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RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

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

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.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 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 6 quarter credits

HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits

BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits

ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 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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NHS4000
Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For School of Nursing and Health Sciences learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BSN4002
Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration

In this course, learners analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Learners conduct a comprehensive evidencebased health assessment and examine and explain the communication skills members of collaborative teams need for evidence-based quality care.

6 quarter credits
BSN4004
Nursing Research and Informatics

This course is an introduction 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; demonstrate competence in incorporating safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4006
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations

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 develop and demonstrate their knowledge of 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 analyze the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and practice articulating 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4008
Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate the fundamental concepts and principles of individual and organizational leadership necessary for successful nursing practice in integrated and nonintegrated health care systems and environments. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of nursing leadership concepts, research, and models and evaluate 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4010
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding of concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in multicultural and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate the health care needs of individuals and populations from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives and examine factors that cause wellness disparities among people in vulnerable populations. Learners analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4012
Nursing Leadership and Management

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 build and apply a working knowledge of 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. Throughout the course, learners also integrate ethical interpersonal communication skills necessary for positive interdisciplinary working relationships.

6 quarter credits
BSN4014
Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service

In this course, learners develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community service-based health care settings. Learners apply 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4016
Pharmacology for Patient Safety

Learners in this course further develop their knowledge of pharmacology as they apply skills, attitudes, and techniques to evidence-based nursing practice. Learners demonstrate an understanding of general pharmacology, drug categories, and patient safety in a variety of health care settings. Learners also develop a multicultural and patientcentered perspective that addresses disease processes, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, teamwork, and patient safety initiatives.

6 quarter credits
BSN4017
Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals

In this course, learners build and strengthen 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 also identify group process barriers and interventions, particularly those associated with special and vulnerable populations and community and national directives.

6 quarter credits

NHS4000
Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For School of Nursing and Health Sciences learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BSN4002
Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration

In this course, learners analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Learners conduct a comprehensive evidencebased health assessment and examine and explain the communication skills members of collaborative teams need for evidence-based quality care.

6 quarter credits
BSN4004
Nursing Research and Informatics

This course is an introduction 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; demonstrate competence in incorporating safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4006
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations

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 develop and demonstrate their knowledge of 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 analyze the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and practice articulating 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4008
Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate the fundamental concepts and principles of individual and organizational leadership necessary for successful nursing practice in integrated and nonintegrated health care systems and environments. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of nursing leadership concepts, research, and models and evaluate 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4010
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding of concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in multicultural and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate the health care needs of individuals and populations from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives and examine factors that cause wellness disparities among people in vulnerable populations. Learners analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4012
Nursing Leadership and Management

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 build and apply a working knowledge of 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. Throughout the course, learners also integrate ethical interpersonal communication skills necessary for positive interdisciplinary working relationships.

6 quarter credits
BSN4014
Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service

In this course, learners develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community service-based health care settings. Learners apply 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4016
Pharmacology for Patient Safety

Learners in this course further develop their knowledge of pharmacology as they apply skills, attitudes, and techniques to evidence-based nursing practice. Learners demonstrate an understanding of general pharmacology, drug categories, and patient safety in a variety of health care settings. Learners also develop a multicultural and patientcentered perspective that addresses disease processes, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, teamwork, and patient safety initiatives.

6 quarter credits
BSN4017
Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals

In this course, learners build and strengthen 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 also identify group process barriers and interventions, particularly those associated with special and vulnerable populations and community and national directives.

6 quarter credits

BSN4020
Nursing Capstone Project

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. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BSN4020
Nursing Capstone Project

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. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

MSN6011
Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health

Learners in this course acquire an understanding of the nature of evidence and its relative value and weight in making clinical decisions that impact patient and population outcomes. In particular, learners assess appropriate methods and analytic approaches in order to investigate, evaluate, and synthesize the best available evidence for potential solutions and innovations.

4 quarter credits
NHS5004
Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners

This course prepares learners for master’s-level course work in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze how the role of the practitioner-scholar guides leadership in the health care field and determine the ways in which they can effectively use communication strategies expected of health care professionals. In particular, learners examine the attributes that contribute to effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS6004
Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

4 quarter credits

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 coursework totaling 30 quarter credits.

Total 180 quarter credits

Combined Option

Learners enrolled in the Combined BSN/MSN Nursing option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of BSN4006 and BSN4012.

Master’s-level courses - 12 quarter credits for GuidedPath or 6 program points for FlexPath

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NHS4000
Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For School of Nursing and Health Sciences learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BSN4002
Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration

In this course, learners analyze effective health assessment methods, communication strategies, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Learners conduct a comprehensive evidencebased health assessment and examine and explain the communication skills members of collaborative teams need for evidence-based quality care.

6 quarter credits
BSN4004
Nursing Research and Informatics

This course is an introduction 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; demonstrate competence in incorporating safeguards, secure practices, and ethical standards needed to promote and support data security, patient confidentiality, and regulatory requirements; and analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4006
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations

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 develop and demonstrate their knowledge of 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 analyze the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and practice articulating 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4008
Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate the fundamental concepts and principles of individual and organizational leadership necessary for successful nursing practice in integrated and nonintegrated health care systems and environments. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of nursing leadership concepts, research, and models and evaluate 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4010
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding of concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in multicultural and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate the health care needs of individuals and populations from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives and examine factors that cause wellness disparities among people in vulnerable populations. Learners analyze 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4012
Nursing Leadership and Management

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 build and apply a working knowledge of 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. Throughout the course, learners also integrate ethical interpersonal communication skills necessary for positive interdisciplinary working relationships.

6 quarter credits
BSN4014
Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service

In this course, learners develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to function as effective team members in public- or community service-based health care settings. Learners apply 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.

6 quarter credits
BSN4016
Pharmacology for Patient Safety

Learners in this course further develop their knowledge of pharmacology as they apply skills, attitudes, and techniques to evidence-based nursing practice. Learners demonstrate an understanding of general pharmacology, drug categories, and patient safety in a variety of health care settings. Learners also develop a multicultural and patientcentered perspective that addresses disease processes, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, teamwork, and patient safety initiatives.

6 quarter credits
BSN4017
Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals

In this course, learners build and strengthen 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 also identify group process barriers and interventions, particularly those associated with special and vulnerable populations and community and national directives.

6 quarter credits

BSN4020
Nursing Capstone Project

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. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

MSN6011
Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health

Learners in this course acquire an understanding of the nature of evidence and its relative value and weight in making clinical decisions that impact patient and population outcomes. In particular, learners assess appropriate methods and analytic approaches in order to investigate, evaluate, and synthesize the best available evidence for potential solutions and innovations.

4 quarter credits
NHS5004
Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners

This course prepares learners for master’s-level course work in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze how the role of the practitioner-scholar guides leadership in the health care field and determine the ways in which they can effectively use communication strategies expected of health care professionals. In particular, learners examine the attributes that contribute to effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS6004
Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

4 quarter credits

These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

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

Admission to the Combined BSN/MSN option requires learners to have a current, unrestricted RN license.

Washington residents are not eligible to enroll in this program.

The BSN degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to potentially save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath, available for this program in April 2017. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session—you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

Learn more about FlexPath self-paced learning

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RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

Finish both your BSN and MSN in just over three years—while saving thousands in tuition costs. Learn more about our RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

What Can I Expect?

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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