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RN to BSN Courses Online

RN to BSN Courses Online

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree combines nursing topics with studies in the Human Journey. These core curriculum courses explore the human experience through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology and more. The goal is not just to educate you as a nurse — it’s to prepare you to become a healer.

The program requires 120 semester credit hours: 14 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses, 49 semester credit hours of other liberal arts and sciences requirements, and 57 credit hours in the Nursing major. Up to 90 transfer credits are allowed.

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 CoursesCredit Hours
 Social and Behavioral Science3
BI 126Anatomy & Physiology I3
BI 127Anatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BI 128Anatomy & Physiology II3
BI 129Anatomy & Physiology II Lab1
MA 131Statistics for Decision Making*3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED14

 

Foundational Core – University and Nursing RequirementsCredit Hours 
FS 103Freshman Seminar (Academic Writing)3
CTLCritical Thinking3
 Foundational Core Math Course3
 Natural/Physical Science3
 Literature3
HI 102History3
 Arts/Design/Communication3
 Philosophy3
 Theology/Religion3
 Social/Behavioral Science3
 Statistics3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED33

 

Natural Science – Chemistry, Biology, or Physics (e.g., CHEM 120 or CHEM 130)

Students are required to transfer in or take BI 126/127, BI 128/129, BI 161/162, and Chemistry.

Credit Hours 
BI 126Nursing Anatomy & Physiology I3
BI 127Nursing Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory1
BI 128Nursing Anatomy & Physiology II3
129Nursing Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory1
161Introduction to Microbiology3
162Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory1
CHChemistry3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED15

 

Catholic Intellectual Tradition SeminarsCredit Hours
CIT 202Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED3

 

Liberal Arts ExplorationsCredit Hours
 Humanistic Inquiry3
 Social & Global Awareness3
 Natural Science3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED9

 

ElectiveCredit Hours
 Elective3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED3
TOTAL LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CREDITS REQUIRED63

 

Nursing Major RequirementsCredit Hours
NU 290Validation of Prior Learning30
NU 305Transition to Professional Practice3
NU 315The Human Journey in Nursing3
NU 325Health Assessment for RNs3
NU 335Information Technology for Nursing Practice3
NU 345Evidence Based Practice3
NU 355Leadership in Contemporary Nursing Practice3
NU 376Care Management: Individuals and Families4
NU 387Populations and Global Health5
TOTAL NURSING CREDITS REQUIRED57
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED120

 

* 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 College of Nursing. Prerequisite courses are not offered at SHU. Up to 90 transfer credits are allowed.

Undergraduate coursework outside the major incorporates an innovative Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum consists of the Foundational Core, where courses hone skills needed to function successfully in a global society.

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Foundational Core – University and Nursing Requirements (33 Credits)

CLT 125 Critical Thinking The goal of this course is to make students better and more careful thinkers by having them think about their own thinking in ways that will help them throughout their academic careers and professional and personal lives. Topics include the structure of arguments and fallacies, evaluation of information and media, basic statistical reasoning, and problem-solving.

HI 102 Western Civilization II The goal of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the historical development of Western Europe during the last 500 years and with an appreciation for how this development has taken place in the context of world history. It will not be a world history course as such, but through the study of European colonialism, world wars and capitalist economic expansion, students will gain an understanding of the global nature of the history of the West. The emphasis will be on political, economic, and social changes.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss major long-term developments in the history of Western history and culture from its ancient origins to the Renaissance.
  2. Read and digest complex texts including a set of primary sources in translation.
  3. Write evidence-based essays explaining and documenting key events and ideas that are studied in the course.

AR 101 Art in the Western World Explores ideas and arts of cultures that initiate and develop into the Western tradition. Includes an analysis of the basic characteristics of the art and architecture of these eras in the context of general cultural trends.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the basic features of different artistic styles covered in the course, from Classical Antiquity to Modernism.
  2. Demonstrate feature characteristics of the period style in works of art.
  3. Identify the main contributions of covered cultures to the development of visual arts.
  4. Describe works of art using visual arts vocabulary and proper terminology.
  5. Explain the relationships between a work of art and its cultural context (historical, social, and religious environment).
  6. Analyze, interpret and critique works of art and communicate this knowledge in writing.

MA 101 Modern College Mathematics Intended for the liberal arts major, the goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the wide variety of ideas in contemporary mathematics. Topics may include set theory, finite mathematical systems, number theory, symbolic logic, graph theory, voting theory, and the art of problem solving.

ENG 260 - Literary Expressions of Illness and Healing This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the human journey through illness and healing; its primary focus is on the personal stories told by patients and dedicated healers, but it also looks at the context in which these stories emerge. Illness is not a wholly subjective experience, inasmuch as there is an institution of medicine that functions to control disease. Along the way, we consider readings that address how issues of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, class and sexual orientation can affect the experience of being wounded or ill.

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Throughout the course, we'll address four salient issues related to our topic:

  • What are the hegemonic relationships of power and authority that flow through the health care system?
  • Can there be an ideal doctor-patient, nurse-patient relationship? If so, how would you describe that relationship?
  • What is the worth—given the health care “system”—of the lone voice of an author, whether patient or provider?
  • What is the relationship of health care institutions to the people they serve, the people who work in them, and authority of the government?

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • discuss the world of patients and empathize with their condition.
  • explain our cultural assumptions about health and wellness.
  • discuss the politics of gender, race, class and sexual orientation as they apply to medicine.
  • evaluate the media image of the medical profession.
  • explain the position of professional health care providers vis a vis government and “the system.”

PH 221 Historical Development of Philosophy Students will gain an understanding of the broad narrative of Western philosophy by studying texts from significant philosophers in several historical periods.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and engage representative examples of philosophical questioning and argumentation from several major periods in the history of Western philosophy.
  2. Apply analytic and critical thinking competences to philosophical texts through both speech and writing.

TRS 265 Introduction to World Religions A descriptive and comparative study of the beliefs, practices, and sacred texts of several world religions.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic beliefs of various major religions, from both the Eastern and the Western traditions.
  2. Explain how rituals, myths, and ethical practices in these religions reflect their belief-systems.
  3. Respond analytically to sacred texts and modern religious writings.

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.

PS 295 Health Psychology Focuses on the relationship between attitudes and personality factors and health. Emphasis is on stress management and behavioral change methods for health improvement and maintenance.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the biopsychosocial perspective as it relates to illness, disease and prevention.
  2. Explain the field of “epidemiology” and its importance to medical care and research (prevalence, incidence).
  3. Apply theoretical concepts to their personal behavior and lifestyles.
  4. Identify and compare acute and chronic illness.
  5. Compare and describe the insurance industry as it relates to care.
  6. Understand medication as it relates to mental illness and addiction.
  7. Describe the function of the nervous system as it relates to stress.
  8. Recognize and argue differences between Holistic vs. Traditional medicine.
  9. Explain the effects of behavior as it relates to nature and nurture.

GS 270 Global Health Systems This course allows students to examine social, economic, and political determinants of health care systems and the evolution of various systems around the world over the last few decades. Students will compare theories of health policy and priorities, models of government intervention in providing health care and insurance, financing, planning, education and training. Students will review the major determinants of health status; international development and social change around the world and reflect on how it applies and is practiced in the U.S. health care system and society. The roles of different types of international health organizations will be defined and examined, including financing institutions, implementing institutions, research entities, technical support entities, coordinating bodies, and private and non-governmental voluntary organizations.

Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar (3 Credits)

The Seminar is:

CIT II 202: An interdisciplinary study of modern Catholic thinkers, writers, and artists who continue the development of this ongoing conversation about God, humanity, society, and nature.

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1. Explain perspectives of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on fundamental questions about God, humanity, society and nature:

  • What is our relationship with God?
  • How does one live a life of meaning and purpose?
  • What is our relationship with the Natural World?
  • How can we form a more just society for the common good?

2. Explain how various texts of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition represent the four fundamental claims of this Tradition:

  • Human beings exist in relation to a Triune God
  • God’s presence in the world is mediated through nature and reality
  • Faith and reason are compatible
  • The dignity of every human being is inviolable and the commitment to justice for the common good is necessary

3. Develop critical reading, writing, and seminar participation skills.

Nursing Major Requirements (60 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 healthcare environment and the ethical, legal, and social issues that influence nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice. A prerequisite to NU 376 and NU 387

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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

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

NU 315 The Human Journey in Nursing This course is for RNs. The Human Journey in Nursing utilizes the four questions posed in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminars 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 healthcare 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. A prerequisite to NU 376 and NU 387

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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. (SLO I, II, III IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  2. Describe socio-cultural factors that have and continue to influence the nursing workforce, health environment and professional practice. (SLO I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
  3. Apply basic ethical principles that guide nursing practice. (SLO VIII)
  4. Explore the experience of caring in nursing, the provision of care and care giving using literature, poetry, and other mediums. (SLO I, II, III, VII, VIII)
  5. Discuss the effects of culture, spirituality and alternative care methods on contemporary nursing practice. (SLO VI, VII, IX)
  6. Engage in a service-learning experience that promotes socio-cultural change within the community or nursing practice environment.( SLO VI, VII)

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. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course component.

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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. (SLO I, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
  2. Demonstrate skills in health assessment through interviewing, history taking, physical assessment and functional assessment. (SLO VI, VII, VIII, IX)
  3. Utilize the diagnostic reasoning process to accurately formulate judgments about health assessment data. (SLO I, III, IX)
  4. Demonstrate principles of adequate and accurate documentation related to the health assessment of an individual. (SLO I, VIII, IX)
  5. Discuss the legal and ethical implications of the role of the nurse related to health assessment. (SLO I, VII, VIII)

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 healthcare. Emphasis will be placed on trends and issues in clinical technology. It will also examine key issues such as security and the use of databases. 

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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). (SLO  I, IV).
  2. Analyze the impact of information technology in professional nursing practice (SLO,III IV, V, VIII, IX).
  3. Explore the use of information technology as a tool to improve health and healthcare (SLO  I, III, IV, IX).
  4. Develop understanding of the subspecialty of nursing informatics and proceed to look at clinical informatics (SLO  IV, VIII, IX).
  5. Define the relationship between information technology and information literacy (SLO  IV).
  6. Explore trends and issues that informatics professionals are confronting (SLO IIII, IV, VIII, IX).

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. (SLO, I, II, IV, VII)
  2. Understand basic elements of evidence-based nursing practice process. (SLO, III, IV, VII)
  3. Discuss the role of baccalaureate prepared nurses in promoting evidenced-based nursing practice (SLO, III IX)
  4. Discuss the relationship of ethics and quality improvement to use of evidence based nursing practice. (SLO III, IX)
  5. Critically evaluate evidence for its applicability to nursing practice. (SLO III, VII, IX)
  6. Communicate research appraisals verbally and in writing with clarity and accuracy. (SLO, III, VI, VIII)
  7. Synthesize the best evidence to support a plan for an evidence-based practice change. (SLO III)

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. (SLO I, II, V, VII, & VIII )
  2. Analyze nursing management roles that involve planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating. (SLO II & VIII)
  3. Distinguish between various organizational structures in health care settings. (SLO II & III)
  4. Discuss principles of human resource management and motivation. (SLO II & V)
  5. Apply change theory in nursing practice and management of health care activities. (SLO II & VI)
  6. Use appropriate evaluation methods to analyze the quality of patient care. (ESLO II, III, IV, VI, VIII,  & IX)
  7. Utilize staffing and budget data in providing and evaluating care. (SLO II, III, IV, VI, & IX)
  8. Use information and communication technologies to improve patient care services.(SLO II, III, IV, VI, & IX)

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. This course will expand upon the concepts of care transitions from hospital to the community setting with an emphasis on the challenges related to transitioning such as financial management, resource utilization, and overall care coordination. Care management for individuals and families requires an understanding of family systems and the interaction of individuals with their family during healthy actual or potential health issues. A family assessment will be utilized to allow the registered nurse student the opportunity to develop a plan that will promote a safe and productive transition to the community. Students will engage in analytic discussions to further develop their understanding of family systems, systems of care, clinical practice and community nursing roles. Personal reflection on one’s own practice in contemporary nursing will be included in order to allow the student to think holistically, ethically and morally as they grapple with real-world challenges and contemporary care management issues in our healthcare environment. Pre-Requisites: Acceptance to the nursing major, NU305, NU315, NU325, NU335, NU345, NU355

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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.  (SLO I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII & IX)
  2. Analyze selected health services provided by community resources that are available to affect the health of individuals and families. (SLO II, IV, V, VI, & IX)
  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. (SLO III,  VI, VIII, & IX)
  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. (SLO III, VI  & IX)
  5. Reflect on practice as a method to understand and improve clinical care. (SLO II, III, VI, & VIII)
  6. Analyze current changes in the system of health care and its impact on clients (individuals and families) and providers. (SLO I, II, III, VI, VII & IX)
  7. Use research to inform clinical understanding. (SLO III, VI  & VII)
  8. Apply the principles of teaching and learning in teaching individuals or groups to improve patient outcomes. (SLO VI, VII & IX)
  9. Demonstrate critical thinking through verbal and written communications that are clear, focused and comprehensive. (SLO I, VI, VIII, IX)

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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Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Analyze how the philosophy, historical development, and current trends in public/community and global health nursing impacts on contemporary and future health nursing practice. SLO: 1, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX
  2. Demonstrate the ability to think critically through the application of the nursing process to families, groups, populations and global communities for promotion of health, prevention of disease and disability, and provision of supportive and restorative interventions. (SLO: I, III, V, VII, VIII, IX)
  3. Utilize community health nursing principles and intervention strategies to collaborate with others in order to adapt and modify teaching-learning principles to address identified health concerns, issues, or problems of aggregates and populations. (SLO: II, III, VII, VIII, IX)
  4. Discuss principles of epidemiology, environmental stewardship, and communicable disease control on local, state, and global health. (SLO: I, III, IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  5. Evaluate evidence for the applicability of findings to public/community health practice. (SLO: III, V, VIII, IX)
  6. Analyze the scope of health services provided by community resources, and the community health nurse’s role with these services in order to affect the health of populations. (SLO: I, III, VII, VIII, IX)
  7. Assume accountability for own classroom and clinical learning. (SLO: VI, VIII, IX)
  8. Evaluate the impact of changing economic, social forces, cultural value systems, political systems, and social institutions on health providers and the health care system. (SLO: I, II, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX)

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