BSN Program Requirements
Effective Communication in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
Examines various effective communication strategies to optimize safe patient care. This includes communication with, and amongst, all levels of care providers, patients, and their families. Therapeutic communication and the adaption of communication to meet the needs of the culturally diverse and elderly are articulated. Techniques for communication include those recommended in the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) and by the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) guidelines. Methods for written and electronic professional communication will also be addressed.
Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)
Explores various nursing roles and the need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Links basic nursing courses with baccalaureate courses to begin to build new knowledge on prior experiences. Discusses methods for RN-BSN program success.
Pharmacology* (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to reinforce pharmacology principles and how they relate to health and illness. Students will be challenged to investigate, process, and apply information including: therapeutic category, generic/trade names and clinical uses; basic mechanisms of actions, side effects, contraindications, and interactions; parameters for safe administration, and evaluation of drug effectiveness and adverse/toxic effects.
Nursing Theories and Concepts (3 credit hours)
Explores the nursing theory, research, practice connection. Examines the concepts of professional nursing by integrating the seven outcomes of the University as defined by the School of Nursing and Health Science. These outcomes are aesthetic literacy, critical thinking, effective communication, scientific literacy, self-understanding, social responsibility, and spiritual development. A variety of experiences help students understand how these concepts and outcomes are integral to the baccalaureate level of nursing practice.
Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
Examines disruptions in health as pathophysiological disease processes. Explores the critical presentation of selected diseases, including signs, symptoms, and diagnostic findings. Facilitates the application of scientific rationale in practice.
Wellness and Spirituality in Nursing (3 credit hours)
Fosters personal wellness and spiritual awareness in the nurse to promote holistic patient care. Creates space for personal reflection of wellbeing and presents strategies to enhance personal health. Explores methods to support patients with different religious beliefs and cultural values through mutual respect. Recognizes methods to meet the spiritual needs of others.
Probability and Statistics (3 credit hours)
Focuses on fundamental statistics as it relates to the field of nursing. Explores concepts of elementary probability theory including measures of central tendency, standard deviation, sampling theory, and correlation theory.
Biblical Perspectives (3 credit hours)
The course reflects MidAmerica Nazarene University’s commitment, as a Christian liberal arts university, to nurturing an appreciation for the rich resources of the Scriptures. Cultural, societal, and biblical themes are explored through the study of the literature and history of the Bible. Students study the development of five major themes throughout the Bible and examine biblical concepts as they relate to current professional issues and the integration of faith, learning, and living.
Health Promotion for the Individual/Family/Community (3 credit hours)
This course investigates the health promotional aspects of nursing care across the lifespan. Students will develop knowledge and skills in helping clients and families make responsible decisions that will promote optimal physical, psychosocial, and spiritual wellness. The health care system related to community-based care will be introduced. Students will complete an assessment and develop a program plan to meet the actual or potential health problems for the community they select. Through the science of epidemiology, students will examine world health problems. Health care systems in developed and underdeveloped countries will be examined.
Health Care Economics (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to provide a foundation for the analysis of the current state of health care organizations, financing, and delivery of services. Emphasis is on examining national and global health care needs and social justice in relationship to health care systems and policy. The utilization of informatics to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge to support clients, nurses, and other health care providers also is addressed.
Role Development (3 credit hours)
Cultivates students’ development as designers, managers, and coordinators of care in professional nursing. Encourages students to explore their roles in the profession as leaders, and to be instrumental in the healthcare of the future. Integrates current issues in healthcare with the nursing profession.
Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
The course explores the theories, models, and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound decision making and behavior of the professional nurse. The role that values, beliefs systems, and moral awareness play in bioethical decision making will be discussed.
Health Assessment for Nurses (3 credit hours)
This course provides an opportunity for students to increase their clinical competence in health assessment of an individual client. Students will develop skills in history taking and holistic assessment, which includes: physical assessment, psychosocial assessment, spiritual assessment, and risk assessment (genetics, environment, nutrition, exercise, stress, economics, and abuse).
Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of the research process; to increase their appreciation of the significance of nursing research and evidence based practice; in developing sound nursing practice; to help them develop skills to become astute consumers of nursing research; and to apply their knowledge of the research process in nursing practice. Students will be introduced to computer applications that facilitate the research process such as in literature reviews and data analysis.
Quality & Safety in Nursing (3 credit hours)
Integrates quality and safety concepts presented in professional healthcare standards. Further develops knowledge, skill, and attitudes needed by nurses in effective, contemporary practice.
Future of Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course will allow the student to study the future of nursing. The course is designed to further the professional formation of the nurse. The concepts of the course include review and analysis of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report and visualizing the future of nursing. Education, practice issues, partnerships, policy making and effective workforce planning will be discussed.
Up to 12 hours of these courses may be taken concurrently with the core nursing courses. Many of these classes may be evaluated for transfer to MNU. It is highly likely that you will qualify for transfer of credit. Please check with one of our admissions counselors.
- Human Growth & Development
- General Psychology
- Intermediate Algebra**
- Probability & Statistics**
- English Comp 1**
- English Comp 2
- Public Speaking or Communication**
- History, Sociology, or Anthropology
- Anatomy & Physiology*
- Microbiology or Chemistry
*Credit for these courses can be obtained through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). There is a $50 charge per credit hour.
**These courses can be taken from MNU's professional studies program.
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