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Course Requirements

Please note that course requirements are subject to change.

Code Course Name Credits
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 - IndClExp 3

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 of 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 evidence-based practice in the community. Students conduct and submit a community assessment and lead discussions of their findings related to course content.
Prerequisites: BSN380, BSN410

BSN410 Research for the Nursing Professional 3

Prerequisites: BSN200, BSN340, MAT120

BSN450 Professional Nursing Capstone II 3

Prerequisite: BSN440

COM111 Computer Applic. I 3

Computer Applications I
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, speaker's notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internet's 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

GEN ELEC General Electives 39  
GENHLTH Healthy Living Elective 2  
HISGEN History Elective 3  
HUMELE Humanities Elective 3  
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

PSHUMELE Psychology/Sociology/Humanities Elective 3  
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

Using an active learning approach, students will explore psychological perspectives and methods as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Other topics include: neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, and psychological disorders.

SCIELECT Science Elective 16  
WEL220 WomenEmpoweredasLearnersLeader 3

Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners
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.

WEL331 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth in Nursing 3

This required course for RN to BSN students builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students' knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Students' transition from the associate's 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. Students examine the key factors in society that promote a nurse's return to school, and determine the level of professionalism, effective communication, holistic healthcare, ethics, and informatics and technology required of nursing professionals in the 21st century. Students review healthcare legal foundations, nursing theory, health promotion, patient education, and determine the level of evidence-based practice required to provide standard-based nursing care. Students assess the challenges and opportunities related to professional nursing practice and evaluate the meaning and implications of the Massachusetts professional competency standards which include the Quality and Safe Education for Nurses (QSEN) national standards generated by the Institute of Medicine recommendations for safe patient care. Through this course, students explore growth and development as nurses while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.
Prerequisites: WEL220, COM111, ENG124

WEL441 Leadership in Practice for Nurses 3

This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills in nursing practice as a springboard for the nursing student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students develop and expand their leadership abilities as they relate 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 collaborations, and accountability. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students' progress and proficiency.
Prerequisites: WEL331, BSN380