Program Length: 20 months
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Administration (BSNA) program is designed 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 Nurse Informatics emphasis provides nurses with technology solutions to support evidence-based practice to improve patient care.
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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.
This course examines organizational change including what effective managers can do to understand and anticipate such change and to respond accordingly. Topics include concepts in organizational behavior; learning, motivation and performance; groups and organizational design; and organizational processes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course focuses on the application of information systems in healthcare and their influence in evidence based healthcare decision making. Topics include legal, ethical, and social issues; information literacy; and basic hardware/software.
Applied Healthcare Informatics
This course provides nurses with the tools and the knowledge to improve patient care through the implementation of information technology that supports evidence-based practice. The course content guides the student to combine financial, clinical, and administrative data to solve administrative and patient care issues. Topics include patient safety; improved outcomes; and data collection, consolidation, and analysis. (Prerequisite: NUR 450)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Total Courses: 22Total Credits: 90.5
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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.
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