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Nursing, BSN (RN to BSN)

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN) is a degree completion program for registered nurses.  This program emphasizes critical thinking, leadership, management, research, physical assessment, and health promotion across a variety of community-based healthcare settings.  The curriculum accentuates cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery through both online classroom and clinical components.

The framework of the RN to BSN program includes the broad competency areas of knowledge, the elements of critical thinking, skills performance, collaboration, caring and professionalism.  Each of these areas are reflected in program outcomes that build upon prior learning and incorporate competencies as outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC  20036-1120, (202) 887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu.

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Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives:

  • To develop knowledgeable nursing care providers who are able to demonstrate mastery of the science of professional nursing practice as a result of the integration of content relating to current concepts of professional inquiry, critical thinking, communication, leadership and healthcare delivery.
  • To develop critical thinkers who are able to creatively engage in rational inquiry utilizing the nursing process in both well-defined, relatively common clinical situations and in complex clinical situations.
  • To develop skilled healthcare providers who are prepared to provide a higher level of nursing assessment in their direct or indirect care of ethically, culturally and/or spiritually diverse patients and their families.
  • To develop effective collaborators of healthcare who are prepared to work in a leadership capacity to design and manage the care of individuals and their families.
  • To develop caring and therapeutic communicators who are prepared to utilize broadened tools of communication in advocating the comfort and self-determination of patients and their families.
  • To develop nursing professionals who practice nursing within a legal/ethical framework.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening where applicable.
  • Graduation from either an associate degree nursing program or a diploma nursing program.
  • Proof of current, active and non-restricted professional licensure as a registered nurse in the United States.

Note: Nursing Diploma and International students must satisfy the following prerequisites (or equivalent with a “C” or higher) before beginning upper division major courses.  Course equivalency is established by the Dean of Academic Affairs or the University Department Chair from official transcripts received from accredited institutions.

  • College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra
  • English Composition I
  • American Literature or English Literature
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology I
  • Lifespan Development

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, students must earn 60.0 upper division credit hours.  All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher to proceed successfully through the program.  Program requirements are as follows:

Nursing Major Courses: ( 48.0 credit hours )
Physical Assessment in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Pathophysiology I 3.0 credit hours
Pathophysiology II 3.0 credit hours
Crisis Intervention 3.0 credit hours
Transcultural Factors in Healthcare Delivery 3.0 credit hours
Nursing Role and Scope 3.0 credit hours
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice 3.0 credit hours
Nursing Research 3.0 credit hours
Nursing and the Aging Family 3.0 credit hours
Community Nursing 3.0 credit hours
Nursing Roles Practicum 3.0 credit hours
Nursing Leadership and Management 3.0 credit hours
Nursing Informatics 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Management in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Public Health Management 3.0 credit hours
Risk Management in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Interpersonal Communication for Professionals 3.0 credit hours
Research Writing 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Performance Evaluation 3.0 credit hours

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