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Nursing Online

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-Licensure Degree Completion Program / RN to BSN

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Bay Path University assists associate-level Registered Nurses (RN) in integrating knowledge and skills from the liberal arts, sciences and the nursing curriculum to become skillful professional nurses able to manage quality care for individuals, families/significant others, groups and communities. Graduates demonstrate ethical, legal, economic, and political decision making that benefits the profession and contributes to the improvement of healthcare on a local, national, and global level.

Non-Residency, Fully Online Program

This program prepares Registered Nurses to expand their professional career options and stay competitive in an ever changing healthcare environment. Designed with input from the largest nursing employers in the region, and by Ph.D. nursing educators and leaders, the program actively encourages an open exchange of ideas on a variety of subjects. In your online classroom you will find lively discussions that examine values and explore concerns as you learn to respect differing opinions and apply professional nursing skills and knowledge.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

BSN200 Professional Nursing Practice 3

Students transition from the associate degree graduate to the new paradigm of the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse in this course. They explore the program outcomes as their next phase in a career-long process of professional development. Prerequisite: ENG124, COM111

BSN220 Health Assessment 3

Students transition to an expanded level of practice in the context of health assessment in this course. They learn and demonstrate a conceptual approach to an evidence-based health evaluation of culturally diverse clients throughout the lifespan. Assignments include the analysis and evaluation of clinical case students to help students develop and refine their clinical skills. Students elicit, record, and document a comprehensive health systems interview in order to obtain subjective data and perform and document a complete physical examination on a client of their choice. Prerequisites: ENG124, COM111

BSN340 Vulnerable Populations 3

Students expand their knowledge of vulnerable individuals and populations at increased risk for compromised healthcare in this course. Students analyze the data on individuals, families, and groups of people who due to their age, race, nationality, religion, financial status, and/or geographical location may be at higher risk. Students discuss and plan physiological, psychological, and developmental interventions to provide safe and holistic patient-centered care to these individuals and groups. Students practice and learn to assume the responsibility to act as an advocate within the healthcare setting for these individuals including active engagement in the development of public policy and political action. Prerequisites: ENG124, COM111, BSN200

BSN360 Nursing and Global Diversity 3

Students expand their practice in the area of national and global healthcare policies and diversity in this course. They explore social and cultural characteristics of diverse cultures including cultural and personal health beliefs, diverse family life and support systems, diverse communication styles from a cultural perspective, nutritional patterns related to culture, and global healthcare system disparities. Prerequisites: ENG124, COM111, BSN200

BSN380 Healthcare Policy and the Nursing Professional - Indirect Clinical Experience 3

Students develop an awareness of their responsibilities for the development of healthcare policies within healthcare settings on both the state and national level in this course. Students explore the history and development of healthcare law and public policy in the United States. They analyze the values that underlie opposing political interests, how healthcare laws and executive actions are created, and how they are put into practice as well as how healthcare legislation affects nursing practice. In addition, students examine nursing practice within disaster management, counterterrorism and homeland security, health services, and public finance. Students compare and contrast the current healthcare polices and challenges facing the United States with those of other countries. Prerequisites: BSN200, BSN340, BSN360

BSN400 Community Health and the Nursing Professional 6

Students expand their knowledge of community health as an important component of professional practice in this course. They explore the connections among and between individuals, families and groups to community healthcare in the context or prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation. Students analyze and evaluate the settings of community based nursing, the characteristics of a healthy community, and applying the nursing process focused on safety and evidenced based practice in the community. Students conduct and submit a community assessment and lead discussions on their findings related to course content. Prerequisite: BSN380

BSN410 Research for the Nursing Professional 3

Students learn to identify, analyze, and apply evidence-based healthcare and nursing research to their professional practice in this course. They outline the differences in approach and compare the strengths and weakness in quantitative and qualitative nursing research. Students review health care research problems, questions, hypotheses, literature reviews, theoretical frameworks, and ethical behavior in current healthcare research, methodology, and findings. Students critique research articles and reports becoming discriminating professional consumers of research. They demonstrate how they will use this evidence-based research in their nursing practice, and how they will participate in interdisciplinary research while protecting the rights of research subjects. Prerequisites: BSN200, BSN340, MAT120

BSN420 Leadership in Health Care Systems for the Nursing Professional 3

Students develop and expand their leadership abilities as it relates to their professional practice. Students examine various leadership and management theories in nursing. They analyze and evaluate nursing responsibilities related to communication, politics, conflict management, cost containment, organizational, structure, staffing, evaluations, and delegation, including continuous quality improvement in healthcare systems. Students participate in simulations and scenarios to develop effective decision making strategies and to enhance teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, and accountability. Prerequisite: BSN380

BSN440 Professional Nursing Capstone I 3

Students synthesize and apply their education as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse in these two capstone courses. In Capstone I with the assistance of the professor, the student develops and implements a plan for investigating an area of clinical or healthcare at an institution or organization at which they might like to work or advance. Students use this experience to synthesize and apply the nursing and university knowledge developed in the program. As they progress through both capstone courses, the students submit weekly descriptions and evaluations of their experiences and participate in weekly discussions to assist them in making sense of their experiences and gaining insight from their Bay Path learning community on the challenges they are facing. Prerequisite: BSN420

BSN450 Professional Nursing Capstone II 6

Students synthesize and apply their education as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse in these two capstone courses. In Capstone I with the assistance of the professor, the student develops and implements a plan for investigating an area of clinical or healthcare at an institution or organization at which they might like to work or advance. Students use this experience to synthesize and apply the nursing and university knowledge developed in the program. As they progress through both capstone courses, the students submit weekly descriptions and evaluations of their experiences and participate in weekly discussions to assist them in making sense of their experiences and gaining insight from their Bay Path learning community on the challenges they are facing. Prerequisite: BSN440

COM111 Computer Applications I 3

This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research and Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL220 Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners 3

This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth 3

This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students progress and proficiency.