Building upon a liberal arts foundation, the RN-BSN program expands the student’s nursing knowledge, skills, and professional role. On this page, you'll find an example curriculum and course descriptions.

IND175 Academic Resources and Strategies for Nurses (2)

This course will explore skills and knowledge that promote academic success for the professional nurse. Topics include retrieving, critiquing, and applying resources, scholarly writing development, academic integrity, time management, and self-care.

NUR402 Health Policy and Finance for Nurses (3)

This course will explore foundations of policy, finance, legislation, and regulation in complex systems of healthcare. Policy related to health equity, health disparity, and social justice will also be analyzed. Students will strengthen nurse advocacy skills and understanding of the Registered Nurse Scope and Practice.

NUR407 Scholarship Foundations in Nursing (3)

This course will explore scholarly practice in nursing, including research and evidence-based practice. Conducted literature searches will discover support for a student-identified contemporary nursing issue. Ethical principles of nursing research, particularly protection of human subjects and other ethical accountabilities focusing on research utilization and evidence-based practice, will be examined.

NUR409W Community Health and Prevention (3)

This course will explore community health, health promotion, and illness prevention across the continuum of care. Students will investigate the nurse’s role in population healthcare as well as public health emergencies and disasters.

NUR410 Global, Cultural, and Diverse Populations (3)

This course will explore the student’s understanding and role as a nurse leader in a global society while reflecting on personal and professional values and implicit biases. Ethical, equitable, person-centered, compassionate, and empathetic care opportunities will be examined.

NUR412 Organizational Quality Improvement and Safety (3)

This course will explore the nurse’s foundational role in leading a person-centered healthcare environment through quality improvement and safety measures in collaboration with the interprofessional team. Ethical and cultural considerations related to quality improvement will be analyzed. 

NUR414 Nursing Informatics, Technology, and Communication (3)

This course will explore how nurses use data, technology, and communication to create high-quality person-centered care. Students will demonstrate appropriate and ethical use of these modalities to impact clinical judgment. An emphasis on HIPAA privacy and security rules will be introduced.

NUR415 Contemporary Issues in Nursing (3)

This course will explore and analyze contemporary issues nurses experience in healthcare. Ethical, bioethical, and social issues will be highlighted. Students will develop skills related to self-care and resilience.

NUR499 Leadership and Professional Identity Development (3)

This course, which fulfills Chatham’s internship requirement, will explore aspects of leadership, professionalism, and professional identity for nurses. The course synthesizes the knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program to enable the nurse to implement leadership in the practice setting.