B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) Areas of Study

The WGU RN to BSN program is based on best practices for effective learning and national standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable graduates to expand their knowledge in areas of research, theory, community concepts, healthcare policy, therapeutic interventions, and current trends.

General Education

Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.

Communication Foundations
This course focuses on the application of grammatical standards and reading skills.

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology and Human Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

Survey in U.S. and World History
The content in these courses include major themes in world history and United States history; basic economic concepts; and the nature and development of American government.

Language and Communication: Essay

Language and Communication: Presentation

Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Health Science Core

Clinical Microbiology

Behavioral Science

Biochemistry

Nursing Science

Care of the Older Adult
Care of the Older Adult adapts the concepts from prior coursework to the care of older adults. An understanding of the effects that policy and legislation have on how healthcare systems treat aging patients sets a foundation for improving their care. Students will apply health assessment skills and evidence-based standards in such a way to account for the specific needs of older adults. Emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining the dignity of older adults by focusing on cultural, religious, spiritual, and communication needs and by collaborating on care with older adults, families, and caregivers.

Nutrition for Contemporary Society
Nutrition for Contemporary Society focuses on basic nutrition, physiology of food digestion, plant derived nutrients, fats: essential for life, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fluid balance, healthy bodily weight, nutrition and physical activity, nutrition through the lifecycle, and nutrition issues: safety and security of food.

Evidence-Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research

Information Management and the Application of Technology
Information Management and the Application of Technology helps the student learn how to identify and implement the unique responsibilities of nurses related to the application of technology and the management of patient information. This includes: understanding the evolving role of nurse informaticists; demonstrating the skills needed to use electronic health records; identifying nurse-sensitive outcomes that lead to quality improvement measures; supporting the contributions of nurses to patient care; examining workflow changes related to the implementation of computerized management systems; and learning to analyze the implications of new technology on security, practice, and research.

Nursing Theory and Practice

Health Assessment

Professional Roles and Values

Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing
This course will assist students to become familiar with foundational theories and models of health promotion and disease prevention, applicable to the community health nursing environment. Students will develop understanding of how policies and resources influence the health of populations. Students will engage in learning the importance of community assessment to improve or resolve a community health issue. Students will be introduced to the relationships between cultures and communities and the steps necessary to create community collaboration to improve or resolve community health issues in a variety of settings. Students will analyze health systems in the United States, global health issues, quality-of-life issues, and emergency preparedness.

Community Health and Population-Focused Nursing Field Experience
This course will assist students to become familiar with clinical aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, applicable to the community health nursing environment. Students will practice skills based on clinical priorities, methodology, and resources that positively influence the health of populations. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying principals of community health nursing in a variety of settings. Students will design, implement and evaluate a project in community health. Students will develop health promotion and disease prevention strategies for population groups.

Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership

Leadership Experience

BS, Nursing Professional Portfolio
The professional portfolio is a collection of artifacts from your coursework as well as a resume and personal statement to help you market yourself and your strengths.