Bachelor of Science Degree

Nursing (Online Bachelor's Program)

Objectives

The program helps registered nurses (RNs) provide evidence-based generalist nursing care to diverse individuals, families and populations in a variety of healthcare environments. The program focuses on the development of care knowledge and skills, ethical values and critical reasoning skills used by nurses and can provide a foundation for nursing leadership roles.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may pursue opportunities to provide generalist nursing care to patients, families, groups and communities across the continuum of healthcare settings. The program helps RNs prepare for a broader scope of nursing practice and may provide a foundation for career mobility into leadership positions.

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Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of the catalog for information relating to admission requirements and procedures for this program.

School Equipment

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software and Internet service.

Online Courses

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems. Refer to the Online Course Information section of the catalog for information relating to the online courses, including, without limitation, the student equipment requirements and specifications and the online student preparation.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

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Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15-30 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified General Education Courses+
36.0
EN3220
Written Analysis+

This course introduces theories and principles of critical and creative thinking with the goal of analysis and production of comprehensive written documents. Focus is on critically evaluating ideas and arguments. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
HU4640
Ethics+

This course introduces fundamentals of, and differences in, the morals and rules of conduct among individuals. Focus is on the identification and analysis of a variety of theoretical moral constructs and their application to individual and personal behavior. Prerequisite: EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent

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4.5
MA3110
Statistics+

This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include probability and probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Prerequisites: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent, MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
SP3450
Social Psychology+

This course is a survey of theories and research concerned with how individuals behave in social constructs, and how they influence and are influenced by other people. Prerequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, SS3150 Research Methods or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 54.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Core Courses+**
60.0
BU1110
Introduction to Business+

This course explores fundamental processes of management, teamwork, motivation, customer satisfaction, and the production of goods and services. Students will examine ethical and social responsibilities for businesses, and compare business operations in U.S. companies to business operations in foreign countries.

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4.5
NU3110
Dimensions of Professional Nursing+

This course examines the role of the professional nurse with a focus on nursing theory, core values and ethics, and issues related to current professional nursing practice. Course assignments provide experienced nurses with an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills and develop a philosophical framework for effective, quality-focused nursing practice in the continuum of health care environments.

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4.5
NU3120
Health Assessment+

This course uses a holistic approach for health assessment across the lifespan to promote optimal health, risk reduction and disease management. The importance of growth and development, aging, psychological and social phenomena, cultural context and communication strategies are integrated into systematic techniques for subjective and objective data gathering and interpretation. Assessment and application through critical thinking for quality outcomes is emphasized within the role of the professional nurse.

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4.5
NU3250
Nursing Research for Quality Outcomes+

This course examines the role of the professional nurse in the generation and utilization of research. Students will explore quantitative and qualitative research as it relates to health care and evidence-based clinical nursing practice. Topics include the basic research process, validation of source information, linkages between nursing actions and outcomes indicators, ethical and legal precepts to guide research and patient rights, and forces driving research agendas. Prerequisites: MA3110 Statistics or equivalent, NU3110 Dimensions of Professional Nursing or euqivalent, NU3120 Health Assessment or equivalent

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4.5
NU3260
Economics of Health and Health Care+

This course examines the application of economic theory to the health care industry. Microeconomic principles of price, supply and demand are presented and used to analyze health care system performance. Roles of consumers, providers, payors/purchasers, vendors and government are also examined. Emphasis is on the production of health, health care financing and management, insurance, cost/benefit, economic incentives, competition, regulation, equity and efficiency. Prerequisites: MA3110 Statistics or equivalent, NU3110 Dimensions of Professional Nursing or equivalent

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4.5
NU3340
Community Health and Epidemiology+

This course focuses on the professional nurse roles in health promotion and disease prevention for select populations, and explores the influence of culture on health care practices. Students are presented with epidemiologic models and methods to assess the health of individuals and communities and to study, prevent or control health conditions, diseases and injuries. Emphasis is on application of theory, methods and cultural competence to optimize health care delivery, promote advocacy for vulnerable populations and health disparities and influence health policy. Prerequisite: NU3250 Nursing Research for Quality Outcomes or equivalent

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4.5
NU3360
Essentials of Accounting and Budgeting in Health Care Organizations+

This course explores theories of management, organization and administration of accounting, budgeting, finance and health care economics. Case studies, exercises and problem sets, accounting and finance theories and tools are applied in common decision-making situations experienced by nurse managers in a variety of health care settings. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4.5
NU3450
Nursing Leadership and Management+

Theories and concepts related to leadership and management skills are applied to the role of the professional nurse in a continuously changing health care environment. This course focuses on contemporary professional, organizational and societal issues that influence nursing practice. Within the context of organizational mission and structure, students will analyze strategies that impact quality and efficiency, including communication and collaboration, decision making, conflict resolution, delegation, change, teambuilding, power and financial management. Prerequisites: NU3250 Nursing Research for Quality Outcomes or equivalent, NU3260 Economics of Health and Health Care or equivalent, BU1110 Introduction to Business or equivalent

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4.5
NU3456
Organizational Behavior in Health Care+

This course provides students with an overview of theories and concepts of organizational behavior in the health care industry Topics include history of organizational behavior, train and behavioral theories of leadership, theories of motivation, decision-making and manging organizational change. Emphasis is on principles of workplace communicatin, motivation, power and influence, stress in the workplace, conflict management and negotiation strategies, change management and skill development for effective teams. Prerequisites: NU3110 Dimensions of Professional Nursing or equivalent, EN3220 Written Analysis or equivalent

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4.5
NU4540
Introduction to Case Management Theory+

This course introduces theory, structure and practical applications of case management. Focus is on case management as a multidisciplinary care delivery system with outcomes-focused management. Students will review the theory, process and practice of case management. The utilization review process, reimbursement systems, managed care and commercial carriers will be discussed as they relate to the practice of case management. Prerequisite: NU3260 Economics of Health and Health Care or equivalent

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4.5
NU4545
Managed Health Care+

This course focuses on managed care and provides students with an in-depth study of the history, development and implementation of managed health care systems. Students will study facets of managed care, including structure, functions and implications of overall health care delivery, and will analyze models of managed care, legal and regulatory issues, quality outcomes, evaluation of models and systems, the insurance industry and reimbursement systems, and the role of the health care professional. Prerequisite: NU3340 Community Health and Epidemiology or equivalent

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4.5
NU4640
Transcultural Nursing+

This course is designed to assist students in expanding their capacity to engage in culturally competent care. Emphasis is on concepts of professional and personal values, cultural belief systems, health, family and community diversity and caring, and how these concepts affect the nursing care delivery system.

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2.0
NU4698
Nursing Capstone+***

This course provides an opportunity for application and integration of general education, nursing, case management, and organizational behavior into an experience promoting professional devlopment and leadership. Prerequisites: All other courses in the program of study except NU4640 Transcultural Nursing and HU4640 Ethics; Prerequisites or Corequisites: NU4640 Transcultural Nursing or equivalent, HU4640 Ethics or equivalent

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6.5
Subtotal 118.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Unspecified Elective Courses+
8.0
Subtotal 8.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
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Minimum required credit hours for the Baccalaureate degree (Grand total)
180.0
Subtotal 180.0

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Notes

+ In this program, this(these) distance education course(s) is(are) taught completely online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses, including the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

*General Education courses include courses in the humanities, composition, mathematics, the sciences and the social sciences. The Unspecified General Education courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: the humanities, composition, mathematics and the social sciences. Refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog for the general education category pertaining to each general education course.

**Examples of the subject matter included in the Unspecified Core courses are as follows: nursing roles; clinical nursing concepts and techniques; and generalist nursing practice. Courses offered at this school that may satisfy the Unspecified Core course requirement are NU1210, NU1220, NU1320, NU1420, NU1425, NU2530, NU2630, NU2740, NU2745, NU2810, NU2840 and NU2999. The course descriptions for these courses are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog .

***This course includes a preceptor clinical component that must be successfully completed by the student at one or more health care facilities. It is the student's responsibility to identify and arrange for both the preceptor and the heath care facility for the preceptor clinical component that is acceptable to the school.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.