Part-time Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)


Misericordia University’s Nursing Department offers several undergraduate nursing degree programs that are tailored to fit the busy lifestyle of both the professional registered nurse (RN) and individuals seeking to enter the nursing profession from another field.

Program Options

  • Part-Time Evening Nursing Program (PTENP)
  • Expressway RN to BSN

Key Benefits and Highlights

  • Predictable and flexible scheduling
  • Programs designed to be completed in seven semesters
  • Classes scheduled in the spring, summer, and fall semesters
  • Affordable tuition

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Expressway Accelerated RN to BSN

The Expressway RN to BSN Program is designed for highly motivated registered nurses who want to earn their degree in a timely manner.

Credits are earned through transfer, advanced placement, and matriculation. Advanced placement credits (32 credits) for course work completed in a state-approved, nationally accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing program are awarded after registration for the first course. After a transcript evaluation has been completed, the RN student completes the necessary individually determined core and cognate credits along with 22 credits of course work in the professional nursing major. This course work includes one clinical practice course in community health, which uses a flexible adult learning model for scheduling. As adult learners, RN students also have the opportunity to earn credit by CLEP subject exams and Prior Learning Assessment. RN students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field are exempt from core requirements. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher is required for admission.

Read more about admission requirements, advanced placement credits and core requirements of the Expressway Accelerated RN to BSN Degree Program.

While the RN to BSN program is predominately online, expectations for on-campus student participation are adjustable based on student needs. Student requirements should be discussed with program directors on an individual basis.


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Expressway RN to BSN Course Sequence

Required Cognates (3 credits)
Courses Credits
MTH 115 Basic Statistics 3
Required Professional Nursing Courses (22 credits)
Courses
NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology for Professional Nurses 3
NSG 325 Informatics for Healthcare Professionals 3
NSG 397A Nursing Concepts and Theories for Professional Nurses 3
NSG 398A Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
NSG 410 Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice 3
NSG 460A Care of Aggregates, Communities and Populations 2
NSG 465A Clinical Application of Aggregates, Communities and Populations 2
NSG 999 Issues and Trends in Professional Practice 3
Nursing Concepts (advanced placement credits awarded through articulation) (32 credits)
NSG 201 Foundations of Nursing 3
NSG 301 FHP Adults I 6
NSG 302 FHP Psych Nursing 4
NSG 303 FHP Adults II 6
NSG 304 FHP Pediatrics 4

NSG 401 FHP Adults III

5
NSG 404 FHP Adults IV 4
Free Elective Credits, if needed (minimum of nine credits)
Minimum Required Credits 126

(The above are general guidelines. Each student's transcripts are thoroughly evaluated by the registrar and an individual program plan is established. All RN to BSN students must have obtained a Registered Nurse license, which mandated that they have graduated from an accredited program. These students fall under the University Transfer Program guidelines, causing a variation in their individualized program plan.)

Specialization in Nursing Leadership

The specialization in nursing leadership is designed for registered nurse's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. In addition to the requirements above, students take NSG 413: Cooperative Education in Nursing Leadership for 1-8 credits, depending upon the nature and duration of the cooperative project.

Part-Time Evening Nursing Program (PTENP)

For the professional registered nurse or individuals interested in entering the health care field, Misericordia University offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree program in a part-time evening format.

Classes are held primarily on Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning at 5 p.m. The total number of credits required for graduation (126 credits) includes core, prerequisites (21 credits) and credits required in the nursing major (54 credits). All the prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the professional part-time evening option. Adult learners who have previously earned a bachelor's degree do not have to meet University core curriculum or free elective requirements.


Selection, Advancement and Graduation

Read more about admissions requirements, program options and course sequences for the part-time evening nursing degree.

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Prerequisite Courses (21 credits) – Second degree and adult learner students take the following prior to starting the nursing courses:

Prerequisite Courses Credits
BIO 228 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology 4
BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
HP 241 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
PSY 275 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3
MTH 115 Basic Statistics 3

Part-Time Evening Nursing Program Course Sequence

Year 1
Summer
Monday Class - Wednesday Clinical (possible weekend schedule for labs
Credits
NSG 201 Foundations Essential to Professional Nursing Practice 3
NSG 302 FHP Psych Mental Health 4


Fall 1
NSG 300 Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice 2
NSG 301 FHP Adult I 6

Spring 1
NSG 303 FHP Adult II 6
NSG 305 Physical Assessment across the Lifespan 3

Year 2
Summer 2 Credits
NSG 304 FHP Pediatric Nursing 4
NSG 402 FHP - Child Bearing and Family (12 hour clinical/week on Wednesdays or Saturdays) 4
Fall 2
Monday Class - Wednesday Clinical
NSG 403 FHP Aggregates and Populations 3
NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology 3


Spring 2
NSG 401 FHP Adult III 5
NSG 410W Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice 3


Year 3
Summer 3 Credits
NSG 404 FHP Adult IV 5
NSG 405 Baccalaureate Capstone 3

Clinical Education Policies

Clinical Education Requirements
Accepted students must submit the following documentation prior to the start of the program:

  • FBI Background Check
  • State Background Check
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Health Physical to include documentation of immunizations, Tuberculin test and Hepatitis B vaccination (form provided)
  • CPR certification for health care providers through the American Heart Association, Red Cross or an organization approved by the program
  • Proof of Medical Insurance Coverage
  • HIPAA education

Individual clinical sites may require additional documentation, such as drug screening which varies in the time frame of being tested and entering the clinical setting; thus, the clinical coordinator will inform you as to when to have the test done. Clinical education requirements are at the expense of the student.

College of Health Sciences Clinical Education Policies
(reviewed/revised 6/2015)

Scholarships

Charlotte Newcomb Scholarship
Numerous Charlotte Newcomb Awards are distributed annually to female students who are 24 years old or older, currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate nursing program. To be eligible for this award, one-half of your intended program must be completed.

Course Descriptions

NSG 201 Foundations of Nursing, 3 credits

This course emphasizes basic nursing concepts and the recognition of select functional health patterns such as activity-exercise, nutritional-metabolic, elimination, and sleep-rest functional health patterns, basic theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are taught and implemented within a nursing practice framework. Competencies in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills are developed and refined in clinical practice settings and/or simulated clinical situations.

(2 credits lecture and 1 credit clinical/laboratory)

Prerequisites: BIO 211, BIO 227, PSY 275, HP 241; Prerequisite/Co-requisite: BIO 212

NSG 300 Concepts of Nursing, 2 credits

This course presents an overview of major health professions, with a focus on the profession of nursing. The emphasis in this course is on assisting the student to develop a theoretical base for professional nursing practice based on Gordon's functional health patterns. Students are introduced to the nursing metaparadigm, nursing theorists, and the nursing process as a foundation for baccalaureate nursing practice.

Prerequisites: BIO 211, BIO 227,PSY 275, HP 241; Prerequisites/Co-requisites: BIO 212, NSG 201

NSG 301 Functional Health Patterns Adults I, 6 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including coping and stress tolerance; cognitive-perceptual; nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise; and elimination. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the autonomic nervous, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems, in addition to pain and infectious disease as health problems of adults. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical/laboratory)

Prerequisite: NSG 201; Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NSG 300

NSG 302 Functional Health Patterns Psychiatric Nursing, 4 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns of clients with psychiatric-mental health problems, including health perception/health management; cognitive-perceptual; sleep-rest; self perception/self concept; role-relationship; sexuality-reproductive; value-belief; and coping/stress tolerance. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for clients with acute and chronic mental health disorders. Emphasis is placed on psychobiology, psychiatric genetics, and psychosocial therapeutic modalities used in the nursing care of adults and children with psychiatric disorders. Students apply principles of psychopharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to clients in the psychiatric setting. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NSG 201

NSG 303 Functional Health Patterns Adults II, 6 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including cognitive-perceptual; nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the metabolic, cardiovascular, sensory, autoimmune, and respiratory problems of adults. Students will work in a variety of settings including caring for patients in the perioperative period. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical/laboratory)

Prerequisites: NSG 201, NSG 301

NSG 304 Functional Health Patterns Pediatrics, 4 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns in children from infancy through young adulthood. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for pediatric clients and their families with acute and chronic illness in a variety of pediatric settings. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development. Students examine the applications of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, as well as legal and ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care to pediatric clients and their families. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical/laboratory)

Prerequisites: NSG 300, NSG 301

NSG 305 Physical Assessment, 3 credits

This course examines techniques used by nurses in the ongoing assessment of the health status of patients. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills, obtaining health histories, and physical assessment techniques used across the lifespan. (2 credits lecture and 1 credit laboratory)

NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology, 3 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of essential principles of pharmacology. The course will focus on therapeutic classifications; characteristic drug groups; physiologic influences on drug effects; principles of therapy; drug interactions; and legal, ethical, and economic issues of drug therapy.

Prerequisite: NSG 201

NSG 325 Informatics for Healthcare Professionals, 3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of healthcare informatics. This course will examine computer technology and selected computer applications, including emerging technology for safe and effective patient care. Information systems that provide data about quality improvement and required regulatory reporting through information systems are discussed. An overview of the variety of technologies that facilitate clinical care, including patient monitoring systems, medication administration systems, and other technologies to support patient care is provided. Emphasis is placed on maintaining an attitude of openness to innovation and continual learning, as information systems and patient care technologies are constantly changing. The use of informatics in professional practice, education, research, and administration will be explored, along with the impact of informatics on healthcare delivery systems.

NSG 397A Professional Nursing Concepts and Theories, 3 credits

This course focuses on concepts basic to the development of professional practitioners. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, nursing theories, and the re-socialization of the professional nursing role. Theoretical and applied concepts for professional practice, the changing health care system, an introduction to healthcare finance, information technology, and professional practice strategies, including wellness and health promotion across the lifespan are explored.

Prerequisite: RN status

NSG 398A Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, 3 credits

This course focuses on concepts integral to the development of professional nursing practice. Culturally-competent techniques used by nurses in the ongoing assessment of the health status of patients are examined. Emphasis is placed on utilizing interviewing skills, obtaining health histories, and physical assessment techniques used across the lifespan. techniques used by registered nurses in the ongoing assessment of the health status of clients. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills, obtaining health histories, and physical assessment techniques used across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: RN status

NSG 401 Functional Health Patterns Adults III, 5 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns, including coping and stress tolerance; cognitive-perceptual; health perception-health management, nutritional/metabolic; activity and exercise; and elimination. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on altered cellular proliferation, and alterations in endocrine, neurologic, oncology, renal and hepatic function as health problems of adults. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 3 credits clinical)

Prerequisites: NSG 303, NSG 305, NSG 320

NSG 402 Functional Health Patterns Childbearing, 4 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing, basic and psychosocial sciences and focuses on sexuality and reproductive functional health patterns of women and their families to achieve a positive pregnancy outcome and safe fetal environment. Emphasis is placed on normal, as well as, abnormal processes of childbirth to provide students with the knowledge and basic obstetrical skills to care for women, newborns, and families experiencing a normal obstetrical course and those experiencing complications. Students examine human genetics, the application of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, and legal/ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families. In the clinical component of the course, emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse working in the obstetrical specialty, the application of the nursing process in providing nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families and the enhancement of critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, select pharmacotherapies, effective communication and interpersonal skills. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: NSG 303, NSG 304, NSG 305

NSG 403 Functional Health Patterns in Populations, 3 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores alterations in functional health patterns, including self-perception, self-concept; sexuality-reproductive; coping-stress tolerance; health perception-health management, value-belief; cognitive-perceptual, and role relationship. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. Emphasis is placed on population-centered health care in the community. The values of public health nursing concepts are embedded within the implementation of community-oriented nursing practice. In the clinical component of the course, nursing practice takes place in a variety of public settings. Perspectives in global health care are considered in relation to a population-based approach and its major health problems and burdens of disease. Students examine the application of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, as well as legal and ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of health care to individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations. The role of the nurse as community leader is emphasized. (2 credits lecture and 1 credit clinical)

Prerequisites: NSG 303

NSG 404 Functional Health Patterns Adults IV, 5 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing and the basic and social sciences and explores selected alterations in functional health patterns including, nutritional/metabolic; activity-exercise, elimination, cognitive-perceptual, health perception-health management pattern, coping and stress tolerance, and value-belief pattern.. Theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles are used to achieve positive health outcomes for adult clients with acute and chronic illness in medical surgical settings. Emphasis is placed on the normal aging process and pathophysiologic changes of adults with complex health problems and critical alterations in cardiovascular, integumentary, hematological, and multi-system dysfunction. Students apply principles of pharmacology and use critical thinking skills to examine current research evidence and legal-ethical issues that influence the planning and delivery of nursing care to adults and their families. (3 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)

Prerequisites: NSG 401, NSG 402 Corequisite: NSG 403

NSG 405 Baccalaureate Capstone, 3 credits

This capstone course is focused on facilitating the transition from the role of student to the role of the professional nurse in the contemporary health care environment. Strategies for success on the national licensing examination are designed and implemented. Students are introduced to leadership and management concepts as they apply to professional practice and the health care milieu. Critical analysis of legal, ethical, and diversity issues in health care is emphasized.

Prerequisites: NSG 401, NSG 402,

NSG 410W Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice, 3 credits

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to become consumers of research who critically evaluate and base care on evidence. Emphasis is placed on the components of the quantitative and qualitative research processes, the concepts and terms associated with these processes, and the competencies necessary to read, evaluate, and interpret research findings for practice. Building on critical thinking skills, this course will expand students' knowledge by assisting them to develop and use principles of evidence based healthcare to address problems in professional practice.

Prerequisite: MTH 115

NSG 413 Cooperative Education in Nursing Leadership, 1-8 credits

This is a variable credit course which allows the working Registered Nurse the opportunity to combine academic study with work experience to further explore leadership concepts. Credits are dependent on number of hours to be completed, and assignments are adjusted accordingly.

Prerequisites: Registered Nurse status, NSG 320, NSG 325, NSG 397A, NSG 398A

NSG 460A Care of Aggregates, Communities and Populations, 2 credits

This course explores the professional community/public health nurse’s role in exploring alterations in functional health patterns of individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations, including alterations in self-perception, self-concept, sexuality-reproductive health, coping-stress tolerance, health perception-health management, value-belief and role relationship, and cognitive-perceptual concerns. Selected nursing theories, the nursing process, and principles of leadership and management are applied to models for health planning and population-focused practice. Basic concepts of epidemiology are presented and applied to community health problems and national initiatives, including disaster-preparedness, culturally-competent care, and the legal and ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of care to individuals, families, aggregates, communities, and populations.

Prerequisites: RN Status; NSG 397A, 398A; Co-requisite NSG 465A

NSG 465A Clinical Application of Aggregates, Communities and Populations, 2 credits

This course focuses upon the clinical application of community-oriented/public health nursing concepts. Students, under the supervision of a designated preceptor in a community/public health practice setting, will apply theoretical, scientific, and humanistic principles as they work with aggregates in the community to implement interventions aimed at achieving positive health outcomes. Nursing care delivery systems in the community that promote health and prevent illness in population groups will be explored. The role of the professional nurse as community leader is emphasized.

Co-requisite: Registered Nurse status, NSG 460A

NSG 480 Special Topics in Nursing, 1-3 credits

This course provides students the opportunity to pursue the investigation of selected topics. Topics may vary from semester to semester and will be announced with preregistration information.

NSG 498 Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement, 1 credit

This course synthesizes key concepts necessary for professional nursing practice. The use of critical thinking is applied to problem solving in the delivery of nursing care to patients with complex illness. Students will review test taking strategies, questions, and rational for selection of answer(s). This course is designed to improve test taking skills, apply methods of critical thinking, clinical problem solving and decision-making in addressing major components of the NCLEX RN.

(First offered Spring 2015. Approved 11/14/2014)

NSG 499 Issues and Trends in Professional Practice, 3 credits

This course examines issues and trends in professional nursing practice. Students will analyze the impact of legal, ethical and public policy dimensions as they relate to health care in general and nursing specifically. Emphasis will be on examination of current issues in these areas. Current trends and issues in health care will provide a framework for analyzing the legal, ethical and public policy aspects of the health care system.

Prerequisite: RN Status

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