The Carthage RN-to-BSN Program has been carefully crafted to synthesize the program’s philosophy, current nursing education standards, and best practices in nursing education. The curriculum expands essential skills including religious and cultural literacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice, leadership, and critical analysis.
Course assignments focus on complex decision-making, improved communication skills and teamwork, and critical application through real-world scenarios to ensure the BSN graduate is best equipped to manage the increased complexity of care.
Six of seven nursing courses are offered completely online, and the general education courses are offered in the hybrid format.
Requirements for the RN-to-BSN degree: 56 credits completed in 16-17 months
Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.
Students in the RN-to-BSN program must complete 28 hours of nursing courses, as well as 28 hours of general education courses or electives fulfilling Carthage’s degree requirements, in addition to previous coursework completed for the Associate Degree in Nursing. Total hours for the degree include 56 credit hours earned at Carthage College.
The following courses are requirements for the RN-to-BSN Program:
Nursing courses (28 credits):
- Contemporary Professional Nursing (4 credits)
- Clinical Science Integration (4 credits)
- Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services (4 credits)
- Clinical Scholarship: Applying Evidence to Improve Health Outcomes (4 credits)
- Assuring Quality and Safety in Health Care Environments (4 credits)
- Improving Health Outcomes of Populations (4 credits)
- Leading Systems of Care to Improve Health Outcomes (4 credits; meets Inquiry requirement)
General Education Courses (28 credits):
- Exploring Intellectual Traditions requirement (4 credits)
- Leadership Development requirement (4 credits)
- Religious Diversity requirement (4 credits)
- Interdisciplinary Thinking requirement (4 credits)
- Intercultural Literacy requirement (4 credits)
- Exploring Health and Wellness requirement (4 credits)
- Electives (4 credits)
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Carthage’s liberal arts foundation allows students will study and draw upon a wide range of theories, ideas, values, and considerations, and learn how to best apply this broad knowledge to their nursing practice. Upon graduation from the BSN Program at Carthage, graduates will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge from the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences as a foundation for professional nursing practice.
- Employ safe and effective clinical reasoning to design, implement, deliver, and evaluate nursing care and to improve health outcomes across the lifespan and care continuum.
- Develop effective, compassionate, culturally appropriate, and family-centered therapeutic relationships to promote quality health care across the lifespan and care continuum.
- Demonstrate self-efficacy in applying transformative and collaborative leadership behaviors across diverse constituencies that improve nursing and health care outcomes.
- Utilize a scholarly approach to evaluate and apply the best evidence to design and evaluate nursing and health care practices.
- Apply informatics and other technologies to plan, improve, and evaluate nursing and health care outcomes.
- Integrate ethical and professional standards to guide professional nursing practice.
- Analyze the influence of socio-political-economic factors that influence the provision of nursing and health care.