Nursing, Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a degree completion program for registered nurses. The program provides a smooth transition for Registered Nurses furthering their education and careers, and serves the community and our society by meeting the need for increased numbers of highly skilled and knowledgeable nursing professionals. Program emphasis is on professional development in communication, critical thinking, community health, research, and leadership. Advanced standing credits are awarded for past nursing coursework. The program is delivered in an online format with a part-time or full-time option.

Program Outcomes

The objective of the curriculum is to produce baccalaureate-prepared, registered professional nurse graduates who can:

  • Utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and research in evidence-based decision making to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes across healthcare settings.
  • Apply contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories to innovate practice environments, problem solve and effect change.
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts, theories, and standards to professional nursing practice.
  • Communicate with patients, families, and healthcare providers to coordinate care and advocate for vulnerable populations across healthcare settings.
  • Integrate a variety of concepts related to trends and issues in contemporary nursing to foster professional role development.
  • Analyze how advanced technologies may be used in practice to improve patient care.
  • Contribute to the profession by performing as a team member, delegating effectively, and mentoring other nurses.
  • Analyze the role of healthcare policy and politics in promoting healthy populations and the nursing profession.
  • Apply theories, interventions, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies to promote physically safe and healthy environments for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups in a variety of community settings and situations.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to roles in education, clinical practice, or informatics for professional practice and career advancement.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility to nursing practice and value life-long learning and reflective practice.

For additional information about the program outcomes, please see the Student Consumer Information (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/medical/program/nursing-bachelor-degree/ ) which provides additional information on the future careers, success, cost, and financing for this program. For information on the University Completion and Graduation Rates, please see Information About the University on the ECPI website (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/services/about-ecpi-university/ )

About Nursing

The BSN-prepared graduate is eligible for roles in leadership and management, community health, informatics, and specialty bedside practice. Nurses holding a BSN degree may pursue advanced education that may lead to specialized practice. Graduates of this program can work in many different healthcare settings, such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and community health facilities.

A state-issued license to practice as an RN, a background check, drug screening, up-to-date immunizations, TB testing, and CPR certification are all often required of BSN graduates in their careers.

Nurses who have a BSN degree are often placed in leadership positions after they have gained significant work experience. Some positions include: Case Manager, Charge Nurse, or Unit Manager.

Program Outline

To receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the student must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes 60 transfer credits from the required associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The degree completion program consists of 60 semester credits, which can be completed in a minimum of 3 semesters or 12 months of instruction for the full-time option and 6 semesters for the part-time option. The Program requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

Upper Level Program Curriculum

45 semester credit hours
HLT101Nutrition

3

HUM205Culture and Diversity

3

NUR301Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice

3

NUR320Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice

3

NUR330Pathophysiology

3

NUR331Health Assessment

3

NUR380Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in Nursing

3

NUR401Nurse As Educator

3

NUR420Community Health Nursing

3

NUR420LCommunity Health Nursing Preceptorship

1

NUR422Managing Crisis in Community Settings

3

NUR430Leading and Managing for Innovation

3

NUR452Senior Practicum

3

NUR490Nursing Capstone

2

PSY300Human Growth & Development

3

Upper Level Arts and Sciences

15 semester credit hours

CAP480Arts and Sciences Capstone

3

COM115Principles of Communication

3

ENG120Advanced Composition

3

MTH140Statistics

3

PSY105Introduction to Psychology

3

Choose one of the following electives:

3 semester credit hours

NUR440Introduction to Nursing Informatics

3

NUR451Case Management

3