Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Curriculum

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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides a registered nurse (RN) with greatly improved career opportunities. While all nurses, regardless of qualification or skill level, are expected to be able to deliver basic nursing services, a BSN prepares an RN for possible future leadership roles with more responsibilities.

An online RN to BSN degree program presents an ideal opportunity for a nurse to study while continuing to work. The curriculum covers a wide range of courses to equip RNs with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on extra responsibility and advance their careers.

Maryville University Online RN to BSN Curriculum

The online RN to BSN program at Maryville University strives to help students achieve the education necessary to advance their careers in nursing. The program requires a valid RN license to be awarded 40 transfer credit hours. The program requires a total of 129 credit hours to graduate, 30 of which must be taken at Maryville.

Learn more about Maryville’s online RN to BSN curriculum here:

Nursing Credit by Validation of RN License

40 credit hours

NURS 200Health Promotion 3 Credits
NURS 201Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3 Credits
NURS 203Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice 4 Credits
NURS 205Pharmacology and Nursing Management3 Credits
NURS 302Psychosocial Nursing Care4 Credits
NURS 303Nursing Care of the Adult I6 Credits
NURS 305Care of the Child-Bearing Family 5 Credits
NURS 306Nursing Care of Children5 Credits
NURS 310Adult Nursing Skills Lab1 Credit
NURS 402Nursing Care of the Adult II6 Credits

Online RN to BSN Curriculum

25 credit hours

NURS 307Transition to Professional Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 309Nursing Research 3 Credits
NURS 330Individual Assessment3 Credits
NURS 341Family Assessment3 Credits
NURS 342Nursing Informatics3 Credits
NURS 406Leadership in Contemporary Health Care 3 Credits
NURS 416Public Health Capstone4 Credits

Online RN to BSN Elective Courses

Select one elective – 3 credit hours

NURS 414Genetics in Nursing3 Credits
NURS 412Nursing Care at End-Of-Life3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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Skills, Concepts, and Opportunities an RN to BSN Completion Program Can Provide

A typical RN to BSN curriculum focuses on the following skill sets and concepts related to nursing:

Leadership in the workplace.

Leadership is the ability to influence others to improve their performance and achieve better results for an organization. In nursing, senior nurses must know how to take the lead and manage junior healthcare staff in providing better patient care. Effective leaders need to build meaningful relationships while displaying strong management capabilities, integrity, confidence, adaptability, and the capacity to delegate efficiently.

Interpersonal communication with patients and their families.

Effective nurse-patient-family communication is critical for delivering quality healthcare and building sound relationships based on compassion and respect. Communication can be a challenging aspect for some students, so this area of the curriculum focuses on techniques and strategies that can help develop students’ interpersonal communication skills.

Caring for aging patient populations.

Advances in healthcare and medical technology have led to increased life expectancy. Consequently, caring for an aging patient population is becoming an increasingly important aspect of nursing. Students can learn about the special needs of the elderly and how to care for them effectively.

Advanced healthcare technologies.

This area of the curriculum covers clinical informatics, which focuses on the implementation, support, and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs). Nursing professionals may gain an appreciation for the importance of accurately recording patients’ information in the EHR to improve the accuracy and quality of healthcare.

Common Courses for RN to BSN Students

The RN to BSN curriculum typically includes the following courses:

Nursing Informatics.

Students require basic computing and word processing skills for this course. Post-licensure nursing students are provided with an overview of informatics. Students may learn how to integrate nursing practice, education, and research with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. The course focuses on technology-based health applications that support clinical, administrative, and research decision-making and the use of such applications in evidence-based practice. Current trends and issues in nursing and healthcare management are also examined.

Nursing Care at End of Life.

This course addresses the critical aspects of palliative nursing care. Students can gain knowledge and skills in clinical nursing assessment, symptom management, ethics, cultural influences, and spirituality. The needs of special populations and nursing management are also covered.

Leadership in Contemporary Health Care.

The current healthcare environment provides many opportunities for professional nurses to assume a leadership role. In this course, students can learn the responsibilities of a professional nurse while gaining an understanding of historical and contemporary nursing issues. The course emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, principles of management, and nursing practice models.

Family Assessment.

Only in recent times has the family been widely recognized as a critical element in patient care, even though families have been part of nursing care for many years. This course focuses on the importance of broadening the practice of healthcare professionals to serve the family as a unit, as well as each individual family member. During this course, students can gain a sound theoretical foundation for family nursing assessment and intervention.