RN to BSN Course Descriptions

Not all courses are offered every term. Current term offerings are listed in the Annual Learning Opportunities Inventory (LOI) for Nursing Students.

Liberal arts and general education courses may be taken online or onsite at locations across New York state.

Courses are 4 credits unless listed otherwise.

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Educational Planning: Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing — NUR-203014

In this course, students and faculty plan a program of study leading to the baccalaureate degree, focused around students’ understanding of the nursing profession, as well as their analysis of their own academic and professional skills, experiences and goals. In this process, students identify concepts and skill sets, as elucidated in the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, needed to perform effectively in professional baccalaureate nurse roles. Students will be introduced to the history and future of the profession, the impact of culture within health care systems, and the influence of culture on the role of the professional nurse. Students articulate an understanding of professional values and value-based nursing behaviors.

This course satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.

Advanced Health Assessment — NUR-203024

This course focuses on the application of independent and collaborative advanced health assessment techniques. Students integrate concepts, research and theories of biologic, psychologic and sociocultural knowledge; anticipatory guidance; prevention and early detection of risk factors into the analysis and synthesis of clinical data relating to health promotion; maintenance and illness care. Activities for the course facilitate the development of critical thinking and advanced communication skills, which are vital competencies needed for the professional nurse.

Pharmacology — NUR-203044

This course focuses on the essential principles of applied pharmacology. Students integrate core concepts of pharmacology and physiology to understand the clinical application of medications affecting body systems. Nursing considerations of various pharmacotherapies will be critically analyzed. Knowledge development, patient safety and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout course activities.

Nursing Informatics — NUR-203064

This course provides an overview of traditional and developing methods of discovering, retrieving and using information in nursing care of clients in a variety of health care settings. There is specific emphasis on methods, technology, equipment for assessment data, electronic databases, privacy, confidentiality and patient care technology.

Nursing Research — NUR-203074

This course provides a foundation for understanding the language of nursing research and underlying concepts of the research process. The course prepares nurses to analyze, critique, interpret and apply evidence-based research to professional nursing practice. As a special focus of the course, students select an area in which to apply their knowledge of research methodology.

This course satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.

Health Care Delivery Systems and Policy — NUR-204034

This course provides an in-depth overview of the U.S. health care delivery system, including the registered nurses role and responsibilities in the legislative processes. Specific emphasis on advocacy, professional nursing standards and patient care delivery services including accessibility, equity and affordability will be explored.

This course satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.

Professional Issues and Leadership in Contemporary Nursing — NUR-204054

This course examines the major theories of nursing leadership, legal issues, professional ethics and ethical application impacting professional nursing practice. Through the application of associated concepts, students formulate personal definitions of professional nursing.

This course satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.

Community Health Nursing — NUR-204084

This course addresses contemporary community health nursing issues, focusing on key concepts of wellness, prevention and chronic case management while caring for culturally diverse populations. The course includes a clinical experience in a community health setting supervised by program faculty and onsite preceptors. Students design these experiences in consultation with faculty mentors and preceptors. Students must choose clinical placements which are different from their current workplace environment, responsibilities and supervision. All clinical placements are evaluated and approved by faculty for curriculum “fit” prior to start of clinical experience. The course emphasizes theory and practice of community health nursing, while integrating principles of epidemiology. Students learn to assess the community as client for a population-focused practice of nursing. Course activities include assessments of individuals, families and groups to identify health needs and health disparities including bioterrorism and emergency preparedness.

Prerequisites: NUR-203014, NUR-203024, NUR-203044, NUR-203064, NUR-203074

Advanced Clinical Experience — NUR-204095 (5 credits)

This is the culminating capstone clinical experience in the RN to BSN program, in which students reflect on the transition from associate degree to bachelor’s degree preparation for nursing practice. The course provides a foundation for enhanced professional growth in an existing or future nurse role, by exposing the student to selected contemporary challenges in a health care delivery setting. The course specifically affords the RN to BSN students an opportunity to examine and develop the multidimensional competencies essential to become an effective nurse leader.

Prerequisites: NUR- 203014, NUR-203024, NUR-203044, NUR-203064, NUR-203074, NUR-204084

Nursing Electives

Advanced Nursing Physiology — NUR-203244

This course enables the student to gain an advanced knowledge base of the principles of anatomy and physiology related to professional nursing. The student analyzes complex interrelationships and interdependence of organ systems in disease and wellness throughout the life span. Selected content relating to pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, immunologic and endocrine systems is included.

This course satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health — NUR-203254

This course is open to both nursing and non-nursing students and will introduce students to the main concepts of the global health field. Students will get an overview of principles and goals of global health, global health issues, burden of disease and cooperating to improve global health. Students will utilize critical reasoning and evidence-based practices to propose and support solutions for public health concerns around the world.

Multigenerational Nursing — NUR-203204

This course examines how our multigenerational society challenges the nursing professional to work with clients across the life span. Students gain an understanding of the common bonds and the intergenerational challenges between youth, older persons and sandwiched populations. The students develop an appreciation of the quality of life as defined by individuals of various ages within health care environments and communities. Education related to specific developmental issues and bridging the gaps among generations will be integrated throughout this course.

The course combines intellectual curiosity with research methodology and satisfies the college’s liberal arts and sciences requirements.