. Utilize staffing and budget data in providing and evaluating care.
  8. Use information and communication technologies to improve patient care services.

NU 376 Care Management: Individuals and Family (24 Clinical Hours) This course is for RNs and is focused on the elements of care management across the health care continuum. Care management requires an integration of understanding, skills and professional practices of clinical leadership, collaboration, communication, teaching and learning, evidence based practice and evaluation. Students will engage in analytic discussion and analysis of the influence of standards, systems of care, clinical practice, family systems, family assessment, and personal reflection on one’s practice in contemporary nursing. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the RN to BSN Nursing Major, NU 305, 315, 325, 335, 345, and 355 or acceptance to the RN-MSN Nursing Major, NU 325, NU 401, NU 430, NU 431, and NU 433

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically in the application of the nursing process with individuals and families in the planning and delivery of care management.
  2. Analyze selected health services provided by community resources that are available to affect the health of individuals and families.
  3. Engage in critical thinking, self-reflection and collegial dialogue about the elements of care management across the health care continuum and professional nursing practice.
  4. Construct a model of practice that is based on a commitment to lifelong learning, living a life of meaning and purpose, caring for the common good, self-reflection, and application of evidence based practice.
  5. Reflect on practice as a method to understand and improve clinical care.
  6. Analyze current changes in the system of health care and its impact on clients (individuals and families) and providers.
  7. Use research to inform clinical understanding.
  8. Apply the principles of teaching and learning in teaching individuals or groups to improve patient outcomes.
  9. Demonstrate critical thinking through verbally and written communications that are clear, focused and comprehensive.

NU 387 Populations and Global Health (3 credits Theory. 2 credits Field Experience. 48 Clinical Hours) This course is for RNs and focuses on global communities as consumers of health services. The different perspectives, sensitivities and application of knowledge unique to nursing of populations, communities, and societies are identified. Effectiveness of nursing practice is explored in relation to the problems, priorities, attitudes, culture and resources of aggregates, groups, the community, and global health needs. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the RN to BSN Nursing Major, NU 305, 315, 325, 335, 345, and 355 or acceptance to the RN-MSN Nursing Major, NU 325, 401, 430, 431, 433 and 376

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University and Nursing Core Requirements

 

EN/CC 102 Literary Expressions of Human Journey In this course, part of SHU's common core sequence, students will read and analyze significant literary works to answer explore the mysteries and commonalities of the human experience: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose, and is it possible to do so? What does it mean to understand and appreciate the natural world? What does it mean to forge a more just society for the common good? A total of eight works will be studied.

HI/CC 101 Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization Another of the common core sequence of courses, this course is an exploration of Western Civilization from the ancient world to the Renaissance. This era in Western history is contrasted and compared with a similar period in a non-Western civilization to help students develop an understanding of the values, concepts, and belief underlying our society.

CC 103 Social Sciences: The Individual & Society OR Natural Sciences: Scientific Discovery and the Human Community These classes are offered at the discretion of the faculty for the third of four courses in the common core curriculum. Social Sciences: The Individual and Society focuses on the social and political dimensions of what it means to be a human. Students will analyze the perspectives of major political philosophers and key thinkers from the Catholic intellectual tradition on this question. In Natural Sciences: Scientific Discover and the Human Community, students will examine the uses and limits of science to address the human condition. The practice of scientific inquiry with respect to political, social and cultural factors will also be examined, particularly in the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

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CC 104 The Human Search for Truth, Justice, & the Common Good In this course, students will explore the human condition from a religious perspective by studying classic and contemporary texts from religious traditions, particularly the Catholic intellectual tradition.

MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making OR SO 242 Statistics for Social Research Coursework covers descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, correlation and hypothesis testing. Students will study the applications of computer software to statistics.

FLO 125 The Art of Thinking The purpose of "The Art of Thinking" course is to improve students' critical thinking skills by addressing them directly and specifically as skills. While most classes require critical thinking, this course addresses the actual inferences and patterns of thought that make careful critical thought possible.

PH 101 Introduction to Problems of Philosophy The course offers an exploration of the various branches of philosophy for the beginning student.

TRS 101 Introduction to Study of Religion Students make a critical and constructive study of the nature of religion, its functions, and its various forms and manifestations.

TRS 340 Bioethics This course examines ethical issues in everyday nursing, such as truth-telling, decision-making, medical error, as well as larger systemic issues, such as professional codes of conduct and comprehensive health care reform. Students examine their own ethical views in the context of topics presented with the aid of our texts and case studies. Philosophical and theological foundations of ethics, particularly the Catholic intellectual tradition, are described and applied to evaluated tasks.

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