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|
|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|
|FLO 125||The Art of Thinking||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 305 Transition to Professional Practice This course functions as a transition to the nursing major and as a forum to discuss how the scope of practice differs between the registered nurse and the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Responsibilities of the baccalaureate practitioner will be analyzed and applied within the framework of the health care environment, with emphasis on the ethical, legal and social issues that influence nursing practice.
NU 315 The Human Journey in Nursing The class explores the 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 a platform for discussions about the professional nurse's role in shaping past, current and future health care. Reflection and service learning will provide insights on the causes of health disparities and inequities in society and how to address them.
NU 325 Health Assessment for RNs Provides an overview of assessment parameters, including interviewing, history taking, physical examination, and functionality, and the need for adequate data collection and careful analysis. Students will make their diagnoses using the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association nomenclature.
NU 335 Information Technology for Nursing Practice The class is an introduction to technological skills needed for the practice of nursing today. Students will learn about emerging information sources and communication technology and their impact on health care. Emphasis will be placed on trends and issues in clinical technology as well as security and the use of data bases.
NU 345 Evidence Based Practice This course prepares nursing students to critically evaluate research and apply to the practice of professional nursing. The ethical and policy agendas that influence research are also considered.
NU 355 Leadership in the Contemporary Nursing Practice Focuses on leadership and management in organizations as it applies to the nurse's role. Students will learn strategies to function effectively in a changing health care system by exploring interrelated process of thinking systematically, developing reflective judgment, and exercising leadership. Managing the quality and cost of health care, as well as research utilization, are emphasized to promote effective practice.
NU 376 Care Management: Individuals and Family (24 Clinical Hours) This course is for the registered nurse student and is focused on the elements of care management of individuals and families across the health care continuum. Care management for individuals and families requires an understanding of family systems and the interaction of individuals with their family during health actual or potential health issues, the integration of understanding, skills and professional practices of clinical leadership, collaboration, communication, teaching and learning, evidence based practice and evaluation in planning for care in various sites for health care provision. Students will engage analytic discussion and analysis of family systems and the influence of standards, systems of care, clinical practice and care planning and personal reflection on one's practice in contemporary nursing. Students will think ethically and morally as they grapple with real-world challenges and contemporary issues in our healthcare environment.
NU 387 Populations and Global Health (48 Clinical Hours) This course, Populations and Global Health focuses on the community and global society as consumers of health services. The scope of Public/Community Health Nursing practice includes the individual, family, community, and global society and is based on knowledge from nursing, public health, the liberal arts, sciences and the humanities. The different perspectives, sensitivities, and application of knowledge unique to nursing of the community and global society will be identified. Priorities and intervention strategies for health promotion and health protection, and health restoration for families, aggregates, groups, populations and communities will be stressed. The effectiveness of nursing practice will be explored in relation to the problems, priorities, attitudes, culture and resources of the individual, family and community and global society. In collaboration with other health disciplines, students will develop plans for intervention with community-based clients. Within all activities, the students will explore historical, present, and future issues which influence the health care delivery system. The application of critical thinking in the nursing process to the community is explored in experiential learning activities. Available technology will be employed to assess, monitor and promote the health of families, aggregates and communities. Strategies utilized in applying the levels of prevention with family, population, and community will be emphasized.
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.
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 by skills 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.
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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