At ResU, you can earn your BSN in as little as 16 months.

Whether you come to us straight from a community college setting or you’re changing careers, ResU has a nursing program designed to fit your needs –and your life – perfectly. We offer a BSN pre-licensure daytime program for full-time students and a BSN pre-licensure evening/weekend program that is ideal for working adults or those with families.

Programs are held onsite at Resurrection University, which is located within the Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital (1431 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, IL 60622). Instruction is primarily delivered via traditional face-to-face teaching and active learning methods Courses are supported via the Internet by e-College and several courses are available in the hybrid or fully online format.

Upon completion of this program of study, graduates will:

  • Use effective modes of communication with patients and health care providers in order to provide quality health care
  • Integrate critical thinking processes in professional nursing practice
  • Engage in collaborative practices with patients, families, communities and other health care providers to improve health care delivery
  • Evaluate and apply evidence based data as the basis for effective nursing practice and professional activities
  • Model professional behaviors that adhere to standards, practice and ethical codes
  • Apply personal attitudes, attributes and skills critical to leadership in professional nursing and health care deliver setting
  • Serve as role models for others through active involvement in professional organizations
  • Actively participate in efforts to improve health care policy
  • Articulate a personal commitment and plan for lifelong learning that fosters continuous professional development
  • Plan, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions for clients from diverse cultures and in a variety of settings

BSN Sample Program Plan, Pre-licensure Day, Full-time (assumes all pre-requisite coursework is complete).

The Pre-licensure BSN Weekend/Evening course program consists of the same courses over 5 semesters.

Semester 1

  • NUR 3141: Foundations of Nursing Practice (4)
  • NUR 3131: Health Assessment and Promotion I (1.5)
  • NUR 3140: Pathophysiologic Mechanisms (3)
  • NUR 3231: Health Assessment and Promotion II (1.5)
  • NUR 3240: Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing (3)
  • NUR 3241: Adult Health Nursing I (5)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

  • NUR 4140: Family Assessment and Health Promotion (3)
  • NUR 4141: Women and Newborn Health Nursing (4)
  • NUR 4241: Pediatric Health Nursing (4)
  • NUR 4240: Ethics in Nursing (3)
  • NUR 4910: Nursing Elective (in either term of Sem. 2 or 3) (2)

Total Credits: 14-16

Semester 3

  • NUR 4440: Research in Nursing (2)
  • NUR 4441: Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NUR 4541: Community Health Nursing (4)
  • NUR 4540: Gerontological Health Nursing (2)\
  • NUR 4910 Nursing Elective (in either term of Sem. 2 or 3) (2)

Total Credits: 12-14

Semester 4

  • NUR 4640:  Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
  • NUR 4641: Adult Health Nursing II (5)
  • NUR 4642: Professional Role Transition (5)

Total Credits 13

Total of all Credits: 59

BSN Course Descriptions

Course # Nursing Course Titles Credits
NUR 3141

Foundations of Nursing Practice

The essential concepts of nursing and nursing practice are introdued. Core concepts introduced in this course include nursing process, therapeutic communication, critical thinking, professionalism, professional role, and standards of practice and performance. Foundational nursing skills and technologies required for safe and competent nursing care are developed. Students actively learn through classroom, Simulation Center, and clinical experience.

NUR 3131

Health Assessment I

NUR 3131 – This is the first course that focuses on holistic health assessment of adults. Health promotion, health risk identification, and disease prevention strategies are introduced as an element of the assessment process. Content begins with health history interviews and extends through assessment of the thorax. Students will practice communication, interviewing, and assessment skills in the Simulation Center.

NUR 3231

Health Assessment II

NUR 3132 – This is the second course that focuses on holistic health assesment of adults. Systematic collection, analysis and synthesis of assessment data continues. Students will refine assessment techniques in the Simulation Center.

NUR 3140

Pathophysiologic Mechanisms

This course focuses on the pathophysiology, etiology, and associated clinical findings of selected diseases. Diseases include those selected according to their prevalence. Clinical application of this knowledge is emphasized.

NUR 3240

Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing

This course focuses on the pharmacological interventions for selected diseases Diseases include those selected from the Healthy People 2020 objectives in accordance to their prevalence. Acquisition and clinical application of this core knowledge are emphasized.

NUR 3241

Adult Health Nursing I

This course focuses on nursing and collaborative health care in the acutecare setting. The concepts of health assessment, health promotion, pathophysiology pharmacology will be integrated. Students continue to expand their foundation of the nursing care of adult clients. The nursing process, development of professional relationships, planning, and provision of care to adults with health alterations are emphasized in the class and clinical area.

NUR 4140

Family Assessment and Health Promotion

This course provides the student with an opportunity to explore family theory, family structure, and issues important to the family as it develops. Documenting family dynamics through a social and relational genogram and the skill of patient teaching are emphasized. The role of the professional nurse in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease across the lifespan are examined and expanded.

NUR 4141

Women and Newborn Health Nursing

This course focuses on the healthcare of the childbearing family in a variety of settings. The role and responsibilities of the professional nurse from conception to post-partum are the focus for discussion and experiences. Care of the newborn infant and common gynecological alterations are included. Clinical experience with the childbearing family occurs.

NUR 4241

Pediatric Health Nursing

This course focuses on the healthcare of children and their families in acute, primary and community settings. Students gain knowledge of the comprehensive scope of healthcare for children and the role of the nurse. Core concepts and constructs include health promotion of the developing child, common varietions of health parameters, and engagement with families and communities. Contemporary issues affecting the child and family are discussed. Clinical experiences occur in pediatric focused healthcare sites.

NUR 4240

Ethics in Nursing

This course explores theories, models and principles of ethical decision-making in nursing situations across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Nursing and healthcare dilemmas are identified and analyzed. Critical and analytical thinking skills and the advocacy role of the nurse are emphasized.

NUR 4440

Research in Nursing

This course focuses on the research process and evidence based practices in nursing and their significance to nursing as a discipline and profession. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nurses’ role as a discriminating consumer of research, critiquing published nursing research, and utilizing research for continuous quality improvement in nursing practice. This course incorporates ethical, cultural, and collaboration issues in healthcare research.

NUR 4441

Mental Health Nursing

The focus of this course is the role of the professional nurse in meeting the mental health and psychiatric needs of individuals, families and groups in their communities. Theoretical concepts related to clients’ biopsychosocial and cultural responses, mental health promotion, risk reduction and multidisciplinary psychiatric illness management are explored. Clinical experiences promote development of self-awareness, effective communication techniques and therapeutic use of self.

NUR 4541

Community Health Nursing

This course includes health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of health alterations as applied to the care of individuals, families and groups in the community. Evidence based nursing practice with groups and populations is emphasized. Community and public health frameworks including Healthy People 2020 are addressed. Community assessment and collaboration with community partners are explored as essential components in community-focused clinical decision-making. Community-based clinical experiences occur at a variety of settings.

NUR 4540

Gerontological Health Nursing

This course focuses on healthy aging and the nursing care of older adults. Students explore physiological, functional, cognitive, affective, cultural, ethical and social aspects of the aging process. Research and theoretical perspectives related to nursing management of selected aspects of aging are examined.

NUR 4420

Care of the Older Adult in the Community

This course focuses on the essentials of nursing care of older adults. Students will explore the physiological, functional, cognitive, affective, cultural, ethical and social aspects of the aging process. Research and theoretical perspectives related to nursing management of selected aspects of aging will be examined. Strategies to enhance health aging will be explored.

NUR 4640

Leadership and Management in Nursing

This course focuses on the role of the professional nurse as a leader and manager. Orientation structures and leadership and management theories are examined. Healthcare economics, policy, and regulatory environment issues inherent in leadership and management are analyzed. Critical thinking, research, and decision-making in diverse healthcare settings are discussed.

NUR 4641

Adult Health Nursing II

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in previous nursing courses. Adult Health II focuses on nursing and collaborative care of adult clients with complex health problems. Clinical management within acute, long-term or home care settings are incoporated. Clinical experiences integrate more complex knowledge and skills, and priority setting activities during nursing care.

NUR 4642

Professional Role Transition

This course is designed to assist students with transition to the professional nurse role through a preceptor based clinical experience. The focus of clinical practice is centered on the use of the nursing process, refinement/expansion of clinical skills, time management and priority-setting skills, and consistent application of professional behaviors. This experience fosters professional socialization through the process of self-evaluation and self-directed professional development.

Total Credits 62


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