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  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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    Jul 06, 2016

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    Online Start Date
    Aug 03, 2016

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    Aug 24, 2016

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  • Sequence of Study

    Students who are interested in pursuing the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing can view a sample sequence of study by clicking here

  • Curriculum: Advanced Start Track


    Prior Degree or Diploma

    Prior Degree or Diploma (90 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree or Diploma Credits: 90
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 280: BIOETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop and apply sound ethical reasoning and judgment to important issues in health care. Topics studied include access to health care, medical privacy, end-of-life care, genetic screening, and emerging genetic technologies. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytic methods. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MM 207: STATISTICS (5 Credits)

    This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or higher

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SC 435: GENETICS (6 Credits)

    This course explores the molecular basis of genetics as applied to human health, including developmental genetics, immunogenetics, and cancer genetics. Using case studies, students learn the role of dominant and recessive genes in various diseases and the importance of genetic counseling. In addition, students will discuss gene-mapping methodologies and ethical issues in the context of clinical genetics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    NU 300: PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS (6 Credits)

    In Professional Leadership Transitions you will examine diverse roles of the professional nurse within complex health care systems and interprofessional teams; investigate application of information technology and evidence-based practice tools to improve patient outcomes; investigate application of leadership, communication, and teaching/learning skills to promote continuous quality improvement; and plan for your unique role as a practicing and developing member of a profession.

    Prerequisites Required: Admission to the program

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 310: RESEARCH GUIDED EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice guided by nursing research. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse as a consumer of research. The foundational components of the research process are delineated. You will develop critical thinking skills specifically required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice and improved health care. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of evidence to improve health care.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 207 or equivalent

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 333: PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE NURSING PROFESSIONAL (5 Credits)

    Physical Assessment for the Nursing Professional builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students learn approaches to a holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history are learned. Assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are applied to each body system. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Proper documentation of subjective and objective assessment findings is learned.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 300

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 416: CHRONICITY WITHIN NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (6 Credits)

    The concepts of chronicity and chronic care delivery will be examined. You will apply evidence-based practice knowledge to plan care of adults and children with complex adult and children patients who often have several co-morbid health conditions to manage simultaneously. You will learn to assess the physical, mental, functional, economic, and social-cultural dimensions that contribute to quality of life, multiple chronic syndromes, developmental delay, and frailty. The influence of symptomatic sequelae is explored in depth, including atypical presentations, polypharmacy, inter-professional communication, and safety. Fundamentals of care management of chronic care delivery within the family and community will be applied.

    Prerequisites Required: NU 310

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 420: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT (6 Credits)

    Nurses must be able to apply leadership concepts and skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in an ever-changing, global health care environment. This course will prepare students to understand organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, a culture of safety, and how these impact patient outcomes. A focus will be on the development of leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective communication and intradisciplinary collaboration, and the promotion of a professional practice environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 300

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 450: PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING—POPULATION-CENTERED HEALTH CARE IN THE COMMUNITY (6 Credits)

    In this course you will explore the context of public health nursing practice. You will apply evidence-based findings to population health nursing practice and engage in experiential learning that will influence change in population health. Common challenges in community and population health are examined while defining specialty roles integral to population health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 420

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN NURSING (6 Credits)

    This capstone course represents the culmination of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned over the course of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in either a virtual health care experience or in the creation of an evidenced-based portfolio project. Through this capstone process, the student will demonstrate integration of the essential concepts from each course in the program. The goal of each capstone project is to model an approach designed to improve patient health outcomes.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all required nursing courses and electives; last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (15 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Students who have not met prerequisite requirements or state-specific general education requirements may need to complete more than the required 180 quarter credit hours to fulfill degree plan requirements. Students who are interested in continuing on to pursue Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing should consider the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option where students can take graduate-level courses in place of open electives.

    Prior Degree or Diploma

    Prior Degree or Diploma (50 Credits)

    Total Prior Degree or Diploma Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 130

    Prerequisites

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 130

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 130

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 130

    PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Prerequisites Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 130

    Core

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    HU 280: BIOETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop and apply sound ethical reasoning and judgment to important issues in health care. Topics studied include access to health care, medical privacy, end-of-life care, genetic screening, and emerging genetic technologies. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytic methods. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    MM 207: STATISTICS (5 Credits)

    This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or higher

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    SC 435: GENETICS (6 Credits)

    This course explores the molecular basis of genetics as applied to human health, including developmental genetics, immunogenetics, and cancer genetics. Using case studies, students learn the role of dominant and recessive genes in various diseases and the importance of genetic counseling. In addition, students will discuss gene-mapping methodologies and ethical issues in the context of clinical genetics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    HU 200: CRITICAL EVALUATION IN THE HUMANITIES (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 130

    Major

    NU 300: PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS (6 Credits)

    In Professional Leadership Transitions you will examine diverse roles of the professional nurse within complex health care systems and interprofessional teams; investigate application of information technology and evidence-based practice tools to improve patient outcomes; investigate application of leadership, communication, and teaching/learning skills to promote continuous quality improvement; and plan for your unique role as a practicing and developing member of a profession.

    Prerequisites Required: Admission to the program

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 310: RESEARCH GUIDED EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING PRACTICE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to evidence-based nursing practice guided by nursing research. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse as a consumer of research. The foundational components of the research process are delineated. You will develop critical thinking skills specifically required to identify and appraise the best evidence available to support nursing practice and improved health care. Emphasis is placed on the components of the research process and the professional nurse’s role in application of evidence to improve health care.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 207 or equivalent

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 333: PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE NURSING PROFESSIONAL (5 Credits)

    Physical Assessment for the Nursing Professional builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students learn approaches to a holistic assessment of health, focusing primarily on physical assessment. Interviewing techniques required in the collection of a health history are learned. Assessment techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation are applied to each body system. Students learn to differentiate normal from abnormal assessment findings based on age, gender, and ethnicity. Proper documentation of subjective and objective assessment findings is learned.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 300

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 416: CHRONICITY WITHIN NURSING CARE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (6 Credits)

    The concepts of chronicity and chronic care delivery will be examined. You will apply evidence-based practice knowledge to plan care of adults and children with complex adult and children patients who often have several co-morbid health conditions to manage simultaneously. You will learn to assess the physical, mental, functional, economic, and social-cultural dimensions that contribute to quality of life, multiple chronic syndromes, developmental delay, and frailty. The influence of symptomatic sequelae is explored in depth, including atypical presentations, polypharmacy, inter-professional communication, and safety. Fundamentals of care management of chronic care delivery within the family and community will be applied.

    Prerequisites Required: NU 310

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 420: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN THE CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT (6 Credits)

    Nurses must be able to apply leadership concepts and skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in an ever-changing, global health care environment. This course will prepare students to understand organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, a culture of safety, and how these impact patient outcomes. A focus will be on the development of leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision making, effective communication and intradisciplinary collaboration, and the promotion of a professional practice environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 300

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 450: PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING—POPULATION-CENTERED HEALTH CARE IN THE COMMUNITY (6 Credits)

    In this course you will explore the context of public health nursing practice. You will apply evidence-based findings to population health nursing practice and engage in experiential learning that will influence change in population health. Common challenges in community and population health are examined while defining specialty roles integral to population health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    NU 420

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    NU 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN NURSING (6 Credits)

    This capstone course represents the culmination of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned over the course of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in either a virtual health care experience or in the creation of an evidenced-based portfolio project. Through this capstone process, the student will demonstrate integration of the essential concepts from each course in the program. The goal of each capstone project is to model an approach designed to improve patient health outcomes.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all required nursing courses and electives; last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 130

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (55 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 55
    Total Program Credits: 130

    Students who have not met prerequisite requirements or state-specific general education requirements may need to complete more than the required 180 quarter credit hours to fulfill degree plan requirements. Students who are interested in continuing on to pursue Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Nursing should consider the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option where students can take graduate-level courses in place of open electives.

    Tuition & Fees: Advanced Start Track

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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