All courses in the RN-BSN Track will be in an 8 week format unless otherwise noted. Additional elective courses offered in Generic BSN Track may be offered in the RN-BSN Track.


1 credit hour (Elective course)

This course provides an understanding of teaching strategies used in the health care environment when working with clients, families, and their communities. Topics include utilization of teaching/learning theory, examination of specific teaching strategies, collaboration with other health professionals, and evaluation of teaching effectiveness to enhance client health and welfare.

NURS 242 Spirituality in Healthcare

3 credit hours (Elective course)

This course consists of modules that explore practical approaches to bringing spirituality into health and wellness care. Topics include evidenced based findings that identify diverse perspectives of spirituality, how spirituality mediates health choices, using healing intention and presence, quantum healing and balanced living, partnering with patients to accomplish what they care about, transcendence, valued directions, and community as strategy. The course examines ways of knowing, shifting focus and reflection to guide healthcare decisions.

NURS 243 Genomics in Healthcare

1 credit hour (Elective course)

This course introduces the topic of genomics detailing its impact on health care. Emphasizes genomic principles with application of knowledge to care of clients across the lifespan.

NURS 250: History of Nursing

3 Credit Hours (Elective Course)

Focus is on the history of nursing, nursing education, and health care from primitive times to current day. Course content includes study of historical periods and figures such as Florence Nightingale, Lavinia Dock and Lillian Wald. Emphasis is on the relationship between nursing and society and the impact on modern nursing.

NURS 255 Transcultural Healthcare

3 Credit Hours (Elective Course)

Prepares the students to provide culturally competent healthcare to diverse populations. Self-awareness of cultural values and respect for differing values of each individual is cultivated. Emphasis is placed on identifying and applying key components in transcultural healthcare including; defining terminology, assessing cultural values, recognizing health disparities in diverse populations, and identifying appropriate communication skills.


3 Credit Hours (Elective course)

This course provides an overview of the processes for health policy development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation at the local, state, national, and global level. Models for policy development and analysis will be explored, as well as evidence-based findings which inform health care policy. The impact of ethical perspectives, socioeconomic factors, and political elements on the health care policy agenda will be analyzed. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse and other health care professionals in shaping and implementing health-related policy.


3 Credit Hours (Elective course)

This course engages the student in an exploration of the health-related challenges and opportunities facing older adults in today’s society. Multiple factors known to impact the health and well-being of older adults will be examined. In addition, nationally recognized initiatives to promote just health systems for and positive health outcomes among this population will be analyzed.

 NURS 299 Integrative Health

3 Credit Hours (Elective Course)

This course consists of modules that explore the mind-body-spirit connection and integrative health practices. Topics include the history of mind-body-spirit healing, roots of the mind-body-spirit disconnect, psychoneuroimmunology, the mind-body-spirit connection with specific illnesses, eastern healing traditions, mindful meditation, spiritual practices, ayurvedic medicine, healing touch, yoga, massage, relaxation response, music, and laughter. Explores health advocacy roles and evidence-based practice within the frame work of Barbara Carper’s Ways of knowing.

 NURS 309 Critical Care Nursing

3 Credit Hours (Elective Course)

This course is designed to prepare nurses to assume an entry level role of a critical care nurse in the acute care setting. The student will be introduced to cardiac rhythm interpretation, invasive monitoring and hemodynamics, medical interventions/treatments, pharmacologic modalities, and nursing care in the Intensive Care Unit setting. The focus will be on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal, and hematological systems.


3 Credit Hours (Elective course)

This course provides the student with an overview of the principles which frame prior learning assessment. Students identify college-level creditable learning experiences which contribute to achievement of identified learning outcomes. Supportive activities, documentation, and evidence of outcome achievement are addressed.


3 Credit Hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

Emphasizes the transition and socialization to professional nursing practice. Examines the relationship between nursing theory, research and practice. Introduction to selected theories relevant to professional nursing practice. Focuses on broadening the professional nurse’s health promotion and health assessment skills throughout the lifespan. Assists the student to incorporate knowledge of the patient interview process, as well as knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into the skills of health assessment. Emphasizes how to perform focused assessment skills on any system-specific problem and utilization of nursing models to address health beliefs.

NURS 409 Professional Communication

2 Credit Hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

Employs principles of effective communication related to professional presentations in written, verbal and computer-based formats. Focuses on use of computer applications as they apply to the professional nurse role. Serves as a foundation to expand professional practice through exploration of concepts including diversity, collaboration, effective communication, technology, self-awareness, and reflective practice.

NURS 410 Professional Nursing Concepts II

3 Credit Hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

Focuses on socialization into leadership and management roles, the role of the professional nurse as an individual and group member, and participation in organizational change. Leadership theory and management concepts are studied and evaluated. Explores selected legal, ethical, political, social, educational and policy issues influencing the nursing profession and health care.

NURS 420 Evidence Based Nursing Practice with Applied Statistics

3 credit hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

Develops basic understanding of how evidence is developed including the research process, clinical judgment and client preferences. Introduction to data analytic and applied statistical methods commonly used in nursing research to facilitate review of the evidence. Emphasis on integration of nursing theory, practice, and research into the evidence based process. Develop beginning competence to utilize evidence-based practice (EBP) models to systematically evaluate and translate best available evidence related to clinical questions. Disseminate findings of analysis of the evidence to improve client outcomes, client safety, and health care quality in collaboration with other health care professionals.

NURS 432 Nursing Informatics

3 credits hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

Combines information and technology to communicate, research, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making in the delivery of health care services. Within this course major topics related to nursing informatics and related fields will be explored. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of how automation is used to manage information in health care and the nurse’s role in the process.

NURS 438 Community Focused Professional Nursing

2 credits (Required RN-BSN core course)

Focuses on the role of the professional nurse as an advocate in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, aggregates and communities through primary, secondary and tertiary nursing initiatives. Integrates evidence-based practice, community health nursing models, systematic health status assessment, and resource utilization. Emphasizes diversity of community health settings, identification of vulnerable populations, public health nursing issues, and methods for effective communication among health team members. Analysis of the health care delivery system includes the impact of legal, social, economic, cultural and global influences on the health of communities.

NURS 443 Applying Professional Nursing Concepts & Evidence-Based Practice I (16 weeks)

1 Credit Hour (Required RN-BSN core course)

Applies baccalaureate concepts in selected community settings to achieve individual objectives. Focuses on effective communication among health team members, resource utilization and the role of the professional nurse. Assists in the development of effective leadership and management skills while assessing, planning, and beginning implementation of innovation/evidence based project.

NURS 445 Applying Professional Nursing Concepts & Evidence-Based Practice II (16 weeks)

1 Credit Hour (Required RN-BSN core course)

Applies baccalaureate concepts in selected community settings to achieve individual objectives. Focuses on effective communication among health team members, resource utilization and the role of the professional nurse. Assists in the development of effective leadership and management skills while building upon the innovation/evidence based project identified in NUR 443 to include implementation and evaluation.


3 Credit Hours (Required RN-BSN core course)

This course is taken in the last term of the RN-BSN program and facilitates the final transition from the technical nursing role to that of the professional baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Students will evaluate individual achievement of the RN-BSN program outcomes, and reflect upon personal and professional growth which has occurred. Foundational nursing concepts, Franciscan Values, and emerging issues which shape healthcare delivery will be analyzed to promote health outcomes.