RN-BSN Curriculum New Spring 2021

The RN-BSN program will implement new curriculum beginning in Spring 2021.

BSN 302Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice(3)
BSN 306Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3)
BSN 346Pathophysiology(3)
BSN 382Health Assessment(2)
BSN 381Health Assessment Skills Lab(1)
BSN 422Community Based Nursing(3)
BSN 423Community Based Nursing Role Performance(2)
BSN 452Principles of Leadership, Healthcare systems, Policy, and Finance(3)
BSN 460Nursing Research Utilization(3)
Total units23

The SON has been approved to give 24 units for NCLEX credit to our BSN students once they earn their RN license, starting in the Spring 2021 catalog. The NCLEX Unit Form needs to be submitted in order to receive credit. Students may receive up to 24 units of NCLEX credit, in order to meet the 120 units required for a BSN degree, once all other transferable credit has been assigned. The detailed information can be found in the BSN curriculum Change-Implementation Plan.

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BSN Course Descriptions

(2020-2021 Catalog)

BSN 302 - Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3)

Focuses on concepts essential to the baccalaureate prepared nurse for socialization into the full professional role. Incorporates The Essentials of Educated Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008). Content areas include returning to school and role development, historical nursing influences, nursing theory, ethical practice, quality practice, accountability and professional nursing issues/trends.

BSN 306 - Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3)

Applies cultural concepts and models to explore various forms of human diversity. Analyzes how cultural diversity affects health beliefs, health care behaviors, and health/illness dynamics. Discusses ethnocentrism and bias and their impact on health care. Helps to build cultural competence and improve health care delivery.(UD GE Integrative Studies: Social Science)

 BSN 346 - Pathophysiology (3)

Recommended Prerequisite: BSN 302. Explores the response of the human body to various disease processes. Examines the rationale behind diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury. Contrasts the environmental and genetic components that contribute to health/illness. Emphasizes research advances in genetics and biomedical sciences, especially related to HIV/AIDS and quality of life. (UD GE Integrative Studies: Natural Science)

BSN 382 - Health Assessment (2)

Recommended Prerequisite: BSN 346. Recommended Co-requisite: BSN 381.
Students examine the theoretical knowledge and psycho-motor skills necessary to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination on the pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient.

BSN 381 - Health Assessment Skills Lab (1)

Prerequisite: BSN 346 is recommended. Corequisite: BSN 382 is recommended. Provides the opportunity for application of basic knowledge and the practice of skills related to performing a complete nursing health assessment of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. Requires 16 hours of practice in a clinical laboratory. CR/NC grading.

 BSN 422 - Community Based Nursing (3)

Prerequisites: BSN 302, BSN 346, BSN 382, and BSN 381,  or concurrent enrollment are required. Co-requisite: BSN 423 is required. Explores dimensions of community-based nursing from individual/family health to community's overall health levels. Explores nursing scopes and responsibilities in healthy promotion and education, disease prevention, and risk reduction. Examines how epidemiological and evidence-based practice principles may be applied in order to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate community-based nursing interventions.

BSN 423 - Community Based Nursing Role Performance (2)

Prerequisites: BSN 302, BSN 346, BSN 382, BSN 381, and BSN 422 (or concurrent enrollment) are required. Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and the skills of the community-based nurse in a community setting. Requires 90 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor for the Public Health Nurse Certificate.

 BSN 452 - Principles of Leadership, Healthcare systems, Policy, and Finance (3)

Required Prerequisite: BSN 302. Recommended Prerequisite: BSN 460Introduces concepts of leadership, management, advocacy and roles of the professional nurse in relation to career planning, organizational and system-wide change. Topics include professionalism, ethics, power, quality, safety, inter-professional collaboration, changes, group dynamics, finance, technology, and strategic planning. 

 BSN 460 - Nursing Research Utilization (3)

Examines scientific clinical nursing rationale for research utilization and theory-based practice. Presents concepts of research methods and processes. Analyzes relevant nursing problems for clinical effective practice.


For current students:

For current students who plan on graduating Spring, Summer or Fall 2020, you will follow the current curriculum.  For students graduating Spring 2021 or later, you will follow the new curriculum.  For students admitted Fall 2020, the SON and BSN Major Advising will assist you with a change of catalog when the time comes, to reflect the new curriculum. Students starting Spring 2021 will automatically be placed in the new catalog with new curriculum.

BSN 452 will replace 450 & 451 & 430 starting Spring 2021

However, if you have already taken:

BSN 430 but not BSN 450/451 = take BSN 450/451 in the Fall

BSN 450 & BSN 451 but not BSN 430 = take BSN 430 in the Fall

BSN 430 and 450 but not BSN 451 = take BSN 451 in the Fall

BSN 382 will replace 380 starting Spring 2021

However, if you have already taken:

BSN 380 & 381, you will receive credit for BSN 382 & 381 Spring 2021 and after.

Current curriculum compared to New curriculum. [PDF version] 



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