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Online RN-to-BSN Curriculum

Learn the skills you need to lead.

Recognized as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for 2013-2017, Widener University is committed to preparing cross-disciplined nurses who can enhance the value they bring to their current professional roles and organizations.

Our RN-to-BSN courses provide you with a swift, flexible path to achieving your BSN with the application of credits from prior coursework allowing you to earn your degree in less than one year or create a custom program plan. We challenge our students to take an active role in today’s global society and to draw connections between their courses and current societal issues and challenges.

Widener’s online RN-to-BSN curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials and prepares students to stand out as exceptional nursing candidates for facilities striving to obtain Magnet Recognition Status.

The program is comprised of 122 credit hours in total. Of these, 92 credits represent a combination of the nursing and prerequisite coursework you have completed, and 30 credits represent RN-to-BSN coursework, all of which is offered online.

Deepen your knowledge and elevate your leadership skills with our online bachelor of science in nursing for registered nurses.

The Online RN-to-BSN Core Curriculum At-A-Glance

Core Curriculum

This course focuses on the synthesis of leadership and management roles and theories. The course facilitates personal growth and professional practice for safe, evidence-based, quality, patient-centered care and clinical outcomes. Student support for professional practice occurs through exploration of competencies in leadership and management, interdisciplinary communication, collaboration, conflict management, teamwork, delegation, prioritization, change, resource management, and decision-making. A guided project provides an opportunity for the student to develop in the roles of leader, manager, and member of a profession. Students use evidence-based practice to design and plan a quality improvement project in an approved health care setting in order to demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in professional practice. This is a writing-enhanced course. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.

This course focuses on the economic, political, and social factors that influence and affect nursing care in the 21st century. Students examine the ethical, financial, legal, and social aspects of the health care delivery system and its functions. The course focuses on historical and current processes that shape health care policies, the impact of policy decisions, and how resources can be used effectively with the three main cornerstones of health care delivery: access, cost, and quality. Students discuss the role of information technology in managing health care and the impact on cultural and global trends. This course introduces the role of the nurse as advocate and change agent in influencing policy decisions that improve patient, provider, and system outcomes. It also focuses on strategies for shaping future health care policy and the needs of vulnerable and culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.

This course provides an opportunity to explore professional nursing from the perspective of a baccalaureate education. The course is designed to increase the learner’s knowledge of the history, philosophy, and conceptual basis of professional nursing. The impact on current trends in health care on the client, the nurse, and the profession are discussed. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.

This course focuses on clinical prevention and population health across the life span. Biological, psychological, sociocultural, environmental, political, ethical, and economic factors that influence population health and illness are explored, including the contribution of these factors to health disparities. Because the health of a population is contingent upon the health of the individuals, families, and groups that exist within it, both individual and population focused, evidence-based interventions are discussed. Nursing interventions focus on primary and secondary levels of prevention within the context of social justice. This is a service learning course. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.

This course explores the relationship of genetics and genomics to physiology and pathophysiology. How genes, environmental, and lifestyle factors interact to influence health and illness is explored. The course examines the use of genetics and genomics in a comprehensive nursing health and physical assessment in order to identify factors that predispose clients to disease and affect their treatments and prognosis. The course discusses how nurses incorporate genetics and genomics into their practice to improve clients’ health and increase their longevity. Resources to assist clients seeking genetics and genomics screening or services are explored. The ethical, legal, and social issues associated with genomic information are discussed. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.

This course promotes in students a knowledgeable and enthusiastic interest in research. The course provides a beginning foundation for the use of research through a synthesis of introductory research knowledge with emphasis on writing and scholarly exchange. The knowledge gained in this course enables students to understand the language of research and the scientific process. Topics include the language of research, the steps of the scientific research method, and articulating and translating research into practice. Ethical issues in research are discussed. This course focuses on enhancing the students’ ability to read, comprehend, critically appraise, and apply the best evidence to the practice of nursing. Prerequisites: Registered nurse, PSY 381 (Statistics).

This course promotes in students a knowledgeable and enthusiastic interest in evidence-based practice (EBP). The course provides a beginning foundation for the use of evidence-based practice through a synthesis of introductory research knowledge, with emphasis on evidence-based nursing practice, writing, and scholarly exchange. The course prepares students to understand the steps to implementing evidenced-based practice. Topics include articulating clinical questions, using electronic databases to locate evidence, evaluating levels of evidence, and identifying EBP models used to translate evidence into practice. Ethical issues in evidence-based practice are discussed. The course focuses on enhancing the students’ ability to read, comprehend, critically appraise, and apply the best evidence to the professional practice of nursing. Prerequisites: Registered nurse, NURS 446.

Because of the increasing number of older adults in the United States and the aging of immigrant and refugee populations, nursing professionals must address the health care needs of a diverse population of older adults. This course focuses on the physical, psychological, social, economic, and cultural forces that influence the health of this population. A wide range of health care needs, from primary prevention to end-of-life, are explored. Evidenced-based strategies are discussed to help older adults improve and maintain their quality of life by maximizing their health, function, and independence. Ethical issues that affect this population are examined. The emphasis is on healthy aging and the provision of safe, effective, and culturally appropriate care to older adults. Prerequisite: Registered nurse.