RN to BSN Curriculum

RN to BSN, CBE Powered by SIMPath® – Curriculum

program summaryA Bachelor of Science Nursing is quickly becoming the minimum education level for many healthcare systems. Nurses are an important part of the care team and advanced nursing education is the key to stability and mobility in the healthcare industry. Our BSN curriculum focuses on the most relevant areas of nursing today: management, community health, strategic planning and more. And students say they can immediately apply what they learn to their careers.

The RN to BSN degree program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model. Nursing students will be awarded 60 credit hours of the total 120 credit hours for their U.S. RN license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses, from an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing.

Nurses educated outside of the United States will be required to take ENG105 Beginning Writing as their first course.

Students holding a bachelor’s degree in another field will automatically be awarded 30 general education credits hours for the RN to BSN.

American Sentinel has partnered with Sophia Pathways to offer undergraduate general education alternatives making it more convenient to achieve your degree.

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SIM405 Professional Values3
Explores nursing theories and principles that serve as guides for ethically sound behavior within a nursing context. Addresses the added complexities that technological advances bring to the healthcare field. Other topics include economic issues, patient self-determination, ethics in research, diversity and discrimination in healthcare.
SIM410 Healthcare Policy and Regulation3
Focuses on nursing practice foundations including the influence of socio-cultural-political-economic and physical environments on health, healthcare delivery systems, and outcomes.
SIM415 Management and Leadership.3
This course introduces concepts of organization and management theory as they relate to key issues in nursing management. Topics include delegation, conflict negotiation, standards of practice and professional responsibility.
SIM421 Organizational and Systems Leadership3
Provides the theoretical foundation for understanding organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety within selected healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on strategies for effective change management and communication in quality improvement and patient safety. Ethical, legal, and resource management concepts will be explored.
SIM422 Evidence-Based Practice3
This course is a foundational research course designed to introduce students to the components of the nursing research process, with an emphasis on critiquing and applying current research for evidence-based practice.
SIM432 Population Health3
Provides an overview of concepts and theories related to community health nursing. Emphasis is on population focused practice, health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction. Topics include core functions and essential services of public health, epidemiology concepts, community assessment, and interprofesssional collaboration to meet client needs in community settings.
SIM436 Interprofessional Communication3
This course introduces a structured critical thinking approach to achieving the Institute of Medicine Competencies. Critical Thinking Habits of the Mind and Critical Thinking Skills will guide students in critiquing nursing assessment, inter-disciplinary planning, and setting goals for patient health outcomes. The course offers suggestions for assessing the critical thinking abilities of patients and families to participate in care.
SIM437 Baccalaureate Generalist3
Provides students with intergraded functional health assessment knowledge and practical applications of physical assessment. The integrated health assessment includes physical, social, cultural, psychological and spiritual components across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on developing and using therapeutic communication skills. All students may submit a video recording of a complete head to toe assessment. A complete head to toe assessment is required for Tennessee residents.
SIM440 Collaboration for Improving Outcomes3
This course covers current topics and trends in Nursing Case Management. This course will cover a wide array of topics including disease navigation and demand management. The course focuses on the nurse's role in a collaborative team approach utilizing both acute and community settings.
SIM499 Reflection of Practice Analysis3
The capstone course reflects the nursing program outcomes and University principles of accountability, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. This course is designed to synthesize and integrate the successful achievement of previous course objectives met during the program of study.

GENERAL EDUCATION (30 credit hours)
OR100 Orientation 0
Communication Competency (choose 6 credit hours)
COM200 Intercultural Communications 3
ENG105 Beginning Writing 3
ENG110 English Composition I 3
Humanities (choose 9 credit hours)
GHIS200 Global History of Nursing 3
GHIS201 History of Global Health 3
HIS125 Western Civilization I 3
HIS225 Western Civilization II 3
HUM200 Nursing: A Critical Voice in Health Care Transformation 3
HUM201 Media and Nursing 3
PHI215 Philosophy of Religions 3
Behavioral and Social Sciences (choose 9 credit hours)
GA200 The Comparative Study of Health Care Systems 3
GEO200 Global Geography 3
NUTRI101 Global Nutrition 3
SOC220 Globalization 3
Science, Mathematics and Information Technology (6 credit hours required)
MA120 College Algebra 3
MA215 Statistics (required for RN to BSN/MSN students) 3
Credit by Exam
Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities 3
Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History 3
Jazz: The First 100 Years 3
Worlds of Music 3

NOTE: Students may transfer courses in Physics, Geography, Geology, Forensic Science, Ethics in Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology to fulfill the six credit hour Science, Mathematics and Information Technology requirement.

* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours