The program builds on your current experience and nursing practice skills, integrating them with new and innovative ways to think about the health care system. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is designed for the registered nurse (RN) with an Associate Degree in Nursing who is ready to change the way they deliver care patients. Emphasis is placed on patient-centered care, use of technology, improving outcomes, innovative leadership, and using evidence to base practice. The program also prepares students for a seamless movement into Brandman’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which together can be completed in as little as 4 years.
The RN to BSN program is delivered using a blend of: one 4-day immersion session at the Irvine campus at the beginning of the program; internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work; and online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.
The first option is for the nursing student or registered nurse who wants to apply to the RN to BSN option but has not completed all of the prerequisites with an earned minimum grade of B- in each course. This option allows students to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses at Brandman. Students entering through the first entry option must still meet all RN to BSN admission requirements to formally enter the RN to BSN program.
The second option is for the nurse with an Associate Degree in Nursing who is a registered nurse (or scheduled to take the National Council Licensure Examination [NCLEX]) and has completed all of the requirements for direct admission including all prerequisites into the core nursing courses.
Needed by first immersion in CertifiedBackground.com:
Basic Skills (12 credits)
ENGU 103 and ENGU 104 (a Foundation Requirement or equivalent)
Communication or a college level course in critical thinking
MATU 203 or other statistics course (a Foundation Requirement or equivalent)
Breadth Requirements (30 credits)
|Total General Education Credits||42|
Foundation Courses (16 credits).
These credits may be embedded in block transfer and satisfy General Education Requirements for course content.
|Written Communication and Critical Thinking||3|
|Introduction to Chemistry Course, with a lab||4|
|Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Growth and Development Across the Lifespan||3|
|Humanities (Foreign Language or Sign Language preferred)||3|
Nursing Major Courses (36 credits)
|*NURU 400||Transitions to Inquiry Based Practice: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice||3|
|*NURU 401||Nursing’s Public Image and Professional Issues||3|
|NURU 402||Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice I||2|
|NURU 403||Managing Healthcare Reform||2|
|NURU 404||Healthcare Communication and Collaboration||2|
|NURU 405||Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice II||3|
|NURU 406||Improving Patient Healthcare Outcomes: Quality Care and Patient Safety||3|
|NURU 407||Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing||3|
|NURU 408||Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology||3|
|NURU 409||Understanding Health Issues and Health Delivery in the Community Setting||3|
|NURU 410||Internship in the Community Setting (Practicum: 96 clinical internship hours)||3|
|NURU 411||Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing||3|
|NURU 412||Internship in Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing (Practicum: 80 clinical internship hours)||3|
|Total Nursing Major Core Credits||36|
Block Transfer (68-72 credit hours)
**Foundation Credits/Electives (16 credit hours)
|Total Credits for the Degree||120|
* Students in these courses are required to attend a face to face immersion.
**Electives: If foundation courses are embedded in block transfer, students will need additional elective credits to satisfy the degree requirements of 120 hours, which may be transferred in.