RN-to-BSN Curriculum

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RN to BSN Curriculum


Nursing Major Coursework (30 SH)

The following major nursing courses (30 SH) are offered in the RN-BSN program:

  • NUR 3000 Nursing Informatics (3 sh)
  • NUR 3011 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4 sh)
  • NUR 3021 Health Assessment (4 sh)
  • NUR 3031 Nursing Care of Older Adults (3 sh)
  • NUR 4021 Nursing Care of Communities (4 sh)
  • NUR 4029 Nursing Leadership & Management (4 sh)
  • NUR 4032 Professional Nursing Synthesis (5 sh)
  • NUR 4033 Nursing Research (3 sh)

Coursework Schedule by Semester(30 SH)

Please find a list of the required textbooks for the semester here:

  • Fall:

NUR 3000 Nursing Informatics (3 sh) 
NUR 3011 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4 sh)
NUR 3021 Health Assessment (4 sh)

  • Spring:

NUR 4021 Nursing Care of Communities (4 sh)  
NUR 4029 Nursing Leadership & Management (4 sh)
NUR 4033 Nursing Research (3 sh)

  • Summer:

NUR 3031 Nursing Care of Older Adults (3 sh)  
NUR 4032 Professional Nursing Synthesis (5 sh) 

Core

  • Required Core (44 SH) 
    ALL lower-division coursework (Nursing Required Core, Cognate Courses, and Elective Courses) must be completed prior to entry to the program:
    • English Composition (6 SH)
      Two English Composition courses
    • Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SH)
      One literature course required
      One fine arts course required
      Two additional courses from: art, dance, drama, foreign language, music, literature, interdisciplinary humanities, philosophy, and religion.
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences(12 SH)
      One history course
      An introductory course in sociology
      An introductory course in psychology
      An additional course from: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology
    • Mathematics (6 SH)
      Introductory mathematics course (survey, college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.)
      Introductory statistics course (does not have to be math prefix)
  • Natural Sciences (8 SH)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

Cognate Courses

  • Nursing Cognate Courses (18 SH)
    Nursing cognates (18 SH) are support courses for the major that are required for the BSN degree, and must be completed at a community college or other accredited institution. All cognate coursework must be completed prior to entry to the RN-BSN program.

    Cognate courses required for the RN-BSN program:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology* - if not taken as part of the Required Core (8 SH)
    • Microbiology with lab (4 SH)
    • Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development* - if not taken as part of the Required Core (3 SH)
    • College level Statistics* - if not taken as part of the Required Core (3 SH)
    * Courses in the cognate may also count as part of the Required Core, and additional hours needed are made up in General Electives to total the 120 semester hours required for the BSN degree.

Electives

Elective Course Requirements (to complete a total of 120 SH)
The BSN degree requires a total of 120 semester hours. If a student would have fewer than 120 hours on record after completing all other degree requirements, the remaining credit hours must be obtained by taking general elective courses that are transferable to Appalachian.

Any required elective courses should be taken at a community college or other accredited institution, and must be completed before the last term of the RN-BSN program.