Program Overview

This program is for Registered Nurses with an Associate Degree or a Diploma in nursing who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The sequence of nursing courses is part-time, five semesters (including summers) and follows a cohort model. Classes generally meet one day per week on the same day every semester. One clinical course (NURS 456P, Community Health Practicum), usually in the fourth semester, may meet more than once per week and may be held on a day other than the normally assigned cohort day. Once prerequisites are completed, students join a cohort. A cohort starts every semester on either Metropolitan State's St. Paul campus or on selected community college campuses.

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Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the RN-BSN major, the following must be completed:

  • Approved admission to Metropolitan State University
  • Evidence of current unencumbered registered nurse licensure in at least one state with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota
  • An official transcript indicating completion of an associate degree or diploma in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a grade of at least a C in all previous nursing courses. The GPA used for admission assessment is the cumulative GPA calculated from all coursework and evaluation of all transcripts.
  • Pre-major requirements
  • Complete an official degree plan with an academic advisor. Students complete the Undergraduate Program Declaration Form at this time.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the School of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to the items listed here. Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

The BSN program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation. Graduates waive the post-graduate practice and continuing education hours necessary to be eligible to take the holistic nursing certification exam. Graduates qualify for Public Health Nursing Registration in the state of Minnesota.

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools: 

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
312-263-0456

This program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in nursing program are eligible for registration as a Public Health Nurse in the state of Minnesota after becoming licensed as a registered nurse in the state.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Pre-major Requirements

In preparation for the nursing core program, four prerequisite courses must be completed* (up to 16 semester credits):

*Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a minimum grade of "C" in pre-nursing courses. Students are required to obtain letter grades in all pre-nursing courses. Appropriate transfer courses from an accredited institution may be approved to meet these requirements. Students with a previous baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or equivalent non U.S. institution need Statistics I and Medical Ethics. Students must meet course prerequisites and/or placement criteria for pre-nursing courses.

One course from Goal VI (Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature) and

  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • WRIT 331 Writing in Your Major
    4 credits

    Primarily for students who have completed their writing requirement, but who seek further writing instruction and practice, this course begins with a brief review of the principles of academic writing. It then engages students in the thinking and writing required in various disciplines throughout the university. Students study and practice summary, explanation, analysis, interpretation and other critical strategies used to write essays, reports, research papers, case studies and other texts. The course also emphasizes understanding how audience, purpose and situation shape writing. Students learn how to use a flexible process of writing and revision to complete assignments, and how to respond constructively to the writing of others.

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  • PHIL 321 Medical Ethics
    4 credits

    Is it ever right to try to hasten a patient's death? Should people ever be given medical treatment against their will? How should we decide who will get access to scarce medical resources (like organ transplants)? Do people have a right to get the care they need, even if they can't pay for it? This course will use ethical theories and theories of justice to explore these questions and others like them. It is intended to be helpful not only to (present or future) health care practitioners, but also to anyone who wants to think about these issues, which confront us in our roles as patients and as citizens whose voices can contribute to the shaping of health care policies.

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Requirements ( 32 total credits)

Current Cohorts (32 credits)

Many courses in the nursing curriculum employ online teaching/learning strategies.

Note: The following are variable credit courses currently offered at: NURS 410 (4 cr), NURS 325 (3 cr.)

  • NURS 301 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
    3 credits

    This course examines the theoretical foundation for the practice of professional nursing with emphasis on the values and theoretical perspectives that support practice. A holistic framework is introduced with emphasis on the application of Modeling and Role-Modeling theory. The concepts of nurturance, facilitation, healing and transformational self-care are emphasized. Interventions consistent with holistic nursing are introduced and practiced in the classroom.

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  • NURS 414 Geriatric Nursing
    2 credits

    This course focuses on issues related to the provision of holistic nursing care to the aging population. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, chronicity and cultural aspects of aging. Additional focus is on end-of-life care and ethical dilemmas related to the aged population. Current theories of aging are examined.

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  • NURS 446 Nursing Informatics
    2 credits

    This course expands on foundational knowledge of nursing informatics with emphasis on how technology can be used as a tool to improve client care in a variety of settings. The role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in evaluating information systems in a variety of practice settings is examined. The issues of ethics, ergonomics, and nursing workflow as they relate to nursing informatics are explored.

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  • NURS 335 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
    3 credits

    This course focuses on research as a basis for developing nursing as a discipline and for improving the practice of professional nursing. The historical development of nursing research and theory are reviewed. The usefulness of theory as a guide for practice and research is emphasized. Ethical issues surrounding the use of human subjects in research are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to become effective consumers of research, the process for utilization of research in practice, and the development of evidence-based nursing practice.

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  • NURS 410 Applied Pathophysiology
    3 credits

    This course introduces the nursing student to human pathophysiology and disruptions in homeostasis resulting in, or as a result of, alterations in tissue or organ function due to genetic, genomic, cellular, biochemical, structural or environmental causes. Topics focus on select conditions or diseases linked to physiological systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune/inflammatory, hematological, and skeletal/integumentary) that occur throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on integrating pathophysiology, clinical presentation, therapeutic modalities and nursing interventions for effective clinical nursing practice.

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  • NURS 325 Health Assessment
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the student's ability to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination. This skill enhances the student's ability to model the client's world, which is central to effective intervention. The development of a holistic database reflecting an understanding of developmental, sociocultural, environmental, sexual and family influences is emphasized. Further emphasis is on the development of cultural competence, communication skills and health promotion. History and physical examination skills focus on the identification of normal patterns and functions across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 407 Family Health Nursing
    4 credits

    This course focuses on family nursing. Major theoretical foundations are presented including family systems, development, structure function and stress. Issues related to contemporary families are explored including gay and lesbian families, responses to grief and loss, family violence, and sociocultural influences. The clinical decision making skills of assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation are applied to families experiencing a transition or a chronic health problem. Students work with a family whose cultural, racial or lifestyle background is different from their own. Graduate students evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing interventions. Graduate students will evaluate the effectiveness of family nursing intervention.

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  • NURS 456 Community Health Nursing
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Unconditional acceptance of culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse clients enhances the development of students' nursing care. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community. Students must register concurrently for a practicum session.

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  • NURS 456P Community Health Nursing Practicum
    2 credits

    The clinical experience in this course focuses on application of concepts of community health nursing in diverse community settings, emphasizing primary prevention, health promotion and cultural competence within the holistic framework. Students must register concurrently for NURS 456 Community Health Nursing.

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  • NURS 465 Leadership and Management in Nursing
    4 credits

    Modeling and Role-Modeling is used in this course to expand and enhance leadership/management content in order to promote collaborative, effective client-centered care. Theory and concepts related to leadership, motivation, change and conflict as well as organizational and managerial theory and processes are discussed.

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  • NURS 495 Nursing Capstone Seminar
    2 credits

    This capstone seminar focuses on synthesizing theories, principles, models, and skills from nursing, other disciplines, and the arts and sciences. Emphasis is placed on Modeling and Role-Modeling theory as a basis for implementing holistic nursing care directed toward healing in the human health experience. Students demonstrate integration of theory through student-led seminars and the completion of a capstone project.

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Requirements (32 total credits)

New cohorts starting fall, 2016

  • NURS 301 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice
    3 credits

    This course examines the theoretical foundation for the practice of professional nursing with emphasis on the values and theoretical perspectives that support practice. A holistic framework is introduced with emphasis on the application of Modeling and Role-Modeling theory. The concepts of nurturance, facilitation, healing and transformational self-care are emphasized. Interventions consistent with holistic nursing are introduced and practiced in the classroom.

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  • NURS 302 Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing
    1 credits

    This course builds on the registered nurse¿s previous knowledge and experiences and provides an overview of concepts basic to the development as a baccalaureate prepared nurse. Course content includes exploring many of the roles of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and one¿s own professional development.

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  • NURS 446 Nursing Informatics
    2 credits

    This course expands on foundational knowledge of nursing informatics with emphasis on how technology can be used as a tool to improve client care in a variety of settings. The role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse in evaluating information systems in a variety of practice settings is examined. The issues of ethics, ergonomics, and nursing workflow as they relate to nursing informatics are explored.

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  • NURS 335 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
    3 credits

    This course focuses on research as a basis for developing nursing as a discipline and for improving the practice of professional nursing. The historical development of nursing research and theory are reviewed. The usefulness of theory as a guide for practice and research is emphasized. Ethical issues surrounding the use of human subjects in research are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to become effective consumers of research, the process for utilization of research in practice, and the development of evidence-based nursing practice.

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  • NURS 420 Lifespan Transitions: Aging and Health
    4 credits

    This course focuses on holistic nursing care of clients experiencing transitions related to aging and alterations in health across the lifespan. Cultural and social conceptualizations of health and illness, and their impact on the planning and delivery of nursing care, will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role that poverty, racism, and trauma play in health and chronic illness. Ethical issues related to advocacy and the utilization of culturally responsive ethical approaches are addressed.

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  • NURS 307 Integrative Nursing Care
    2 credits

    This course focuses on foundational aspects of integrative nursing care to promote holistic health and wellness. A theoretical basis for integrative care is explored. The inter-relationships of important concepts are utilized to identify methods for creating optimal healing environments for clients. Students evaluate evidence related to integrative therapies and explore strategies for implementing appropriate integrative approaches to clinical practice and self-care.

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  • NURS 456 Community Health Nursing
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Unconditional acceptance of culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse clients enhances the development of students' nursing care. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community. Students must register concurrently for a practicum session.

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  • NURS 456P Community Health Nursing Practicum
    2 credits

    The clinical experience in this course focuses on application of concepts of community health nursing in diverse community settings, emphasizing primary prevention, health promotion and cultural competence within the holistic framework. Students must register concurrently for NURS 456 Community Health Nursing.

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  • NURS 465 Leadership and Management in Nursing
    4 credits

    Modeling and Role-Modeling is used in this course to expand and enhance leadership/management content in order to promote collaborative, effective client-centered care. Theory and concepts related to leadership, motivation, change and conflict as well as organizational and managerial theory and processes are discussed.

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  • HSCI 309 Global Health Issues
    3 credits

    This course examines global health issues that influence population health outcomes, including the interaction between domestic and global health. Students study frameworks such as vital statistics, Millennium Development Goals, and human rights principles and apply these frameworks to the definition, prevention, or mitigation of identified global health issues or concerns with particular attention given to the health of infants, children, and women in low and middle income countries. The course concludes with a study of cooperative efforts designed to mitigate or prevent global health problems.

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