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College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN To BSN

The RN to BSN program is designed for the associate degree or diploma prepared registered nurse to build on the leadership and management skills introduced in previous nursing programs while expanding the art and science of nursing into the baccalaureate level. This program is grounded in a Caring Science Theory to teach theoretical and the evidence-based practice of nursing.

The RN to BSN program is offered fully online, and may be completed in approximately 12 months. Students will complete a 45 hour community experience that can be completed near their residences with a focus on community health.

Tuition Rate:
$10,750 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$250 per month for 42 months

State of Tennessee

Students who are residents of the State of Tennessee MUST complete an additional physical exam and health assessment course as part of their RN-BSN program. Tennessee students may opt to transfer an equivalent physical and health assessment course.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet the general undergraduate requirements.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

For more information about program requirements and completion refer to the University Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
30 Credits
NUR300: Physical Examination and Health Assessment

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of basic physical examination and health assessment. Emphasis is placed upon interviewing techniques for data collection and health histories, clinical assessment skills, critical analysis, establishing databases and performing physical, psychological and cultural assessments.

NUR370: Transitions and Issues of the Professional Nursing Role

This course focuses on the professional nursing role. Students will explore professional nursing practices and role transition. Advanced theoretical concepts will be examined using the nursing process as a framework. Students will examine advocacy, empowerment, life-long learning and self-renewal in an evolving nursing role.

NUR371: Foundations of a Caring Science

This course offers a detailed examination of caring as an essential framework for nursing practice and is based upon Dr. Jean Watson’s Core Concepts of her Theory of Human Caring/Caring. The fundamental components of nursing theory development will be defined. The students will examine the meaning of caring in relation to the use of multiple ways and patterns of knowing. The humanities, arts and sciences, and other nursing theories will be examined and applied as the student develops a personal theoretical framework for nursing practice.

NUR372: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

This course explores the theories, concepts, values and behaviors required to transition to the professional nursing role. Included are historical, ethical, legal, legislative and political processes that impact the practice of professional nursing in the contemporary healthcare system. Introduced is the impact of culture on delivering nursing care to diverse clients, their families and communities.

NUR373: Healthcare Policy, Regulation and Finance

This course is designed to enable the learner to understand health care delivery systems. Students will explore the nursing role in the formulation of health care policy and political processes with a focus on the legislative and regulatory processes. The business of health care, including the internal and external environment, financing of health care, and resource management and utilization are reviewed.

NUR374: Managing System Change and Improving Patient Outcomes

This course focuses on the analysis and application of systems theory and skills needed to assess, plan and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Systems change is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. An emphasis is placed on clinical, functional, and financial outcomes as well as satisfaction indicators.

NUR375: Inter-Professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Healthcare Outcomes

This course explores the impact of inter-professional collaboration and communication on patient outcomes. Students will investigate barriers that exist within and between disciplines that can obstruct a team-based care system. An emphasis is placed on methods and actions to foster a collaborative approach in clinical settings in order to jointly make decisions, coordinate patient treatment, combine resources, and develop common goals which may result in improved healthcare outcomes.

NUR376: Innovation in Patient Care Technology and Information Management

Students in this course will explore the recent changes in health care technology including electronic medical records, patient care, decision support, radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems, and work flow. Students will evaluate these technologies in terms of nursing practice and their impact on patient outcomes. Barriers and incentives to implementation will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to stay current in the area and use of information management and patient care technology and related health care technologies to improve the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based, quality health care.

NUR377: Cultural Diversity, Spirituality and Ethics in Healthcare

This course focuses on the fundamentals of an evidence-based approach to examining a range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative health care practices of varied racial and ethnic groups, and how these practices affect the definition, design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. Variations in race, ethnic, age and gender groups, family structure and patient support will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on summarizing intercultural aspects and how the multicultural professional nursing work force can collaborate to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations.

NUR378: Global and Community-Based Nursing

This course explores the factors that impact the health of individuals, communities, and populations at the local, national, and global levels. Issues including public health, environmental health, emerging infectious diseases, and chronic illness will be explored, while incorporating societal and cultural issues.

NUR499: Capstone in Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing Practice

Students review and build upon leadership and management principles.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the health care system and social forces affecting care delivery, effective leadership, patient outcomes, project management, health care policies, basic accounting principles, and entrepreneurship. Students use evidence-based resources, address health competencies and analyze an identified issue while developing a plan of interventions that incorporated current evidence for management of the identified issue. Students will present their capstone work via a poster or podium presentation. Presentation forums may be at their selected venue, at a professional conference, or conducted virtually.