This course refines the process of planning, revising, and editing essays. Professional
writing using APA format will be covered. Other topics include use of print and electronic
sources, note taking, credibility, fact and opinion, logic, avoidance of plagiarism,
This course examines professional issues for the transition into the baccalaureate
nursing role. Professional core values associated with being a caring and ethical
professional nurse will be developed further. Emphasis will be placed on ethics, patient
safety, collaboration and teamwork, quality care, and health promotion while analyzing
key issues within the healthcare system.
This course covers the principles of micro and macroeconomics as applied to the healthcare
industry and examines how healthcare demand differs from that of other goods. Major
topic areas include identifying and measuring the cost and benefit of marketing and
government solutions to various healthcare issues, the role risk plays in the demand
for and supply of health insurance in determining impacts on private profit and social
This course examines the essential elements of, and process for, evidence-based practice
in nursing and healthcare. Students will learn how to access, appraise, and utilize
both quantitative and qualitative research and other sources of evidence to make informed
clinical decisions that improve patient safety and quality of care.
This course includes in-depth study of local, state, and national policies affecting
the health of populations. Regulatory and legislative issues related to advanced practice
nursing are also emphasized. The nurse’s role in the legislative/political process
will be examined.
This course examines and applies theories of organizational behavior, systems thinking,
and leadership to quality improvement strategies that minimize errors and optimize
positive clinical outcomes. Participation in selected patient safety and quality improvement
initiatives provide opportunity to apply and evaluate the relevance of theoretical
concepts to real world healthcare challenges.
This course focuses on the concepts of assessing an individual’s health status by
utilizing critical thinking skills and the ability to gather and analyze data using
a patient-centered approach. Emphasis will be placed upon a holistic approach to integrating
pathophysiology with gathering a complete health history, including physical, psychosocial,
and cultural dimensions, therapeutic interview skills, and performing a comprehensive
This course covers the principles of transcultural and culturally competent nursing.
Students will explore the ways that culture impacts health and health care and begin
to recognize their own cultural experiences and how those experiences shape who they
are and their healthcare core values. Students will become comfortable providing
health care to a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
This course explores health information and informatics concepts encountered in healthcare
settings. Course content includes; healthcare information technology, concepts, terminology,
and key health information systems and technology. Students will evaluate health information
systems and their roles in patient safety, safe medication administration, maintaining
patient privacy, data security and efficacy of healthcare processes.
This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community and public health settings,
with an introduction to national and international community health practices. Using
an evidence-based framework, students will explore epidemiology, assessment, health
promotion, and disease prevention for aggregate populations on a local to a global
This course will include a senior project that is a purposeful collection and presentation
of materials that communicate the student’s academic and professional development
throughout the RN to BSN program. The portfolio is designed to foster student empowerment
through analysis and critique of one’s own work and self-awareness through reflection
and self-evaluation. It measures achievement of course and program outcomes.