RN-BSN: The Traditional Path

The Traditional Path is the best choice for most EKU Online RN-BSN students. It allows you to complete one course every 8 weeks and earn your BSN in a little over 2 years. Plus, you can choose whether to start classes in the Fall (August), Spring (January) or Summer (May) Term. Click here to read about the 1-Year Path.

Course Sequence for Fall Term Start:

 

 

Fall A

   

Fall B

  

Spring A

  

Spring B

 

Summer

 

Year 1

 

NSC 381

 

NSC 383

 

NSC 385

 

NSC 390W* (Summer or Spring B)

 

NSC 340
NSC 390W* (Summer or Spring B)

 

Year 2

 

NSC 486/486C
(16 weeks)

 

NSC 440

 

NSC 442/442C (16 weeks)

 

 

NSC 445

 

Course Sequence for Summer Term Start:

 

Spring A

Spring B

Summer

Fall A

Fall B

Year 1

General Education Class

General Education Class or STA 215

NSC 340
and/or
NSC 390W*

NSC 381

NSC 383

Year 2

NSC 385

 

NSC 340
and/or
NSC 390W*

NSC 486/486C (16 weeks)

NSC 440

Year 3

NSC 486/ NSC 442C
(16 weeks)

NSC 445

     

Sample Course Sequence for Spring Term Start:

 

Spring A

Spring B

Summer

Fall A

Fall B

Year 1

General Education Class

General Education Class OR STA 215

NSC 340 and NSC 390W*

NSC 381

NSC 383

Year 2

NSC 385

   

NSC NSC 486/486C
(16 weeks)

NSC 340

Year 3

NSC 442/ 442C
(16 weeks)

NSC 445

     

 

Courses shown are taken in addition to any general education courses required by the university. Unless otherwise noted, each course is 8 weeks in length.

*A beginning statistics course must be competed with a grade of “C” or better before enrolling in NSC 390W.

Course Descriptions

NSC 340 Health Assessment for the RN

(2 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): RN status and admission to the RN-BSN option. Enhancement of physical assessment skills for RNs with application to clients throughout the lifespan.

NSC 381 Perspectives in Professional Nursing I

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): RN status and admission to the RN-BSN option. Transition to the professional nursing role for the RN student emphasizing foundational concepts of professional nursing practice.

NSC 383 Perspective in Professional Nursing II

(3 hours)  Prerequisite(s): NSC 381.Transition to the professional nursing role for the RN student emphasizing the knowledge development of concepts and theories essential for professional practice.

NSC 385 Perspectives in Professional Nursing II

(4 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): NSC 381 and 383.Advanced concepts and skill for professional nursing practice.

NSC 390W Nursing Research

(2 hours) I, II, A. Prerequisite(s): STA 215 or 270 with a grade of “C” or better. Uses the research process to guide nursing practice in the delivery of quality, cost effective health care.

NSC 440 Leadership and Management

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): RN status and admission to the RN-BSN option. An overview of leadership and management theory in health care explores the leadership role of nursing. Strategies for facing challenges, promoting cost-effective health care, and promoting leadership success in the dynamic health care system.

NSC 442/442C Complex Health Systems

(5 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): NSC 440 and NSC 486 or department approval. Synthesis of professional nursing competencies and concepts to address human diversity and manage care in today’s complex health. (NSC 442C is the clinical component, which comprises 2 hours.)

NSC 445 RN Professional Role Transitions

(2 hours) A. Prerequisite(s): RN status and admission to the RN-BSN option. Role development seminar for RNs. Critical analysis of trends which shape professional nursing practice. Analysis of strategies for instituting change in various health care delivery systems.

NSC 486/486C RN Public Health Nursing

(5 hours) I, II. Prerequisite(s): NSC 385 or NSC 392 and 396 or departmental approval.  Synthesizes nursing concepts and applies the nursing process to develop practice partnerships with communities and their subsystems. (NSC 486C is the clinical component, which comprises 2 hours.)