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The curriculum’s seven Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) progressively build from Level I through III.    Successive levels target the same seven nurse-learner behaviors, but with each new level, the initial action verb augments the depth and complexity of the learning outcome behavior and the growth expected.  The RN-BSN students begin the program with two Level I courses including “Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice” (described below) and “Health Assessment”.  These are followed by Nursing Research, which is the sole Level II course.  The remaining RN-BSN courses comprise Level III, ending with a capstone entitled “Excellence in Nursing.”

NRSG-510 Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice

This initial course in the RN-BSN online program introduces the student to the conceptual basis of professional baccalaureate nursing using the knowledge, skills, and behaviors associated with the nursing process as venue for introducing the Program Student’s Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) and the AB curriculum.  The baccalaureate experience portion culminates in portfolio development providing a means to describe one’s current and potential practice.   Student learning outcomes provide a framework pertaining to quality evidence-based nursing care, environment, critical thinking, interprofessional communication/collaboration, leadership, informatics and professional ethical and legal practice.  The course incorporates therapeutic communication, mental health, family and transcultural considerations.  (3 semester hours).  Pre-Requisites:  Admission to Nursing Program (Class 3 semester hours).

NRSG 515 Health Assessment

This course focuses on the theoretical basis and psychomotor skills used when assessing the health status of individuals while emphasizing cultural diversity, age-related differences, and lifestyle factors.  It introduces the role of the professional nurse in identifying and communicating normal findings and common deviations from normal. This course provides the opportunity to apply cognitive and psychomotor skills incorporating caring while performing a systematic, patient-centered health assessment.  Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 520 Nursing Research

Building on the introductory concepts of evidence-based nursing practice from earlier courses, students examine all aspects of the research process as it relates to the baccalaureate nurse’s role in research.  Identification of practice issues, appraisal and integration of evidence, evaluation, of patient outcomes and sharing best practice occurs with the interprofessional healthcare team as addressed. Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 530 Nurse as Manager

This theory course provides a basis in evidence-based processes used in the nursing leadership role in a variety of healthcare settings for the purpose of providing and improving patient care that is safe, as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate.  It focuses on healthcare systems, organizational designs and governance, quality improvement, cost-effective care, change theory, conflict resolution, delegation and the role of the professional nurse as a leader Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 531 Nursing Professional Development

This course focuses on lifelong learning in which nurses engage to develop and maintain competence, enhance professional nursing practice, and support achievement of career goals.  It focuses on current health policy issues, health care ethics, evidence-based practice, communication, informatics, leadership and management strategies with diverse client populations across the lifespan. Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 532 Community Mental Health Nursing

Community Mental Health focuses on the acquisition and application of the theoretical basis for quality, safe, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in the community for patients experiencing mental health problems.  This course focuses on care that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for patients needing mental health interventions and incorporate critical thinking, quality improvement, collaboration and information technology as they relate to the care of diverse patients in the community mental health system.  Integration of standards of practice and legal and ethical responsibilities occur as the self-aware professional nurse examines therapeutic groups in the community.  Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 533  Community as Client

Operationalzing the Program Student Learning Outcomes this course adds the additional focus of strengthening the theory base and continuing to experience community as patient.  Through a variety of venues and modalities, students continue to experience the paradigm shift to community as patient and provides baccalaureate nursing care that promotes health and wellness Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 550 Excellence in Nursing

This is the capstone course for the RN–BSN program. The student engages in academic endeavors that reflect application, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and nursing issues studied throughout the completion program. Application of educational experience to professional growth and contribution to the nursing profession is emphasized.

Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520, 530, 531, 532, 533 (Class 3 semester hours)