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 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.

Advanced Health Assessment — NUR-203024

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.

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 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.

Nursing Research — NUR-203074

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.

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 nurse's 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 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.

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

Advanced Clinical Experience — NUR-204095 (5 credits)

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.

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

Nursing Electives

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.

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.

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