Overview

Waynesburg University's RN to BSN program is designed specifically to meet the needs of working RNs who are motivated to meet personal educational goals and want to enhance their career options. Our program is structured in a user-friendly format that allows you to balance your work and family responsibilities with your school-related efforts.

Academic centers located at:

Contact Information

Sherri Stonecipher
Phone: (724)-743-7612
Or Text Questions to: (724)-710-9959

Program Features

  • Year-round course offerings with scheduled breaks throughout the year

  • 16 month full-time program option

  • 32 month part-time hospital cohort option

  • Courses offered at area hospitals and the regional center in Monroeville (Penn Center), Seven Fields (Cranberry), Southpointe (Canonsburg) or Waynesburg

  • Courses offered one night a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the same night throughout the program

  • Face-to-face learning environment that is complimented by an online component easily accessed at your convenience

  • Free Ready-Set-Go Workshop to prepare you to go back to school

  • Free academic supportive services in writing, math and computer skills

Admissions Requirements

  • Current USA RN license

  • Graduation from a state-approved nursing program as evident by all official transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater

  • Students with cumulative grade point average below 3.0 and demonstrating strong work experience considered

  • Professional resume

Academic Curiculum

NUR 221. Communication Skills in Nursing I    3 credits

This course focuses on the writing skills necessary for execution of the professional nursing role.

NUR 222. Communication Skills in Nursing II    3 credits

This course focuses on the oral communication skills necessary for the successful execution of the professional nursing role. This course includes 6 hours of practice experience.

NUR 235. Computer Applications in Nursing    3 credits

This course is designed to help students improve their basic computer knowledge and skills using common personal computer applications and to gain a basic understanding of the role of information technology in today’s health care environment.

NUR 236. Professional Issues in Nursing    3 credits

This course is designed to help students assess their learning background, evaluate it with college level learning, and create a Professional Portfolio. Theories of learning and learning styles are explored. In addition, this course focuses on the application of lifelong learning in the transition to professional nursing, examining characteristics of a profession and specific nursing theories as they are used in the professional practice of nursing. Students will identify forces that affect the direction of change in health and healthcare delivery in the future. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) are introduced in this course.

NUR 307. Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning    3 credits

This course places emphasis on acquiring advanced knowledge and skills necessary to complete physical assessment of individuals across the life span. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

NUR 411. Scholarship for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice I    3 credits

This course provides the RN to BSN student an overview of evidence-based nursing practice, and an examination of various kinds of research evidence that may be available. In addition, the PICOT format for creating searchable clinical questions will be explored, along with critical appraisal strategies for reviewing the strength and credibility of the evidence available to answer clinical questions. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience. Prerequisites: successful completion of first term RN to BSN curriculum and successful completion of elementary statistics course.

NUR 412. Scholarship for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice II    3 credits

This course provides the RN to BSN student with an opportunity to refine literature search skills and critical appraisal skills in determining the strength of available evidence to answer clinical questions. Critical appraisal of published national clinical practice guidelines using the AGREE tool is emphasized. Strategies for participating actively in evidence-based practice initiatives in various work environments are highlighted. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience. Prerequisite: NUR 411.

NUR 421. Clinical Prevention and Population Health I    3 credits

This course provides an introduction to key concepts associated with evidence-based clinical disease prevention and promotion of population health. Healthy People 2020 sets the vision and goals for nursing professionals’ participation in a collaborative effort to improve the health of the population through interventions with individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

NUR 422. Clinical Prevention and Population Health II    3 credits

This course examines the health needs of populations experiencing chronic illness, injury, and/or disability, as well as the health needs of vulnerable populations. Nursing interventions delivered through collaborative partnerships with communities, organizations and other healthcare providers will be emphasized, along with the nurse’s role as an advocate. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

NUR 427. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Practice    3 credits

This course examines leadership and management as components of professional nursing practice. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

NUR 428. Health Policy, Quality and Patient Safety    3 credits

This course focuses on national and state level health policy and regulatory activities as they impact patient safety and quality of care. Strategies for promoting safety and ensuring quality healthcare are emphasized. This course includes 15 hours of practice experience.

Meet the Mentors

Teresa Robinette

Coordinator of the RN to BSN Program


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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.