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Enhance your skills and make a greater impact on patients
Continue to work as an RN while pursuing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Columbia College’s fully online, accredited program prepares its graduates for advanced roles in nursing management, client care and education.
Students learn practical skills they can apply to their work right away, so they can make a greater impact on patient safety and quality processes. They also enhance their complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaboration.
The flexible program offers six sessions per year, each lasting eight weeks.
Opportunities to study:
- Community health
Update your knowledge with this flexible online program
Improve patient outcomes and influence your community by expanding your knowledge of evidence-based practice, safety, technology integration and healthcare systems. You already have a grasp of the fundamentals of nursing. Adding a BSN to your resume expands your opportunities for advancement in the ever-changing healthcare field.
Your current employer benefits as well, because each course will give you additional skills in patient care, a better understanding of healthcare policies and a wider view of current trends.
Dr. Faye Fairchild
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 36 credit hours
- Electives 40-43 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 0 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Investigation of problematic cases in biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on sound philosophical resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
This course introduces the theoretical basis for community-oriented nursing practice. It emphasizes the application of community/public health concepts applied to promoting and preserving the health of the community. Diverse populations across the lifespan and throughout the continuum of the healthcare environment will be examined. Community assessment, epidemiology, environment, political action, and case management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care delivery to individuals, families, and populations in community settings. This course requires significant writing. Prerequisites: Admission to the Online RN to BSN Level Nursing program; NURS 409.
This pathophysiology course provides an in-depth study of human pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. The course is designed to promote the understanding and application of disease processes in the clinical significance. Pathophysiological concepts include cell injury, necrosis, inflammation, wound healing and neoplasia. These concepts are applied in a systems-oriented approach to disease processes affecting musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, renal, nervous, gastroinstesinal, immune, hematological, neurological and endocrine systems. Prerequisite: RN Licensure.
This course is designed to provide the nursing student with a sound basis for the clinical application of pharmacology. The basics of core drug knowledge, including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, with patient-related variables affecting pharmacotherapy are presented. Emphasis is placed on learning drug classification by categories affecting various body systems and disease states. Legal aspects of drug administration, including nursing safeguards, are included. $35 lab fee. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program;NURS 210. Corequisite: NURS 211.
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