The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is delivered through Tempo Learning®, a competency-based education experience. This means that rather than progressing toward your degree course by course, you move ahead by completing competencies.

Competencies are skills, knowledge, and abilities that students use to demonstrate their progress. For each degree, a series of competencies that students need to be successful in for their careers is identified. By completing all the competencies included within a degree program, students demonstrate that they have acquired skills and knowledge specifically identified by leaders in their field, and are able to apply them immediately in their work lives.

Mastery of competencies is proven through a variety of assessments, such as selected responses, short answers, or work products.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program competencies are grouped within areas of expertise.

Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions

Issues and Trends in Nursing (Aligning to NURS 3100)

  • IN3001: The Power of Nursing
    Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
  • IN3002: Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends
    Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
  • IN3003: Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions
    Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
  • IN3004: Inter-Professional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good
    Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and inter-professional communication in the workforce.
  • IN3005: Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change
    Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
  • IN3006: Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy
    Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.

Health Assessment (Aligns to NURS 3020)

  • HA3001: Cultural and Genetic Influences on Health
    Identify population health, cultural influences, and genetic and genomic information as it relates to conducting a health history and physical assessment.
  • HA3002: Ethical Issues in Health Assessment
    Articulate ethical issues related to obtaining a health history and physical exam.
  • HA3003: Biopsychosocial Factors
    Evaluate the impact of biopsychosocial factors on a patient during a health assessment.
  • HA3004: Comprehensive Health History
    Conduct and document a comprehensive health history.
  • HA3005: Comprehensive Physical Assessment
    Conduct and document a comprehensive physical assessment.

Information Management and Patient Care Technology (Aligns to NURS 3110)

  • IM3001: Informatics in Healthcare
    Recognize the importance of nursing informatics in healthcare and how it impacts the nurse's role and the healthcare institution.
  • IM3002: Workflows and Workarounds in Nursing Practice
    Design workflows to eliminate workarounds in nursing practice.
  • IM3003: Clinical Data Evaluation
    Evaluate clinical data to support evidence-based decision-making related to safe, quality healthcare delivery.
  • IM3004: Protecting Patient Privacy
    Use strategies to ensure the protection of patient data and privacy
  • IM3005: Healthcare Technology and Informed Decision Making
    Create educational plans in collaboration with patients based on information from healthcare technology.

Foundations of Nursing Research (Aligns to NURS 3150)

  • NR3001: Research Process
    Recognize the elements of the research process.
  • NR3002: Research Methodology
    Analyze research methodologies.
  • NR3003: Interpreting Data
    Analyze and interpret research data.
  • NR3004: Research Recommendations
    Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.

Quality and Safety through Evidence-Based Practice (Aligns to NURS 4100)

  • EP4001: Evidence-Based Practice Models for Research
    Understand the importance of using models to facilitate evidence-based practice.
  • EP4002: Clinical Nursing Issues
    Develop an evidence-based practice question based on a clinical nursing issue.
  • EP4003: Evaluating Research
    Evaluate research related to a clinical practice issue.
  • EP4004: Designing Interventions
    Recommend evidence-based clinical interventions or process improvements to promote positive patient health outcomes.

Advocacy through Healthcare Policy (Aligns to NURS 4105)

  • HP4001: Policy and the Role of the Nurse
    Analyze the role of the nurse as a force that shapes policy.
  • HP4002: US Healthcare System
    Demonstrate an understanding of the US healthcare system.
  • HP4003: Social Determinants of Health
    Analyze healthcare policy and social determinants of health and how they impact health disparities.
  • HP4004: Evaluating Health Policy
    Evaluate federal, state and local policies on healthcare.
  • HP4005: Advocacy for Policy Change
    Recommend policy change to advocate for positive patient outcomes.

Role of the Nurse in Public and Global Health (Aligns to NURS 4115)

  • GH4001: Principles of Epidemiology
    Recognize principles of epidemiology.
  • GH4002: The Role of the Nurse in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
    Analyze the role of the nurse leader in preparing for and responding to public health disasters and emergencies.
  • GH4003: Communication and Collaboration with Diverse Cultures
    Analyze population health beliefs and behaviors to inform culturally competent nursing practice.
  • GH4004: The State of Global Health
    Compare a health problem and the healthcare system of the U.S. to other countries.

Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health (Aligns to NURS 4210)

  • PH4001: The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
    Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
  • PH4002: Identifying Health Problems within Your Community
    Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
  • PH4003: Community Assessment (Practicum)
    Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
  • PH4004: Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum)
    Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
  • PH4005: Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum)
    Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.

Topics in Clinical Nursing (Aligns to NURS 4005)

  • CN4001: Nurse as Leader
    Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in health care practice settings.
  • CN4002: Genetics and Genomics
    Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic based health care issue.
  • CN4003: Staffing Plan
    Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.
  • CN4004: Data-driven Nursing Interventions
    Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.

Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare (Aligns to NURS 4220)

  • LC4001: Healthcare Quality
    Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
  • LC4002: Quality Improvement Processes
    Analyze quality improvement processes.
  • LC4003: Quality Improvement Tools
    Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
  • LC4004: Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth
    Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
  • LC4005: Improving Patient Quality and Safety
    Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.
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