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The Bluffton University nursing course of study is a dual degree, dual entry program, offered in collaboration with Rhodes State College. This professional program is designed to prepare students to serve as professional nurses providing patient-centered nursing care through the creation of nurse client/patient relationships with an individual, family or community.  The beliefs and knowledge of the professional nurse regarding the concepts of environment, health, person and nursing serves to provide further definition to the development of the nurse client relationship. The relationship between the nurse and client is dynamic and the mutual exchange of information between the nurse and client serves to provide the professional nurse with information critical to the determination of the need for nursing care and for the initiation of the nursing process and administration of nursing interventions. The program curriculum builds a foundation for professional practice through the delivery of courses specific to nursing theory and competency, the sciences, and the liberal arts. Students entering the nursing course of study complete general education requirements at Bluffton while dually enrolled in the foundational nursing courses through Rhodes State College that lead to the Associate's of Applied Science degree in Nursing. Once students have completed the Rhodes State College nursing program and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN they complete the nursing course of study in year four through the Bluffton RN-BSN program, culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

The conceptual framework for the Bluffton University Nursing Program is based upon the integration of the four enduring values of Bluffton University: Discovery, Community, Respect, and Service with foundational elements derived from the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The enduring values and foundational elements derived from the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice are supported through a focus upon continuous inquiry and scholarly endeavor.  The enduring values and foundational elements provide the structure for curricular development and assessment, and the delineation of program outcomes. The enduring values and foundational elements show interrelatedness and are best understood through further explanation of each. In addition, the enduring values provide the framework of support for the nursing model and serve to inform the fundamental nursing beliefs of health, nursing, person, and environment.

Requirements (98 hours)

Courses offered at Bluffton University:
NRS 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing (1)
NRS 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing (1)
NRS 301 Global Health and Intercultural Care (3)
NRS 302 Epidemiology for Nurses (3) 
NRS 401 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (1)
NRS 402 Research in Nursing: Evidence Based Practices (3)
NRS 403 Population Based Care (4)
NRS 404 Managing Care Across the Health Continuum (4)
NRS 405 Health Care Delivery Systems (3)
NRS 406 Nursing Informatics (2)
or NRS 407 Caring for an Aging Population (2)
NRS 408 Current Trends and Issues in Nursing (3) satisfies Critical Analysis competency
BIO 230 Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4) satisfies Scientific Inquiry competency
BIO 231 Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
BIO 305 Microbiology for Nurses (4)
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3) satisfies Living Well competency
NTR 340 Pathophysiology (3)
PSY 110  Introduction to Psychology (3) satisfies Understanding Self and Society competency
PSY 235 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 284 General Statistics (3)
REL 274 Christian Ethics (3) 

Courses offered at Rhodes State College:
NSG 1520 Foundations of Nursing (6)
NSG 1523 Adult Health 1 (6)
NSG 1524 Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
NSG 1721 Pharmcology for Nursing (2)
NSG 2521 Psychosocial Nursing (3)
NSG 2522 Adult Health II (6)
NSG 2525 Essentials of Nurse Practice (9)

Other requirements:
CPR certification
STNA certification
Physical and lab work completed
TB skin test completed
Immunizations completed

June 2023