RN to BS in Nursing
Classes meet entirely online.
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.
The RN to BS in Nursing degree program is offered fully online. It is designed for registered nurses who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the nursing profession and advancing their career. As the practice of health care continues to grow and change, nurses who hold their BS in Nursing can use the valuable skills they learn to meet the challenges of the dynamic health care industry. The online courses provide students with access to a learning environment that fosters collaboration and interaction with professors and peers.
The 36 credit RN to BS in Nursing degree program advances the knowledge and skills of nursing professionals through an integration of learning and experience. It uses a combination of theoretical inquiry and practical application so that students can gain insight into ethics in health care, professional and evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and communication, leadership, management, care coordination and community health. Coursework builds on previous nursing experience and prepares students to be leaders and lifelong learners who can adapt to developments in health care delivery and the diverse patient population.
Still have questions? Watch the playback of our RN to BS in Nursing live webinar, presented by Josie Christian, the Nursing Program Coordinator at Concordia University, St. Paul.
Ethics and Decision Making in Nursing Practice
This course examines the fundamental ethical theories, principles, Christian virtues, and models of decision-making designed, to support the complex issues nurses face today. At the completion of this course students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles applied to nursing practice and health care delivery settings. Basic ethical principles relating to research with human subjects will be explored. The Christian ethic of social justice is explored with the emphasis upon reducing health disparities. Students will begin to develop a personal model of decision making that is consistent with core personal values, legal and regulatory requirements, standards of care and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
Professional Practice and Role Development in Nursing
This course explores the historical, current, and future outlook of nursing practice. Students will critically examine the current and emerging trends for the nurse’s role in health care delivery. The Christian ethic of social justice is explored, especially with the current emphasis upon reducing health disparities. Professional accountability is emphasized through further understanding and integration of the profession’s Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and Nursing’s Social Policy. Nursing theory is introduced. Students will draft a personal philosophy of nursing, to include his/her beliefs regarding the four major concepts of nursing (nurse, client, health, and environment) and their interface to the interdisciplinary team, and the evolving context of health care.
Transcultural Nursing and Advanced Health Assessment
This course explores the historical, current, and future outlook of nursing practice. Students will critically examine the current and emerging trends for the nurse’s role in health care delivery. Professional accountability is emphasized through reinforcement of the profession’s Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and Nursing’s Social Policy Statement. Emphasis will be placed on how social policy may influence nursing practice and healthcare delivery. Nursing theory is introduced. Students will draft a personal philosophy of nursing, to include his/her beliefs regarding the four major concepts of nursing (nurse, client, health, and environment) and their interface to the interprofessional team, and the evolving context of healthcare.
This course provides a basis for analysis and application of current nursing qualitative and quantitative research to the practice of nursing. The research process is examined and utilized to provide a foundation for students to critically examine published research articles and guidelines. Barriers to integrating evidence to practice will be analyzed with potential solutions explored within the course.
Leadership and Management in Nursing
This course is focused on development of leadership and management skills necessary for effective nursing practice. Theories of leadership and management are introduced, and management roles and functions reviewed. An overview of finance and healthcare reimbursement will be provided along with nursing’s contribution to organizational finance explored. Collaboration and communication with interdisciplinary teams will be analyzed, and students will practice strategies for negotiation and conflict resolution. The role of the nurse within micro and macro systems of healthcare organizations will be explored. The purpose of the mission, vision, philosophy, and values in relation to organizational structure and nursing’s role will be examined. The contributions of nursing and the nurse leader in creating and supporting a culture of safety and caring will be analyzed. Quality improvement models and structure, process, and outcome measures are explored with a focus on patient safety principles and care standards.
This course introduces students to healthcare information systems and basic informatics concepts. The impact of technology to safeguard nursing practice and patient outcomes will be examined. Emphasis is placed on the management of information, knowledge, and technology to support efficiency, encourage effective communication, enhance the quality and safety of patient care, and ensure accurate documentation and revenue capture. Efficiency and accuracy of data collection for regulatory purposes will be explored via extracted or abstracted methods. The use of data to influence changes in clinical practice aimed at the improvement of patient outcomes will be examined. Students will explore informatics concepts and continuous improvement models to support improved workflow and efficiency, encourage effective communication, drive decision support, and ensure accurate documentation. Resource stewardship and patient safety considerations will guide students throughout the course.
Introduction to Care Coordination and Case Management
This course will compare health reform goals and the role of care coordination and case management in supporting improved quality and safety of care for individuals and populations, and controlling cost through the efficient and effective use of resources that mitigates fragmentation of communication of health information and delivery of services. The nurse’s role in patient-centered care coordination is explored with emphasis on care transitions and care coordination models for the different levels of care. Risk stratification tools will be examined with contrast to the public health prevention levels. Formulation of a collaborative, personalized, and proactive care plan to address the patient’s needs and health risks based on their prevention level of risk will be explored. Ongoing evaluation methods with measurable outcomes will be identified with discussion of care plan revision based on the outcomes.
Community Health Nursing
This course focuses on the role of the nurse providing population focused nursing care supporting clinical prevention. The history of community health will be reviewed and contrasted with the current roles in community health nursing. Concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, environmental health and emergency/disaster preparedness are explored. Health policy will be analyzed within and outside the United States and as to its impact on health disparities, health, the healthcare experience, and cultural competence of those delivering the care. The Christian ethic of social justice will be further examined as it relates to populations and reducing health disparities. A practice experience designed to meet the requirements for the Minnesota Board of Nursing Public Health Nursing Registration is included, which involves completion of a community health assessment. In addition, a proposed public health program with population focused nursing interventions will be identified through collaboration with community agencies. Lastly, measurable health-related outcomes for the community/population assessed will be identified.
This capstone course emphasizes reflective practice and integration of learning obtained during student’s liberal arts and fundamental nursing course journey. Students will refine their personal philosophy of nursing, to include his/her beliefs regarding the four major concepts of nursing (nurse, client, health and environment) and their interface to the interprofessional team, and the evolving context of healthcare. Short- and long-term professional goals will be identified to include their plan for life-long learning and contributions for advancement of the profession. An e-professional portfolio will be created and compiled by each student.
1. Apply Online
2. Hold a current Minnesota nursing license
- If nursing license is from a state outside of MN, contact your enrollment counselor for additional information.
3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous nursing coursework
4. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended - If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet. Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
5. Satisfactory English Proficiency scores for nonnative English-speaking applicants; minimum scores TOEFL iBT 65/IELTS 5.5/Michigan Test/70 Personal Statement
6. Personal Statement
7. Submit verification of current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse. Applicant should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a State Board.*
*If you currently hold an encumbered nursing license, please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more information
Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.
Sping 2015 Term
Start Date: January 12, 2015
*All courses are an asynchronous model, no online chat time required.
Summer 2015 Term
Start Date: May 11, 2015
*All courses are an asynchronous model, no online chat time required.
*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor's degree