Nursing (BSN)


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Nursing Department.

Program Description

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is designed for the registered nurse who wishes to advance his or her knowledge in nursing, the sciences, and the liberal arts. The program helps the registered nurse develop analytic and communication skills for professional excellence.

The BSN curriculum focuses on holistic health promotion for the individual student, the profession, the individual client, the family, groups, and the community. There is a strong emphasis on the nurse's personal development, the needs and future of the profession, and the broad, accountable nursing role that is needed and expected by today's health care consumer. The program prepares the registered nurse for generalist nursing practice. A variety of faculty members, student experiences, and learning environments are used to meet program and individual student goals.

The program is tailored to working adults, offering part-time enrollment and eight-week terms. To accommodate individuals' unique learning preferences, classes are offered in two formats: face-to-face or online. Students may attend evening face-to-face classes at the Webster Groves campus or at our St. Louis-area corporate partner sites. 

The RN-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership skills to promote a culture of quality care and patient safety.
  • Discuss research and evidence as it applies to professional nursing practice.
  • Describe the role of information technology in professional nursing practice. 
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the impact of health policy, finance, social, political, and regulatory processes on the healthcare system.
  • Advocate for the client's needs in a diverse, global environment. 
  • Collaborate with clients and other healthcare professionals to promote quality care. 
  • Apply principles of health promotion and prevention to individuals, families, and populations.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 24 credit hours in upper division nursing coursework
  • 3 credit hours in the required Global Keystone Seminar
  • 26 credit hours in designated University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the nursing RN-BSN, and prerequisite courses
  • 32 credit hours of lower-division nursing coursework
  • 43 elective hours

Global Citizenship Program for Nursing RN-BSN

  • FRSH 1200: First Year Seminar (satisfied by an Associate Degree in Nursing or an Associate in Applied Science Degree)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (satisfied by prerequisite Humanities course)
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’ (satisifed by prerequisite Psychology and Sociology courses)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’ or ‘Arts Appreciation’ (satisfied by prerequisite course in second language or arts appreciation)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ (satisfied by prerequisite Physical Science course)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Quantitative Literacy’ (satisfied by prerequisite Statistics course)
  • KEYS 4XXX: Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements are satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

RN-BSN students are required to take at least 30 credit hours at Webster University.

Curriculum

 Required Courses

  • NURS 3010 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURS 3020 Lifespan Health Assessment for RNs (3 hours)
  • NURS 3270 Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses (3 hours)
  • NURS 3410 Health Promotion and Education (3 hours)
  • NURS 4110 Interprofessional Collaboration (3 hours)
  • NURS 4240 Organizational and Systems Leadership (3 hours)
  • NURS 4250 Population Health: Clinical Prevention with Families and Communities (3 hours)
  • NURS 4410 Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments (3 hours)
  • Global Keystone Seminar (3 hours)

Prerequisites

All registered nurse (RN) applicants must successfully establish college credit hours in the following areas:

  • English (3 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • General Sociology (3 hours)
  • Physical Sciences (PNW) (8 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Second language study or arts appreciation (3 hours)

Special Requirements

To progress through the program, nursing courses (NURS) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, in courses with a clinical component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical portion of the course in order to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical component of the course results in automatic failure of the course. Students may repeat a specific nursing course only one time, and no more than two nursing courses may be repeated during the program.

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements and review the Special Admission Requirements listed below specific for RN-BSN program.

Special Admission Requirements

RN-BSN applicants must also:

  • Provide proof of current unencumbered U.S. registered nurse license or be eligible for licensure as an RN and have a scheduled NCLEX exam within three months or beginning the program. Progression through the program is contingent on maintenance of unencumbered nursing licensure.
  • Provide transcripts from nursing schools and all colleges from which academic credit has been granted.
  • Demonstrate a GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in previous scholastic work.
  • Complete the Webster University undergraduate application and submit the application fee.
  • Submit a résumé.
  • Complete an advising interview with a faculty member.
  • Successfully and satisfactorily complete a drug screen and criminal background check, plus submit other required documents including, but not limited to, a health history; a vaccination/immunization profile (influenza, HepB, TDap/Td, MMR, and varicella); annual TB test/screen; evidence of American Heart Association CPR certification; a copy of current personal health insurance card; and a signed student contract.

Supplemental application materials should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194 USA

OR submit electronically to: admit@webster.edu