RN-BSN Course Description 

N301RN     Pathophysiology of Health Deviations (3 credits)
Pathophysiology of Health Deviations builds on previous knowledge gained from anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology.  It provides the student an opportunity to examine health deviations and their impact on human functioning.  It is designed to facilitate the student's development of nursing systems, thereby enabling the student to manage the health deviations of the individual therapeutically.

N304RN     Concepts of Professional Nursing (3 credits)
Concepts of Professional Nursing examine nursing theories, legal and ethical issues and the professional development of the nurse.  Historical, political and social influences affecting nursing practice within the changing health care delivery system are explored.



N308RN     Assessment in the Community (3 credits)
Assessment in the Community expands upon the core concepts and techniques used by the registered nurse.  This course explores the acquisition of knowledge about a community of interest and its health problems. Communities of interest may include populations within organizations, neighborhoods or communities. Students will gain experience in the identification of population characteristics and problem health identification.  The lab experience will focus on aggregate and community populations rather than the individual. 



N326RN     Nursing Research (3 credits)
Nursing Research provides the undergraduate student with a basic understanding of the research process and its application to nursing and nursing practice.  Various types of research and research methods as well as statistical methods will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the rights and responsibilities toward human subjects.  Beginning with Orem's theoretical framework, various nursing theories are explored to serve as frameworks for nursing research.



N332RN     Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing Care (2 credits)
Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing Care examines the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups.  Emphasis is placed on methods for providing cultural and spiritual care with the framework of the nursing role.


N435RN   Leadership in Healthcare Communities (6 credits)
Leadership in Healthcare Communities integrates concepts from community health nursing and leadership/management.  Opportunities for clinical practice outside of the in-patient setting will be available.  Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse as a frontline manager. 

N460RN/504     Organizational Management in Healthcare (4 credits)
Organizational Management in Health Care focuses on the ability of the baccalaureate nursing to design, coordinate, and manage care.  The emphasis is on nursing at the microsystem level.  Healthcare polices at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels will be studied.  The impact of structure and organizations on quality and safety issues will be addressed. 





P342RN     Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care (4 credits)
Catholic Principles for Ethics and Health Care guides the student in developing a basis for making bioethical decisions from a Judeo-Christian system.  The essential beliefs and structures of the Catholic faith are surveyed.  The student is introduced to the ethical decision-making process and this framework is utilized in topics pertaining to Christian, nursing, and medical ethics.  (Prerequisite: none)