The RN-BSN Program Overview

The RN to BSN program provides a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for contemporary nursing practice and graduate study in nursing. The curriculum is designed to focus on the synthesis and application of knowledge and research from nursing, social and natural sciences, and the humanities.

During the course of study, students will apply knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical settings. The inclusion of nursing elective courses allows the student to increase their understanding of multiple nursing practice areas. The program is offered in a format which allows students to work full-time if desired.  Admission to this program requires a valid Massachusetts RN license

Accreditations and Approvals
The RN-BSN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone:  1.404.975.5000

Admissions Requirements
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RN- BSN Program Curriculum
The RN-BSN curriculum is built upon a foundation that incorporates the College’s mission and vision, professional nursing standards and guidelines, and the nursing faculty’s experiences and beliefs concerning person, health, environment, nursing, and nursing education. The primary goal of the RN-BSN program is to educate nurses for safe practice in contemporary health care environments. This goal is met through the achievement of the BSN program expected student outcomes.

BSN Student Learning Outcomes:
The BSN student learning outcomes are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program the graduate is prepared to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from the arts, sciences, and humanities in professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply leadership strategies to effect change and provide safe and effective nursing care.
  3. Apply critical reasoning and best current evidence to support safe and effective patient care.
  4. Integrate informatics and technology into nursing practice to manage information, minimize error, and support decision making to achieve healthcare outcomes.
  5. Employ knowledge of the healthcare, financial, and regulatory systems to improve healthcare outcomes and professional nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality, patient-centered care.
  7. Apply principles of prevention and health promotion in providing care to diverse individuals, families, and communities.
  8. Practice with integrity, legal accountability, ethical responsibility, advocacy, caring and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  9. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.

RN- BSN Curriculum Plan

Semester One Credit Hours
NURS3001 Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice 3
NURS3002 Complementary Integrative Health Approaches 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3
 
Semester Two Credit Hours
NURS3101 Health Assessment of Individuals & Families 4
NURS3303 Pharmacokinetics in Nursing Practice 3
General Education Course 3
 
Semester Three Credit Hours
NURS4515 Research & Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS4500 Systems Leadership & Collaborative Practice 3
CORE2003 Needfinding: Uncovering Opportunity in Human Need 3
CORE3004 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creating & Capturing Value 3
 
Semester Four Credit Hours
NURS4510 Community & Population Health 3
NURS4505 Nursing Informatics & Patient Care Technologies 3
CORE4005 Agile Mindset Capstone 3
Nursing Elective 3
 
Semester Five Credit Hours
NURS4101 Professional Nursing Seminar 3
NURS4403 Professional Nurse as Educator 3
Total Credits for Associate Degree 69
Total Credits for RN-BSN 52
Total Credits for Degree 121

Nursing Electives
NURS4401 Holistic Nursing Practice : Techniques and Application
NURS4402 Nursing Leadership and Politics
NURS4404 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

 

General Education Courses
MATH2200 Statistics
PHIL3300 Medical Ethics
Global Awareness and Diversity Elective

 

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