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Nursing Administration

with a Community Health Nurse emphasis

Bachelor of Science Completion

Program Length: 20 months

Degree Overview

Nursing Administration with a Community Health Nurse emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Administration (BSNA) program isdesigned as a degree completion program to enhance career opportunities for practicing Registered Nurses. This program prepares students with the appropriate academic skills for entry-level and nurse supervisory positions in the healthcare field. Because this program prepares students to assume healthcare supervisory positions rather than additional clinical responsibilities, no clinical hours are required and all applicants must have a valid RN credential.

The Community Health Nurse emphasis prepares graduates to provide healthcare to diverse population groups within a community setting. The program is designed to prepare graduates to be consultants and collaborators who work with clients in high-risk, vulnerable, and under-served populations and to create and implement health promotion and disease prevention programs that make a difference in health outcomes.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ENG 310 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4.0
HCP 460 Case Management 4.5
HCS 440 Home Healthcare 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
MAN 444 Human Resource Management 4.0
NUR 300 Research in Nursing Practice 4.0
NUR 310 Pathophysiology 4.0
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 425 Psychological Aspects of Illness and Disability 4.5
NUR 450 Nursing Informatics 4.0
NUR 465 Evidence-Based Nursing 4.5
NUR 470 Introduction to Nursing Research 4.5
NUR 471 Epidemiology and Community Health 4.0
NUR 472 Management and Administration of Health Programs 4.5
NUR 473 Disaster Nursing 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PHI 400 Modern Issues in Ethics 4.0
PSY 400 Biological Psychology 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 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

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

Home Healthcare

Home health is one of the fastest growing areas in healthcare, reflecting the shift from hospital to home care. This course will provide you with information on working with individual clients of all ages, integrating family/caregiver issues, and using environmental and community resources to promote optimal well-being to home health patients.

Credits: 4.0

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

Human Resource Management

Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.

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

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

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

Introduction to Nursing Research

Students are introduced to nursing research as it relates to changing and improving nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to evaluate current nursing literature for scientific and clinical merit in order to solve clinical problems and improve practice. Topics include fundamentals of research, steps in the research process, research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal and utilization of nursing research. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed and emphasized throughout the course.

Credits: 4.5

Epidemiology and Community Health

This course builds on the basic principles of epidemiology as they relate to community health. Topics include dissemination/determinants of chronic and communicable diseases and determinants of environmental, behavioral, and social issues. (Prerequisite: NUR 335)

Credits: 4.0

Management and Administration of Health Programs

This course focuses on the concepts of management and administration of health programs in a community environment. (Prerequisite: NUR 360)

Credits: 4.5

Disaster Nursing

This course is designed to provide strategies for the nurse to respond to natural disasters or acts of terrorism. Topics include emergency preparedness, patient triage, and awareness of collaboration with community resources. This course provides the theoretical and the practical knowledge necessary to apply nursing skills in a variety of emergency situations. (Prerequisite: NUR 360)

Credits: 4.0

Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.

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

Biological Psychology

This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.

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

Total Courses: 22Total Credits: 91

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