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Bachelor of Science Completion

Program Length: 20 months

Degree Overview

nursing completion degree

This program is designed to prepare Registered Nurses for leadership roles and graduate study in nursing. As a graduate of this program, you'll be prepared to provide care in a global society, with the flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of healthcare roles and integrate your skills across multiple settings. You'll also be better prepared to manage the interactions and components of the complex network of healthcare services.

This program is for Registered Nurses only. Please visit our Admissions section below to learn more about admissions requirements.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ENG 310 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4.0
HCA 300 The Healthcare System 4.0
HCP 460 Case Management 4.5
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
NUR 300 Research in Nursing Practice 4.0
NUR 310 Pathophysiology 4.0
NUR 315 Professional Role Development 4.5
NUR 325 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing 4.0
NUR 335 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4.0
NUR 340 Health Assessment 4.0
NUR 360 Community and Family Health 4.5
NUR 421 Critical Issues in Nursing 4.0
NUR 425 Psychological Aspects of Illness and Disability 4.5
NUR 450 Nursing Informatics 4.0
NUR 465 Evidence-Based Nursing 4.5
NUR 480 Nursing Management and Leadership 4.0
NUR 481 Leadership, Power and Politics in Nursing 4.0
NUR 490 Senior Project 4.0
PHI 400 Modern Issues in Ethics 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0
STA 322 Statistics 4.0

Course Description

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Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.

Credits: 4.0

The Healthcare System

A study of the U.S. healthcare system to help students understand the critical issues facing healthcare in its ever-changing environment, and to gain a sense of the complex multidimensional nature of healthcare delivery in the United States.

Credits: 4.0

Case Management

Case management contains costs and maintains quality care by assessing, planning, arranging, and monitoring client's health, social and support services. The course describes the historical background of service coordination, identifies appropriate resources and client needs, and differentiates various case management types. Students will learn techniques such as clinical pathways and extended care pathways. Group discussion, case studies, and on-line problem-solving sessions focus student attention on the evolving care coordinator role.

Credits: 4.5

U.S. History Since the Civil War

This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Research in Nursing Practice

The course provides students with a structured process to evaluate the health research literature. The course demonstrates the components that go into a meaningful study and teaches students to identify clues to potential study flaws. Students learn ways to apply solid evidence in clinical practice.

Credits: 4.0


This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of disease. The student learns to identify disease manifestations, complications. and general treatment measures. Students examine conditions that may alter health status, including normal changes such as aging and pregnancy.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Role Development

Students explore and define issues related to professional practice, ethics, career planning, personal goal setting, and empowerment of self and others. Students learn concepts concerning job performance, performance expectations and evaluation, stress management, and lifelong professional development.

Credits: 4.5

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Students learn core theoretical concepts of nursing practice: health, wellness, illness, caring, environment, self-care, individuality, interpersonal relationships, and decision-making. Students integrate theory, research and practice as they learn the historical evolution of professional nursing and the theoretical foundations that have emerged.

Credits: 4.0

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

An introduction to the strategies/tactics for preventing disease and promoting health in both individuals and populations. Course components include: relevance of concepts from psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology; planning, implementation and evaluation models; health assessment and disease management technologies; and health education. Illustrative case applications include: heart/cardiovascular disease, fitness and weight control, HIV, and accidents.

Credits: 4.0

Health Assessment

By successfully completing this course, students acquire the skills required to conduct comprehensive health assessments, including the physical, psychological, social, functional, and environmental aspects of health. Students learn the process of data collection, interpretation, documentation, and dissemination.

Credits: 4.0

Community and Family Health

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are essential in working with communities to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate community change strategies that will promote improved health status. Topics include current issues in community health, intervention strategy design, wellness promotion and disease prevention, and issues in providing healthcare to diverse populations.

Credits: 4.5

Critical Issues in Nursing

This course focuses on examining the past, current, and future impact of selected themes related to health care in general and nursing practice at the local, national, and international levels. Emphasis is placed on the longitudinal nature of many contemporary issues and trends that have a direct impact on the development of nursing science, practice, and education.

Credits: 4.0

Psychological Aspects of Illness and Disability

This course introduces the mental and emotional aspects of illness and addresses the relationship between stress and illness, the patient-doctor relationship, treatment compliance, and care for the terminally ill.

Credits: 4.5

Nursing Informatics

This course introduces applications of informatics systems to nursing practice, education, research, and administration. Practical use of computer technology based health applications to identify, gather, process, and manage information are explored.

Credits: 4.0

Evidence-Based Nursing

This course focuses on clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes, information systems and management, evidence-based practice. It promotes the development of skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems with application to practice.

Credits: 4.5

Nursing Management and Leadership

This course compares and contrasts management and leadership. It explores the relationship between leadership principles, management principles, e.g., strategy development, motivation of employees, communicating with subordinates and supervisors, establishing goals, reinforcing values, monitoring performance and providing feedback, and success in healthcare administration.

Credits: 4.0

Leadership, Power and Politics in Nursing

This course focuses on exploring leadership theories in relation to organizational structures and behaviors, and relating these theories to the development of leadership styles and policy making within organizations. Emphasis is placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and professional nursing practice.

Credits: 4.0

Senior Project

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply both the theoretical foundations and clinical knowledge of nursing science to a self-directed scholarly project of the student's choice. The student will select a topic, which will be approved by the instructor, and then the student and the instructor will agree upon a measurable course of study that allows the student to identify learning needs, while engaging in scholarly activities which will enhance the professional practice of the learner.

Credits: 4.0

Modern Issues in Ethics

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of the most pressing contemporary debates in medical ethics. The student examines the social contexts within which these debates arise. Topics include: the foundation of bioethics, research ethics and informed consent, truth telling and confidentiality (medical record confidentiality), genetic control, application of scarce medical resources, impaired infants and medical futility, and euthanasia.

Credits: 4.0

Sociology of Aging

This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.

Credits: 4.0


This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 22Total Credits: 90.5

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