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Online BSN Nursing Courses

Obtain Critical Knowledge to Deliver Better Care

We give credit where credit is due! At Anna Maria College, we value your previous experience and encourage credit transfers. Features of our online RN-BSN include:

  • Up to 75 credits of the 120 credit degree can be transferred into the program. (Students with a conferred bachelor's degree in another field may transfer up to 90 credits depending on eligibility.)
  • A minimum of 30 transfer credits are granted for having an unrestricted and active nursing license.
  • 45 transfer credits may be granted for the foundational and exploration requirement courses listed below.

Non-traditional credit may be granted for examinations recommended by the American Council for Education, for CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or Excelsior College. Students with professional certification in a specialty practice area may also receive college credit. Certification must be nationally recognized by a professional nursing board or through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Certificates submitted for professional certification will be reviewed and approved by the Program Director.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the BSN degree.

*All transfer credits must come from a regionally accredited institution.

Foundation Courses* 31 Credits
Course Names Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Microbiology 4 credits
Chemistry 4 credits
Psychology 3 credits
Sociology 3 credits
Growth and Development 3 credits
English Composition/Literature 6 credits

*Students missing up to 2 foundational courses may be conditionally accepted. Recent graduates awaiting NCLEX-RN licensure may enroll in one nursing course and continue academic progression after licensure is obtained.

AMC Exploration Categories 18 Credits
Course Names Credits
Writing for Career and Creativity 3 credits
US in the World 3 credits
Global Dynamics 3 credits
Creativity and Imagination 3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning - Statistics 3 credits
Catholic Worldview 3 credits

*Transfer credit may be awarded for the above courses if you have already taken a course that falls into the appropriate subject area. This transfer credit will be included in the maximum 75 credits you can receive toward the program.

Required Nursing Courses 33 Credits
Course Names Credits
NUS 301 Professional Nursing 3 credits
NUS 302 Physical Assessment and Health Promotion 6 credits
NUS 304 Nursing Research 3 credits
NUS 306 Nursing Informatics 3 credits
NUS 400 Pathopharmacology 3 credits
NUS 405 Leadership and Management 3 credits
NUS 408 Public Health Nursing 3 credits
NUS 490 Senior Seminar I 3 credits
NUS 491 Senior Seminar II 3 credits
Open One Nursing Elective* 3 credits

Students who are admitted to the RN to BSN program must achieve a grade of C+ (77) or above to pass nursing courses in the RN to BSN curriculum.

Course Descriptions

NUS 301 Professional Nursing
Designed to introduce students to concepts in professional nursing practice and to the RN to BSN program, this course explores professional issues in nursing practice, such as social responsibility and service, ethics, spirituality, current health issues, legislative issues in health care, nursing theory and career planning. Nursing informatics, written communication skills and critical thinking are stressed. Pre-requisites: Psychology, Sociology, Growth and Development, English Composition/Literature

NUS 302 Physical Assessment and Health Promotion
This course uses the Neuman Systems Model as the organizing framework in completing comprehensive wellness assessments, health promotion activities, health education and illness prevention. Competencies in physical assessment, patient education and written communication are emphasized. Prerequisite: NUS 301, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Chemistry

NUS 304 Nursing Research
This is an introductory nursing research course designed to prepare registered nurses to become critical consumers of nursing research, to use nursing research in practice and to develop an understanding of the research process in preparation for graduate study. Students will also learn to integrate nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process and manage information. Technology-based health applications that support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision-making are emphasized. Prerequisites or co-requisites: Statistics, NUS 301, Writing for Career & Creativity

NUS 306 Nursing Informatics
Students will learn to integrate nursing science with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process and manage information. Technology-based health applications that support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision-making are emphasized. Prerequisites:  NUS 301

NUS 400 Pathopharmacology
Students will study pathophysiological and pharmacologic concepts used in nursing practice and required for understanding major health issues occurring across the life span. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, implications for treatment, and pharmacologic management of various pathophysiological signs and symptoms. Pharmacologic modes of treatment of selected major health problems are examined and discussed using a prototype model. Prerequisite: NUS 301, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Chemistry

NUS 405 Leadership & Management
This course explores leadership and management styles and models in the areas of mentorship, media relations, the nurse's role in the development of health care policy, and the professional nurse's responsibility to advocate for a healthy environment. Students continue the development of their professional portfolio and explore their professional growth through narrative and self-analysis. Prerequisite: NUS 301, Writing for Career & Creativity

NUS 408 Public Health Nursing
This course focuses on care of the community as client. Theories and concepts related to nursing and public health sciences are presented within the framework of critical thinking and caring. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management across the life span in home and community settings. Current public health problems, epidemiology, trends in health care delivery, and community resources are examined. Students analyze the socio cultural, political, economic, ethical and environmental factors that influence community and global health, with emphasis on issues facing residents local to the student. Prerequisites: NUS 302, NUS 304, Co-req NUS 490

NUS 490 Senior Seminar I
An interdisciplinary capstone seminar in nursing that will provide students with the opportunity to select and explore, with the aid of the instructor, special topics that integrate the course content presented throughout the nursing course sequence. Co-requisite: NUS 408. Prerequisite: NUS 306, NUS 400, and NUS 405

NUS 491 Senior Seminar II
Building on the comprehensive community assessment completed in NUS 408 Public Health Nursing, students will gain in-depth, firsthand knowledge and a greater understanding of the social and health issues in their local community as well as existing services to alleviate these issues. Students will develop a project based on the Neuman Systems Model to address the identified need. Prerequisite: NUS 408, NUS 490

Nursing Elective Choices

All remaining credits needed to fulfill the 120 credit minimum for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can be completed with electives.

NUS 310 Chronic Illness
Students will explore ways to mediate the impact of chronic illness on the chronically ill person, the family, caregivers, the health care provider, and the health system. Concepts of chronicity, wellness and illness roles, stigma, body image, powerlessness and empowerment are examined. Topics of discussion include coping with pain, social isolation, altered mobility, fatigue and sexuality. 

NUS 311 The Human Dilemma: Dealing with Grief and Loss
This course explores the concepts of grief and suffering across the spectrum—from everyday crises to dealing with death and dying.

NUS 313 History of Nursing, a Global Perspective
This course highlights a global perspective of the history of nursing. It will trace the development of nursing practice and education in the United States, North America (Canada), Europe, and Australia. It is set in the context of the times from the 18th Century to modern times, and focuses on the political, social and economic events, which shaped nursing. Topics include: Nightingale's influence on nursing practice and education, secular nursing, military nursing, early hospital schools of nursing, and nurses’ experiences in the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, and the wars of the 20th century. The impact of scientific medicine on nursing, nursing’s struggle for professionalism, the development of managed care, and the changing images of nursing are major themes for students’ participation in historical research.

*Electives also available to nurses needing additional credit hours for graduation. Students may be exempted from electives if non-traditional credits are granted.

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