Curriculum

RN-BSN Curriculum

It is preferable that courses be taken in a general order. The program can be completed in three or more terms. Most full-time students take 11-15 units a term and complete the program in four semesters. Below is an example of a full-time and a part-time study plan.

Full-time (3 Terms)

Term

Nursing Courses

Total Units

Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 302 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3)
  • BSN 306 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3)#
  • BSN 340 Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3)
  • BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3)#
  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3)**
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Lab (1)**
  • GWAR ENG 350 or GWE (0-3)
16-19 
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 307 Healthcare Informatics & Technology (3)
  • BSN 408 Gerontological Nursing Practice (3)
  • BSN 450 Principles of Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)
  • BSN 451 Leadership/Management Role Performance (2)
  • GE F1 HUM 310 Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3)
14
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 400 Health Promotion and Teaching (3)
  • BSN 430 Healthcare Systems, Policy & finance (3)
  • BSN 422 Community Based Nursing (3)
  • BSN 423 Community Based Nursing Role Performance (2)
  • BSN 460 Nursing Research Utilization (3)
14
 
  • NCLEX Credits
6
50-53

Part-time (8 Terms)

Term

Nursing Courses

Total Units

Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 302 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (3)
  • GWAR ENG 350 or GWE (0-3)
3-6
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 306 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3)
  • BSN 340 Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3)
6
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 307 Healthcare Informatics & Technology (3)
  • BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3)
6
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3)**
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Lab (1)**
  • BSN 400 Health Promotion and Teaching (3)
7
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • GE F1 HUM 310 Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3)
  • BSN 408 Gerontological Nursing Practice (3)
6
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 450 Principles of Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)
  • BSN 451 Leadership/Management Role Performance (2)
5
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 430 Healthcare Systems, Policy & finance (3)
  • BSN 460 Nursing Research Utilization (3)
6
Fall/Spring/Summer
  • BSN 422 Community Based Nursing (3)
  • BSN 423 Community Based Nursing Role Performance (2)
5
  • NCLEX Credits
6
50-53


# BSN 306 and 346 can be completed via a Challenge Exam. The Challenge Exam Information Sheet [Word] will provide you with more details. 

** Students must take BSN 380 prior or concurrently with BSN 381-- a Performance Course and as such, requires clinical performance. BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Seminar takes place either on campus or at a location identified one weekend during the semester. Attendance is required.

 Performance courses (423& 451) occur in a clinical field setting and involve a clinical preceptor as well as the course instructor. Theory and clinical courses need to be taken in the same semester. All performance courses have TBA (to-be-assigned) dates and hours in addition to those listed in the class schedule. Refer to the course syllabus and the BSN Clinical Handbook [PDF] for more specific information.

The SON has been approved to give 6 units for NCLEX credit to our BSN students once they earn their RN license, starting in the Fall 2016 catalog. The NCLEX Unit Form needs to be submitted in order to receive credit. The detailed information can be found in the BSN curriculum Change-Implementation Plan.

For advisement on the nursing degree requirements, contact ​bsnmajoradvising@csudh.edu

For GE advisement, contact bsnge@csudh.edu

BSN Course Descriptions

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 AREA D or G)

BSN 307 - Healthcare Informatics & Technology (3)

Provides and overview of the resources, devices and methods required to optimize the retrieval, storage, and use of information in health care. Explores technology in nursing / health care practice, research, education, and leadership.

BSN 340 - Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3)

Examines communication skills critical to the practice of nursing, incorporating theoretical principles and applications. Includes analysis of helping relationships with clients, as well as collaboration, networking, negotiation, and conflict resolution in interdisciplinary health care settings.

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 AREA B)

BSN 380 - Health Assessment (3)

Prerequisite: BSN 346 is recommended. Corequisite: BSN 381 is recommended. Provides the opportunity to gain basic knowledge and assessment skills required to perform a complete nursing health assessment of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.

BSN 381 - Health Assessment Skills Lab (1)

Prerequisite: BSN 346 is recommended. Corequisite: BSN 380 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 400 - Health Promotion and Teaching (3)

Prerequisite: BSN 302 is required. Explores the concepts of health promotion and the inter-related teaching process. Considers a variety of client situations and the appropriate teaching strategies. Investigates the learning needs within health care institutions and addresses program evaluation. This course is designated as a writing intensive course.

BSN 408 - Gerontological Nursing Practice (3)

Equips nurses with the specific skills and knowledge to respond effectively to the needs of the aging population. Centers on health needs of older adults and the application of efficacious, individual ways to assess and manage complex care of the older adult in various practice settings.

BSN 422 - Community Based Nursing (3)

Prerequisites: BSN 302BSN 346BSN 380BSN 381, and BSN 400 or concurrent enrollment are required. Co-requisite: BSN 423 is recommended. 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 302BSN 346BSN 380BSN 381BSN 400 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 430 - Healthcare Systems, Policy & finance (3)

Prerequisite: BSN 400 IS recommended. Provides an overview of health policy generation, regulation and implementation. Views Nursing I as pivotal in promoting public health policy, advocating for nursing and health care reform and critically evaluating key outcomes of health care programs. Critically examines financial models.

BSN 450 - Principles of Leadership & Management in Nursing (3)

Prerequisite: BSN 460 is recommended. Corequisite: BSN 451 is recommended. Focuses on theoretical principles to provide nurses with the knowledge base to be effective leaders/managers in today's health care environment. Discusses topics such as strategic planning, power, advocacy, collaboration and resource management.

BSN 451 - Leadership/Management Role Performance (2)

Prerequisite: BSN 450 or concurrent enrollment is recommended. Provides an opportunity for application of the knowledge and skills of the role of the nurse manager/leader in an administrative setting. Requires 48 hours of clinical practice with a preceptor. CR/NC grading.

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.