Nurses with a BSN typically have broader advancement opportunities, according to theU.S. Department of Labor. In fact, some career paths are open only to nurses with a bachelor's degree. It's
often a requirement for administrative positions and a prerequisite for admission
to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting, teaching. You'll also need a
BSN for all four advanced practice nursing specialties:
Clinical nurse specialists
Training in Online BSN Programs
As nursing care becomes more complex, individuals with a bachelor's degree receive
Clinical experiences in non-hospital settings
RN to BSN Online Courses
NURS 326. Evidence-Based Practice. 2 Credits.
The course focuses on evidence-based practice in nursing with the emphasis on the philosophy, models, and application of evidence to practice. Students will apply research findings, clinical expertise, and patient preferences to a clinical problem. Prerequisites or Corequisites: Approved Statistics course and NURS 350. S.
NURS 310. Health & Illness I. 2 Credits.
This course introduces the student to the role of the generalist nurse in providing evidence-based interventions for patients in a variety of health care settings across the life span. The student will learn to recognize altered health states and understand interventions that will promote health, prevent disease/injury and restore a state of optimal health for individuals. Clinical reasoning skills will be developed, with a goal of achieving safe, quality outcomes. Prerequisite: Admission to the undergraduate nursing program. Corequisites: NURS 300, NURS 301, NURS 304, NURS 312, and NURS 313. F,S.
NURS 304. Nursing Pharmacology I. 3 Credits.
This is the first in a two part series of courses that reinforces the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and introduces safe medication preparation, administration and documentation. Using a concept-based approach, examples of medications as they relate to major nursing concepts and human body systems across the lifespan will be discussed. This course will include classroom and laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate nursing program and PPT 315. Corequisites: NURS 300, NURS 301, NURS 310, NURS 312, and NURS 313. F,S.
This course focuses on compassionate, patient-centered, evidence-based care that respects patient and family preferences across the lifespan to achieve optimal healthcare outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS 300, NURS 301, NURS 304, NURS 310, NURS 312, and NURS 313. Corequisites: NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333, and NURS 334. F,S,SS.
NURS 441. Population Based Health. 3 Credits.
The course emphasizes population-based health and the role of the public health nurse. Concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in community, state, nation and world are explored. Concepts of evidence-informed practice and nursing research are explored with the use of population health data. Emphasis is placed on prevention, promotion and protection of health, utilizing epidemiological data to identify health risks of populations. Social determinants of health, as a basis for population health, are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS 403, NURS 404, NURS 406, NURS 420, NURS 430, and NURS 433. Corequisites: NURS 450, NURS 442, NURS 443, and NURS 453. F,S.
NURS 350. Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.
This introductory course explores concepts preparing the Registered Nurse student for entry into the baccalaureate nursing practice role. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN to BSN program. Corequisite: NURS 326. F.
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