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RN to BSN online completion option

Northwestern's online RN to BSN completion option utilizes state-of-the-art technology and ensures excellent student support for our adult learners. We respect what you already know as a practicing nurse, so our BSN completion option doesn't repeat what you've already mastered. Taking just one course at a time, the online RN to BSN can be completed in 2 years. (Most courses are 8 weeks long.)

Clinicals

Your clinical requirements are tailored to your schedule, and most can be completed at your workplace. Practica hours are integrated in courses through a digital simulation. 

*Courses from your associate's degree may transfer to meet the requirements of cognates and/or electives listed below. Contact us for a transcript evaluation.

Nursing courses (Integrated Practica and Clinical Experience)

NUR 310 - Shalom and Nursing Science (bridge course)
NUR 280 - Lifespan Health Assessment

Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasi s is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care a nd community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. A fee is associated with this course. (3 credits, 2:1)

Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasi s is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care a nd community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. A fee is associated with this course. (3 credits, 2:1)

NUR 350 - Promoting Shalom with Cross Cultural Populations
NUR 420 - Nursing Science and Informatics

Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological (theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a human science, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and social justice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research and informatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursing care for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses to manage and utilize health care information and related technologies, critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phases of the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety of health care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG288, KIN370, MAT208QR and SOC101SS. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)

Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the epistemological (theoretical, scientific and ethical) foundation of nursing as a human science, specifically as an approach to promote shalom and social justice. It surveys the types, methods and uses of research and informatics to enhance client outcomes and to deliver holistic nursing care for all clients and at all levels of prevention. The course emphasizes the knowledge and aptitudes needed by professional nurses to manage and utilize health care information and related technologies, critically evaluate research studies and integrate evidence in all phases of the nursing process. In the practicum, students analyze a variety of health care technologies and present an evidence-based practice project. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG288, KIN370, MAT208QR and SOC101SS. Concurrent requisite: NUR440. (3 credits, 2:1)

NUR 440 - Promoting Shalom with Diverse Populations

Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse families and groups in the community. All levels of prevention are considered, focusing on health promotion a nd maintenance. Grounded in a synthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the course emphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as a whole. The clinica l component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences include s ervice-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. This course is 1 of 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG288, KIN370, NUR350A and SOC101SS. Concurrent requisite: NUR420. (5 credits, 3:2)

Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical and scientific basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse families and groups in the community. All levels of prevention are considered, focusing on health promotion a nd maintenance. Grounded in a synthesis of public health and nursing science and arts, the course emphasizes nursing as a healing ministry, human science and performing art to promote shalom and enhance the health of the population as a whole. The clinica l component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in the community, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in living the three nursing practice dimensions with families and groups. Learning experiences include s ervice-learning, faith reflection and clinical experiences. This course is 1 of 2 speech intensive nursing courses. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior class standing, ENG288, KIN370, NUR350A and SOC101SS. Concurrent requisite: NUR420. (5 credits, 3:2)

NUR 460 - Nursing Leadership and Clinical Scholarship
NUR 490 - Living Shalom

Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores finding one's place in God's kingdom for now and eternity, living vocation, integrating values and ethics in personal and professional realms and living shalom. Within this capstone seminar, students assess their knowledge and aptitudes related to the program outcomes and integrate them in their philosophy of Christian nursing. Supported by a vocation-based philosophy, the course also prepares graduating seniors to live their vocation, write the NCLEX-RN examination, secure their first professional nursing position and practice in their first nursing position. Prerequisites: NUR420 and NUR440. Concurrent requisites: NUR460 and NUR480. (1 credit)

Based on a Christian worldview, this course explores finding one's place in God's kingdom for now and eternity, living vocation, integrating values and ethics in personal and professional realms and living shalom. Within this capstone seminar, students assess their knowledge and aptitudes related to the program outcomes and integrate them in their philosophy of Christian nursing. Supported by a vocation-based philosophy, the course also prepares graduating seniors to live their vocation, write the NCLEX-RN examination, secure their first professional nursing position and practice in their first nursing position. Prerequisites: NUR420 and NUR440. Concurrent requisites: NUR460 and NUR480. (1 credit)

Required cognates

SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
MAT 208 - Biostatistics
BIO 360 - Pathophysiology

An introduction to the pathophysiology associated with the disease states of the human body. The focus of the course will be on disruptions in homeostasis as the result of organ system malfunction or failure. The pathophysiology associated with the following systems will be examined: blood, cells and cell growth, nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: BIO122 or 222 and CHE102 or 112. (4 credits)

An introduction to the pathophysiology associated with the disease states of the human body. The focus of the course will be on disruptions in homeostasis as the result of organ system malfunction or failure. The pathophysiology associated with the following systems will be examined: blood, cells and cell growth, nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, renal, reproductive and gastrointestinal. Prerequisites: BIO122 or 222 and CHE102 or 112. (4 credits)

CHE 102 - College Chemistry

An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE101. (4 credits) Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE101. (4 credits) Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.

PHI 214 - Contemporary Moral Issues (Ethics)

Liberal arts/electives

Biblical and theological studies
History, literature or philosophy
Language or cross cultural
Fine arts
Elective(s)

The online RN to BSN Program requires the last 30 credit hours to be taken through Northwestern.

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