RN to BSN Program Curriculum

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

Nursing Courses Transferred for Admission

NUR101

NURSING EXPERIENCE

35

NUR102

NURSING PHARMACOLOGY

3

TOTAL TRANSFER FROM NURSING COURSES

38

General Education Courses Required for Admission

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

4

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

4

 

MICROBIOLOGY

4

 

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3

 

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II OR LITERATURE

3

 

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

 

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

3

TOTAL TRANSFER FROM GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

30

APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF TRANSFER CREDITS

68

Nursing Program Courses

NUR301

PROFESSIONAL NURSING AND INFORMATICS

4

NUR302

COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT

2

NUR403

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES FOR NURSE LEADERS

3

NUR404

NURSING CARE OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY

3

NUR405

COMMUNITY FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

3

NUR406

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH

4

NUR407

PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

4

NUR408

PERSPECTIVES OF CONTEMPORARY NURSING

3

NUR409

ADVOCACY AND ETHICS IN NURSING

2

NUR413

NURSING CAPSTONE

3

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FOR PROGRAM COURSES

31

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

CIS---

COMPUTER INFORMATION ELECTIVE

3

COM---

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVE

3

LAN203 OR LAN---

SPANISH FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS OR LANGUAGE ELECTIVE

3

MTH---

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

ARTS AND HUMANITIES ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE

3

ZZZ---

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE

3

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS FROM GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

22

Minimum total credits required

121

Note: RN License is required for admittance into program, and must be maintained throughout the program.  Students must show evidence of immunizations to include MMR, Flu, Tetanus, Hepatitis B or waiver, PPD as well as a recent physical examination and evidence of a health insurance policy.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Carin Tripodina, Ed.D., R.N., C.P.N., C.N.E.
Email: ctripodina@lincolncollegene.edu
Campus Extension: 40928

PROGRAM MISSION
Lincoln College of New England's RN to BSN program fosters a learning environment that prepares culturally competent nurses to lead and educate in a diverse and complex world.

 

PROGRAM COURSES:

 

NUR301 Professional Nursing and Informatics 4 credits

This course introduces students to the role of the Baccalaureate prepared nurse and to informatics as it applies to health care in general and nursing practice in particular. The course consists of several modules in which students learn about the theoretical perspectives related to the flow of information in health care; concept of data, information, and knowledge; language models and concepts; technologies and their applications to nursing care; and the electronic health record in many forms. Finally, the course will address technology issues important to the future of nursing and health care. Students will begin to develop a professional portfolio which is a requirement for completion of the nursing program.

 

NUR302 Community Health Assessment            2 credits

This course focuses on advances in health assessment using evidence based practice. The learner will build upon basic health assessment practices and progress to a more advances level. The approach for this course will be on a thorough and comprehensive health examination presenting strategies for adapting questions and techniques to a more diverse population where communication and understanding may be limited. It is designed for the practicing nurse and offers a comprehensive toolkit of organization and critical reasoning related to the health assessment process. Evidence and research are threads applied throughout the course. Included within this course is a required lab component consisting of a hands-on completion of an individual health assessment with an evaluation by a faculty member or selected preceptor.

 

NUR403 Management and Leadership Principles for Nurse Leaders 3 credits

This course focuses on the leadership roles and the management functions of professional nurses in a contemporary health care environment. Organizational, economic, regulatory, and interpersonal factors that impact nursing practice are explored. The administrative process is utilized as a framework to examine management and leadership concepts and principles such as planning, organizational analysis, conflict management, quality improvement, and fundamental fiscal issues, among others. The integration of management theory and the social responsibility of the nursing profession are emphasized.
Prerequisite: NUR401

 

NUR404 Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations in the Community 3 credits

This course uses a community health nursing practice model that links nursing with core public health functions and essential community health services. Global, federal, state, and local public health priorities are examined to illustrate the nursing process for the care of communities and populations. The sciences providing the evidence base for community and public health assessment, intervention, and evaluation are integrated into the course. The historical, current, and future role of nurses, who care for populations by empowering individuals, families, and communities, is critically analyzed. Learners apply and evaluate evidence-based interventions in a variety of public and private clinical settings. Provides the learner with a frame of reference for examining healthcare issues related to vulnerability and vulnerable populations. The course content includes an overview of concepts and theories from agencies such as the World Health Organization, U.S. Public Health Policies and an opportunity to design a model for other learners in a community and service-learning environment.
Prerequisite: NUR401

 

NUR405 Community Fieldwork Experience 3 credits

The service learning fieldwork experience will target the vulnerable, the older population, those with chronic illness and the homeless. Learners will work with agencies that care for these populations and/or create possible contact situations to serve the underserved. Provides the learner experience with an emphasis on community clinical and public health nursing and prepares the learner to function in a variety of community nursing positions. The goal is to provide culturally competent care. Learners are matched with excellent preceptors who are experts in community health nursing. Requirement: 135 contact hours in community field work. (Requires a minimum of 27 hrs/week to complete the required experience).
Prerequisite: NUR404

 

NUR406 Introduction to Nursing Research 4 credits

This course provides an introduction to components of the research process with application to the theory and practice of nursing. The use of nursing research is essential in today’s health care system to document outcomes of nursing interventions. It is also a requirement for graduate education.  Content includes an overview of historical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of nursing research and relationship to nursing science, theory, and practice.  Includes principles and methods of research for use in the professional role, leadership, and development of nursing systems. Knowledge of the research process is developed and applied to critique selected quantitative and qualitative research studies. Role expectations and resultant course content and learning strategies address (a) the basic elements of research and their interdependence, (b) the critique of nursing and related health care research, (c) incorporation of research and related theoretical perspectives into clinical practice through the processes of research utilization and approaches to evidence-based practice, and (d) adherence to ethical guidelines in research-related endeavors.  This course will also present an overview of basic statistical methods for use in quantitative research. Learners will use skills of inquiry and analysis to develop a group research project through to the proposal stage of research in a community or acute health care environment. Learners are expected to attend an area research conference or work with a nurse researcher in their area for an 8-hr period.
Prerequisite: Research Course

 

NUR407 Principles of Teaching and Learning in Healthcare Environment 4 credits

The course will focus on the identification and application of principles of adult teaching and learning within the health care environment, with an emphasis on teaching to a vulnerable population in a culturally diverse community. Content includes theories of learning, teaching strategies and methodologies, teaching resources, and evaluation of instruction as applied to the development of nursing systems in the nursing process. Students will develop an in-depth teaching project that will be presented in a community or acute care agency.

 

NUR408 Perspectives of Contemporary Nursing   3 credits

This course will offer a path to understanding the scope and practices of contemporary nursing in the United States and around the world. It utilizes concepts, theories and methodologies from transcultural nursing, sociology, and medical anthropology to provide a theoretical and conceptual basis for the provision of health services to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities. The focus is on the exploration of cultural variations among the values and beliefs held by both health care workers and recipients of care, and issues that address cultural competence as related to the delivery of care in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multicultural society.

 

NUR409 Advocacy and Ethics in Nursing 2 credits

Nurses will engage in ethical reasoning and actions to promote advocacy, collaboration and social justice as a socially responsible citizen. Introduces the nurse to concepts related to globalization and care of the individuals from diverse cultures and their understanding of health care practices. Provides an in-depth look at professional issues in contemporary nursing as well as the analysis of moral, legal and ethical dilemmas experienced by health care providers.  Selected court decisions will be discussed in such topic areas as nursing malpractice, patients' rights, informed consent, termination of treatment, and assisted suicide. Leadership strategies will address interrelationships between the disciplines including ethical and legal issues facing the practitioner and ways to resolve issues using evidence based standards. There is a required attendance at a Board of Nursing meeting.

 

 

NUR413 Nursing Capstone 3 credits

This independent capstone course is offered as an elective in the RN to BSN program. The purpose of this course is to integrate and build on the student’s educational experiences and abilities to a broader understanding of contemporary issues in nursing and health care. It focuses on the transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within the context of current health care environments. Learners will integrate knowledge of nursing research, leadership and management, and nursing theories to design, implement, and lead a project that will improve client/patient outcomes. The practicum will be designed in collaboration with a faculty member and carried out in an appropriate health care or community based setting.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:

FYS101 First-Year Seminar     1 credits

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

Note: If a student transfers the programmatically required equivalent of 9 credits of college-level coursework, the student will be waived from FYS and the credit will be applied.

 

LAN203 SPANISH FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS OR LAN ELECTIVE 3 credits

 

 

CIS---     COMPUTER INFORMATION ELECTIVE 3 credits

 

COM---  COMMUNICATION ELECTIVE   3 credits

 

MTH---  MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE   3 credits

 

ZZZ---   ARTS AND HUMANITIES ELECTIVE   3 credits

 

ZZZ---   SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE  3 credits

 

ZZZ---   GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 3 credits

 

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