Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.)
Our nursing program offers advanced placement for Registered Nurses (R.N.s) holding an Associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing. Our students experience a strong curriculum that helps improve their critical thinking skills in order to function more independently. This program is designed for the adult learner, and R.N.s admitted into the program may receive credit for previous general education courses and up to 32 credits for previous nursing courses.
Applicants must provide proof of a valid R.N. license in a U.S. jurisdiction and eligibility for R.N. licensure in the District of Columbia; current students must present proof of a valid R.N. license in the District of Columbia before registering in clinical courses. Our students can take classes on campus only one day per week as well as experience courses that blend online and on-campus learning.
Featured CoursesNURS 310 Advanced Health AssessmentIn this theory course students acquire knowledge of advanced physical assessment in order to provide safe, competent, and humanistic nursing care to clients across the lifespan. Students will identify common pathological health deviations, at-risk behaviors, and altered physical findings. Instruction in health history taking, physical examination skills, health promotion techniques, and clinical assessment tools are included in course content. Students will use information technology systems to research evidence-based practice. They will use case studies to apply critical thinking, as they examine socio-cultural diversity and caring practices in health assessment. Formerly NURS 310 Comprehensive Health Assessment.
Prerequisites: For RN-BSN Students Only
Co-requisite: NURS 310L NURS 320 Policy and Politics in NursingPolicy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care engages the student in understanding how health care policy shapes health care systems and helps to determine accessibility, accountability, and affordability. Students will evaluate how health care delivery systems are organized and financed and the effect this has on patient care; based on the student's findings, they will identify political factors that they may influence in a proactive response to quality patient outcomes.
General Education Requirements: Applications NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based PracticeResearch and Evidence-Based Practice focuses on relevant scientific and phenomenological information to assist the student to understanding the role of theory and research in nursing practice and health care. The course will provide an overview and analysis of theoretical approaches and research methodologies. Students will learn how to critically review and utilize research supporting common aspects of nursing practice. Formerly NURS 330 - Nursing Theory & Research
Prerequisites: MATH 110
Note: Students in the RN to BSN program must also have completed NURS 300 and MATH 110 NURS 415 Pharmacology and Complementary/Alternative TherapiesThis course presents an update of pharmacologic therapies with a focus on drug therapies used in the community and home health setting. Learners are also introduced to various modalities of alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine for application in their practices and personal lives. Healing and health practices of persons from diverse ethnic and socio-cultural groups will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises and techniques related to healing touch, caring, herbal therapies, guided imagery, biofeedback, hypnosis, group therapy, music and pet therapy, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy. Formerly NURS 400 Experiential Learning Portfolio.
3 Credits NURS 420 Community and Public Health NursingThis theory course is designed to prepare students for community/public health practice in a changing health care system. Concepts of primary health ca re to the assessment, planning, and delivery of care to diverse families will be emphasized. Factors influencing the primary health care of communities and the impact of globalization, politics, socioeconomics, and environmental factors on the health vulnerability and resiliency of communities are examined.
Pre-requisites: NURS 350; NURS 350C NURS 430 Emergency Nursing and Illness PreventionThis course will examine the nurse's role in prevention and intervention in community emergency nursing situationsand environmental disasters. The learner will apply knowledge of health promotion, risk reduction, illness and injury prevention, and disease management throughout the lifespan from the individual through the population levels. The focus of this course will be on preparing the learner to function in an independent nursing role and respond to emergency situations that may occur in the community setting. The delivery of safe, competent, humanistic care that respects a client's socio-cultural, spiritual, gender, and thnic diversity will be discussed. Formerly NURS 430 - Emergency Preparation and Disaster Management.
Pre-requisites: RNs Only
- Clinical Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Nursing Shift Manager
Dr. Nancie Crespi, R.N. to B.S.N. Program Director
Ms. Danielle Artis, Assistant Dean of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Jane Brophy, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Jennifer Dahlman, Assistant Dean of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Denise Jarboe, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Denise McKain, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Daphne Waite, Assistant Professor of Nursing