RN to BSN Courses
The University of Saint Mary online RN to BSN degree program is intended for professionals who hold a valid United States issued RN license and are ready to become a leader among their peers. The program can also be completed in as little as 12 months and no residency is required for completion.
TH/NU 390 Mission in Health Care: A Theological Perspective (3 credits)
This course explores the meaning and application of ministering to the sick in the health care context. Students will examine relevant theology that applies caring for the ill, how to work in a team setting, personal responsibility in an institutional ministry, and what it means to serve others.
NU 302 Nursing as a Profession (3 credits)
Students will examine their own practice of nursing and build a plan and identify tools to meet their career and educational goals. Professional values, nursing knowledge, and the role of the nurse will be explored.
NU 310 Research in Nursing (3 credits)
The class examines systematic research methods nurses can use to investigate issues and build their knowledge. Emphasis is on the critical appraisal of research and integrating it into practice.
NU 320 Health Assessment (3 credits)
This class focuses on the application of critical thinking and reasoning when assessing the health status of individuals. The importance of a systematic holistic approach to health history—including physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions—and physical examination are emphasized.
NU 354 Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Students will study the principles of normal and abnormal physiology applied to health care and the nursing practice, including cellular, organ, system, and holistic functions of disease processes.
NU 490 Palliative Care Nursing (3 credits)
This course examines the principles of palliative and end of life care of individuals and families across the lifespan with an emphasis on interdisciplinary care; the role of the nurse as an advocate; ethics, pain and symptom management; and complementary and alternative therapies. Integrated approaches to meeting physical, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of the nurse, patient and family are explored.
NU 495 Community Health Nursing (4 credits)
This course focuses on the synthesis of population-based health and public health concepts to promote, maintain, and restore health to individuals, families, and communities. Community assessment, risk appraisal, and application of community health nursing strategies are emphasized during a didactic and mentored experience.
NU 540 Leadership in Nursing (4 credits)
In this course, you will study the concepts and principles of leadership and management as applied to the nursing profession. Through case studies and instructor-monitored projects, you will have the opportunity to experience various nursing roles and to practice leadership and management skills.
NU 580 Senior Integrative Seminar (3 credits)
Students will explore current trends and issues of significance to nursing and healthcare, strategies to support the role of the Bachelor's prepared professional nurse. Included in the course is analysis of the broad cultural, environmental, socioeconomic and political systems that impact health throughout the world.