ASPIRE's RN-to-BSN degree will keep you current in the rapidly evolving field of nursing, while also providing the knowledge, skills and credentials you need to advance your career. Simpson offers the only local RN-to-BSN program with on-site coursework and community practicum experience. You will earn your PHN certificate by completing this program.
You'll take courses designed to strengthen your understanding of the practical theory of nursing, the economics of healthcare, health assessment and the skills critical to today’s nursing environment. By combining a strong foundation of core curriculum and research with a focused development on management and leadership expertise, you'll be well prepared to:
- Enhance your competitiveness in the marketplace
- Increase your income
- Qualify for administrative and leadership healthcare positions
Applicants are required to have a current RN license and a minimum of 62 credits from an accredited institution to enroll in the RN-to-BSN program. Some courses will require clinical hours outside of class that will apply toward your PHN certificate.
With ASPIRE's unique class structure, you’ll take one class at a time - one night a week for 5 weeks, with each class designed to build on the knowledge gained in the previous class. In this way, you'll move through your degree program in a step-by-step, structured schedule that allows you to focus your full attention on the material you need to know in the nursing field. It’s a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.
You'll start your RN-to-BSN program with a group of nurses just like you...and go through the entire program with the same group. In addition to moral support, this gives you opportunities for networking and developing lifelong friendships with people who share your career and your passion.
NURS 3010 Transition to Professional Nursing
The foundations of professional nursing practice from historical, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal perspectives are explored. The professional nursing role is analyzed with significant trends and issues that impact current nursing practice. The course also explores returning to school strategies to enhance student success in the RN to BSN program.
NURS 3020 Family/Community Health Nursing I
Family/Community Health Nursing I provides an opportunity for the application of knowledge and the skills of the community health/home health nurse in a community setting. Case management and its relation to managed care are explored. Requires clinical practice with a preceptor in a community health/home health setting.
Introduction to the Bible
An introduction to the literature of the Bible within its geographical, historical and social contexts. The course affirms biblical relevance to the ethical issues of everyday living, including those in the workplace.
NURS 3030 Family/Community Health Nursing II
Family/Community Health Nursing II explores dimensions of community health/public health nursing within the context of population based nursing care in the community. Examines epidemiological principles. Requires clinical practice with a preceptor in a community health/public health setting.
NURS 3040 Nursing Practice Theory
Focuses on the evolution of nursing models and theories and the application of theory to current professional nursing practice. Advanced nursing roles are explored as well as the contribution of nursing informatics to practice. Emphasis is placed on the major conceptual elements and implications of Jean Watson's Caring Model.
NURS 4000 Gerontology % Chronic Illness
This course will focus on evidence-based principles of management of care specifically for the older adult and the patient with chronic illness. A wide-range of theories and models shown to advance best practices in the care of chronically ill and older adult patient will be explored. Enhanced knowledge and strategies will prepare the professional nurse for their role in supporting patient self-management activities and the coordination of the transitions of care across the continuum.
NURS 4010 Research & Evidence Based Practice
Examines scientific clinical nursing rationale for research utilization and evidence-based practice. Concepts of research methods and processes are used to analyze relevant nursing problems for clinical effective practice. This course explores ethical issues in relation to nursing research and current nursing practice.
Christianity and World Religions
An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphases on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.
NURS 4020 Health Teaching
Explores health behavior and health promotion theoretical frameworks, methodologies and strategies of health education to meet the needs of a variety of patient populations. Students engage In discussions and activities around writing instructional objectives, assessment, design and evaluation of instruction by nurses.
NURS 4030 Leadership in Nursing
Focuses on the theoretical principles of management and leadership in the delivery of healthcare. An historical overview of management theories assists the student in understanding legal and ethical implications of the role of professional nurses in regard to client care, delegation, staffing, budgeting, communication, team building, organizational performance and outcomes, and other current issues. Management concepts and skills are examined to promote individual and group satisfaction within the work environment. Course content includes current issues and trends in nursing leadership and management and the contribution of the profession in today's society.
NURS 4045 Advanced Nursing Science
This course explores contemporary trends in healthcare delivery systems and professional nursing practice. Students will explore advances in the current healthcare system including topics of technology, informatics, genomics, and healthcare economics with a focus on the roles of nurses and other healthcare leaders.
NURS 4050 Senior Nursing Seminar
This course provides an opportunity for the registered nurse student to explore a topic of current interest to the nursing profession for research and presentation. This course is considered a capstone course to the ASPIRE RN-to-BSN step-up program and is offered only for those students who have completed all other requirements for the nursing major.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simpson University gives you more career choices. You'll have a distinct competitive edge in applying for traditional nursing positions and the credentials you need to command a higher salary. Additionally, a BSN will open the doors to a wide variety of management-level nursing careers, including:
|Insurance Company Manager||Nurse Manager|
|Nurse Anesthetist||Hospital Director|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist||Hospital Administrator|
|Pharmaceutical Industry Manager||Nurse Practitioner|
|Community Health Care Specialist||Public Health Nurse|
|Ambulatory Services Manager||Consultant|
|Home Health Care Clinic Manager||Case Manager|
In addition to classroom coursework and a supervised nursing practicum, you'll gain hands-on experience through curriculum taught directly in hospitals and medical facilities. Combined with a directed focus on contemporary nursing trends, this real-world practice will prepare you for the changing roles of nursing in today's healthcare environment, including:
- Family and community health nursing
- Acting as patient advocate
- Embedding into community and family
- Serving in holistic environments like hospice and home health care
The baccalaureate in Nursing program at Simpson University is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accrediatation will be granted.