RN to BSN Online – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Courses


Villanova University's RN to BSN program consists of 16 required courses.

NUR 3000 – Foundations in Nursing and Health

The scope and aims of professional nursing practice are examined in the study of concepts of health and systems of care. The College of Nursing philosophy and conceptual framework are analyzed and used to guide course activities. The Clinical Decision Making Assessment (CDMA) must be taken at the end of this course.

NUR 3007 – Health Assessment

Comprehensive nursing assessment of individuals and families is emphasized in this course.  Opportunities are provided for the student to apply clinical skills such as interviewing, data collection, genograms and physical assessment.

NTR 2120 – Principles of Nutrition

This course emphasizes the study of nutrition and health and focuses on normal nutrition with selected emphasis on prevention of disease through healthy eating. It serves as the framework for the clinical nutrition concepts in nursing practice. 

NUR 2810 – Research and Scientific Evidence in Nursing Practice

This course provides learning experiences for undergraduate nursing students related to the use of scientific evidence in nursing practice. There is an emphasis on the use of scholarly and analytical skills in examining evidence in clinical practice. Pre-requisite: NUR 3007.  Pre/Corequisite: Statistics

NUR 3122 – Imperatives for Global and Public Health

This course provides a foundation for students to examine factors that influence the health of communities and populations locally, nationally, and globally. Students use basic public health principles and sciences to identify factors that influence, promote, and maintain health of populations. The course emphasizes the use of epidemiological data, and knowledge related to environmental health, social determinants of health, genetics/genomics, ethics, the influence of culture, and health behaviors in identifying the nurse's role in population health.

NUR 4112 – Health Promotion and Home Health in the Community

This course explores the delivery of care to individuals and their families within community settings.  The learner explores the unique issues related to interdependent care strategies within a family model that maximizes the health of individuals while continuing to function within their home environment. Prerequisites: CDMA, NUR 2810, NUR 3122

NUR 4113 – Practicum in Health Promotion and Home Health in the Community

This course provides the student an opportunity to explore two distinctly different community based settings during this practicum experience. The student provides evidence-based nursing care in community settings where the population of individuals and families have the need for assessment and interventions that are provided to maintain or improve their health status through care procedures and health education related to their health problem. Pre/Corequisite: NUR 4112. *This course is broken down into two 8 week terms.  Students must first take NUR 4113-101 and immediately take NUR4113-201 in the following term.

NUR 4114 – Nursing and Health Policy

This course addresses the impact of health policy, health care financing and economics, and legislative and regulatory authority on nursing practice and the health care delivery system.  Societal and professional issues influencing nursing practice will be examined. Pre-requisites: CDMA, NUR 3122

NUR 4116 – Leadership and Management in Health Care

This course addresses principles of leadership and management and organizational processes related to the practice of nursing using current evidence.  Professional values, accountability, role transition, collegiality and interprofessional collaboration are addressed in this course. Pre/Corequisites: NUR 4114, NUR 4117

NUR 4117 – Field Work in Leadership and Management in Health Care

This course provides students with the opportunity to enact the role of the professional nurse in selected health care settings.  Students demonstrate the principles of leadership, management and organizational processes related to the practice of nursing using current evidence. Pre/Corequisite: NUR 4116

NUR 4118 – Cultural Influences on Health Beliefs and Practices

Cultural influences on health beliefs and practices are examined.  Implications for providing culturally sensitive nursing care to diverse individuals, groups and communities are addressed.

THL 1500 – Spirituality and the Healing Arts

Deep connection and interaction of mind and heart are the vortex and wellspring of Augustinian tradition and education. Exploration of mind-heart vortex focusing on finding, strengthening and widening students' practical spirituality and contemplative practices. Contemplative practices are practical and adaptable to the realities of everyday life; they develop capacities for deep concentration, quieting the mind, greater empathy and reflection upon the meaning in life. Practical and appropriate connections with self and patient care will be explored.

PHI 2115 – Ethics for Health Care Professionals

Rights and duties of the patient/client and the members of the health care team, death and dying, genetic engineering and manipulation.

MAT 1250 – Statistics in Health Care Research

Descriptive and inferential statistics: graphical displays, estimation and hypothesis testing.

SOC 1500 – Social Problems

Significant problems of American society; the sociocultural basis of social problems, the conditions facilitating their incidence, and approaches to therapeutic interventions.

PSY 2700 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Designed to demonstrate how theories of psychology are applied to the workplace. To have effective workplaces and productive and motivated employees, organizations are looking at the impact of the organization's work environment, leadership, formal/informal policies and other factors. Topics include organizational structure, people and personality, motivation, job stress, group dynamics, communication and leadership and gender.