Curriculum

The Curriculum

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The curriculum provides a seamless transition from the RN to BSN, building on your experience as a registered nurse.

Courses are offered in an accelerated, seven-week format. Clinicals are embedded into the course material.  Separate clinicals are not required.

The Rider University RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Program follows Rider’s College of Continuing Studies’ baccalaureate degree distribution requirements:

  • Basic Core (15 semester hours) comprised of two English composition courses, Math, Speech, and Information Technology

  • Areas of Knowledge (33-35 semester hours) comprised of 9 semester hours in Historical Perspective coursework, 9 semester hours in Artistic and Intellectual Perspective coursework, 9 semester hours in Contemporary Perspective coursework, and 6-8 semester hours in Natural World Perspective coursework

  • Nursing Major (30 semester hours) comprised of ten Nursing courses (see below)

  • Free Electives (40-42 semester hours) which include nursing courses taken in the generic undergraduate program

Required Professional Core Courses (30 credits)

Nursing 400: Professionalism and Professional Values
Nursing 401: Organizational and Healthcare Systems Leadership
Nursing 402: Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
Nursing 403: Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
Nursing 404: Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
Nursing 405: Interprofessional Collaboration and Communication for Improving Healthcare Outcomes
Nursing 406: Population Health and Clinical Prevention Across the Lifespan
Nursing 407: Cultural Diversity in a Global Society
Nursing 408: Gerontological Nursing Concepts for an Aging Society
Nursing 409: BSN Capstone/Evidence-Based Microsystem Practice Change *

*This course is typically completed in a health care setting.

Each student at Rider is unique. Based on your academic background and career goals, our advisors will work to maximize your transferable credits and get you closer to the 120 credits needed for graduation. In addition to your Nursing credits, Rider offers a variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as select business and education classes. For a complete list, visit rider.edu/catalogs
Course Descriptions and Titles
Nursing 400:   Professionalism and Professional Values
Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to nursing. This course provides a foundation of concepts of professionalism to facilitate participation and engagement in professional or community-based organizations that advocate for quality and access to health care. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for self assessment and self reflection of one’s values, moral integrity, and ability to act professionally at all times in complex health care delivery environments.
Nursing 401:   Organizational and Healthcare Systems Leadership
This course provides a foundation of principles of leadership based on contemporary needs for qualified nursing leaders who can function and manage in complex healthcare delivery environments. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for self assessment and self reflection of one’s own leadership skills, knowledge, and attitudes that foster and promote nursing leadership in diverse healthcare delivery settings, and strategies for best practice in nursing leadership in the 21st century.
Nursing 402:   Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
This course provides a foundation of evidence-based research principles to translate evidence into practice and how research informs professional nursing practice to improve patient safety and outcomes. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for learning how to assess scientific merit of data-driven research, apply evidence-based practice in appropriate ways, monitor and evaluate the impact of evidence-based practice on informed nursing practice and outcomes of care as well as collaborate with interprofessional health care teams to improve patient safety and outcomes in a variety of healthcare delivery settings.
Nursing 403:    Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
This course provides a foundation of information management and application of patient care technology to enhance and improve patient safety and outcomes by examining linkages between information management systems and patient care technologies  that support and are linked to safe nursing practice. The course examines how technology is used to inform nursing practice and enhance patient safety by applying safeguards and decision making support tools embedded in the technologies. Students are exposed to effective clinical information systems (CIS) to document nursing care, examine the ethical components of protecting patient information, challenges with data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality and rights to privacy as well as examine the role of the professional nurse in updating and garnering information management resources and applying them in patient care settings.
Nursing 404:   Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments
This course provides a foundation of U.S. healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory policies, as well as the nature and functioning of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. There is emphasis on policy processes at the organizational, local, state, national, and global levels. Learning activities and assignments focus on strategies for learning how to assess the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in policy formation and reformation at all levels, demonstrating understanding of the political process at all levels, developing effective advocacy strategies  for vulnerable populations, how to identify and influence key stakeholders in the policy process, the importance of effective communication of key healthcare issues, and how to influence change in the political process at all levels when there is social injustice.
Nursing 405:   Interprofessional Collaboration and Communication for Improving Healthcare Outcomes
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to promotion of effective interprofessional collaboration and communication for improving healthcare outcomes and patient safety. There is emphasis in the course on examination of the roles and perspectives of scope of practice for selected healthcare disciplines in intra- and interprofessional healthcare teams to improve healthcare outcomes and promote patient safety and on effective strategies for advocacy and communication patterns in healthcare delivery settings as healthcare professionals develop trust and respect for all members of the healthcare team while recognizing unique differences and contributions of roles to patient safety and outcomes. 
Nursing 406:   Population Health and Clinical Prevention Across the Lifespan
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the professional nurse role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, identifying determinates of health, prioritizing primary prevention across the lifespan, actively identifying and targeting populations benefitting from evidence-based preventive initiatives and clinical preventive guidelines, assessment strategies for individuals and populations, applying evidence-based practice to health promotion/risk reduction, and being an advocate for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations without resources or a voice. 
Nursing 407:   Cultural Diversity in a Global Society
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to nursing care and professional nursing leadership of care for diverse populations in health and illness across the lifespan. Becoming culturally competent and understanding how to connect with and assist in diversity for individuals, families, and populations is an essential underpinning for every professional nurse working in any healthcare delivery or population-focused setting. There is emphasis on examination of concepts of vulnerability, diversity, cultural competence, social and cultural determinants of health, access to health, social justice, and other major health disparities influencing patient safety and outcomes.
Nursing 408:   Gerontological Nursing Concepts for an Aging Society
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to care of an aging population in a complex society. Given the diverse health status of the aging population, professional nurses must be able to develop competencies to provide high quality care to aging adults and their families or significant others. Specifically the course focuses on increased diversity and complexity of an aging society and selected health care needs, life transitions of aging adults, normal body system changes occurring with the aging process, the professional nurse role in principled care provided to a vulnerable population, and the role of the professional nurse as advocate and caregiver promoting the concepts of quality end-of-life care for aging adults, including pain and symptom management honoring autonomy and self wish of the aging client.
Nursing 409:   BSN Capstone Evidence-Based Microsystem Practice Change *

This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to nursing care and professional nursing leadership in assessment, planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of  the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they must have as leaders of healthcare delivery focusing on improved system safety and effectiveness. There is particular emphasis on the nursing leadership role at the baccalaureate level for nursing to recognize, interrupt, evaluate, and correct healthcare errors and to implement safety principles and work with others to create a safe, caring environment for very healthcare delivery encounter as they provide care themselves, are acting in a leadership capacity or are overseeing and delegating to other non-licensed assistive personnel. The course content focuses on identification, assessment, planning, design, and evaluation of evidence-based practice change to improve patient safety and outcomes.

*This course is typically completed in a health care setting.