Chatham University

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

Chatham University’s RN-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.

Program Structure
The RN-BSN program is an accelerated online degree completion program that requires completion of a total of 120 credit hours, including 140 clinical hours in college level courses. Students may transfer in up to 90 of the 120 credits into the program, leaving them 30 credits to complete the degree unless otherwise specified. Clinical experiences are completed at approved clinical sites with the guidance of an approved preceptor in accordance with the clinical courses. New students are admitted six times per year and students may choose either full or part time studies. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 or better to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Minors
While a minor is not required for the BSN degree, students who need more than the 26 credits offered in the core curriculum – or who are interested in business or psychology – might choose to pursue a minor (18 credits) in Business or Psychology through online courses.

Accreditation
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 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, the formulation and role of legislation and regulation, and ethical principles related to the ANA Code of Ethics. Also addressed will be such topics as value-based purchasing, end-of-life care, living wills, advanced directives, social networking and the Affordable Care Act. The students will analyze an ethical dilemma, write an advocacy letter to a state or federal legislator, and study the role of professional nursing organizations with respect to advocacy and formulating public policy.

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, and physical fitness.

3
NUR407 Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

This course is designed to 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 the 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

All undergraduate students must satisfy General Education requirements either through articulation agreement or completion of additional coursework. A growing selection of general education liberal arts online courses will be available each term to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, students may take courses to earn a Minor degree along with their BSN degree. Contact admissions or an academic advisor for more details.

+ Clinical Requirements

All RN-BSN students must complete three clinical experiences during their program. Students will complete clinical in their areas of interest beginning with self-directed clinical placement. The clinical placement process must be complete 2 weeks prior to the beginning of a course with a clinical component. The RN-BSN clinical coordinator is available to guide each student through the entire clinical process, which briefly includes:

  1. Each student contacts the RN-BSN clinical coordinator to identify an appropriate clinical site and qualified preceptor;
  2. The student contacts the clinical site and preceptor requesting permission to complete clinical at that site with that preceptor and discuss an appropriate clinical experience and project;
  3. The student develops a learning proposal with learning goals and an identified project;
  4. A conference call occurs between the student, preceptor, and clinical coordinator to finalize the learning experience;
  5. The student completes their clinical hours and project following a schedule agreed upon by the student and preceptor within the timeframe of the course session;
  6. Students must document clinical experiences, submit finalization items, and provide a copy of the clinical project by the specified date at the conclusion of the clinical experience.

Approval of the preceptor, clinical site, and learning experiences must be secured prior to beginning any clinical experiences. A signed clinical Affiliation Agreement must be in place prior to the student engaging in any clinical experiences. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with agency requirements specific to physical examinations, immunizations, CPR certification, drug screening, and criminal record background checks, and submit all associated documentation directly to the clinical agency.

+ Transfer Credits

Chatham University accepts a maximum of 90 transfer credits in the RN-BSN program, meaning that many of our students will be able to earn their degree by completing only 30 credits at Chatham. Students from select RN Nursing Schools may qualify to transfer even more than 90 credits into the program. All newly admitted students will receive an official transfer evaluation to determine their path to degree completion.

+ Minor: Business

BUS105 Foundations of Business

The course combines the in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of business and fosters analytical and creative thinking. Students build a foundation for future learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the global setting in which they compete, environmental components and the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex work environment.

3
ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics: The U.S. Economy in the World

The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.

3
BUS110 Business Statistics

This course introduces essential research tools in business. Topics include descriptive statistics of central tendency and variability and hypotheses testing statistical analysis using correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Problems use applications from business cases, marketing research, and economic policy. Prerequisite(s): BUS105

3
BUS230 Organizational Behavior

Organizational behavior seeks to understand, explain, and improve human behavior in organizations. Topics include individual and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, labor-management behavior, organizational change and development. Student gain essential knowledge of the systems approach for managing human and organizational dynamics.

3
BUS243 Principles of Marketing

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing strategy and mangement. Students develop and learn to apply the knowledge and analytical skills needed to make effective marketing decisions. Basic marketing concepts such as strategic segmentation, targeting, positioning, product design, pricing, promotions and distribution highlight the marketer's obligation to gain a deep understanding of unique customer groups to meet differentiated cutomer needs effectively, reliabley and profitably in a changing international marketplace. Environmental sustainability is analyzed from teh consumer perspective. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105

3
Students can choose either of the following courses to complete the minor.
ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles; including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

3
BUS272 Principles of Finance

The aim of this course is to enable students to apply fundamental ideas of financial economics to problems in corporate finance. Participants will gain an overview of valuation principles, learn basic principles of corporate finance from the perspective of a financial manager, and through case studies, analyze important financial decisions made within firms.

3

+ Minor: Psychology

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
PSY213 Statistics and Research Design

This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

3
PSY217W Critical Thinking in Psychology

3
PSY307 Cognitive Psychology

A survey of theories and research concerned with human cognitive processes. Topics include attention, memory, problem solving, and concept formation. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permissio of instructor.

3
PSY331 Social Psychology

An examination of human social behavior with an emphasis on social influences that people have upon the beliefs or behaviors of others. The course covers methods of inquiry as well as the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. Representative topics include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, prejudice, aggression, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

3
PSY333 Abnormal Behavior

A study of definitions of normality and abnormality, functional and organic syndromes, theories of causation, and procedures for the diagnosis and modification of disturbed behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permission of instructor.

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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)