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  • Sequence of Study

    Students who are interested in pursuing the RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option will complete the courses outlined below; starting with the bachelor's degree plan and then continuing on to the master's degree plan. Bachelor’s-level students can elect to take up to three of the designated graduate-level courses in place of open electives. Upon entering the Master of Science in Nursing program, students will complete as few as four additional core courses and the required specialization courses to earn a master’s degree.

    Keep in mind that you have to meet all prerequisite requirements and, based on the transferability or your previously earned credits, you may need to take more than the minimum number of credits listed here. Please contact and Admissions Advisor for additional information.

    To view a sample sequence of study in the RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option, click here

  • Curriculum: Bachelor's Courses

    Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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 Bachelor's Degree 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)

    This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Bachelor's Degree Core Credits: 34
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    NU 300: PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS (6 Credits)

    This course will facilitate the transition of the registered nurse into a professional nursing leadership role and introduce the major components of leadership that are part of the Kaplan University School of Nursing program. This course builds upon the previous knowledge and experience of the RN and is required prior to the student's enrollment in any other nursing course. The student will examine personal values and goals along with professional roles to explore nursing leadership and create a professional development plan. Topics covered in the course include professional nursing roles, culture and values for community care, leadership, and research.

    Prerequisites Required: Admission to the program

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

    NU 310: NURSING RESEARCH (6 Credits)

    This course applies the steps of the research process in order to critique a research article and to provide the knowledge for students to become proficient at producing research. Students will also construct a viable research question. They will gain the necessary skills to identify and critique the research articles from research literature and develop a plan for application to clinical practice. Students are given the opportunity to understand ethical principles by becoming a participant in a scenario that might occur when conducting research. The highlight of the course is placed on producing and evaluating nursing research. 

    Prerequisites Required: MM 207 and HU 280 or equivalent Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 307 or NU 333

    Total Major Credits: 41
    Total Program Credits: 90

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

    Physical Assessment for the Professional Nurse 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: NURSING CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT (6 Credits)

    This course builds on previous knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. Students learn to adapt nursing interventions to the elderly patient who might have several chronic, comorbid health conditions. Students learn to assess the impact of physical, mental, functional, and social situations on the quality of life of the elderly person. Common medical conditions are explored in depth, focusing specifically on the risks to the elderly and interventions to prevent negative geriatric syndromes and promote quality outcomes. Interdisciplinary models of care are discussed as a means to provide seamless geriatric care.

    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)

    This course integrates and applies the major concepts of previous nursing courses by investigating the differences between the delivery of nursing care to individuals and nursing care directed toward communities and populations. Topics include the public health principles of epidemiology, genomic theory, chronic disease, drug and alcohol abuse, and communicable diseases. The ways in which nursing informatics plays a role regarding the types of records kept in community and public health agencies will also be explored. In addition, students will study the career options open to the public health nurse such as home health, hospice, occupational health nurse, forensics, disaster management, case management, school nursing, and community nurse leader.

    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

    MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (5 Credits)

    This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation, as well as graduate program completion. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Students enrolled in the BS in Nursing's prior diploma or certificate track will need to complete additional elective courses to satisfy the necessary number of credits required for completion of the bachelor's degree.

    MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED NURSING (5 Credits)

    This course explores the evolution of nursing theory and its contribution to advanced nursing science. There is an emphasis on the historical and philosophical foundation of theory development and its impact on nursing practice. Conceptual models are explored relative to nursing adminis­tration, education, and practice.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Students enrolled in the BS in Nursing's prior diploma or certificate track will need to complete additional elective courses to satisfy the necessary number of credits required for completion of the bachelor's degree.

    MN 503: ADVANCED STATISTICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES (5 Credits)

    This course explores the application of statistical methods in research related to nursing and the health professions and serves as a foundation for research and evidence-based practice. The purpose, assumptions, selection, and interpretation of selected statistical procedures will be explored. Techniques include exploratory, descriptive, comparative, correlational, and inferential statistics. Parametric and nonparametric techniques are presented. Statistical methods in selected research studies will be critiqued.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Students enrolled in the BS in Nursing's prior diploma or certificate track will need to complete additional elective courses to satisfy the necessary number of credits required for completion of the bachelor's degree.

    Master's Degree Core

    MN 504: INQUIRY AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on using an evidence-based approach to provide high-quality health care, initiate change, and improve nursing practice by nurses in advanced roles. The focus is on assessing current and relevant research for delineating issues, translating research, developing competencies in analysis and evaluation of relevant research, practice innovations, and evidence-based practice. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry are explored.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Master's Degree Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Note: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must apply for admission to the Kaplan University Master of Science in Nursing program. This sample degree plan is based on a student who completes the maximum number of courses (3) in place of open electives; requirements will vary for individuals who choose to complete less than 3 courses.

    MN 505: HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION IN A DIVERSE COMMUNITY (5 Credits)

    This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Master's Degree Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Note: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must apply for admission to the Kaplan University Master of Science in Nursing program. This sample degree plan is based on a student who completes the maximum number of courses (3) in place of open electives; requirements will vary for individuals who choose to complete less than 3 courses.

    MN 506: ETHICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course introduces major ethical theories and provides an opportunity to analyze the ethical principles underlying nursing administration, education, informatics, and advanced practice health care. Students examine selected concepts, principles, and cases involving ethics and law within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Master's Degree Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Note: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must apply for admission to the Kaplan University Master of Science in Nursing program. This sample degree plan is based on a student who completes the maximum number of courses (3) in place of open electives; requirements will vary for individuals who choose to complete less than 3 courses.

    MN 507: HEALTH POLICY, FINANCING, AND ORGANIZATION OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (5 Credits)

    This course provides students with an understanding of health care policy formation and evaluation, facilitated by opportunities to investigate public policy and politics. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including financial aspects of health care systems and pertinent issues in the relationship between policy and health care system change. Specific focus is placed on the leadership role of the nurse in current system dilemmas and issues.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Master's Degree Core Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Note: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must apply for admission to the Kaplan University Master of Science in Nursing program. This sample degree plan is based on a student who completes the maximum number of courses (3) in place of open electives; requirements will vary for individuals who choose to complete less than 3 courses.

    Specialization Courses

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (30 Credits)

    Total Specialization Courses Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 50

    Students who choose the nurse educator, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner specializations will complete 45, 55, or 65 credits of specialization courses, respectively.

    Tuition & Fees: Bachelor's Courses

    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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  • * Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs. 

    § At this time, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specialization is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this specialization.

    # At this time, the family nurse practitioner specialization is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this specialization.

    ** Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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