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Nursing Curriculum

WPU RN-BSN ONLINE OR HYBRID / ZOOM COURSE MAP

*Dependent upon individual needs

First Semester

8 weeks block    Course Credit Faculty
1st NURS 300 Health Assessment & Pathophysiology 3 Nursing
1st *LDRS 102 English Comp II 3
1st *LDRS 105 Computers & Technology 3
1st *LDRS 200 Principles of Communication 3
1st *MATH 105 Math for Leaders 3
1st *LDRS 220/221 Arts & Society 3
1st *HIST 3
TOTAL 3

Second Semester

8 weeks block Course  Credit  Faculty
1st NURS 301 Professional Nursing for the RN-BSN
Pre-req NURS 300
5 Nursing
1st LDRS 290 Quaker Values 1
2nd NURS 302 Leading and Managing for the RN-BSN (clinical)
Pre-req NURS 300
4 Nursing
2nd Math 303 Statistical Methods 3
TOTAL 13

Summer

  Course Credit Faculty
LDRS 390 Contemporary Leadership 3
BUSI 345 Organizational Behavior 3
Gen. Eds., if needed
TOTAL 6

Third Semester

 8 weeks block Course Credit Faculty
1st NURS 303 Community Health for the RN-BSN (clinical)
Pre-req NURS 301 & 302
4 Nursing
1st BUSI 347 Business Ethics 3
2nd NURS 401 Evidence Based Practice for the RN-BSN
Pre-req NURS 303 and MATH 303
5 Nursing
TOTAL 12

Full & Part-Time options available depending on cohort rotation

The nursing program follows the traditional semester calendar of the College of Arts, Sciences & Professional Studies (CASPS), with fall semester running August – December and Spring Semester running January – May.  Please see the back of the university catalog for important dates.

*Dependent upon individual needs

First Semester

8 weeks block    Course Credit Faculty
1st NURS 300 Health Assessment & Pathophysiology 3 Nursing
1st *LDRS 102 English Comp II 3
1st *LDRS 105 Computers & Technology 3
1st *LDRS 200 Principles of Communication 3
1st *MATH 105 Math for Leaders 3
1st *LDRS 220/221 Arts & Society 3
1st *HIST 3
TOTAL 3

Summer

  Course Credit Faculty
LDRS 390 Contemporary Leadership 3
BUSI 345 Organizational Behavior 3
Gen. Eds., if needed
TOTAL 6

Second Semester

8 weeks block Course Credit Faculty
1st NURS 301 Professional Nursing for the RN-BSN
Pre-req NURS 300
5 Nursing
1st LDRS 290 Quaker Values 1
2nd NURS 302 Leading and Managing for the RN-BSN (clinical)
Pre-req NURS 300
4 Nursing
2nd Math 303 Statistical Methods 3
TOTAL 13

Third Semester

 8 weeks block Course Credit Faculty
1st NURS 303 Community Health for the RN-BSN (clinical)
Pre-req NURS 301 & 302
4 Nursing
1st BUSI 347 Business Ethics 3
2nd NURS 401 Evidence Based Practice for the RN-BSN
Pre-req NURS 303 and MATH 303
5 Nursing
TOTAL 12

 

Full & Part-Time options available depending on cohort rotation

The nursing program follows the traditional semester calendar of the College of Arts, Sciences & Professional Studies (CASPS), with fall semester running August – December and Spring Semester running January – May.  Please see the back of the university catalog for important dates.

NURS 300 Health Assessment & Pathophysiology 3 credits
Pathophysiological aspects of alterations in major body systems at a cellular level. Emphasis is on the holistic nature of human responses to health alterations and how care impacts that human response. Understanding basic disease processes support decision making in assessing, planning, and implementing and evaluating care of clients in professional nursing practice.


NURS 301 Professional Nursing for the RN-BSN 5 Credits
This course enhances the students understanding of clinical reasoning though expanding of knowing beyond pragmatic knowledge. Students explore the concept of caring as uniquely expressed in their nursing situations. Students learn to locate multi-level evidence, learn research terminology, types of research, and investigate evidence based holistic nursing interventions.Prerequisite: NURS 300


NURS 302 Leading & Managing for the RN-BSN 4 Credits
Course emphasis is on concepts and skills of basic level management and leadership in nursing. Students explore aspects of management/leadership with nurse leaders. The students are introduced to informatics and how this concept is utilized in assuring safety and quality outcome initiatives. This course prepares the student to assume the role of a manager/leader at the fundamental level. Prerequisite: NURS 300


NURS 303 Community Health 4 credits
Examines the role of the nurse to understand the community as client. The RN student’s knowledge will be enhanced through clinical experiences in a variety of community settings. Students will come to know nursing assessment and interventions unique to the community or population-based settings. Within this course, students will explore global health and how they can impact the global community. Prerequisite: NURS 301 & 302


NURS 401 Evidence-Based Practice 5 credits
Students come to understand the process for implementing evidence-based practice and its application to a clinical question generated from their practice setting. Students will utilize critical inquiry in evaluating and synthesizing multi-level evidence related to their question. This evidence will form the basis for drafts of policies to support EBP changes in their practice setting. Prerequisite: NURS 303 and MATH 303

William Penn University Nursing majors are required to participate in preceptorship experience before completion of B.S.N. requirements. Preceptorship experience provides students with deeper understanding of professional nursing roles and responsibilities. Students are given the opportunity to acquire greater working knowledge of their health care setting and the community.

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Tuition & Fees

William Penn University offers competitive financial aid packages to complete your B.S.N. affordably. There are scholarships and institutional grants available! Please contact the Admissions Office at 800-779-7366, Ext. 1 or admissions@wmpenn.edu to learn more.  Apply online now!

See Tuition & Fees for other University tuition & fee information. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about financing and costs.


2016–17 Estimated Program Costs for the William Penn University R.N.–B.S.N. Program

William Penn University makes every effort to develop financial assistance packages so that few students pay the entire cost of their college education. Occasionally, changing economics require adjustments to our costs.

Tuition Deposit $50
Tuition $425 / Credit Hour
Books/Syllabi $1,206
Technology Fee $21 / Credit Hour
Nursing Infrastructure Fee $17 / Credit Hour
NURS 300 $150 / Course
NURS 302 & 303 Lab Fee $50 / Course
Health Physical $100
Uniforms $50
Nursing Pins (Optional) Price Varies
Graduation Fee $100

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nursing Program

How often do I need to come to campus?

The WPU R.N.–B.S.N. is a hybrid program with face-to-face classes meeting one day each week. Homework and preceptorships are completed off-campus.

How long is my day?

The length of your day will vary the first semester depending on needed general education requirements, and whether you prefer to enroll as a full-time student. Think of your day as a 12-hour shift.

How many hours is preceptorship and what is preceptorship like?

The preceptorship experience required at the R.N.–B.S.N. level is offered in a preceptor model. Classes that require a preceptorship component include NURS 302 Leading and Managing (30 hours) and NURS 303 Community Health (30 hours). Every attempt is made to schedule preceptorship on the day that you will be attending class. However, there may be exceptions and a student may need to schedule their preceptorship time on a different day.

What do I need for pre-requisites?

You will want to send transcripts from each school you have attended to the Office of Admissions. These will be evaluated for college courses that will transfer to WPU. You may contact an Admissions Counselor at 800-779-7366 for more information.

Why Choose William Penn University for your R.N.–B.S.N. degree?

  • Small classes
  •  Complete in four semesters 
  •  On campus one-day/week
  •  Leadership focus
  •  Professional graduate-level prepared faculty with over 50 years combined nursing and teaching experience who care about student success
  •  Friendly staff to assist with admission and financial aid
  •  Competitive tuition & financial aid packages
  •  Quaker Values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community & Equality

What is considered full time?

1–11 hours per semester is considered part-time. 12–18 credit hours per semester is considered full-time. Anything over 18 credit hours needs approval and you will incur additional costs. Financial aid packages will be awarded accordingly.

Where can I get food?

The PAC Café has hot food, sandwiches, salads, fruit & yogurt, various snacks.

The cafeteria is in the Atkins Memorial Union. For hours and menu go to the WPU Campus Dining website.

There are fast food options and restaurants on A Avenue (Highway 92) and the town square, all within approximately 10–15 blocks of the Oskaloosa campus.