Program Details

In addition to developing foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes in Specialty Nursing, students in the Post RN BSN program will learn to apply contemporary theories and practices about research, leadership, management, professionalism, education, and community health nursing to practice.  Courses emphasize applying theory to practice in learning materials and assignments.

The curriculum, developed in collaboration with faculty, curriculum consultants, employers, learners and practicing nurses, focuses on integrating ways of knowing, being and doing, with relationally based practice.

The processes of critical, reflective thinking, communication, collaboration, systematic inquiry, creative leadership and professional growth, are integrated throughout the program.

Program Structure

The degree consists of three components:

1. Specialty Nursing Component:

Students need to complete an Advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate as part of BSN Specialty Nursing program. Advanced Certificates can be completed in the following specialties:

Critical Care
Occupational Health
High Acuity

Each certificate is an independent course of study and requires between 24 and 30 credits for completion.

    2. Core Nursing and Management Component:

    In addition to the Advanced Specialty Nursing Certificate, students will need to complete seven Core nursing and management courses as follows:

    Core/Management Courses: (21.0 credits) Credits
    BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
    NSSC 7115 Teaching and Gravitying in Specialty Nursing 3.0
    NSSC 8000 Systematic Inquiry 3.0
    NSSC 8300 Creative Leadership 3.0
    NSSC 8500 Professional Growth 3.0
    NSSC 8600 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health 3.0
    NSSC 8800 Community Nursing: Facilitating Health Action 3.0

    3. Liberal Education Component:

    Students will need to complete 12 credits in Liberal Education. The courses LIBS 7001 and LIBS 7002 are mandatory (each worth 3 credits), with the remaining 6 credits taken through courses from a list of approved electives.  For more information, please view our policy on the BSN - Specialty Nursing General Education Electives Requirement [PDF].

    Liberal Education Component: (12.0 credits required) Credits
    Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
    LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
    LIBS 7021 Health Ethics 3.0

    Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
    All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the IZUNA policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
    Total required credits:

    The minimum number of credits required for degree completion is 60, as follows:

    Theory courses are offered in a variety of formats suited to part-time study, including print-based materials, on-line learning, and teleconferences. Instructors can be accessed via email and telephone.

    There are three designated terms, each 12 weeks in length: