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 be completed in as little as 12 months and no residency is required..
In addition, RN-BSN students interested in continuing their education by pursuing an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) through the University of Saint Mary have the option of transferring up to 9 graduate credit hours, with the approval of Post-Licensure Program Director. Please consult an admissions advisor for more information on qualifying courses.
NURN 495/496 Community Health Nursing/Populations (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.
NURN 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.
NURN 311 Informatics (2 credits)
Provides an overview of informatics as it relates to the provision of safe, effective, quality client centered care. Emphasis is placed on the establishment and provision of evidence based practice. The use of information management systems in the collection, management and communication of client data as well as the maintenance of client privacy and confidentiality is highly stressed.
NURN 320/321 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.
NURN 331 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II (3 credits)
Focuses on more complex altered processes of human physiology and pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment interventions. An emphasis is placed on exploring changes of complex biological processes of the body and the effects on homeostasis. Alterations of health problems are studied along with the associated clinical manifestations and treatments for specific body systems.
NURN 412 Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
Promotes clinical decision making, based on evidence, through the exploration and integration of current scientific evidence, use of clinical reasoning, identification of client preferences, and assessment of available resources. Focus is placed on the analysis and synthesis of evidence to answer a clinical question relevant to nursing practice and client centered care.
NURN 421 Gerontological Nursing (2 credits)
Provides an introduction to the care of older adults while focusing on their unique physiological and psychosocial needs. Emphasis is placed on promoting healthy aging, safety, applicable services and programs, and retaining functional ability within a home, community or residential environment. Theories of aging and adjustments to older life are discussed. Common health alterations of the older adult are introduced.
NURN 490/491 Palliative Care (2 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.
NURN 540/541 Leadership and Management of Care 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.
NURN 580 Senior Integrative Seminar (2 credits)
This course focuses on integration of the behaviors essential for the role of the professional, baccalaureate nurse. Students will explore current trends and issues of significance to nursing and healthcare and strategies to support the role of the professional nurse.