Chatham University

RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Curriculum

Chatham University’s RN-to-BSN program is based on a strong liberal arts and science foundation preparing registered nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitude to perform creatively, ethically, and effectively.

The BSN program at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791.

Program Structure:
The RN-to-BSN program is an online degree completion program that requires completion of a total of 120 credit hours, including 140 clinical hours, in college level courses. Clinical experiences are completed at approved clinical sites of the student’s choosing with the guidance of an approved preceptor. Cohorts are admitted each session. Students can enroll in full-time or part-time studies. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 or better to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. All undergraduate students must satisfy the General Education requirements either through articulation agreement or completion of additional coursework.

Program Requirements

+ Degree Requirements

26 credits

IND175 Introduction to Nursing Resources

This course will teach students how to develop and apply skills in locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information from a variety of resources. Over the course of five weeks, students will complete five assignments that are specific to each week's topic. This work is to be completed outside of class and is designed to help complete projects and papers in NUR402.

1
NUR402 Health Policy and Finance

This course is designed to explore the role of Health and Public Policy, financial considerations, formulation and role of legislation and regulation, and ethical principles related to ANA Code of Ethics. Also addressed are topics including value-based purchasing, end-of-life care, living wills, advanced directives, social networking and Affordable Care Act.

3
NUR403 Women's Health Nursing

This course will present an overview of issues relevant to women’s health nursing. Nursing assessment techniques specific to female clients will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote women’s health will be covered including: HIV, early detection of female cancers, reproductive health, mental health issues, osteoporosis, pharmacokinetics, nutrition, physical fitness.

3
NUR407 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

This course will enable students to critically review nursing research, choose a relevant clinical issue to examine, explore literature, and utilize nursing research in clinical practice. Ethical principles of nursing research, particularly protection of human subjects and other ethical accountabilities focusing on research utilization and evidence-based practice will be explored. 

3
NUR409 Clinical Prevention, Population and Environmental Health

This course provides a framework for the development of nursing interventions promoting population and environmental health for individuals and communities. Health promotion will be a significant focus of this course.

3
NUR410 Global Cultural Diversity and Specialty Population Nursing

This course is focused on various cultural and specialty populations. Multiple aspects of culture, vulnerability, and needs of individual populations will be analyzed and discussed. Content includes issues of ethics, social justice, health literacy, and barriers to care. (35 clinical hours required)

3
NUR411 Geriatric Nursing

Multiple aspects of geriatric health and the aging population will be explored. Specific nursing interventions to promote older adult health will be covered including pharmacological considerations, nutrition, elder abuse, sexuality, coping with loss and grief, health and wellness promotion and the continuum of care. (35 clinical hours required)

3
NUR412 Nursing Communication and Quality Improvement

This course will prepare the student for effective communication and collaboration amongst the interprofessional team with the goal of practicing high quality, safe, patient-centered care. Topics of quality improvement and interprofessional communication will be emphasized.

3
NUR499 Nursing Leadership and Professionalism Practicum

This culminating course encompasses various aspects of professionalism and leadership while shadowing multiple leaders in the clinical setting. Students will apply leadership concepts and decision making skills in the provision of high quality nursing care. (70 clinical hours required)

4

+ Liberal Arts courses

Liberal Arts courses to fulfill General Education requirements for RN-BSN students include the following: (Note: Requirements may vary based on articulation agreements)

ART215 Painting Studio

This advanced course in painting gives the student a broad understanding of technical issues in the context of contemporary conceptual and critical approaches to the medium. Students will have an opportunity to work on independent projects. Prerequisite(s): Art 115 or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.

3
BIO114 Basic Nutrition

This course is an overview of scientific principles of nutrition and their application to humans throughout the life cycle. It is designed for students who need a broad coverage of nutrition and have little or no background in science. Three hours of lecture per week.Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in a school of nursing.

3
ENG102 Expository Writing

A practical course for students who need to improve their grammar and usage skills, digesting and arranging ideas, marshalling suitable evidence, illustrating a point, composing distinct paragraphs, and commanding various appropriate means of reaching an intended audience. May be repreated up to three times with the permission of the English program.

3
MTH110 Elementary Statistics

Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.

3
PHI121 Introduction to Logic

An introduction to critical thinking, induction, deduction, and contemporary symbolic logic including argument symbolization, proof construction, and truth tables.

3
PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
PSY152 Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed. This course is NOT a substitute for 200 and 300 level development courses that apply toward majors in psychology and social work and certification in education. Does not count towards the psych major.

3
SUS101 Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to the history, evolution and principles of sustainability. Focuses on exploring and crituqing decision-making approaches that satisfy environmental, economic and social criteria in terms of sustainable practices. Students will understand the definition of and history of sustainability theory and the three realms practical sustainability; social, economic and environmental.

3
SWK164 Diversity in Health and Illness

This course will examine the impact of culture on health care services and delivery in the United States. The influence of cultural difference on patient/provider interactions will be considered within the cultural competency model. The context of health and illness for groups including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latin-Americans will be included.

3

+ Clinical Requirements

To enable RN-BSN students to complete the necessary clinical experiences, Chatham University requires students to complete a self-directed clinical placement process with the guidance of the nursing clinical coordinator. The clinical coordinator contacts all students registered for a course with a clinical component 5 weeks prior to the beginning of the course to alert them that it is time to begin planning. Clinical plans must be in place two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Failure to arrange clinical plans may result in the student being forced to drop a course with a clinical component and re-register at a future date.
Once contacted by the clinical coordinator, the process is as follows: 1) The student will identify a clinical site and preceptor with the assistance of the clinical coordinator. Once approved the student will develop a learning proposal with learning goals and an identified project at least two (2) weeks prior to the start of a clinical course; 2) A conference call must be scheduled and completed between the student, preceptor, and clinical coordinator prior to the end of the second clinical day; 3) Students must submit a clinical log via the Moodle course site as directed in the course and complete the minimum number of required clinical hours and the clinical project in the time allotted for each course with a clinical component; and 4) Clinical experiences are finalized by completing a second conference call and submitting required evaluations, a final signed clinical log, a reflection paper, and a copy of the final project at the conclusion of each clinical experience. Approval of the preceptor, clinical site, and learning experiences must be secured prior to beginning any clinical experiences. The Clinical Coordinator must ensure that a signed clinical affiliation agreement is in place with all clinical sites prior to engaging in any clinical experiences. Affiliation Agreements can take several weeks to complete. It is necessary to plan early. It is the responsibility of the RN-BSN student to comply with agency requirements specific to physical examinations, immunizations, CRP certification, drug screening, criminal record background checks, or any other requirements and submit all associated documentation directly to the clinical agency.

+ Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours of college level courses into the program. All requests for transfer credit must be made prior to enrollment. A minimum of 30 credits, including the 26 credits of core requirements, must be taken at Chatham University. Registered nurses who are graduates of select nursing schools with established articulation agreements are subject to the criteria of the agreement.

+ Butler County Community College RN-BSN Partnership

Through a partnership with Butler County Community College (BC3), Chatham University is offering its online RN-BSN Program through on-ground evening classes at BC3’s campus in Butler, PA. Convenient for working professionals, RN-BSN class sessions at BC3 will be held during weeknight evenings at the BC3 campus.
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Plan of Study Examples

Students in the RN-BSN Program are welcome to schedule their courses as is convenient for them in relation to the availability of the courses. Students must keep in mind that there are 3 courses with clinical components (410, 411, and 499). Students are discouraged from taking two clinical courses in the same 7-week session. Below are examples of how students can schedule their courses.

Full time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 1 (2 classes per session):

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester
  • NUR402 and IND175
  • NUR403
  • NUR410 (has clinical hours)
  • NUR407
2nd Semester
  • NUR411 (has clinical hours)
  • NUR412
  • NUR409
  • NUR499 (has clinical hours)

Full time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 3 (2 classes per session):

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester  
  • NUR407
  • NUR409
2nd Semester
  • NUR402 and IND175
  • NUR403
  • NUR410 (has clinical hours)
3rd Semester
  • NUR411 (has clinical hours)
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (has clinical hours)

Part Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 1 (1 class per session):

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester
  • NUR402 and IND175
  • NUR407
2nd Semester
  • NUR403
  • NUR409
3rd Semester
  • NUR411
  • NUR410 (has clinical hours)
4th Semester
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (has clinical hours)

Part Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 3 (1 class per session):

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester  
  • NUR407
2nd Semester
  • NUR402 and IND175
  • NUR409
3rd Semester
  • NUR403
  • NUR410 (has clinical hours)
4th Semester
  • NUR411 (has clinical hours)
 
5th Semester
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (has clinical hours)