Online RN to BSN Curriculum
Challenge yourself to increase your knowledge with relevant coursework in our RN to BSN curriculum. Reach the next level of nursing and provide and lead enhanced patient care as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.
In this 37-credit curriculum, you will follow a sequence of courses designed to build on each other. Topics include advancing perspectives of professional nursing; designing and delivering evidence-based practice; impacting health promotion for families, communities, and older adults; influencing the creation and implementation of healthcare policy; advancing skills as a nurse leader; and more.
Your coursework will connect what you learn to real-world cases, with assignments that are relevant to the life of a working nurse and learning you can put to use in your day-to-day work.
This curriculum includes a variety of clinical experiences involving community health and evolving nursing leadership. Many of the experiences are self-selected and scheduled to allow for the flexibility needed by the working nurse.
The RN to BSN curriculum thoughtfully and carefully weaves Benedictine University's 10 Hallmarks throughout the courses, touching on Community and Hospitality to Stewardship and Humility. These come to life in courses through either discussions, written assignments, or personal reflection, and provide you with a solid foundation from which to lead and provide world-class patient care.
Review the descriptions below for a look at what you can expect to learn in each of the 10 courses in this curriculum.
RN to BSN Nursing Courses
NRHL 315: Perspectives of Professional Nursing Practice (4 Credits)
Explore the conceptual foundations of baccalaureate nursing practice, including historical and societal influences, professional identity and accountability, critical inquiry, nursing theory, evidence-based practice, and quality and safety within the context of national policy documents and professional standards of care. Coursework is designed to assess, develop and advance scholarly writing.
Prerequisite: Admission to RN to BSN Program.
NRHL 330: Nursing Scholarship: Role of Research in Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits)
Explore the research process as it applies to evidence-based nursing practice and healthcare. Topics include ethics in research; steps in appraisal of evidence; design, sampling, data collection, data quality, and analysis; and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research. Emphasis is placed on analysis and critique of research studies and the preparation of a proposal.
Prerequisite: NRHL 315
NRHL 335: Concepts in Collaborative Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Older Adult (3 Credits)
Focus on an interdisciplinary comprehensive approach to understanding the aging process and promoting optimal health and independence of older adults. Explore contemporary issues facing the elderly including safety, abuse, polypharmacy, housing, loss, need for support services, end-of-life care, and the impact of healthcare policy and legislation as they relate to the elderly. Includes clinical learning experiences with an elder and elder-serving agency selected by the student.
Prerequisite: NRHL 315.
NRHL 340: Comprehensive Health and Physical Assessment (3 Credits)
Designed for the registered nurse, this course provides the framework for the RN to expand existing skills.
Focus on the physical, psychosocial, sociocultural, environmental, and developmental elements of comprehensive assessment and on principles of health promotion and disease prevention. Includes a clinical learning experience, which focuses on the practice and validation of interviewing and physical assessment skills.
At the end of the course, students will be expected to perform a comprehensive physical exam and effectively communicate findings. A student-selected holistic health assessment experience is also included.
Prerequisite: NRHL 330 and NRHL 335.
NRHL 345: Applications of Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics to Clinical Reasoning (3 Credits)
Designed for the registered nurse to build upon existing knowledge and experience, this course provides an analysis of physiology and pathophysiological concepts related to complex, multisystem health alterations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on enhancement of critical thinking skills.
Clinical application emphasizes the relationship of assessment findings to diagnosis, safe selection, and administration of pharmacotherapeutic agents; and assessment of outcomes using an evidence-based approach. This course also includes a clinical learning experience that is based on case study analyses of patients with multiple chronic diseases and complex pharmacotherapeutic management in various settings.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRHL 340.
NRHL 365: Health Promotion for Families, Communities, and Populations (3 Credits)
Explore the concept of patient-centered healthcare promotion from the perspective of the individual, family, and community within a global context. Provides an in-depth review of approaches to health promotion as well as effective collaboration among members of the healthcare community. Focuses on potential barriers that place individuals, families, and vulnerable populations at risk for major health problems.
Students explore the problems and issues in using behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and data to inform health promotion and health education research and interventions.
Prerequisite: NRHL 340 and NRHL 345. Completion of this course, in addition to NRHL 392 with a grade of “B” or better, is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 501 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.
NRHL 366: Professional Practice in Health Promotion (3 Credits)
In this course, studies will focus on community as a partner in health promotion, through community assessment, evolving cultural competency, enhanced understanding of health disparities, and use of community resources and evidence-based practice to promote and maintain optimal health. This course includes 35 hours of clinical practice experience in the community.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRHL 365.
NRHL 375: Healthcare Policy, Regulation, and Advocacy (3 Credits)
Explore healthcare policy, organization, and financing with an emphasis on industry trends. Current policy initiatives involving healthcare delivery as well as the role of the nurse leader and other stakeholders in shaping legislative change are analyzed.
The impact of information and patient care technology and its effects on healthcare will be evaluated. Students will explore and define the role of the professional nurse in influencing and advocating for continuous quality improvement in healthcare delivery and healthcare policy formation.
Prerequisite: NRHL 365 and NRHL 366. Completion of this course with a grade of “B” or better is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 505 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.
NRHL 392: Nurse Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 Credits)
Provides the registered nurse with the opportunity to synthesize theory and concepts required to advance leadership and collaboration skills. A systems approach to deliver nursing care, manage and lead change, ensure quality and safety, and facilitate health promotion will be explored. Focus is placed on developing appreciation for the diversity of expertise in interprofessional collaborative teams as well as establishing basic concepts of effective teamwork.
Prerequisite: IDS 201, IDS 301, NRHL 375. Completion of this course, in addition to NRHL 365, with a grade of “B” or better is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 501 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.
NRHL 394: Professional Practice in Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 Credits)
Develop creative and innovative strategies and education to promote healthcare system change. Students demonstrate application of leadership skills and interprofessional collaboration through the completion of an immersion experience. This course includes 35 hours of clinical practice experience in a nursing leadership role.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NRHL 392.