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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 a premier 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 organizations.
  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. Practice 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 NUR prefix, HCM3100, NUR4000, and BUS3010. To successfully complete these particular courses within the BSN program, a student must be assigned a final course grade of C or better. Any of the aforementioned courses in which a final grade is lower than a C can be repeated once with the last grade replacing the previous grade in the cumulative GPA. Failure to achieve a satisfactory grade of C or better in a course after a second attempt will result in academic suspension and ineligibility to continue in the BSN program.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 42 General Electives
  • 42 Program Requirements

Core Course List

NUR3000 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3 credits 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 is introduced to the OCU conceptual framework, the model of Christian servant leadership, and the changing paradigm of professional nursing roles.

NUR3100 Understanding Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will introduce students to the process of collecting and analyzing data on nursing/health care related topics.  Several methods of quantitative and qualitative inquiry will be discussed to prepare students to better inform their practice by critical evaluation of the quality of peer-reviewed literature.  Students will collect and analyze data using a variety of statistical techniques.


NUR3200 Nursing Theory- Foundations for Professional Practice 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will introduce students to theory-guided nursing practice. Students explore the role of theory in the development of nursing as a profession and are introduced to selected theorists who are affecting 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.


NUR3300 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 credits 5 weeks

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


NUR3400 Health Assessment and Genetics 3 credits 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.


NUR4000 Pathophysiology for Nurses 3 credits 5 weeks

Concepts of homeostatic changes that occur with disease and the implications of those changes are 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.

PHL3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 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.

HCM3100 Healthcare Informatics 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the healthcare worker to informatics applications in clinical practice, administration, research, and education. Basic informatics concepts, current issues, and information management systems are covered. Topics include legislative regulation, HIPPA, electronic health records, and other applications are identified and explored.



PHL4000 Bioethics for Health Care Professionals 3 credits 5 weeks

This course consists of studies in the field of Health Care and Nursing ethics.  Ethical systems are examined which may bear upon selected health care practice environments.  Ethical decision making and the use of ethical principles, rules, and judgments will be emphasized in basic and global nursing issues. Clinical scenarios will provide practice opportunities for right decision-making in the context of a Christian worldview.

NUR4100 Health Promotion and Wellness 3 credits 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 social determinants, and ecological principles basic to nursing practice are emphasized. Healthy People 2020 objectives and alternative health practices are examined.


NUR4200 Community Health Nursing 3 credits 5 weeks

This 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 is emphasized. Activities will include assessment of a selected community’s health, wellness needs, and available resources. Community-based health scenarios will provide practice opportunities for students to apply community health care principles and concepts.




NUR4300 Christian Servant Leadership for Nursing 3 credits 5 weeks

This collaborative care course is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice. Clinical practice scenarios provide the opportunity for students to integrate leadership/management activities framed in the servant leadership model. 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.


THE4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 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.

NUR4800 Professional Nursing Capstone 3 credits 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).


Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of 50 semester credits from an institution of higher learning accredited regionally or by ABHE.  Diploma nursing program graduates will receive individual advising for course equivalency for transfer. A maximum of 80 credit hours may be transferred.
  • Official transcript directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better (on a 4.0) on all prior work.
  • Application form and payment of Application Fee.
  • The BSN program requires all candidates to hold a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse License in the state he/she practices throughout the program.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.