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RN to BSN 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Program Overview

ASA College’s proposed Bachelor of Science program in RN to BSN is intended for students wanting to advance their careers within the nursing profession. There are many opportunities for nurses with experience and a BSN degree. Traditionally a field that provided a constant number of nursing career opportunities, health care is now growing at an unprecedented rate. Driven by technological developments, rapid advancements in disease prevention and health promotion, increased public awareness of health concerns, and a booming, aging population, this field offers you a wide variety of job openings, ranging from traditional but expanded patient care to health care administration.

The RN to BSN is based upon a learner-centered instructional approach and builds upon your prior learning. The program reduces unnecessary repetition to minimize your investment of time and money. It is designed expressly for associate degree RNs who want to further their educational growth and development. The RN to BSN program is taught one class at a time and each class is five weeks long and utilizes the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). This makes the program uniquely flexible to practicing Registered Nurses with full-time employment commitments.

Currently, ASA College accepts successful performance on applicable subjects on CLEP or DANTE exams for transfer credits. This transfer credit policy for traditional/residential programs at ASA College will also be applicable to programs offered in this modality. We will accept a total of 90 credits – 60 credits for courses completed at the associate level with specific required courses in general education/arts and sciences and nursing prerequisites from a regionally accredited college with a grade of C or greater and 30 credits for a valid RN license. (Acceptable courses in the general education/ liberal arts and nursing prerequisites are listed in the course breakdown section below). ASA College does not accept transfer credits for any other types of exams.

A graduate of ASA’s RN to BSN program will acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to assume a variety of leadership roles in the nursing field that includes but is not limited to:

  • Nurse Educator Roles
  • Unit Coordinator Roles
  • Nurse Managers
  • House Supervisors
  • Director of Nursing Roles
  • Case Management Roles
Effective May 7, 2021, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 7, 2023.

In addition to the Institutional learning goals published in the ASA College Catalog for all ASA programs, graduates of the RN to BSN Program should be able to:

  • Manage the care of patients across the lifespan where dignity, spirituality, cultural context and rights of the individual, family and community are respected.
  • Promote nursing’s obligation to safety, legal, ethical and moral standards in context with patient care, health care, health care policy, regulation and/or financing.
  • Engage in the scholarship of evidence-based practice and research to support high-quality health outcomes and safe nursing care.
  • Promote health and illness prevention using determinants of health and disease prevention.

 

REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL COURSES
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION CREDITS
BSN300 Pathophysiology – this online course provides an examination of complex physiologic responses and clinical sequela in major body systems in relation to pathologic processes. This course presents the structure and normal function of all physiological systems in adults and children. The resulting content provides the framework for nursing care for patients with disease entities through the comparison with the normal functioning. Emphasis is placed upon physiologic compensation and defense responses.

Prerequisite: N/A

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BSN310 Holistic Nursing – this course examines the concepts of caring in nursing—caring for self, others, and the environment. It also addresses mind/body/spirit connectedness. Content includes personal, family, and community paradigmatic shifts, environment, culture, communication, and energy systems within the context of social and political responsibility. Emphasis is placed on the synergy of the body, mind and spirit that is essential to consider when providing nursing care to individuals throughout the lifespan and communities. By looking at the holistic nature of persons, nurses can develop comprehensive therapeutic strategies. By exploring diverse psychosocial, spiritual, sexual, and cultural dimensions of persons, nurses can tailor their interventions to meet the needs of clients seeking mental and physical health.

Prerequisite: BSN300

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BSN330 Health Assessment – this course provides the post licensure nurse with the tools to perform a comprehensive health assessment on clients across the lifespan. This course builds on the nurses’ prior physical assessment skills by focusing on theoretical and clinical knowledge required to complete health assessments across the lifespan.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310

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BSN350 Health Promotion and Education – this course introduces the student to the discipline and profession of health promotion and education. The course will examine the concepts of health and wellness, the determinants of health behavior, national health status, the history of health education and health promotion. Emphasis is on health education as an important foundation for care.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330

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BSN370 Health and Aging – this course allows students to integrate and apply their knowledge and experiences in adult health to the specialized care of an older adult. Course content focuses on the phenomena of healthy aging. The course emphasizes health promotion and illness prevention for older adults including identification of disease risk factors associated with aging and reasons why the elderly are not able to remain in their homes. The older adult is viewed as a healthy and productive individual in their community who are willing to share their lifetime knowledge, value system, and cultural beliefs to younger generations.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350

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BSN390 Pharmacotherapeutics – the student is introduced to pharmacotherapeutic concepts as they are applied to nursing practice. Basic pharmacological concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, as well as the principal classification of drugs in clinical use today are discussed according to physiologic and psychologic concepts. The roles of the nurse in the safe, effective administration of medications are emphasized. A great variety of interactive and experiential activities will be utilized in the classroom to enable the student to apply pharmacological theory to clinical situations.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370

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BSN410 Informatics for Professional Nurse – this course provides the student with the necessary background to use informatics to provide patient care and improve care delivery processes for groups of patients. Students will explore the use of Electronic Health Records, the Internet and other information systems to gather information for patient/staff education and provide care to patients. Legal and ethical issues of privacy, confidentiality, security, and safety in relation to informatics will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390

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BSN420 Nursing Theory – this course provides an introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. Students will be introduced to several different theoretical frameworks in nursing and to the contributions of selected nurse theorists. Students will begin to articulate and refine their own philosophy of nursing and to evaluate its impact on their own practice. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of nursing theory and how it is used in practice.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390, BSN410

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BSN440 Research and Evidence-Based Practice – this course introduces nursing students to the fundamentals and principles of the research process and their application in nursing. The importance of searching relevant literature, understanding research methods, reviewing research, understanding, and evaluating research findings related to the practice of nursing is emphasized.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390, BSN410, BSN420

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BSN450 Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Nursing – this course provides students with an overarching framework to influence policies in the workplace, government, professional organizations, and the community. Students will study the broad themes of advocacy and political philosophy; policies in the US health care system, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; health disparities; science, policies and politics; advance practice issues; work place polices including collective bargaining; the legal system and governmental functioning: nursing organizations and political action; and activism in community and professional issues and apply this information in selected health care situations.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390, BSN410, BSN420, BSN440

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BSN460 Community Health Nursing – the course introduces the student to community health nursing through the lens of various conceptual frameworks to deliver care in community settings. Roles for nurses in a wide range of community settings, such as local, state, and national public health departments, home health and hospice, schools, and occupational health will be explored. Care of vulnerable populations will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390, BSN410, BSN420, BSN440, BSN450

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BSN445 Nursing Leadership and Management – this course examines managerial and leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the professional nurse in various healthcare settings.

Prerequisite: BSN300, BSN310, BSN330, BSN350, BSN370, BSN390, BSN410, BSN420, BSN440, BSN450, BSN460

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