Prepare to be an RN, and earn your BSN with an affordable pre-licensure program.

Aspen’s Pre-licensure BSN program provides students with opportunities to become a BSN-educated nurse and learn the essential skills needed to practice as a professional registered nurse (RN). Skills lab, clinical simulation, seminars and community-based clinical experiences anchor the curriculum. Upon completion of their studies in this Arizona Private Post-Secondary Education and Arizona Board of Nursing approved program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in the state or territory in which they choose to practice (the NCLEX is the national registered nurse examination used by all states for potential registered nursing licensure). Students provide their state board of nursing applicable forms to the School of Nursing, which completes them on behalf of the individual student, and take the exam in the state in which they choose to practice. Upon passing the NCLEX, students then work with their state Board of Nursing to finalize their professional licensure.

We designed this program for students who do not currently hold state registered nurse license and have little to no prior nursing experience. The program is currently based only in Arizona and students must be able to attend Nursing Core classes at one of the two Aspen University campus locations in Arizona.

Students are encouraged to review the state authorization information found on our website and within our Academic Catalog.

Program Highlights:

Finish FastComplete your BSN program in 36 months (9 semesters)
Enjoy an Innovative Hybrid Format83 of 120 credits completed 100% online
Forge AheadCourses begin throughout the year
Build your Skills through PracticeFully equipped Aspen Center for Applied Learning
Achieve Educational Goals and Career MobilityInteract with respected nursing leaders; network as you learn

Hybrid Format

All non-clinical courses are 100% online.
On-ground courses include labs, clinical simulation, hands-on clinical hours, and seminars.

Clinical Partners

HonorHealth is a five-hospital, nonprofit system in Scottsdale and north Phoenix area.  All five hospitals have been awarded Magnet recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing.

Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is a premier public teaching hospital and academic medical center for physicians, nurses, and allied health students. MIHS provides clinical opportunities at their acute care hospital, regional burn center, federally qualified health centers, comprehensive health center and behavioral health hospitals.

Aspen also maintains clinical affiliation agreements with Banner Health, Mountain Vista Medical Center, Paradise Valley School District, Bates Foundation, Hospice of the Valley, and many others in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Download the 2019 BSN (Pre-licensure) Handbook

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • High School Transcripts – An official high school transcript or its equivalent. Waived if student has completed at least 15 credits of college level coursework.
  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts for all previous college credit earned.
  • Minimum GPA requirement – A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all previous high school and college credit.
  • Abilities and Behaviors Form – Submission of the signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form.

Competitive Evaluation Process for the Nursing Core

Aspen uses a competitive evaluation process to assess student readiness for the Nursing Core. The Nursing Core begins during the session in which students would enroll in SEM101, N110, HCA105, and HCA105L. Students are not guaranteed entry to the Nursing Core. Entry to the Nursing Core additionally requires:

  • Minimum GPA: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for all Pre-Professional Nursing Coursework.
  • HESI A2: A minimum required scores for English Composite-80; Math-80; A&P-75. Students who have previously completed the HESI A2 may submit score reports. Scores cannot be older than 12 months prior to the start date of the Nursing Core component of the program.
  • Criminal Background Check: Submission of a passed criminal background check.
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card: Submission of a fingerprint clearance card.

Pre-Professional Nursing (41 Credits)

    This course provides a study of human communication by covering major communication concepts, theories, research, and trends. This introduction communications course will help students to understand their own communication behavior as well the communication behavior of others. Concepts covered include basic theories of communication, understanding individual communication styles, the use of communication across cultures, and listening and critical thinking skills.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Concepts of Fundamental Mathematics will be a review of fundamental math concepts for some students and may break new ground for others. Students of all backgrounds will be delighted to find an approach that appeals to all learning styles and reaches out to diverse demographics. Through down-to-earth explanations, patient skill-building, and exceptionally interesting and realistic applications, this course will empower students to learn and master mathematics in the real world.  Textbook is offered free online & does not need to be purchased separately.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis or microbial anatomy, microbial disease, and disease prevention.  The course includes a broad overview of both the historical and current  field of microbiology with focus on microbial pathogenicity, the spread of microbial pathogens, the methods of human immunity, and best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of microbial disease.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay and variations of this essay. Four principles are presented as keys to effective writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. The first part of the course focuses on the first three principles and to some extent on sentence skills. It shows, respectively, how these four principles apply in the different patterns of essay development and in specialized types of writing.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course focuses on the many voices of psychology. To some, the science of psychology provides its students with a better understanding of others' behaviors. Others view psychology as a pathway to self-understanding. Others see the potential for a future career, and some are drawn to psychology by the opportunity for intellectual discovery that its study provides. The overall goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview to the subject of psychology.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course focuses on the writing needs of students in allied health fields. Proofreading and revision exercises help develop critical thinking skills in writing and a keen eye for written work. The course reviews basic writing concepts but also builds knowledge specific to communication in healthcare fields.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the basic components of the human body and how it functions on a cellular level to organismal level.  The fundamentals of chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology will be presented along with the skeletal, muscular, nervous and integumentary systems.   Structure, function, and integration of these systems in health and disease will also be discussed.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The purpose of the laboratory portion of this course is to explore histology in a hands on manner under the microscope and to explore the gross anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, nervous system, and special senses.  While much of the physiology and microscopic anatomy of this course is covered in the lecture portion, the lab is designed to fill in the gaps and focus more on anatomical structures and recognition of such.  This course must be taken concurrently with BIO201, which is the complementary didactic course.

    1 Credits
    Required Books

    This introductory course in sociology gives students the opportunity to use sociological imagination to master their social world. It examines aspects of the social environment that students might otherwise ignore, neglect, or take for granted. It looks beneath the surface of everyday life to help students understand and anticipate human behavior in a variety of environments.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the systems of the human body including the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, immune, urinary and reproductive systems. Fundamentals of fluid and electrolyte balance, cellular communication, human nutrition and gene inheritance will also be presented. The structure, function, and integration of these systems in both health and disease will be discussed. This course is a continuation of BIO201. 

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The purpose of the laboratory portion of this course is to explore histology in a hands on manner under the microscope and to explore the gross anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, nervous system, and special senses.  While much of the physiology and microscopic anatomy of this course is covered in the lecture portion, the lab is designed to fill in the gaps and focus more on anatomical structures and recognition of such. This course is a continuation of BIO201L.  This course must be taken concurrently with BIO202, which is the complementary didactic course.

    1 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is a comprehensive survey of common diseases affecting each body system. This class presents the basic principles of human disease, organized by human organ system. Included in the course are new diagnostic tests and lab procedures, treatment and diagnostic sections to include common treatments and general medical options, coverage of disease statistics, risk factors for diseases and disease prevention.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course focuses on understanding and managing diversity. Clearly, diversity is an interdisciplinary field. Much of its theoretical framework originates in the social sciences. There is some disagreement among scholars on the definition of diversity; much less what materials should be included in a course about diversity. To meet this challenge we have selected a text for this course that gathers a wealth of information from the salient issues surrounding the topic of diversity in a law enforcement setting.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is designed to enhance existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    3 Credits

    Using an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes culture and family, Human Development challenges students to understand development from a broader perspective. Students draw on their own experiences as they weigh the research and ideas presented in the course. The course explores controversies about human development, often within a specific cultural context. Also incorporated into each module are questions that link development concepts with addiction related counseling strategies. The material covered includes competency-building activities, offering prospective addiction counselors multiple opportunities to develop practical and necessary skills.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

Nursing Core (79 Credits)

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    The Foundations of Nursing Practice course provides the emerging nurse with foundational concepts of the nursing profession.  Professional Nurses have unique societal roles at local, national and global levels. This course examines the historical roots of professional nursing, current theories that drive professional practice and the value of evidence-based practice for clinical decision-making. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course offers content in pharmacology which meets the needs of the allied health student. The focused approach of this course provides students with the perfect blend of content and practical exercises which promote understanding of pharmacology concepts. A focused approach introduces the history of pharmacology, discussing the legal and ethical principles involved, illustrating drug administration techniques, reviewing math, and explaining drug calculations.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course introduces basic principles of pharmacotherapy used in health promotion/maintenance and disease prevention for diverse populations across the life span. Students learn principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics/genomics, and study drug classifications and corresponding mechanisms of action, including pathophysiological effects. Use of the nursing process in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy is also discussed. This course must be taken concurrently with HCA105, which is the complementary didactic course.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    1 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment. This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course builds on the core curriculum courses to develop the essential assessment skills necessary for nursing students. The course focuses on a holistic approach to health assessment as the basis for nursing intervention and practice. The student will use therapeutic communication to assess health history and perform physical examinations for clients across the lifespan, to include special populations while considering cultural needs. Teaching and learning will take place in the distance learning classroom and the laboratory setting. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    3 Credits

    This course builds on the core curriculum courses to develop the essential assessment skills necessary for nursing students. The course focuses on a holistic approach to health assessment as the basis for nursing intervention and practice. The student will use therapeutic communication to assess health history and perform physical examinations for clients across the lifespan, to include special populations while considering cultural needs. Teaching and learning will take place in the distance learning classroom and the laboratory setting. This course must be taken concurrently with N320, which is the complementary didactic course.  This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    1 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment. This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course introduces the role of the nurse as an integral part of the healthcare team describing the concepts of critical thinking, nursing process and evidence-based practice. The students will learn infection control practices and client safety as it relates to National Patient Safety Goals, utilizing theory and laboratory instructional methodology. Nursing skills and knowledge will be developed by emphasizing the concepts of therapeutic communication, biological needs, developmental theories and cultural influences, client oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte, self-concept, sexuality, and spiritual needs, complimentary/alternative therapies, clients with cancer, and those experiencing death/loss/grief.  Principles of teaching and learning are also discussed relevant to client care needs. Laboratory and clinical skills are focused on assisting clients with biological needs, medication administration, and pain management. This course must be taken concurrently with N310-L, which is the complementary Lab course.  **Textbooks are available in the classroom.**

    4 Credits
    Required Books

    This course provides an introduction to the role of the nurse as an integral part of the healthcare team describing the concepts of critical thinking, nursing process and evidence-based practice. The students will learn infection control practices and client safety as it relates to National Patient Safety Goals utilizing theory and laboratory instructional methodology. Nursing skills and knowledge will be developed by emphasizing the concepts of therapeutic communication, biological needs, developmental theories and cultural influences, client oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte, self-concept, sexuality, and spiritual needs, complimentary/alternative therapies, clients with cancer, and those experiencing death/loss/grief.  Principles of teaching and learning are also discussed relevant to client care needs. Laboratory and clinical skills are focused on assisting clients with biological needs, medication administration, and pain management. This course must be taken concurrently with N310, which is the complementary didactic course.  This course is not offered online.  **Textbooks available in classroom.**

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course introduces the concept of worldview.  It provides an overview of ethical principles in healthcare and how to identify ethical dilemmas in nursing practice.  A model for ethical decision making in nursing will be introduced. Legal issues in nursing practice and the elements of professional malpractice will be presented. Regulatory issues and the role of the Nurse Practice Act will be covered.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    In this course, students utilize the nursing process to provide behavioral health care in community and acute inpatient settings for individuals, families, and community groups. Emphasis is placed on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of behavioral health care, including pharmacotherapy and nursing interventions for clients in crisis and clients with serious and persistent mental illness. Concepts including therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, client-centered coping-skills, and affective skills of critical thinking are integrated with biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural aspects of behavioral health nursing practice. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to apply clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, assess, and implement direct client care in assigned behavioral health care settings. Students have the opportunity to practice therapeutic communication skills. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    1 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course focuses on the role of the nurse in population-focused health, examining population-based systems, and community, individual, and family-focused population health practice. Emphasis is on addressing issues of overall health improvement, the broad determinants of health, and the elimination of health disparities among vulnerable populations. Students apply epidemiologic concepts and evidence-based research to the study of disease and develop strategies to promote health and prevent disease in diverse communities and populations with an emphasis on community-based assessment and partnership as well as broader population-focused interventions. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical courses, students apply nursing principles in public and population health related to health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations in a variety of community settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care for diverse populations. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    These courses focus on the role of the nurse in population-focused health, examining population-based systems, and community, individual, and family-focused population health practice. Emphasis is on addressing issues of overall health improvement, the broad determinants of health, and the elimination of health disparities among vulnerable populations. Students apply epidemiologic concepts and evidence-based research to the study of disease and develop strategies to promote health and prevent disease in diverse communities and populations with an emphasis on community-based assessment and partnership as well as broader population-focused interventions.

    2 Credits
    Required Books

    In these clinical courses, students apply nursing principles in public and population health related to health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations in a variety of community settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care for diverse populations.  This course is not offered online.

    2 Credits
    Required Books

    This statistics course is designed to prepare the nurse to understand statistical concepts and apply them to nursing issues, through analysis of data, statistics, and journal articles. Assignments are applied to nursing practice situations and patient care to move the student from the conceptual to the applied level of evidence-based practice. The student learns to describe issues and make inferences using statistics. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    3 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course introduces nursing concepts related to women’s health, pregnancy, and newborn care. Focus is on health promotion and disease prevention, pharmacologic concepts, ethical and legal aspects, and decision making for childbearing families. Nursing care of the normal and high-risk childbearing family from preconception through the postpartum period is addressed. Emphasis is on promoting positive outcomes during the childbearing phase of family development. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to analyze clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, and implement client care in assigned health care settings related to the childbearing family. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Obstetric nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom** 

    1 Credits

    This course focuses on nursing care of adult clients. Students demonstrate competency in the advancing role of the professional registered nurse and clinical reasoning to improve client outcomes. Students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement nursing care. **Textbook is available in the classroom** 

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, through use of the nursing process, students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement direct care for adults experiencing acute and chronic health disruptions in a variety of health care settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Medical-surgical nursing skills necessary to providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course focuses on theories and concepts of growth and development, cultural influences, ethical issues, and physiological responses related to the nursing care of both the sick and well child. Emphasis is placed on teaching and community resources related to the childrearing family from infancy through adolescence. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, students use the nursing process to analyze clinical data, knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and assessment findings to collaboratively plan, prioritize, and implement client care in assigned health care settings related to the childrearing family. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Pediatric nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings.  This course is not offered online. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    1 Credits

    This course focuses on nursing care of adult clients. Students demonstrate competency in the advancing role of the professional registered nurse and clinical reasoning to improve client outcomes. Students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement nursing care. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, through use of the nursing process, students begin to integrate knowledge of clinical data, pharmacologic concepts, and assessment findings to plan, prioritize, and implement direct care for adults experiencing acute and chronic health disruptions in a variety of health care settings. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Medical-surgical nursing skills necessary to providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    In this course, students synthesize advanced medical-surgical and pharmacologic concepts. Students use the nursing process to manage clients with higher levels of acuity and complex health needs. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, students utilize the nursing process to independently plan, prioritize, implement, and evaluate direct client care for adults with complex health needs. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Advanced medical-surgical nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    Seminar courses are designed to bridge the competency gap between didactic nursing knowledge, clinical experiences and the required attitudes and behaviors for nursing students. The Nurse of the Future (NOF) Competencies will guide the weekly, three-hour seminar and focus on the expected progression from concepts that are introduced early in the program of study to those that are reinforced, mastered and applied.  Specific competencies include; patient-centered care, professionalism, informatics and technology, evidenced-based practice, leadership, system-based practice, safety, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and finally quality improvement.  Nurse of the Future competencies represent the knowledge, skills and abilities between nursing knowledge and the practice environment.  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    IIn this course, students synthesize advanced medical-surgical and pharmacologic concepts.  Students use the nursing process to manage clients with higher levels of acuity and complex health needs. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this clinical course, students utilize the nursing process to independently plan, prioritize, implement, and evaluate direct client care for adults with complex health needs. Students are expected to integrate the principles of cultural awareness, quality and safety, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, client-centered care. Advanced medical-surgical nursing skills necessary for providing care are introduced and practiced in laboratory and simulated settings. This course is not offered online.  **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    2 Credits

    In this course, students are introduced to the research process and methodologies using qualitative and quantitative data. Students examine the processes required to integrate evidence into nursing practice. Emphasis is on evaluation and application of scientific evidence affecting nurse-sensitive quality indicators. Students differentiate types and levels of evidence and identify appropriate sources that inform nursing practice. Strategies for implementation, methods of evaluation, and dissemination of research findings are discussed. This course also expands on informatics technology used to support data, information, and knowledge needs in the delivery of nursing and health care. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    3 Credits

    The purpose of this seminar is to prepare the student for transition to professional nursing practice. During this seminar, students will apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    Since the discovery of inheritance, the field of Genetics has greatly increased our understanding of human diversity, health, and the transmission of disease.  In this course, the student will examine the molecular mechanisms of inheritance, extensively survey the contribution of genetics to disease, and review the current contributions of genetics to the treatment of disease. **Textbook is available in the classroom**

    3 Credits

    This course is designed as a culminating experience in the professional role development of the student nurse.  Emphasis is on integrating qualities of accountability, advocacy, integrity, lifelong learning, clinical reasoning, competence, caring and compassion towards building confidence as the student transitions into the role of the novice nurse.  The Nurse of the Future competencies, the AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, and NCLEX test plan form the foundation of this course.  Throughout this course, numerous assignments are connected to your clinical experience N455AC, which must be taken concurrently.

    2 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is designed as a culminating experience in the professional clinical development of the student nurse incorporating current standards of nursing practice. Emphasis is on applying evidenced-based practice in the clinical setting.  The student assumes responsibility for providing, delegating, evaluating, planning, and supervising culturally sensitive nursing care in diverse environments. Clients with complex health issues and multiple comorbidities are assessed and cared for in simulated and actual clinical settings.  The student builds confidence and develops competence while practicing safe, quality, patient-centered holistic care across the life span.  Students analyze the assessment findings for management of patient care outcomes. Students use increasingly higher levels of clinical reasoning in patient-centered care. This course must be taken concurrently with N455A.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The purpose of this seminar is to prepare the student for transition to professional nursing practice. During this seminar, students will apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  This course is not offered online.

    0.5 Credits

    This course is designed as a culminating experience in the professional role development of the student nurse.  Emphasis is on integrating qualities of accountability, advocacy, integrity, lifelong learning, clinical reasoning, competence, caring and compassion towards building confidence as the student transitions into the role of the novice nurse.  The Nurse of the Future competencies, the AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, and NCLEX test plan form the foundation of this course.  Throughout this course, numerous assignments are connected to your clinical experience N455BC, which must be taken concurrently.

    2 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is designed as a culminating experience in the professional clinical development of the student nurse incorporating current standards of nursing practice. Emphasis is on applying evidenced-based practice in the clinical setting.  The student assumes responsibility for providing, delegating, evaluating, planning, and supervising culturally sensitive nursing care in diverse environments. Clients with complex health issues and multiple comorbidities are assessed and cared for in simulated and actual clinical settings.  The student builds confidence and develops competence while practicing safe, quality, patient-centered holistic care across the life span.  Students analyze the assessment findings for management of patient care outcomes. Students use increasingly higher levels of clinical reasoning in patient-centered care. This course must be taken concurrently with N455BC.

    3 Credits
    Required Books