Curriculum


RN to BSN Curriculum Design

Courses in the RN to BSN program are taught in an accelerated format. Courses are taught one course at a time throughout the year  with short breaks. The length of the program is dependent on the number  of credits (nursing and non-nursing) that the student transfers in; the  general length is two years.

Three credit hour courses meet for four hours each evening for six weeks, plus four hours of structured study team time per week. Each three to five person team arranges its own  study team time.

Four credit hour courses meet for four hours per week,  plus four hours of study team per week for eight weeks.  The clinical courses (NUR 420 and NUR 430) have extended hours and are 10-12 weeks in length.  NUR 420 format is being piloted in a blended format in which classes are face to face, clinical and online.

RN to BSN Curriculum

I. College Core required support courses

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 (3 cr.)

C. Natural Science and Mathematics

  • BL 111, 112 Anatomy and Physiology I, II (8 cr.)
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.)

D. Literature and Fine Arts

  • Literature elective (3 cr.)
  • Art/Music/Fine Arts elective (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 and Sciences Electives (16 cr.)

    II. Transfers:

    Nursing credits earned at a regionally accredited institution of  higher education will be will be evaluated by the Registrar. The chair  of the RN to BSN program will determine the applicability of  upper-level nursing courses for transfer into the RN to BSN program.

    Upon successful completion of the RN to BSN program at Stritch, each student will be credited with 34 transfer credits in  recognition of their Associate Degree in Nursing.

    III. Upper Level Nursing courses required:

    • NUR 312 The Nurse in Today’s Society (4 cr.)
    • NUR 316 Theories and Concepts in Nursing (3 cr.)
    • NUR 326 Nursing Research (3 cr.)
    • NUR 418 Intro. to Educational Resources in Nursing (3 cr.)
    • NUR 420 Population – Focused Care (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 (5 cr.)
  • The order of RN to BSN program courses is:

    CA 210 Group Communication (3 cr.) Six weeks

    REL 235 Religious/Ethical Principles for Health Sciences (3 cr.) Six weeks

    PL 203 Philosophy (3 cr.) Six weeks

    MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.) Six weeks

  • NUR 312 The Nurse in Today’s Society (4 cr.) Eight weeks
  • NUR 316 Theories and Concepts in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NUR 326 Nursing Research (3 cr.)
  • NUR 418 Intro. to Educational Resources in Nursing (3 cr.)
  • NUR 420 Population – Focused Care (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 (5 cr.)
  • The order of RN to BSN program courses is:

    CA 210 Group Communication (3 cr.) Six weeks

    REL 235 Religious/Ethical Principles for Health Sciences (3 cr.) Six weeks

    PL 203 Philosophy (3 cr.) Six weeks

    MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.) Six weeks

    NUR 312 The Nurse in Today’s Society (4 cr.) Eight weeks

    NUR 326 Nursing Research (3 cr.) Six weeks

    NUR 316 Theories and Concepts in Nursing (3 cr.) Six weeks

    NUR 418 Introduction to Educational Resources in Nursing (3 cr.) Six weeks

    NUR 420 Population-Focused Care (6 cr.) 10 weeks

    NUR 424 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3 cr.) Six weeks

    NUR 422 Trends and Issues in Contemporary Nursing (4 cr.) Eight weeks

    NUR 430 Professional Nursing Practicum (5 cr.) 10 weeks

    Remaining Support or Elective Courses

    Order may vary slightly