Chatham University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs (RN-BSN) Curriculum

Building upon a liberal arts foundation, the RN-BSN program expands the student’s nursing knowledge, skills, and professional role. The program prepares the nursing graduate, based on the AACN (2008) Essentials, to provide holistic, evidence-based nursing care, in health and in illness, with diverse populations in the ever-changing and complex healthcare environment. The graduate will be able to function as an integral member of an interprofessional team promoting patient safety, cultural sensitivity, and quality outcomes. The BSN graduate will demonstrate clinical reasoning, care management and evaluation skills, use of informatics technology, and genetics/genomics knowledge through professional nursing practice with patients across the lifespan in various healthcare settings. These nurses are committed to ongoing professional education and scholarly work to remain current in the generalist nursing role.

The RN-BSN program at Chatham University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 463-6930.

Program Structure:
The RN-BSN program is an accelerated online distance learning program that requires completion of a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses.Practice experience activities are integrated as a way for students to demonstrate new knowledge caring for a variety of patients across the lifespan and continuum of care. Cohorts are admitted each session. Students can enroll in full-time, less-than full-time, part-time, or less-than-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 transfer credits or completion of additional coursework.

Program Requirements

+Degree Requirements

26 required core RN-BSN credits

IND175 Introduction to Nursing Resources

This course will teach nursing students how to develop and apply skills in locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information from a variety of library and information resources. The work completed in this course will help nursing students become more efficient in areas of evidence-based practice.

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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
NUR403W 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 practice experience 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 practice experience 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
NUR499W Nursing Leadership and Professional 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 practical experience hours required)

4

+General Education Requirements

Online and on-ground classes are available for students to complete their General Education requirements. Students are to work with their Academic Advisor to determine which General Education requirements they must complete and which courses are appropriate to fulfill the requirements.

+Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours of college level courses into the program. Second degree students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and an Associate or Diploma degree from a nursing program may complete the RN-BSN at Chatham University by completing only the 26 required core RN-BSN credits.

+RN-BSN Minor Options

Students needing more than the 26 core RN-BSN credits might choose to pursue a minor (18 credits). A variety of minors are available through the university, though many of the minors require courses available on-ground only. If a student is interested in pursuing a minor they should communicate this to their Nursing Academic Advisor upon admission in order to fit the needed courses into their schedule.

 

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 three courses with practice experience requirements (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)