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Capitalize on your current experience and success when you join Westminster's nursing RN to BS in Nursing program. In our flexible, online-mentorship nursing program, you'll gain the skills and expertise to position you in the forefront of leadership in the healthcare industry. 

NURS 380 Dimensions in Nursing
NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research 4
*Potential Electives    
NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion 4
NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community 4
NURS 300HH Environmental Health: Nursing Perspective 4
*Potential Electives    
NURS 470 Culture, Health and Illness 5
NURS 410 Leadership Capstone 6
 *Potential Electives     


14 credit hours of electives may be needed to fulfill college graduation requirements of 124 credit hours. Upon acceptance into the program, transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses should be taken. If any of the following courses or their equivalents were not completed as part of the associate degree, the student will be counseled to take them to fulfill the elective requirements: 

1. SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (4)


   ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology (4)


   ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)

2. CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)

3. BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)

4. Foreign Language (4)

5. ENGL 110 Composition & Research (4) 

Transfer Credits:

Prior to beginning the RN to BS Program, students must complete an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited institution from Utah or other states or a Letter of Completion from a regionally accredited Utah Institution. Students entering the program are given a maximum of 72 hours for an associate degree or 88 hours for a bachelor degree. Transcripts are sent to the registrar for a transfer credit evaluation per Westminster and program requirements.

Course Descriptions:

NURS 380 - Dimensions of Nursing (3) 
This course is designed for RN students as a bridge to the organizing framework of the curriculum and to professional nursing. The philosophy of nursing, historical evolution of nursing, and implications for the future along with professional nursing competencies are emphasized. Processes and values guiding professional practice are discussed, as well as the expanded ethical role of the professional nurse within the health care delivery system. Finally, the concepts of communication, teaching, learning, and diversity will be examined. All concepts learned in this class will be examined and applied through the lens of the student’s current nursing practice.  (Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program)

NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring, and Health Promotion in Nursing (4) 

This course will prepare the RN student with teaching and presentation skills appropriate to the nurse’s teaching-coaching role. Principles of adult teaching and learning will be addressed through learning theory by incorporating the latest technology in teaching. Students will evaluate the most current evidence based teaching-learning practices as well as demonstrate mastery in the area of adult education. The aforementioned concepts will be demonstrated through a service-learning project that will be disseminated to a community agency as well as to academic peers. Prerequisites: RN licensure; admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 

NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)  This course will prepare the RN student to explore nursing theory and the research process. This course is two-fold:  One part of the course will focus on research ethics and students will earn a certificate on Protecting Human Research Participants through the National Institute of health. In the second part of this course students will identify a practice problem in their current area of employment and utilize course concepts to offer evidence-based solutions to that problem. As learned in NURS 385, students will present their research findings at their place of employment. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing or RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Math 150, (Existing Course, using existing syllabus). 

NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)  In this course the RN student will focus on the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of aging. Through the evidence based practice concepts learned in NURS 390 and the teaching mentoring concepts learned through NURS 385, students will assess the health patterns of an older adult in the community to identify the environmental factors impacting the community-dwelling older adult. The student will acquire knowledge about diverse community resources available for older adults in the community. To coincide with NURS 385, students will continue with a focus on health promotion relevant to their older adult in the community. Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Co requisites: NURS 380, ANTH 160 or SOC 105. 

NURS 470 – Culture, Health, and Illness (5) 

In this course the RN student will expand upon what was learned in NURS 380 (Dimensions of Nursing), NURS 390 (Nursing Theory and Research), and NURS 450 (Older Adults in the Community). Students will be exposed to emergency and terrorism response systems in the local and national communities.  Additionally, this course explores cultural diversity and its influence on healthcare and disparate health outcomes. Other topics that will be addressed will be global health, bioterrorism, and principles of genetics and genetic influence on health. Students will also complete an approved course or workshop in community emergency response training. Finally, students will be exposed to epidemiology by interviewing an occupational health nurse with a focus on recent policy and evidence-based practice related to environmental and occupational health. Prerequisites; RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, BIOL 111, SOC 105 or ANTH 160.  

NURS 410 Leadership/Capstone (6)  In this course the RN student will have an opportunity to demonstrate competency skills, and knowledge gained through previous course work and service learning. An important aspect of this course, and a central concept throughout this program, is nursing leadership. The student will have three opportunities to demonstrate their new knowledge of expanded nursing leadership. First, using a seminar format students take responsibility for providing peers with content on an assigned topic. Secondly, students will develop their own service learning activity by designing their own service learning experience through an organization of their choice. The final responsibility on the part of the student is to complete a capstone experience at an agency or organization that is different from where they currently practice in order to diversify their nursing background.  Prerequisites: RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, NURS 385, NURS 390, NURS 450, and NURS 470.