Curriculum


Cohort 45 and beyond:

RN to BSN Curriculum Design

Courses in the RN to BSN program are taught in blended, accelerated format to maximize flexibility for students while providing face to face contact with instructors. All courses are six weeks in length and either three or four credits. Students meet face-to-face for weeks one, three and six. Course work is online for weeks two, four and five. Each week includes four hours of structured collaborative learning community work time which can be completed online or in person. Courses are taught one course at a time throughout the year with short breaks. The length of the program is dependent upon the number of credits (nursing and non-nursing) that the student transfers into the program; the general length of the program is two years.

College Core Course Requirements

(Core courses are offered completely online)
(Many of these credits are earned through prior course work)

A. Effective Communication – Oral and Written
  • EN 102 Research Writing (3 cr.),or
  • CA 108 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
B. Quantitative and Technological Literacy
  • MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences,or
  • MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.)
C. Franciscan Heritage and Values/Local and Global Engagement
  • SEM 103 Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
D. Moral and Ethical Reasoning
  • PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics (recommended) (3 cr.)
E. Physical and Natural World
  • BL 111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)
F. Human Societies
  • PS 190 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.),or
  • HS 202 Modern Civilization 1850-Present (3 cr.) – This course also counts for cultural awareness
G. Spiritual Understanding
  • REL 104 World Religions (3 cr.)
H. Aesthetic Values (Expression)
  • MU 107 Survey of American Music (3 cr.)
I. Auxiliary Requirements
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.),or
  • BU 209 Healthcare Economics (3 cr.)
J. Prior ADN Coursework (34-48 cr.)

K. Arts & Sciences free electives (14-19 cr.)


Nursing Course Requirements

(Nursing courses are offered in blended format)

  • SEM 103: Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
  • NUR 310: Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NUR 424: Leadership for Change (3 cr.)
  • NUR 405: Information Management and Health Care Technology (3 cr.)
  • BU 209: Health Care Economics (3 cr.)
  • NUR 406: Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease (3 cr.)
  • NUR 300: Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • NUR 414: Holism and Diversity (3 cr.)
  • NUR 420: Population Focused Health (4 cr.)
  • NUR 430: Change Capstone (4 cr.)
  • Order may vary slightly


    Cohort 40, 42, 43 and 44:

    RN to BSN Curriculum Design

    Courses in the RN to BSN program are taught in face to face format. Courses are six, eight or ten or twelve weeks in length that correspond to the number of credits for the course which ranges from three to six credits each. Each week includes four hours of structured study team work time. Courses are taught one course at a time throughout the year with short breaks. The length of the program is dependent upon the number of credits (nursing and non-nursing) that the student transfers into the program; the general length of the program is just over two years.

    College Core Course Requirements

    (Many of these credits are earned through prior course work)

    A. History, Religious, Philosophical Foundations
    • REL 235 Religious/Ethical Principles for Health Sciences (3 cr.)
    • Philosophy elective (PL 203 recommended) (3 cr.)
    B. Foundations of Human Society
    • PS 201 General Psychology (3 cr.)
    • PS 202 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.)
    • Social Science/History elective (HS 202 recommended) (3 cr.)
    C. Natural Science and Mathematics
    • BL 111 & BL112 Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 cr.)
    • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)
    • MT 120 Statistics (3 cr.)
    D. Literature and Fine Arts
    • Literature elective (EN 150 recommended) (3 cr.)
    • Art/Music/Fine Arts elective (MU 107 recommended) (3 cr.)
    E. Communication
    • EN 101 Written Communication I (3 cr.)
    • EN 102 Written Communication II (3 cr.)
    • CA 108 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
    • CA 210 Group Communication (3 cr.)
    F. Arts & Sciences Free Electives (any combination of classes totaling needed credits (16 cr.)
    G. Prior ADN Coursework (34-48 cr.)

Nursing Course Requirements

  • NUR 312: The Nurse in Today's Society (3 cr.)
  • NUR 316: Theories and Concepts in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NUR 326: Nursing Research (3 cr.)
  • NUR 418: Introduction to Educational Resources in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NUR 420: Population Focused Health (6 cr.)
  • NUR 422: Trends and Issues in Contemporary Nursing (4 cr.)
  • NUR 424: Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NUR 430: Professional Nursing Practicum (4 cr.)
  • Order may vary slightly