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Online RN to BSN: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

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 on-ground BSN program is CCNE-accredited, and that accreditation will be extended to the online curriculum in fall 2021.

Core Courses

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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