Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Bachelor of Science

The RN-BSN Nursing Completion program at Ohio Christian University (OCU) redefines and prepares professional nurses to deliver holistic Christian caring for individual clients and communities locally and across the globe.  The vision is to be recognized as an excellent RN-BSN Completion Program with compassionate graduates that consistently exemplify Christian Servant Leadership in the communities they serve.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the RN-BSN Program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Synthesize Christian principles, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary perspectives to make decisions across complex issues for improved outcomes for clients across the life span and organiza-tions.
  2. Utilize theories and concepts from the arts, humanities, and the Bible to improve critical thinking, teaching-learning effectiveness, and leadership/management strategies.
  3. Demonstrate Christian caring and client-centered care as priority professional practice values.
  4. Apply information and communication technologies to facilitate client-focused, culturally diverse
  5. Self-care management.
  6. Articulate state, national, and global healthcare trends in policy, finance, and regulatory environments.
  7. Analyze the value of life-long learning and service to the profession and the community.

The RN-BSN Progression Policy

The BSN progression policy applies to courses with an NR prefix, PS3060, HM3100, SI4000, and ET3000. To successfully complete these particular courses within the BSN program, a student must be assigned a final course grade of C or better. Any core course in which a final grade less than C can be repeated once with the last grade replacing the previous grade in the cumulative GPA. Failure to achieve a satisfactory grade in a course after a second attempt will result in academics suspension and ineligibility to continue in the BSN program.

120 Semester Credits

  • 39 General Education
  • 33 General Electives
  • 48 Program Requirements

Core Course List

RS3000 Research and Professional Development Skills 3 hours 5 weeks

This course focuses on competency in digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

CM3000 Christian Excellence 3 hours 5 weeks

This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence.  Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3 hours 5 weeks

This course is designed to facilitate socialization of the RN student entering the BSN program of study. Emphasis is on the professional nurse’s role in American health care within the context of a Christian worldview. Topics covered include the historical formation of the professional nurse role, contemporary professional nurse roles, present and future professional nursing practice, scholarly communication, and the evolution of legal and ethical issues in professional nursing. The student will be introduced to the OCU conceptual framework, the model of Christian servant leadership, and the changing paradigm of professional nursing roles.

PS3060 Statistics for Social Sciences 3 hours 6 weeks

This course provides an introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology. Methods of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research will be explored.  The course will also introduce statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods used in psychological research.

(Recommendation: prior college level math course)

PH3000 Transformed Worldview 3 hours 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world. 

HM3100 Healthcare Informatics 3 hours 5 weeks

This course introduces the nurse to informatics applications in clinical practice, administration, research and education. Basic informatics concepts, current issues and information management systems will be 

covered. Topics include legislative regulation, HIPPA, electronic health records, and other applications will be identified and explored.

NR3200 Nursing Theory- Foundations for Professional Practice 3 hours 5 weeks

This course will introduce students to theory-guided nursing practice. Students will explore the role of theory in the development of nursing as a profession and will be introduced to selected theorists who are impacting nursing practice today. Topics covered include the central concepts of nursing theories, main precepts of theories of nursing and the criteria for evaluating the utility of a nursing theory for its relevance to nursing practice, education or research.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

NR3300 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 hours 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction of the research process. Students will be introduced to the use of current evidence that guides nursing best practice to facilitate quality patient outcomes. Students will be expected to develop competence in the access interpretation, use, and evaluation of research for nursing practice; as well as construction of research questions using the PICO-T model.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing
PS3060 Statistics for Social Sciences

NR3400 Health Assessment and Genetics 3 hours 5 weeks

This course offers exploration and expansion of the practicing nurse’s skills of advanced holistic health assessment, cultural competence and family-centered communication across the lifespan. An overview of genetic concepts as they relate to human variation and disease will be presented.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

SI4000 Pathophysiology for Nurses 3 hours 5 weeks

Concepts of homeostatic changes that occur with disease and the implications of those changes will be presented as practicing nurses study the relationships between holistic persons and their environments in times of physical stress.  Emphasis is placed on how the specific pathological condition effects the functioning of the system involved as well as its impact on all other body systems. 

TH4000 Introduction to Theology 3 hours 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

NR4100 Health Promotion and Wellness 3 hours 5 weeks

This course reviews concepts of health promotion and primary care activities with emphasis on anticipatory guidance/patient-family teaching throughout the life span. Health promotion assumptions, including environmental influences and ecological principles basic to nursing practice are emphasized. Healthy People 2020 objectives and alternative health practices are examined.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

NR4200 Community Health Nursing 3 hours 5 weeks

This field experience course is concerned with the health and well-being of vulnerable populations as aggregates within the community. The concept of community, based on the three levels of prevention will be emphasized. Activities will include assessment of a selected community’s health, wellness needs, and available resources. Project-based field experiences for students assist them in applying community-health principles and implementing relevant concepts. Immersion through an international location is an option for this course.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

ET3000 Ethics 3 hours 5 weeks

This course presents an overview of some of the main classical philosophical views that have shaped Western norms, values, and beliefs. Christian Ethics will be the primary focus of this course. There will be a direct correlation drawn between ethics and morals. Decisions or choices are made based on a system of beliefs. In Christian Ethics, the Bible is used to prescribe how a person ought to live. 

CM3100 Concepts of Leadership 3 hours 5 weeks

The course is a study involving strategies from the business-for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena. Application of the concepts will influence personal and career goals.

NR4300 Christian Servant Leadership for Nursing 3 hours 5 weeks

This collaborative care course is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice. Project-based field experiences integrate leadership/management activities framed in the servant leadership model applied to professional nursing practice. Topics to be considered include: team/group dynamics, power, conflict management, change theory, workplace issues, quality improvement, patient safety, and economic/political issues in healthcare.

NR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

NR4800 Professional Nursing Capstone 3 hours 5 weeks

This course is offered as a final course in the nursing cognate designed to provide the baccalaureate nursing student the opportunity to demonstrate achievement/mastery of program objectives. Students will develop a capstone project from the integration and synthesis of information acquired from the entire program of learning (general education, general electives, and required nursing courses).

NR4100 Health Promotion and Wellness
NR4200 Community Health Nursing
NR4300 Christian Servant Leadership for Nursing