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 accelerated online distance learning degree completion program that requires completion of a minimum total of 120 credit hours, including 140 practice experience hours, in college level courses. Practice experiences are completed at approved practice experience sites of the student’s choosing with the guidance of an approved preceptor. Cohorts are admitted each session. Students can enroll in full-time, less-than full-time, or part-time studies. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA 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 required core RN-BSN 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. Other course options may be available to fulfill requirements. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor. (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

+ Practice Experience Requirements

To enable RN-BSN students to meet the program outcomes and goals, Chatham University requires students to complete a self-directed practice experience placement process with the guidance of the nursing Practice Experience Coordinator for three separate courses. The Practice Experience Coordinator contacts all students registered for a course with a practice experience component 5 weeks prior to the beginning of the course to alert them that it is time to begin planning. Practice Experience plans must be in place two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Failure to arrange practice experience plans may result in the student being forced to drop a course with a practice experience requirement and re-register at a future date.
Once contacted by the Practice Experience Coordinator, the process is as follows: 1) The student will identify an appropriate practice experience site and preceptor local to the student with the assistance of the Practice Experience Coordinator. The student must contact the site and obtain permission to complete their practice experience there. Once the student has a practice experience site and preceptor secured they must alert the Practice Experience Coordinator. Students may begin acquiring practice experience hours in conjunction with the beginning of the course. 2) During the 7-week course the student is required to complete the minimum number of practice experience hours and project for that course as they fit into the students’ schedule. Students must submit a practice experience log and other practice experience documentation via the Moodle course site as directed in the course and 3) Students must meet all practice experience requirements, complete their practice experience and project, and submit all necessary documentation within the 7-week session. A practice experience course requires the student to meet all requirements in order to pass the practice experience. A practice experience failure will result in course failure and a need to repeat both the theory and practice experience portions of the class.
Approval of the preceptor and practice experience site must be secured prior to beginning any practice experiences. The Practice Experience Coordinator must ensure that a signed affiliation agreement is in place with all practice experience sites prior to engaging in any practice 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, CPR certification, drug screening, criminal record background checks, or any other requirements and submit all associated documentation directly to the practice experience agency.

+ Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours of college level courses into the program. Students who graduated prior to December 2015 from select Pre-Licensure Nursing Schools that hold an articulation agreement with Chatham may be able to transfer even more than 90 credits into the program. All requests for transfer credit must be made prior to enrollment. A minimum of 30 credits, including the 26 required core RN-BSN credits, must be completed 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 at a discounted tuition rate through on-ground evening classes to cohorts of 8 students or more at BC3’s campus in Butler, PA.
 

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. Note that certain courses are only offered in session one and other courses are only offered in session three. Students must keep in mind that there are 3 courses with practice experience reuirement(NUR410, NUR411, and NUR499). Students are discouraged from taking two courses with practice experience in the same 7-week session. Below are examples of how students can schedule their courses. Students are asked to work closely with their academic advisor to create a schedule that works best for them.

Full Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 1

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester
  • IND175
  • NUR402
  • NUR403
  • NUR407
  • NUR410 (Practice Experience Requirements)
2nd Semester
  • NUR411 (Practice Experience Requirements)
  • NUR412
  • NUR409
  • NUR499 (Practice Experience Requirements)

Less Than Full Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 3:

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester  
  • IND175
  • NUR407
  • NUR409
2nd Semester
  • NUR402
  • NUR403
  • NUR410 (Practice Experience Requirements)
3rd Semester
  • NUR411 (Practice Experience Requirements)
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (Practice Experience Requirements)

Part Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 1:

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester
  • IND175
  • NUR402
  • NUR407
2nd Semester
  • NUR403
  • NUR409
3rd Semester
  • NUR411(Practice Experience Requirements)
  • NUR410 (Practice Experience Requirements)
4th Semester
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (Practice Experience Requirements)

Less Than Part Time RN-BSN Students Starting Session 3:

  Session 1 Session 3
1st Semester  
  • IND175
  • NUR407
2nd Semester
  • NUR402
  • NUR409
3rd Semester
  • NUR403
  • NUR410 (Practice Experience Requirements)
4th Semester
  • NUR411 (Practice Experience Requirements)
 
5th Semester
  • NUR412
  • NUR499 (Practice Experience Requirements)