Nursing: RN to BSN



Undergraduate Nursing

School of Nursing



Nursing is a complex field which requires knowledge of nursing and knowledge of the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences. The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice, which includes functioning as members of multidisciplinary health teams when providing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health care settings.


Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the HFSON Program the student will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for safe, client-centered nursing practice.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care in a variety of settings.
  3. Demonstrates clinical judgment based on evidence based practice for individual, families and groups.
  4. Demonstrates proficiency in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality health care.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare policy and regulations to assist individuals, families and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health care needs.
  6. Collaborate with consumers, members of the health care team and others to improve the delivery of health care.
  7. Integrate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, families and groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and groups.
  8. Demonstrates professional, ethical, and legal responsibility for nursing practice.
  9. Apply the nursing process to deliver and manage nursing care for culturally diverse individuals, families and groups across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.
  10. Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups in varying health states.


Admission Criteria
  • Admission to Coppin State University (CSU) through the Office of Admissions. Apply online
  • Admission [FALL only] to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) in the College of Health Professions (CHP) through the Student Affairs and Retention Office (STAR). Application
    1. EARLY Decision Deadline = December 1st each year
    2. FINAL Deadline = February 1st each year
  • Official Transcripts from each college attended prior to CSU indicating successful completion of Prerequisite and General Education Requirements (GERs) courses submitted to both the CSU Office of Admissions and the STAR Office in the CHP. If you have any foreign education, you must submit an evaluation of your foreign coursework by one of the following: World Education Service or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation submitted only to the STAR Office in the CHP
  • Official scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) entrance examination submitted to the STAR Office in the CHP (used only for diagnostic purposes for RN to BSN students)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on 4.0 scale for the RN to BSN plan of study
  • Active unencumbered RN License in the state of Maryland or a participating state in the Nurse Multi-State Licensure Compact
  • Essay – Philosophy of Nursing and Professional Goals
  • Current resume
  • Interview may be required

Core Courses
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 203
4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 308
4
Microbiology
HSC 213
3
Principles and Practices in Nutrition
PSYC 335
3
Developmental Psychology

Advanced Placement in Nursing

Based on RN Licensure and Maryland State Articulation Agreement

TitleCredits
Medical-Surgical Nursing6
Nursing Care of Children5
Pharmacology3
Mental Health Nursing4
Pathophysiology3
Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing6
Maternity and Women's Health5
Senior Practicum3

General Ed. Requirements
40 credits

All students must complete 40 credit hours of General Education Requirements. Nursing Majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 203 (Basic Statistics). They must also fulfill the behavioral and social science option by taking PSYC 201 – General Psychology and SOCI 201 – Introduction to Sociology . The Natural Sciences is fulfilled with either BIOL 107- Comp. Review of Life Sciences or BIOL 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 110). The Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues is fulfilled with either SPCH 105 Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202 – Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening.

Additional General Education Requirements

Course
Crs.
Title
HIST 201
3
World History I
OR
HIST 203
3
U.S. History I
OR
HIST 205
3
African-American History I
ART 105
3
Intro to Ceramic Sculpture
OR
IDIS 102
3
Music and Dance
OR
IDIS 103
3
Visual Arts and Theater
OR
MUSC 201
3
Survey of Jazz Music
OR
DANC 226
3
Fundamentals of Choreography
OR
THEA 211
3
Fundamentals of Acting
OR
LANG XXX
3
Any Foreign Language Course
HIST 202
3
World History II
OR
HIST 204
3
U.S. History II
OR
HIST 206
3
African-American History II
WLIT 207
3
World Literature I
OR
ENGL 2XX
3
any 200 level ENGL course

Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 210
3
Nursing Informatics
NURS 216
3
Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 217
3
Health Assessment
NURS 220
3
Ethics in Nursing
NURS 315
3
Nursing Research

Year 4 (Senior)
Spring Semester
Course
Crs.
Title
NURS 411
2
Contemporary Issues in Nursing
NURS 421
3
Leadership in Nursing
NURS 430
4
Community Health
NURS 470
3
Nursing and the Law
XXXX XXX
3
Elective