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The RN to MSN program is comprised of 15 credits at the undergraduate level and 36 credits at the graduate level, for a total of 51 credit hours. For graduate course descriptions, visit the track pages:
Undergraduate Course Descriptions (15 total credits)
The undergraduate bridge courses will take one full academic year (summer/fall/spring).
Note: Courses no longer required include: NURS 312, NURS 354, NURS 355, NURS 360, NURS 490/498. The nursing department will waive these requirements for any current students who have not yet taken them.
PHIL 280 – Person and Conduct (3 cr)
Two basic dimensions of philosophical investigation are inquiry into the nature and meaning of our being human (the philosophy of human nature) and inquiry into the right life and conduct of human being (ethics). This course undertakes these closely related investigations from a personalist perspective. What does it mean to be a person? In what ways does being a person enter into care (the ethics of care)?
NURS 320 – Stats for Health Professions (3 cr)
This online course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. It includes the statistical procedures used most frequently to analyze quantitative data for health science and nursing research. Emphasis is placed on the conceptual understanding and correct application of statistical tests, as well as the correct interpretation of statistical results. Some mathematical calculation will be necessary. The ultimate goal will be for the learner to understand statistical reasoning and become familiar with the correct use and interpretation of statistics.
NURS 406 – Nursing Research (3 cr)
This course provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research principles and methodologies, including evaluation of research studies and application to practice. Critical analysis of nursing and health care research is emphasized. The course stresses research design, sampling, data collection strategies, and ethical considerations in research. Prerequisites: NURS 320
NURS 463 – Community Health (3 cr)
Designed for the licensed registered nurse, this course introduces community-as-partner model as a guide for providing cost-effective, accessible care for families, groups, and populations. Emphasis will be placed on cultural competence, the use of complex adaptive systems to understand the interaction among and between systems within community health practice, epidemiological concepts in the development of effective health policy/programs, and ethical dilemmas inherent in the community-as-partner model of practice. Concurrent: NURS 464
NURS 464 – Community Health Practicum (3 cr)
This practicum emphasizes the use of the community-as-partner model to guide community health practice. Students will explore the various dimensions of a healthy community as they actively participate in community health practice that emphasizes assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating cost-effective, accessible care for families, groups, and populations within a complex adaptive system. Students will expand their cultural competence, apply epidemiological concepts in the development of effective health policy/programs, and gain an appreciation of the ethical dilemmas inherent in the community-as-partner model of practice. Concurrent: NURS 463