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RN To BSN Program

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RN To BSN - Subsequent Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Looking to earn an additional bachelor’s degree? This is a completion program for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN), and the degree is specifically designed for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree or higher.

Prerequisite Competencies

  • PF 321 - LEARNING STRATEGIES (2)

    PF 321

    LEARNING STRATEGIES

    Course Description

    This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.

Technical Credit (24 hours)

24 credit hours of transfer credit from an accredited associate degree nursing program.

Major Area (38 hours)

  • HIM 350 - HEALTH INFORMATICS (4)

    HIM 350

    HEALTH INFORMATICS

    Course Description

    This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.

    OR HIM 702 - HEALTH INFORMATION GOVERNANCE (4)

    HIM 702

    HEALTH INFORMATION GOVERNANCE

    Course Description

    This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.
  • HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 442

    LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.

    OR HCM 742 - HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS (4)

    HCM 742

    HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS

    Course Description

    In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.

    OR HCM 752 - HEALTH POLICY (4)

    HCM 752

    HEALTH POLICY

    Course Description

    This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.
  • HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 472

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

    OR HCM 735 - HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (4)

    HCM 735

    HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.

    OR HCM 742 - HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS (4)

    HCM 742

    HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS

    Course Description

    In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.

    OR HCM 752 - HEALTH POLICY (4)

    HCM 752

    HEALTH POLICY

    Course Description

    This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.
  • NURS 310 - TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING (4)

    NURS 310

    TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING

    Course Description

    This course is designed to facilitate transition into the study of professional nursing. The course introduces the scope and theoretical foundations of the nursing profession, with emphasis on the societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, critical thinking and communication.
  • NURS 325 - HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PROMOTION (4)

    NURS 325

    HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PROMOTION

    Course Description

    This course is designed to broaden and enhance the professional nurse's knowledge and skills in health promotion and holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Students will explore concepts of assessment and health promotion, disease, and injury prevention. Emphasis is placed on recognizing deviation from normal and assessing physiological, psychosocial, developmental, spiritual, environmental, genetic, and cultural dimensions while completing a comprehensive health assessment.
  • NURS 425 - GENETICS IN NURSING & HEALTHCARE (2)

    NURS 425

    GENETICS IN NURSING & HEALTHCARE

    Course Description

    This course explores genetic concepts and principles related to human variation in health and disease. Current evidence on selected disorders including immunity and cancer will be explored with emphasis on clinical application. Political, social, and ethical issues impacted by recent advances such as genetic engineering, gene therapy, reproductive technology and Human Genome Project will be analyzed. This clinical application of moral, ethical, and legal issues will be integrated throughout the course.
  • NURS 435 - NURSING RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE (4)

    NURS 435

    NURSING RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of the research process including methodology, design and interpretation of findings. Students will study basic statistics relevant to interpreting research findings. The integration of current evidence including nursing and healthcare research to guide nursing practice and promote high quality and safe patient care outcomes is emphasized.
  • NURS 445 - COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (4)

    NURS 445

    COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING

    Course Description

    The focus of this course is the professional nurse's role in working with aggregates in the community. This course presents the theory, concepts and practice of community health nursing. The components of health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level in order to improve the health of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations are emphasized. The health attitudes, beliefs and practices of culturally diverse populations are explored.
  • NURS 455 - LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSES (4)

    NURS 455

    LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on theories and principles of leadership and management in health care environments. Organizational mission, vision, and strategic planning quality improvement, patient safety, motivation and change theory as applied to health care systems are explored. Effective communication with health care professionals, individuals and groups to promote high quality and safe patient care is emphasized.
  • NURS 498 - NURSING CAPSTONE (4)

    NURS 498

    NURSING CAPSTONE

    Course Description

    This culminating course is designed to provide the baccalaureate nursing student with an opportunity to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the RN-BSN program. Students will integrate theories and concepts from arts, humanities, science, and professional nursing to develop a capstone project.

Additional Requirements

Each candidate for a subsequent degree must successfully complete in residence at Franklin University a minimum of 30 credit hours of 200 level courses or above, of which a minimum of 16 credit hours must be in major area courses at the 300 or 400 level. If the student is a previous Franklin bachelor of science degree graduate, the 30 credits must be earned after the first Franklin B.S. degree was awarded. If the required courses for a subsequent degree total less than 30 credit hours, the student may take Free Elective courses to achieve residency. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students also must meet the University algebra competency requirement

A minimum GPA of 2.25 is required in the major area, and each major area course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to count toward degree requirements.

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