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Nursing Degree - RN to BSN

Course Information

The RN to BSN degree completion program provides the experienced Registered Nurse with a professional degree and preparation for a broadened role in healthcare through knowledge and skill development necessary for decision-making, leadership, management, and health promotion. Emphasis is on professional development, fundamentals of effective leadership, and a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues that influence the delivery of healthcare and patient outcomes.

Program Mission

Bellevue University’s RN to BSN program provides cutting edge, online education to establish tomorrow’s effective transformational nurse leaders and managers in the influence of healthcare outcomes and to enhance the quality of life for individuals, communities, and global populations through the advancement of nursing science.

Nursing (BSN) - (127 credit hours)

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Major Core: Required for this degree (40 credit hours)

  • BSNU 360 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing

    This course serves as the foundation for the transition to professional nursing, introducing concepts useful for advancement into a leadership and/or management role in healthcare. Principles of the professional nurses’ role, effective leadership and followership, and promotion of the profession are highlighted in this course. Prerequisite: Admission to program
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  • BSNU 380 Professional Collaborative Strategies for Nurses

    This course is essential for the nurse leader/manager, as a member of the healthcare team, identifying the process for group collaboration for the purpose of decision-making. The focus of the course is aimed at development of effective leadership skills and strategies for collaboration and conflict management. Prerequisite: BSNU 360
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  • BSNU 400 Nursing Leadership

    The course will explore concepts and strategies that influence decision making, including negotiation strategies and considerations for the implication of professional values, motivation, education, and cultural competence. Prerequisite: BSNU 380
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  • BSNU 410 Nursing Informatics

    This course introduces the nurse’s role in sending and receiving healthcare information. Emphasis includes methods, tools, resources, and technology systems used in healthcare information exchange and decision-making. Prerequisite: BSNU 400
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  • BSNU 420 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

    The focus of this course is on consumership of healthcare research and the application to evidence-based nursing practice. The course introduces types of research, data collection, analysis of data, and interpretation of data for implementation into practice. Prerequisite: BSNU 410
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  • BSNU 430 Population-Based Health Promotion

    This course will provide the professional nurse with a broadened, population approach to wellness and health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention. The course includes examination of evidence-based strategies for health promotion/disease prevention for populations defined by criteria of healthcare disparity. Prerequisite: BSNU 420
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  • BSNU 440 Healthcare Regulation

    This course will examine regulation of healthcare through ethics, law, and policy. Emphasis is placed on the implications for healthcare delivery as well as nursing leadership and management. Prerequisite: BSNU 430
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  • BSNU 460 Nursing Management and Quality Healthcare

    The focus of this course is development of an understanding of organizational behavior and the manager’s role in the contribution to the transformation of the organization and quality healthcare delivery. Prerequisite: BSNU 440
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  • BSNU 480 Strategic Nursing Management

    This course will provide a realistic view of the day to day management issues that nurse leaders and managers face. Emphases will include nursing employment trends; recruitment and retention; staffing and delegation; finance/budgeting, and strategic planning. Prerequisite: BSNU 460
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Starting this fall, the RN to BSN degree completion program will be enhanced with the use of Nurses Touch™, an interactive online nurse development tool designed to help you develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed to face the emotional and physical demands that come with being a nurse.

Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements (9 credit hours)

(In addition to the Major Requirements, all Bellevue University students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series)

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    Focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the western world, especially as they are found in the American vision and embedded in the values, traditions, documents, and institutions of the United States.
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  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    Begins with world traditions and investigates how social, economic, intellectual, and moral forces of change act against them. The course focuses on the tensions between tradition and change in the production of intellectual, social, and cultural progress. The course emphasizes intense student involvement in a comprehensive learning experience, culminating in a formal written thesis that confronts the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.
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  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    Focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western civilization that are found at the core of American democracy. Central focus is on the balanced relationship between freedom and the responsibilities involved in the ongoing maintenance of freedom in a just and productive society.
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