You have nursing experience.
Use it to develop into a leader.
You understand the health care system and the vital role nurses play in creating successful patient outcomes. You know the key to delivering the best experience for those seeking treatment is through a combined effort from all members of a nursing unit. Gain the skills you need and learn to spearhead new standards in coordinated care with Rider University’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program.
By earning your online RN-BSN degree with Rider, you’re taking strides to refine your approach to service while also learning to inspire best practices in other nursing professionals. Advancing in this field isn’t just about what you do on the floor and by the bedside — it’s about leading colleagues to provide a higher level of care in a field where the right approach can save lives.
Rider University Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum
Rider’s online curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. As a student in the BSN program, you’ll take courses in health care policy, population health, patient care technology, professionalism, information management and more. You will also choose from classes in four areas of knowledge: historical perspective, artistic and intellectual perspective, contemporary perspective and natural world perspective.
Gain new insights into the many facets of your field and develop the experience to qualify for leadership roles.
Your online nursing courses are taught by a distinguished faculty and industry practitioners who can bring a practical and multidisciplinary approach to your studies. Our professors are available for you and are committed to your academic success.
Program Major Requirements (30 Credit Hours):
|NUR 400||Professionalism and Professional Values||3 Credits|
Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to nursing. This course provides a foundation of concepts of professionalism to facilitate participation and engagement in professional or community-based organizations that advocate for quality and access to health care. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for self assessment and self reflection of one’s values, moral integrity, and ability to act professionally at all times in complex health care delivery environments.
|NUR 401||Organizational and Healthcare Systems Leadership||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of principles of leadership based on contemporary needs for qualified nursing leaders who can function and manage in complex healthcare delivery environments. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for self-assessment and self-reflection of one’s own leadership skills, knowledge, and attitudes that foster and promote nursing leadership in diverse healthcare delivery settings, and strategies for best practice in nursing leadership in the 21st century.
|NUR 402||Scholarship in Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of evidence-based research principles to translate evidence into practice and how research informs professional nursing practice to improve patient safety and outcomes. Learning activities and assignments will focus on strategies for learning how to assess scientific merit of data-driven research, apply evidence-based practice in appropriate ways, monitor and evaluate the impact of evidence-based practice on informed nursing practice and outcomes of care as well as collaborate with interprofessional health care teams to improve patient safety and outcomes in a variety of healthcare delivery settings.
|NUR 403||Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of information management and application of patient care technology to enhance and improve patient safety and outcomes by examining linkages between information management systems and patient care technologies that support and are linked to safe nursing practice. The course examines how technology is used to inform nursing practice and enhance patient safety by applying safeguards and decision making support tools embedded in the technologies. Students are exposed to effective clinical information systems (CIS) to document nursing care, examine the ethical components of protecting patient information, challenges with data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality and rights to privacy as well as examine the role of the professional nurse in updating and garnering information management resources and applying them in patient care settings.
|NUR 404||Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of U.S. healthcare policy, including financial and regulatory policies, as well as the nature and functioning of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. There is emphasis on policy processes at the organizational, local, state, national, and global levels. Learning activities and assignments focus on strategies for learning how to assess the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in policy formation and reformation at all levels, demonstrating understanding of the political process at all levels, developing effective advocacy strategies for vulnerable populations, how to identify and influence key stakeholders in the policy process, the importance of effective communication of key healthcare issues, and how to influence change in the political process at all levels when there is social injustice.
|NUR 405||Interprofessional Collaboration and Communication for Improving Healthcare Outcomes||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to promotion of effective interprofessional collaboration and communication for improving healthcare outcomes and patient safety. There is emphasis in the course on examination of the roles and perspectives of scope of practice for selected healthcare disciplines in intra-and interprofessional healthcare teams to improve healthcare outcomes and promote patient safety, and on effective strategies for advocacy and communication patterns in healthcare delivery settings as healthcare professionals develop trust and respect for all members of the healthcare team while recognizing unique differences and contributions of roles to patient safety and outcomes.
|NUR 406||Population Health and Clinical Prevention Across the Lifespan||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to population-focused nursing, the aggregate, community or population as the unit of care. The focus of the course is on health promotion/disease prevention with emphasis on the professional nurse role in clinical prevention of disease and care of populations applying concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary health promotion across the lifespan, identifying determinates of health, prioritizing primary prevention across the lifespan, actively identifying and targeting populations benefitting from evidence-based preventive initiatives and clinical preventive guidelines, assessment strategies for individuals and populations, applying evidence-based practice to health promotion/risk reduction, and being an advocate for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations without resources or a voice.
|NUR 407||Cultural Diversity in a Global Society||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to nursing care and professional nursing leadership in assessment, planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they must have as leaders of healthcare delivery focusing on improved system safety and effectiveness. There is particular emphasis on the nursing leadership role at the baccalaureate level for nursing to recognize, interrupt, evaluate, and correct healthcare errors and to implement safety principles and work with others to create a safe, caring environment for every healthcare delivery encounter as they provide care themselves, are acting in a leadership capacity, or are overseeing and delegating to other non-licensed assistive personnel. The course content focuses on identification, assessment, planning, design, and evaluation of evidence-based practice change to improve patient safety and outcomes.
|NUR 408||Gerontological Nursing Concepts for an Aging Society||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation of key concepts essential to care of an aging population in a complex society. Given the diverse health status of the aging population, professional nurses must be able to develop competencies to provide high quality care to aging adults and their families or significant others. Specifically the course focuses on increased diversity and complexity of an aging society and selected health care needs, life transitions of aging adults, normal body system changes occurring with the aging process, the professional nurse role in principled care provided to a vulnerable population, and the role of the professional nurse as advocate and caregiver promoting the concepts of quality end-of-life care for aging adults, including pain and symptom management honoring the autonomy and self- wish of the aging client.
|NUR 409||BSN Capstone Evidence-Based Microsystem Practice Change||3 Credits|
This course provides a foundation for the baccalaureate nurse to have a solid understanding of the concepts of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, and safety that are essential to promoting high quality patient care impacting patient safety and outcomes. Professional nursing leadership skills are needed that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, initiating and maintaining effective partnerships and working relationships, initiating and maintaining mutually respectful communication and collaboration skills within interprofessional healthcare teams, care coordination, delegation, and developing effective conflict resolution and consensus building strategies. Professional BSN nurses must be able to practice at the clinical microsystem level within ever changing, dynamic healthcare delivery settings and this course prepares the baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse with this knowledge, skills, and competencies to implement safety principles and work collaboratively with others on the interprofessional healthcare team to lead and participate in creating a safe, caring environment for healthcare delivery so every patient encounter is a safe, effective, and positive one through a 90-hour practicum in a selected healthcare organization.
Basic Core (15 Credit Hours):
|CMP 120||Expository Writing||3 Credits|
Students will increase their competence in the critical reading of challenging college-level texts that engage significant ideas and in writing effective essays that advance a clear and meaningful thesis while demonstrating understanding of those texts. The second of the department’s three-course composition sequence, This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
|CMP 125||Research Writing||3 Credits|
Introduces students to the process of library research and documented writing. Emphasis will be on the refinement of critical reading, thinking, and writing strategies applied to multiple sources and documented papers. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
|Quantitative Skills||3 Credits|
|COM 104||Speech Communication||3 Credits|
Examines basic communication principles and strategies of public speaking. Various genres of oral communication are studied, with an emphasis on extemporaneous and impromptu forms of delivery. Students research, prepare, and deliver speeches that are then used as the focal point for the discussion of effective speaking and listening. A number of speeches are videotaped.
|CIS 185||Information Technology||3 Credits|
This course will enable students to use Microsoft Excel and Access to design and create complex applications to support effective decision making. Students will use Excel to design and create spreadsheets to support business analytics. Access will be used to understand, design, create, and utilize relational databases.
Free Electives (40-42 Credit Hours)
Free electives include nursing courses taken in the generic undergraduate program. A registered nurse can receive up to 35 elective credits for the RN-BSN degree, usually from their prelicensure program.
Areas of Knowledge (33-35 Credit Hours):
|Historical Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 212 Multicultural America
|Artistic and Intellectual Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 225 American Folklore
|Contemporary Perspective - choose 3 courses:||9 Credits|
AMS 212 Multicultural America
|Natural World Perspective - choose 2 courses:||6-8 Credits|
BIO 100 Life Science
Considering Career Advancement in Nursing?
Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you through the process. Make a smooth transition into the program — and advance your career path.
Benefits of Your Online BSN Degree
You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership. We connect you with rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study through a flexible online platform.
Prepare to thrive professionally and become a lifelong independent learner. Our people, programs and opportunities focus on helping you build a successful career and rewarding life where you can truly make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.
The Value of Your Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
When you graduate with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rider University, you’re ready to prove your value as a leader in delivering quality care. Your advanced skills can prepare you to compete in an environment of growing educational standards. In fact, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) reported in 2018 that 45% of registered nurses held a bachelor’s-level degree — over 15% more than those with an associate.
Your career as a health care professional is the sum of your education and experience. Now you can choose an online nursing program that can help you elevate both. Lay the groundwork for success and evolve your practice.