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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In this course, students and mentors 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.

This course focuses on the synthesis of independent and collaborative health assessment information for the registered nurse. Students integrate concepts and theories of biological, psychological and sociocultural knowledge to impact health promotion, health maintenance and illness care. Concepts of prevention, anticipatory guidance and the early detection of risk factors are incorporated into holistic care. The course facilitates the use of evidence in practice, development of critical thinking and advancement of interdisciplinary communication skills, which are vital competencies for the professional nurse.

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.

This course provides an overview of fundamental nursing informatics concepts and informatics applications in clinical nursing practice, administration, research and education. Philosophical and ethical perspectives on nursing informatics are explored. Nursing informatics competency development is emphasized for the provision of safe, quality, competent nursing care, and to expand the knowledge and wisdom of nursing practice.

This course is intended to prepare students in understanding nursing research and the research process. The course prepares students at the baccalaureate level to critique, interpret and apply evidence-based research to nursing practice and to select an area in which to apply research methodology.

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

This course provides an in-depth overview of the United States' healthcare delivery system, including the nurse's role and responsibilities in the legislative process. Specific emphasis on advocacy, professional nursing standards and patient care delivery services including accessibility, equity and affordability are explored. 

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

This course examines theoretical leadership frameworks and management functions in the context of professional nursing practice. Students in the course will explore and analyze fundamental strategies to improve organizational culture and change, quality and safety of care, patient satisfaction, interprofessional dialogue and budgetary resource issues.

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

This course prepares students to apply the nursing process to the community as client for a population-focused practice of nursing. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared at the baccalaureate level to apply concepts and theories of community health practice as they relate to the role of the professional nurse.

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

Time Requirement —Be prepared to spend approximately 12 hours per week for the next 15 weeks completing the course requirements for this 4 credit course. The course requirements include a practice component that is fulfilled by completing 45 hours working with a preceptor in a community setting.

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

This course integrates advanced critical thinking and decision-making abilities with the application of theoretical frameworks, concepts, models of nursing practice, leadership, and management. Students will immerse themselves in a leadership role of the professional nurse in a setting of their choice under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. This course enables the B.S. student to examine and develop the multidimensional competencies needed to become an effective professional nurse leader within health care settings and to be mindful of the contexts for nursing practice in any environment.

For this course, the student will select one of four leadership tracks as an area of focus: Administrative, Clinical Practice, Education, or Informatics.

This course satisfies the college's liberal arts and sciences requirement.

Time Requirement — Be prepared to spend approximately 15 hours per week for the next 15 weeks completing the requirements for this 5 credit course. The course requirements include, a practice component that is fulfilled by completing 90 hours working with a preceptor in a clinical setting.

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

Nursing Electives

This course examines how our multi-generational society challenges nurses to work together with clients across the lifespan. Students will gain an understanding of the common cohort bonds and health care behaviors of various populations. Education related to age differences, controversial lifestyles, and minority health will be examined in this course. This course combines intellectual curiosity with research methodology. This course satisfies the college's liberal arts and sciences requirement.

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 the collaboration needed 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.

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

CCNE accredited seal

The RN to BSN, MS in Nursing Education, and MS in Nursing Administration programs at Empire State College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing®
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing seal Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter

The mission of STTI is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

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