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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCESDEPARTMENT OF NURSING, UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Completion specialization

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.877.295.6782, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 Quarter Credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

Communication

ENG100012
English Composition (6 quarter credits)
ENG2000
Research Writing (6 quarter credits)
ENG3300
Business and Technical Writing (6 quarter credits)
COM1000
Public Speaking (3 quarter credits)†
COM1001
Professional Communication and Development (3 quarter credits)
COM2000
Intercultural Communication (6 quarter credits)†
COM2050
Visual Design in Communications (3 quarter credits)
COM3200
Leadership, Gender, and Communication (6 quarter credits)
COM3700
Conflict Resolution (6 quarter credits)
COM4100
Media and Culture (3 quarter credits)

Humanities

ART2000
Art History Survey (6 quarter credits)
HUM1000
Introduction to the Humanities (6 quarter credits)
HUM1055
Approaches to Studying Religions (3 quarter credits)
HUM3300
Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 quarter credits)
LIT2001
Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 quarter credits)
LIT2100
Women's Literature (3 quarter credits)
PHI1000
Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
PHI20001
Ethics (6 quarter credits)
PHI2050
Human Nature and Ethics (3 quarter credits)
PHI2100
Introduction to Logic (6 quarter credits)
PHI3200
Ethics in Health Care (6 quarter credits)

Natural Science and Mathematics

BIO10001
Human Biology (6 quarter credits)
BIO1050
Biology and Society (3 quarter credits)
BIO2000
Environmental Health (6 quarter credits)
CHM1000
Chemistry for Changing Times (6 quarter credits)
CHM1050
Chemistry and the Environment (3 quarter credits)
PHY1000
Introduction to Astronomy (6 quarter credits)
MAT1050
College Algebra (6 quarter credits)
MAT1051
Pre-Calculus (6 quarter credits)
MAT2001 3
Statistical Reasoning (6 quarter credits)
MAT2050 4
Statistical Literacy (3 quarter credits)
MAT2051 5*
Discrete Mathematics (6 quarter credits)

Social Science

ECO1050
Microeconomics (6 quarter credits)
ECO1051
Macroeconomics (6 quarter credits)
HIS1000
Immigrants in the American City (3 quarter credits
HIS3200
History of Health Care in America (3 quarter credits)
HIS4100
Critical Aspects of American History (3 quarter credits)
PSYC10001
Introduction to Psychology (6 quarter credits)
PSYC2200
Educational Psychology (3 quarter credits)
PSYC2700
Child Development (3 quarter credits)
PSYC2800
Introduction to Human Sexuality (3 quarter credits)
POL1000
The Politics of American Government (6 quarter credits)
POL2000
Globalization (6 quarter credits)
SOC1000
Introduction to Human Society (6 quarter credits)
SOC2000
Cultural Diversity (6 quarter credits)
SOC3400
Social Deviance (6 quarter credits)

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Program Course Descriptions & Requirements

Core Courses - 42 course quarter credits

BSN4001
Orientation to Baccalaureate Nursing (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course is an introduction to the role of the bachelor’s-prepared nurse and serves as a bridge between learner’s current views of nursing practices and those that are presented throughout the nursing program. Course topics include health promotion, current health care systems, underserved and diverse populations, quality improvement, nursing research and evidence-based practice, collaborative relationships with the interprofessional teams, leadership principles and theories, and information management. For BSN learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or petition.

BSN4002
Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Learners conduct comprehensive evidence-based health assessments encompassing environmental, genetic, multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors and consider the skills members of collaborative interdisciplinary teams need to promote evidence-based quality care for individuals, groups, communities, and diverse populations. Learners also explore ways of adapting their communication style to meet the specific needs of their audience. Prerequisite(s): Completion of BSN4000 or BSN4001.

BSN4004
Nursing Research and Informatics* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course introduces learners to the application of research and information technology in the nursing profession. Learners identify the ways information systems and patient care technologies have contributed to improved patient outcomes; evaluate the safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and explore effective use of patient care technologies, communication systems, and information systems across the health- illness continuum. Learners also examine ethics in nursing research and scholarship and the relationships among theory, research, and behavior in the application of evidence-based nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4002.

BSN4006
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in professional nursing practice. Learners explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment and the nursing profession. Learners evaluate the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and examine ways to articulate the needs of individuals, communities, and vulnerable populations to consumers and appropriate officials. Learners also focus on the importance of cultural competence and ethical decision making in professional nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4012.

BSN4008
Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course presents the fundamental concepts and principles of individual and organizational leadership necessary for successful nursing practice in integrated and non-integrated health care systems and environments. Learners examine and evaluate nursing leadership concepts, research, and models and explore best practices of organizational and systems leadership to apply to professional nursing practice. Learners integrate the concept of quality improvement with patient safety and examine the influence of complex organizational and leadership system issues on quality and patient safety initiatives. Learners also analyze techniques for monitoring individual and organizational performance in promoting safe and caring patient-centered environments. Prerequisite(s): BSN4012.

BSN4010
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course presents concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in multicultural and vulnerable populations. Learners explore the wellness of individuals and populations from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives and examine factors that cause wellness disparities among people in vulnerable populations. Learners consider the ways health care access barriers are created and identify evidence-based best practices for developing a population-focused approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Learners also explore cultural competence and ways of applying it to professional nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4008.

BSN4012
Nursing Leadership and Management* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners examine theoretical concepts of leadership and management for the professional nurse, particularly those associated with health care finance, human resources, and materials allocation. Learners consider evidence-based best practices and behaviors that support effective nursing leadership in a variety of health care settings and analyze strategies for developing effective skills in coordination, delegation, collaboration, negotiation, conflict management, goal setting, performance improvement, and lifelong learning. Learners also explore ethical interpersonal communication as an essential component of positive interdisciplinary working relationships. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4010. Specialization Course Descriptions

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Specialization Courses - 18 course quarter credits

BSN4014
Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community service-based health care settings. Learners consider collaborative and innovative strategies for enhancing and improving current health care system approaches based on national and global holistic needs assessments and identify ways to advocate for quality patient and community outcomes and apply tribal, community, and global wellness strategies to professional practice. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4012.

BSN4016
Pharmacology for Patient Safety* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course focus on enhancing their current pharmacology knowledge, skills, and techniques as they apply to nursing practice. Learners study general and autonomic pharmacology and categories of drugs impacting patient safety in a variety of health care settings. Learners also focus on developing a multicultural and patient-centered perspective that addresses pharmacology, teamwork, and patient safety processes and initiatives. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4012.

BSN4017
Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals* (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to initiate, lead, and function in collaborative group processes for the purpose of enhancing the health and wellness of individuals, groups, communities, and populations. Learners study the evolution of various groups and examine their associated concepts, processes, goals, and dynamics as they apply to the clinical setting. Learners also identify group process barriers and interventions, particularly those associated with special and vulnerable populations and community and national directives. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4012. Capstone Course Description

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capstone Course - Taken during learner's final quarter.

BSN4020
Nursing Capstone Project (6 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course focus on synthesizing and applying the nursing knowledge and skills gained during their program. Learners demonstrate proficiency by integrating nursing theories, research, and best practices into a single practice model of health promotion or disease prevention for a specific community or population group. Learners create and customize an evidence-based project plan and develop and implement strategies for achieving desired project outcomes. For BSN learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in BSN4012. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or petition.

Elective Courses - Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Additional Program Requirements - 30 quarter credits

Credits taken in foundation nursing courses and undergraduate nursing skills course work totaling 30 quarter credits.

Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

Washington residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

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What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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To learn more, call 1.877.295.6782, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.