Online RN to BSN: Curriculum
120 Total Credits Required
The RN to BSN online program curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the skills and competencies they need to advance in the nursing field. We require a core of eight courses including evidence-based nursing for RNs, health policy for RNs and human pathophysiology for RNs.
The required RN to BSN online courses can be completed in two years and a clinical integration with local preceptors gives students the opportunity to apply concepts from the classroom to real-life scenarios. Spring Hill College’s online RN-BSN program is CCNE accredited.
Lower Division Courses
HSC 136. Medical Microbiology (3) Covers important microbial pathogens of human disease. Topics include biological characteristics, epidemiology, mechanisms and routes of transmission, pathogenesis, immunity, host response, control and prevention of microbial pathogens. Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHM 101 or CHM 111. Corequisite: HSC 138.
HSC 138. Medical Microbiology Laboratory (1) The laboratory emphasizes aseptic technique and the identification of bacterial groups using differential staining, cultivation, and biochemical methods. Corequisite: HSC 136
HSC 231. Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II (6) A two semester sequence of human anatomy and physiology using an organ system approach. The course focuses on normal anatomy and physiology; disease conditions will be discussed when they illustrate fundamental anatomical and physiological principles. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or CHM 101 or CHM 111 (a grade of C- or higher in HSC 231 required in order to take HSC 232). Corequisites: HSC 233-234.
HSC 233. Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I-II (2) An in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology using an organ systems approach. Corequisites: HSC 231-232
HSC 232. Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II (6) A two semester sequence of human anatomy and physiology using an organ system approach. The course focuses on normal anatomy and physiology; disease conditions will be discussed when they illustrate fundamental anatomical and physiological principles. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or CHM 101 or CHM 111 (a grade of C- or higher in HSC 231 required in order to take HSC 232). Corequisites: HSC 233-234.
HSC 234. Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I-II (2) An in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology using an organ systems approach. Corequisites: HSC 231-232
The study of social, intellectual, emotional, perceptual and physical development from conception to death. Important theories and research are explored. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Cross-listed as PSY 204.
Organization and analysis of data; basic probability techniques and distributions; experimental design; hypothesis testing and statistical inference; linear regression, applications to engineering and the natural sciences. Prerequisite: MTH 010, satisfaction of placement criteria (based on high school mathematics background and College Board test scores), or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.
This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology and help them develop a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of human behavior. Among the topics covered are the history of psychology, biological causes of behavior, learning, memory, development, personality and psychological disorders. Required of Psychology, Health Sciences and Nursing majors
Fundamental principles and concepts of sociology as illustrated in the structure, functions and processes of contemporary societies.
Upper Division Course
Abasic exploration of bioethical issues: their philosophical and theological concepts and their ethical work-up from a distinctively nursing perspective. Enrollment is restricted to nursing majors. Prerequisites: PHL 101/190 and admission to the professional component of the nursing program.
This course is designed for the RN- BSN and RN-MSN students to enhance their professional nursing roles and scholarly writing. Current and emerging issues and trends related to nursing practice are explored, and activities focus on professional growth and development through readings, discussions, and assignments
This course is designed to provide advanced concepts of physiology and pathophysiology for the practicing RN. Illness and disease management, with alterations in all body systems throughout the lifespan will be addressed, with special emphasis on the role of genomics.
This course is for the registered nurse to examine how research is used in evidence-based practice and health care in clinical practice. Appropriate utilization of research findings to monitor patient-centered care, quality improvement, safety, and leadership outcomes will be explored. Critical appraisal skills that assist nurses to be research consumers will be identified.
This course emphasizes leadership and management theories for the registered nurse in communications and conflict resolution, budgeting, human resource management, quality improvement, risk management, change, delegation, decision making, and management ethics. The integration of technology is emphasized in the clinical experience where nurse leaders and the roles they plan for the management of patients is observed.
This course introduces the concept of the population as the patient in the healthcare system and the roles of the registered nurse in community services. Nurse roles include public health, provision of primary care, prevention of disease or health risks, education, and health promotion using levels of prevention. The clinical experience will allow the registered nurse to plan and conduct a project within a community setting.
This course is designed to incorporate basic assessment skills. Through synthesis of the assessment findings, the registered nurse will learn to incorporate critical thinking. The assessment will include physical, psychological, sociocultural and genomics of the individual and family across the lifespan. The clinical experience will allow practice of assessment skills.
This course assists the registered nurse to study public policy which will influence quality safety, access to care, and cost of care. The focus will be on patient care services provided through health care agencies, and will include the financial and reimbursement perspectives.
This capstone course provides RN students with an experiential learning experience to integrate clinical knowledge with concepts/theories into professional nursing practice. Students will design a project utilizing evidence-based resources to develop an approved topic in collaboration with a faculty member.
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