RN-BSN Course Descriptions

N393 Student Success Strategies: 1 Credit Hour
The Student Success Strategies course focuses on providing tools and resources to promote student learning. This course uses adult learning theory as a foundation for developing teaching and learning strategies. Students will be introduced to a variety of teaching and learning technologies and resources. Students will receive focused instruction in professional writing, in using online searches, and in APA formatting. Students will identify and explore key support systems and resources to enhance student success.

N401 Role Development and Professional Issues: 3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on issues related to RN-BSN role transition and adult learning. The course encompasses ethical, legal, legislative, and political processes that impact the practice of professional nursing in contemporary healthcare. Foci include history and development of nursing profession; legal regulations and professional standards of practice; application of nursing theories to professional practice; professional accountability related to utilization of nursing research and evidence-based practice; role transition and adult learning success factors; and development of the personal philosophy of nursing. Strategies for personal and professional empowerment are identified.

N411 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice: 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to allow the learner to explore nursing research in an evidence-based practice setting. Opportunities to search, critique, and synthesize sources of scientific evidence as it applies to the nurse’s clinical practice will be emphasized. Fundamental principles of the research process, both quantitative and qualitative, and models for applying evidence to clinical practice will be explored. Strategies for implementation of evidence into clinical practice will be developed. Tutelage regarding scholarly writing will be presented and emphasized as the preferred modality of information dissemination.

N457 Pharmacology for the RN: 3 Credit Hours
Students apply their knowledge and experience in the development of a deeper understanding of pharmacological treatment modalities. Students evaluate major drug classifications/select prototype drugs and discuss the safe administration of medications, effective monitoring, and appropriate evaluation of physiological responses. Topics include biopsychosocial perspectives; safety initiatives, including electronic documentation; psychotropic drugs; patient teaching; a broad scope of medication administration and safety; assessment of medication interaction/multiple medications; interdisciplinary practice; the science behind the practice; and evidence-based practice.

N482 Community/Public Health Theory: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an applied understanding of the factors that influence the health of the community and vulnerable population. Students will delineate the role of the professional nurse in the provision of population-based nursing care directed toward health promotion and primary prevention in the community. Emphasis is placed on theories of community assessment, the health needs, and systems of healthcare available to vulnerable populations within the community, levels of disease prevention, health promotion of specific populations, and professional nursing roles and inter-professional collaboration in various community settings.

N484 Community/Public Health Clinical Project: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an applied understanding of the factors that influence the health of the community and vulnerable populations. Students will delineate the role of the professional nurse in the provision of population-based nursing care directed toward health promotion and primary prevention in the community. Emphasis is placed on theories of community assessment, the health needs, and systems of healthcare available to vulnerable populations within the community, levels of disease prevention, health promotion of specific populations, and professional nursing roles and interprofessional collaboration in various community settings. 

N485 Health Assessment for Professional Nurse: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an opportunity for RNs to enhance their health assessment skills. Emphasis is on comprehensive physical assessment techniques, interviewing skills, multi-system assessments, and genetic and health risk assessments. The key elements of the physiological, psychological, developmental, spiritual, socioeconomic, and cultural dimensions essential for holistic assessment across the lifespan are explored. Students are introduced to evidence-based clinical assessment tools.

N487 Pathophysiology for the RN: 3 Credit Hours
In this course, RNs will utilize their existing knowledge of pathophysiologic concepts to deepen their understanding of complex and multiple system diseases processes. Using simulation and active learning strategies, students gain an increased appreciation of the influence of multiple pathophysiologic conditions within the context of patient care.

N489 Informatics: 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the role of information systems in healthcare organizations. Coursework emphasizes the integration of evidence-based practice in clinical decision support and the influence of information systems on health outcomes. In addition, technical, organizational, and cost-benefit issues related to healthcare information systems, telemedicine applications, and artificial intelligence solutions will be explored. Through a combination of classroom-based seminars, group case studies, and computer laboratory exercises, students will develop and exercise analytical skills for appraising health information systems in the context of the provision of care.

N499 Organizational and System Leadership: 3 Credit Hours
This course emphasizes the application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effect change in health policy to improve healthcare delivery. Students analyze contemporary healthcare issues of concern to nursing and learn strategies for effective involvement in policy-making decisions and policy implementation. The rationale for how organizations and systems leadership, quality improvement, and safety are critical to promoting high-quality patient care is discussed. Other topics include how conceptual aspects of power, problem solving/decision making, effective communication, conflict resolution, delegation, and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts. Organizational culture and systems analysis provide a basis for understanding the values and patterns in healthcare organizations