COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

For Didactic and Experiential Learning Abbreviations and Definitions, refer to the Learning Modalities Definitions section of the Catalog.

For Requisites, Prerequisites, and Corequisites, Definitions, refer to the Course Requisites, Prerequisites and Corequisites section of the Catalog.

The MSNEd Program consists of fifteen (15) graduate-division nursing core courses delivered over five (5) academic semesters and eighty (80) academic weeks, for a total of forty (40) semester credits. There are 540 didactic and 180 integrative practicum contact hours total. The MSNEd Program does not have any experiential learning contact hours assigned. However, the Program requires the completion of educator- based learning project/practicum. The Curriculum Plan table presented below represents a sample curriculum plan for learners.

Remedial Course Descriptions

ENG 90: Developmental English
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction); Self-Paced, Instructor-Guided
Semester Credits: 0
Contact Hours: 45
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on using English composition skills to work with and to compose college-level texts. Topics covered include: reading and comprehending texts from various genres; drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading texts; expanding learner vocabulary; identifying and applying rhetorical strategies; analyzing texts for main ideas and major and minor supporting details; using critical thinking skills when reading and writing; and working responsibly with others’ ideas using basic source documentation.
Note: This course is not a required part of any academic program; is not college-level; is not Title IV eligible; is not part of any institutional or programmatic accreditation grant; and is offered as a means of preparation for college-level English courses, with pass/fail grading.
MAT 90: Pre-Algebra
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction); Self-Paced, Instructor-Guided
Semester Credits: 0
Contact Hours: 45
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:The focus of this course is to prepare the learners for algebra. Topics covered include performing operations with integers, fractions, and decimals; solving application problems involving integers, fractions, and decimals; performing basic algebra skills including identifying algebraic components, combining like terms, and using the distributive property; introduction to percentages.
Note: This course is not a required part of any academic program; is not college-level; is not Title IV eligible; is not part of any institutional or programmatic accreditation grant; and is offered as a means of preparation for college-level algebra courses, with pass/fail grading.

General Education Course Descriptions

ENG 120: English Composition
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:The course helps learners develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process. Six types of writing are examined: argumentative, compare/contrast, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary. Learners will write a minimum of 20 pages as a requirement for the course. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted, as emphasis is placed on editing and revising pieces of writing. Learners also learn proper research techniques, utilizing the American Psychological Association (APA) style.
HUM 110: Western Civilization I
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course introduces civilization from pre-history to the early modern era. Western Civilization refers to the civilization that began in the ancient Near East and then developed primarily in Europe, northern Africa and the westernmost edges of Asia. Learners will concentrate on several major themes: the rise and fall of the ancient and classical civilizations that were forerunners to the rise of the West, the cultural legacy of these civilizations, the changing role of religion in society and changes in religion itself, and the development of political institutions. Topics include ancient Greece, Rome, and Christian institutions of the Middle Ages and the emergence of national monarchies in western Europe.
MAT 100: College Algebra
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course provides knowledge of Intermediate Algebra and its applications.  The course emphasizes algebraic techniques with polynomials, rational expressions, exponents, radical expressions and equations, factoring, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, logarithmic and exponential functions, and solving systems of two or more linear equations. 
MAT 220: Introduction to Statistics 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: MAT 100 or equivalent 
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:In this course, learners will examine the properties behind the basic concepts of probability and statistics and focus on applications of statistical knowledge. Learners will learn how statistics and probability work together. The subject of statistics involves the study of methods for collecting, summarizing, and interpreting data. Learners will learn how to understand the basics of drawing statistical conclusions. This course will begin with descriptive statistics and the foundation of statistics, move on to probability and random distributions, the latter of which enables statisticians to work with several aspects of random events and their applications. Finally, learners will examine a number of ways to investigate the relationships between various characteristics of data.
PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course is designed to give the learner a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior. The learner will be given exposure to the concepts, terminology, principles, and theories that comprise an introductory course in psychology. Topics covered will synthesize the broad range of knowledge about psychology, emphasize research methodology, encourage critical thinking, and convey a multicultural approach that respects human diversity and individual differences.
SCI 221: Human Physiology with Intervention Skill-Based (ISB) Experiential Learning
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction, Virtual ISB Instruction)
Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 ISB)
Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 ISB)
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: SCI 220 (or equivalent): Human Anatomy with Intervention Skill-Based (ISB) Experiential Learning
Requisites:None
Description:In conjunction with SCI 220: Human Anatomy, this course examines major parts of the body and how they work independently as well as together. The course also explains principles related to nutrition, metabolism, body fluid balances, and aging. The course also presents how the body maintains homeostasis, the relationship of chemistry to human anatomy and physiology, and cell function and division. The course discusses several diseases and disorders as well as their causes, detection, and treatment. This course contains an intervention skill-based experiential learning component (1 credit hour), where learners will practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the course.
SCI 220: Human Anatomy with Intervention Skill-Based (ISB) Experiential Learning
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction, Virtual ISB Instruction)
Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 ISB)
Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 ISB)
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: SCI 221 (or equivalent): Human Physiology with Intervention Skill-Based (ISB) Experiential Learning
Requisites:None
Description:In conjunction with SCI 221: Human Physiology, this course provides a comprehensive look at the human body’s anatomy and functions. Topics include organization of the body, characteristics of life, and anatomical terminology. The course examines skin, skeletal system, muscles, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, circulatory, reproductive, and nervous systems. The course also presents sensory organs and the endocrine system. This course contains an intervention skill-based experiential learning component (1 credit hour), where learners will practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the course.
SCI 225: Pathophysiology 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course describes the general principles of disease then presents information dealing with specific disorders of body systems or individual organs. The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with basic understanding of pathophysiology as a change from normal physiological functioning of the various systems of the human body. The course is based on illness and disease within a systems framework across the lifespan. This course emphasizes select illnesses most often encountered by health professionals. The course focuses on critical thinking used to analyze the signs and symptoms based on the pathophysiology of these conditions.
SOC 220: Introduction to Sociology 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to

everyday life. This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, learners should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

Upper-Division General Education Course Descriptions

ANT 300: Cultural Anthropology 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course provides a solid introduction for learners who are new to the branch of cultural anthropology. The course presents learners with all the basic information pertinent to the field. The topics discussed include relevant anthropological theories, ethnocentrism and culture, language and communication, economic and political systems, kinship and descent, marriage and family, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion and belief systems, the effects of colonialism and industrialization, and globalization.
COM 301: Oral Communication
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course in speech is designed to develop each learner’s ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and personal lives. The course covers an overview of various models of communication, alongside discussion of the benefits and elements of effective communication processes. The course will discuss both verbal and nonverbal communication, emphasizing   development and presentation of a variety of speech types including informative, persuasive, and special occasion. 
ENG 310: Technical Writing 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: ENG 120 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on the development of professional skills in the research, design, and communication of technical information. The course emphasizes audience analysis, clear and effective writing style, and the use of visual elements. These skills are honed through the creation, editing, and peer review of documents written in a variety of professional formats such as letters, emails, persuasive essays, and cover letters.
HUM 300: Introduction to Philosophy 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course is a critical introduction to the field of philosophical inquiry. After defining philosophy and identifying the major fields of philosophical study, the course examines the history of Western thought, from the famous Greek philosophers up to the cutting-edge intellectuals of today. The course then dives into various thematic topics, including metaphysics, epistemology, free will and determinism, evil and the existence of God, personal identity, ethical values, and political philosophy. The course concludes with an analysis of different perspectives, including Eastern philosophies, and postcolonial thought.

General Electives Course Descriptions

SCI 131: Introduction to Nutrition 
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course will provide an understanding of basic nutrition science. Learners will become familiar with the principles of diet planning, government standards, and food labeling. They will also learn about the biological functions and food sources of each nutrient, energy balance, weight management, physical activity, the role of nutrition in chronic disease development, nutrition through the life cycle, and food safety issues.
SCI 251: Microbiology with Intervention Skill-Based (ISB) Experiential Learning
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction, Virtual ISB Instruction)
Semester Credits: 4 (3 Didactic, 1 ISB)
Contact Hours: 75 (45 Didactic, 30 ISB)
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course teaches microbiology as it applies to the health care field. The course will explore pathogenic microorganisms and their role in human disease, human immunology, symptoms and treatment of microbial infection, and preventative measures against microbial infection. This course contains an intervention skill-based experiential learning component (1 credit hour), where learners will be able to practice and apply principles they are learning in the didactic portion (3 semester credits) of the course.
ENG 320: Creative Writing
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (3 Didactic)
Contact Hours: 45 (45 Didactic)
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: ENG 120
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course introduces learners to the written formats of creative fiction and creative non-fiction, providing an overview of the creative writing process. Assignments will cover a wide variety of formats, including those of prose writing, poetry writing, and script writing. Through assigned readings, weekly writing prompts, and class critiques, learners will develop their sense of narrative structure, traditional plot structure, audience engagement, and standard manuscript style. The class will explore writing skills such as revision techniques, point-of-view, and theme as well as the importance of close reading for editing and analysis purposes.
PSY 300: Human Development
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (3 Didactic)
Contact Hours: 45 (45 Didactic)
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer (Subject to Enrollment)
Prerequisites: PSY 201 or Equivalent 
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course will give learners a broad overview of the field of human development. Covering the entire human lifespan, from conception to death, this course explores concepts, terminology, principles, and theories that comprise an introductory course in human development. The course will examine biological, cognitive, and emotional growth and development within each developmental stage. The course will also explore grief and bereavement and self-care for the caregiver. The course will explore and apply current research methods and cultural influences through the lifespan. 

Practical Nursing Core Course Descriptions

PN 105: Foundations of Nursing-Fundamentals

 

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 105Online537.591.5237.52020127.5
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:SCI 220 and SCI 221
Description:This course introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to a diverse patient population while integrating clinical decision-making. Critical thinking, clinical judgment, and the nursing process are key foundations to nursing practice. Application of knowledge and practice of skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings providing care to stable patients with common health issues.
PN 115: Pharmacology
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 115Online34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: SCI 220, SCI 221, and PN 105 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites: MAT 100
Description:This course is an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology, including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of best practice for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central topics include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
PN 125: Concepts of Nursing – Health Promotion 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 125Blended53034.59125148157.5
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: SCI 220, SC221, and PN 105 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PN 115
Description:This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for individual clients. The course will discuss basic psychomotor nursing skills and introduce medical/surgical nursing for low-risk clients. This course also provides the learner with techniques for carrying out a physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural assessment to evaluate clients’ well-being.  The course introduces learners to assessment devices and procedures to collect data. The course focuses on health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and communication strategies throughout the lifespan.
PN 135: Concepts of Nursing in Care of Specialized Populations
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 135Blended33062191875
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: SCI 220, SC221, and PN 105 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PN 125
Description:This course further develops learners’ ability to use the nursing process, critical thinking, therapeutic communication and basic nursing skills in caring for clients who demonstrate increasingly less predictable outcomes or a change in health status. Clinical experiences   help learners enhance their development of clinical competency in caring for clients. The course will emphasize working collaboratively with other members of interdisciplinary health care teams.

PN 145: Concepts of Nursing IP

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 145Blended64563.5527.53048165
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: SCI 220, SC221, PN 105, and PN 125 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:SCI 225 or equivalent
Description:This course focuses on the chronic nature of certain states of being when nursing a client at various stages in life, focusing on the application of the nursing process in meeting needs of clients in various settings. The course will explore concepts related to emotional problems pathological reactions to life stresses, and chronic pain. The course emphasizes the therapeutic relationships and the development of individualized plans of care. The course will also address communication skills, mental health assessment, various therapeutic forms of balance, and sensory perception. Direct focused client care experiential learning gives learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these chronic conditions.
PN 165: Concepts of Nursing IIP
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
PN 165Blended64563.5527.53048165
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: SCI 220, SC221, PN 105, and PN 125 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:SCI 225
Description:This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the basic sciences and other prerequisite nursing courses. The course emphasizes decision-making skills, independent functioning, and a family-centered approach. The course will introduce the learner to the nursing care of acute clients. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. 

Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate of Science in Nursing Core Course Descriptions

ASN 241: Concepts of Nursing I

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 241*Blended64552.55 2032.555 165
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: LPN License or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on the chronic nature of certain states of being when nursing a client at various stages in life. A major focus is in the application of the nursing process in meeting needs of clients in various settings. Concepts related to emotional problems, and pathological reactions to life stresses and chronic pain will be explored. An emphasis on the therapeutic relationships and the development of individualized plans of care will be presented. Communication skills, mental health assessment, and various therapeutic balance, and sensory perception will be addressed. Direct focused client care experiential learning is included to give learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these chronic conditions.
ASN 261: Concepts of Nursing II

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 261*Blended64552.55 2032.555 165
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:ASN 241
Description:This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the basic sciences and other prerequisite nursing courses. A family-centered approach is emphasized throughout the course. The learner will be introduced to the nursing care of acute clients. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. Decision-making skills and independent functioning are emphasized.
ASN 311: Pharmacology II 

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 311*Online345        45
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course builds upon the concepts introduced in ASN 210 encompassing the safe drug administration to clients across the health continuum. This course focuses on the role of the registered professional nurse as a care provider providing culturally competent client-centered care as well as be a nurse who provides education, leadership skills, and acts as advocate in pharmacological treatment of clients with complex needs and selected diagnoses. Utilizing the nursing process as a guide, the learner is expected to integrate previous learning with current, expanded learning to analyze the therapeutic use of drugs and assist the patient in safely using them.
ASN 331: Concepts of Professionalism, Management, and Leadership 

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 331*Online230        30
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course will explore professionalism, management and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the professional nurse in various health care settings. Development in the roles of problem solver, change agent and leader are emphasized. The course focuses on evidence-based leadership and management skills and competencies needed by professional nurses to work productively in inter-professional teams. Learners will analyze current best practices related to leadership roles, communication, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, and culturally competent client-centered care. Legal and ethical issues related to leadership and professionalism will be emphasized.
ASN 341: Concepts of Nursing III

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 341*Blended752.5337 124877 202.5
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: ASN 241 or equivalent, and a minimum six (6) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
Corequisites: None
Requisites:ASN 311
Description:This course focuses on providing advanced chronic care for clients at all stages in life and with several types of physiological and psychological processes going on. The course also explores end-of-life issues related to chronic illness. Learners will synthesize knowledge from earlier courses related to health promotion and prevention and move towards providing client-centered care for people suffering from complex chronic illnesses. Learners will explore the aging process and discuss end-of-life issues as well as explore co-morbidities while managing health outcomes for chronic care patients, along with psychological conditions. Direct focused client care experiential learning is included in the course to give learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these more complex chronic conditions.
ASN 361: Concepts of Nursing IV

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 361*Blended76032.55 124560 187.5
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: ASN 261 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Requisites:ASN 311
Description:This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute, complex medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the Acute Care I course (ASN 261). The course greatly emphasizes acute care related to several different pathophysiological processes and end-of-life issues. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. Decision-making skills and independent functioning are emphasized.
ASN 391: Entry into Professional Nursing Practice

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
ASN 391*Blended535       120155

 

Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: ASN 331
Corequisites: None
Requisites:ASN 361
Description:This course focuses on the role transition of professional nurse as provider of client-centered care, leader in the profession, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing. Learners will engage in study of the history and theory of nursing and how society views the nursing profession. The evolution of professional nursing practice will be examined as well as the role of the professional nurse within the global health care delivery system. Learners will participate in a clinical integrative practicum in order to experience the full spectrum of responsibilities and roles of the professional nurse. Role expectations of the professional nurse will be discussed and evidence-based guidelines for professional nursing practice will be implemented.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Core Course Descriptions

BSN 205: Foundations of Nursing Fundamentals 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 205Blended537.591.5237.52020127.5
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:This course introduces the fundamental concepts necessary for safe patient-centered nursing care to a diverse patient population while integrating clinical decision-making. Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and the nursing process are key foundations to nursing practice. Application of knowledge and practice of skills occurs in the nursing skills laboratory and a variety of clinical settings providing care to stable patients with common health issues.
BSN 215: Pharmacology I
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 215Online23030
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:This course is an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology, including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of the best practices for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central points of the course include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
BSN 225: Concepts of Nursing – Health Promotion 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 225Blended53034.59125148157.5
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math* and BSN 205
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, SCI 225, and BSN 215
Description:This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse in promoting optimal health for individual clients. The course will discuss basic psychomotor nursing skills and introduce learners to medical/surgical nursing for low-risk clients. This course also provides the learner with techniques for carrying out a physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural assessment to evaluate clients’ well-being. The course also introduces learners to assessment devices and procedures to collect data. The course focuses on health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and communication strategies throughout the lifespan.
BSN 235: Nursing Communication and Informatics
Delivery Modality:Online (Online Didactic Instruction)
Semester Credits: 3 (Didactic Only)
Contact Hours: 45
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*
Corequisites: None
Requisites:MAT 220
Description:In this course, learners will explore and gain advanced knowledge and skills in information management, patient care technology, and effective interpersonal communication modalities. Nursing informatics is a combination of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science. It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation of information systems, which are augmented by technology that helps to support, enhance, and manage client care. In this course, learners will examine information management tools used to monitor outcomes of care processes, client care technologies essential to ensuring high quality, safe patient care, and communication and collaboration skills necessary to providing optimal client-centered care. The course will emphasize key concepts related to information and computer literacy.
*BSN 246: Concepts of Nursing I 
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BSN 246Blended64563.5527.53048165
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; BSN 205 and BSN 225, or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, SCI 225, and BSN 215
Description:This course focuses on the chronic nature of certain states of being when nursing a client at various stages in life, focusing on the application of the nursing process in meeting needs of clients in various settings. The course will explore concepts related to emotional problems, pathological reactions to life stresses, and chronic pain. The course will emphasize the therapeutic relationships and the development of individualized plans of care. The course will address communication skills, mental health assessment, various therapeutic balances, and sensory perception. Direct focused client care experiential learning will give learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these chronic conditions.
*BSN 266: Concepts of Nursing in II
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BSN 266Blended64563.5527.53048165
Outside Preparation: An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; BSN 205 BSN 225 and BSN 246, or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, SCI 225 and BSN 215
Description:This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the basic sciences and other prerequisite nursing courses. The course emphasizes decision-making skills, independent functioning, and a family-centered approach.  The course will introduce the learner to the nursing care of acute clients. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. 
BSN 305: Pharmacology for BMTC 
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BSN 305Distance46060
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; BSN 215 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:Overview of the principles of advanced nursing pharmacology, including major drug classifications and prototypes of commonly used medications. Principles of medication administration include aspects of best practice for safe, quality, patient-centered care. Central topics of the course include safety, quality improvement factors in the administration of medications, patient teaching, and variations encountered when administering medications to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
BSN 315: Pharmacology II 
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BSN 315Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; BSN 215 or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:This course builds upon the concepts introduced in BSN 215 encompassing the safe drug administration to clients across the health continuum. This course focuses on the role of the registered professional nurse as a care provider providing culturally competent client-centered care as well as education, leadership skills, and advocacy for clients with complex needs and selected diagnoses in pharmacological treatment. Using the nursing process as a guide, the learner integrates previous learning with current, expanded learning to analyze the therapeutic use of drugs and assist the patient in using them safely.
BSN 325: Population-Based Chronic Illness and Health Promotion 
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CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 325Distance452.522.575
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour (This course includes a practice-based direct focused client care experiential learning project which requires 22.5 tracked clock hours to receive credit for the course)
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; and BSN 246
Corequisites: None
Requisites:MAT 220, PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:This course introduces concepts of community health nursing using a population-focused nursing process. The course emphasizes health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management in selected community settings. The course focuses on theory-based nursing care of aggregates, communities, and vulnerable populations in a global, multicultural society. The course introduces learners to public health concepts as well as characteristics of community health nursing. The course also emphasizes community assessment process and the development of nursing strategies to assist multi-problem families, while considering health on a continuum and throughout the lifespan. In addition, the course will explore the nurse’s role on the community health team and an understanding of health care needs of different cultural groups.
BSN 335: Concepts of Professionalism, Management, and Leadership

 

Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
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BSN 335Online23030
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course will explore professionalism, management and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the professional nurse in various health care settings. The course will emphasize development in the roles of problem solver, change agent and leader. The course focuses on evidence-based leadership, management skills, and competencies needed by professional nurses to work productively in inter-professional teams. Learners will analyze current best practices related to leadership roles, communication, teamwork and collaboration, quality improvement, and culturally competent client-centered care. The course will emphasize legal and ethical issues related to leadership and professionalism.
*BSN 346: Concepts of Nursing III 
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CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 346Blended752.536.551252.571202.5
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*; and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; and BSN 246
Corequisites: None
Requisites:BSN 305 or BSN 315
Description:This course focuses on providing advanced chronic care for clients at all stages in life and with several types of physiological and psychological processes. The course also explores end-of-life issues related to chronic illness. Learners will synthesize knowledge from earlier courses related to health promotion and prevention and move toward providing client-centered care for people suffering from complex chronic illnesses. Learners will explore the aging process and discuss end-of-life issues as well as explore co-morbidities while managing health outcomes for chronic care patients, along with psychological conditions. Direct focused client care experiential learning gives learners the opportunity to gain experience with many of these more complex chronic conditions.
BSN 355: Capstone Proposal 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
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BSN 355Distance11515 
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; and BSN 246
Corequisites: None
Requisites:PSY 201, SCI 131, and SCI 225
Description:This course is a preparatory proposal course for BSN 485: Capstone Leadership, which will be taken the last academic semester of the BSN Program. Learners will be completing a capstone project in the BSN Program during that final academic semester, but the ideas, proposal, and approval for this project will come to fruition in this Capstone Proposal course. Learners will learn about vision, creativity, and planning as it relates to leadership in nursing. They will propose a plan for a capstone project and explain how the plan will be carried out. This course will discuss some basic principles related to leadership and the future of nursing.
*BSN 366: Concepts of Nursing IV 
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BSN 366Blended76032.56124460187.5
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; BSN 266 and BSN 346
Corequisites: None
Requisites:BSN 305 or BSN 315
Description:This course emphasizes the provision of professional nursing care for clients across the lifespan with acute, complex medical conditions. The learners will build upon knowledge gained in the Acute Care I course (BSN 266). The course greatly emphasizes acute care related to several different pathophysiological processes and end-of-life issues. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings. The course will emphasize decision-making skills and independent functioning.
BSN 375: Advanced Issues in Cognition 
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BSN 375Distance23030
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; and BSN 266
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on advanced principles and concepts related to cognition and psychiatric nursing, emphasizing the roles and functions of the nurse in meeting the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities who are experiencing issues in cognitive functioning. Learners will build upon concepts of cognition they learned in their associate degree programs, and advance their thinking skills to the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation levels. The course will emphasize the nurse’s ability to communicate, lead, apply the nursing process, and clinically judge situations related to cognition and psychiatric nursing.
BSN 395: Entry into Professional Nursing Practice 
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BSN 395Blended535120155
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: BSN 335 and BSN 366
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on the role transition of professional nurse as provider of client-centered care, leader in the profession, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing. Learners will engage in study of the history and theory of nursing and how society views the nursing profession. The course will examine the evolution of professional nursing practice as well as the role of the professional nurse within the global health care delivery system. Learners will participate in a clinical integrative practicum to experience the full spectrum of responsibilities and roles of the professional nurse. The course will discuss role expectations of the professional nurse and implement evidence-based guidelines for professional nursing practice. 
BSN 425: Gerontological Nursing 
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BSN 425Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: BSN 346
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course examines the physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of aging within the context of the family and society. The course will examine advanced theoretical concepts of aging in light of the nursing process. The course will present theories and concepts related to gerontology and nursing principles within the framework of critical thinking and caring. The focus is on health promotion through providing safe, evidence-based practice interventions, emphasizing the well and the vulnerable older adult population.
BSN 435: Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
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BSN 435Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: Minimum eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology, and three (3) semester credits in college-level English*, and three (3) semester credits in college-level math*; and BSN 266 
Corequisites: None
Requisites:ENG 310, MAT 220, and BSN 355
Description:This course provides an introduction to the research process in the practice of nursing. Research in nursing is important to promote, maintain, and restore health, and to ensure quality and safety in nursing practice. Learners will examine the research process as a basis for how scientific nursing knowledge is obtained. The steps in the research process are identified, discussed, and will be implemented in conjunction with the Capstone Proposal course (BSN 355). The course will explore the use of nursing research in the development of therapeutic nursing interventions. Learners will learn to apply critical thinking skills to the evaluation of published nursing research for application to practice.
BSN 445: Concepts of Nursing in the Complex Patient 
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CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 445Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: BSN 366 (BSN 445 may be taken concurrently with the BSN 366 Audit)
Corequisites: None 
Requisites:None
Description:This course focuses on pathophysiologic concepts and nursing management essential to critical care and emergency nursing in complex patient settings. The course will address ethical, moral, and legal issues as well as specific considerations for various procedures and specialty services encountered in the critical care environment. Learners will learn to apply the nursing process with complex patient situations and prioritize nursing care for clients with multiple complex needs.
BSN 465: Decision Making in Nursing 
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CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 465Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour
Prerequisites: BSN 366 (BSN 465 may be taken concurrently with the BSN 366 Audit)
Corequisites: None 
Requisites:None
Description:The purpose of this course is to aid nurses in making decisions, using ethical, political, legal, cultural, spiritual, clinical, and other considerations as part of the decision-making process. The course will emphasize ethical decision-making in nursing practice. Nurses are required to make decisions in every aspect of practice, and need to have a foundation of knowledge, values, and ethics which will promote client-centered care in multiple nursing settings. An accurate understanding of policy and ethics in the decision-making process is vital for every practicing nurse.
BSN 485: Capstone Leadership 
Course NumberDelivery ModalitySemester CreditsContact Hours
Didactic LearningRemoteExperiential LearningTotal
CBTISBPCBPDFCFEISBVCBCDFCIP
BSN 445Distance34545
Outside Preparation:An average of three (3) hours per week for every didactic credit hour (This course includes a practice-based direct focused client care experiential learning project which requires forty-five [45] tracked clock hours to receive credit for the course.)
Prerequisites: BSN 355 and BSN 435
Corequisites: None
Requisites:None
Description:This course is a follow-up course to BSN 355: Capstone Proposal, which was taken the first or second academic semester of the BSN Program. In this course, learners will complete the capstone project they proposed in BSN 355. Learners will apply their learning about vision, creativity, and planning as it relates to leadership in nursing. They will complete a capstone project. The course will explore the future of nursing from a leadership perspective. The aim of this course is to help nurses explore the many facets of leadership and examine strategies that will help them develop skills needed to function as leaders.
Note: Though not classified as “direct focused client care experiential learning” contact hours in the curriculum plan, the RN-to-BSN Program requires forty-five (45) tracked practice-based direct focused client care experiential learning project hours to earn the academic credit for BSN 485.
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