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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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A total of 120 semester credits are necessary for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN Baccalaureate Completion major is a 30 credit program. In addition to completing the Major Common Core, all graduates must fulfill the University’s General Education, Diverse Cultures and Writing Intensive requirements.  Students are encouraged to complete their General Education requirements (Goals 1-10) prior to making application to the program.  Only an official evaluation of credit will determine the requirements you have remaining. Please review the Application Procedures to start this process. 
Admitted students will be granted an additional 30 RN Option Credits for obtaining their RN License. These 30 RN Option credits are used to complete the upper division level requirement for graduation.
All of the 7 major classes are offered every fall, spring and summer semester.

SAMPLE Plans of Study

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Major Common Core ~ 30 credits

NURS 320W-Critical Inquiry and Evidence Based Practice for RNs (4cr)

Introduction to fundamental theories, concepts, evidence, and competencies pertaining to scientific inquiry, development of nursing knowledge, evidence- based and informed practice and research utilization in nursing practice. Fall, Spring

NURS 362-Family and Societal Nursing for RNs (4cr)

Examination of family level approaches that promote health while exploring concepts of family as client, family health experience, and nurse-family relationships Nursing strategies to enhance family level care during acute, chronic and critical illnesses are analyzed. Fall, Spring, Summer

NURS 382-Holistic Nursing Assessment and Practice (4cr)

Explores the nurse's role in interacting with and providing care to families of diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds across the lifespan. Examines spirituality and the integration of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional practices to provide holistic care. Fall, Spring, Summer

NURS 402-Psychosocial/Inter-professional Communications for RNs (4cr)

Communication is an essential skill for professional RNs. This course will cover professional communication strategies including patient and family interactions, dealing with mental-health issues, effective inter-professional communication and issues utilizing technology and information systems. Fall, Spring, Summer

NURS 420-Quality, Safety, Value and Informatics in Nursing Practice for RNs (4cr)

This course will evaluate and enhance the role of the nurse in the promotion and the use of national standards, guidelines, technology, and informatics to create a culture of quality and safety, prevent and reduce medical errors, and support health care. Pre-Requisite: NURS 320W. Fall, Spring, Summer

NURS 482W-Population Focused Care for RNs (6cr)

Synthesis of nursing and public health practice within the community. Nursing care of individuals, families, and groups is addressed within the context of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health. Health promotion, disease prevention and health education are interventions to reduce health disparities. Pre-requisites: NURS 320W and NURS 382. Fall, Spring, Summer

[PDF] NURS 482W Information Fact Sheet (393 KiB)

NURS 492-Nursing Capstone and Leadership for Baccalaureate Practice (4cr)

In this capstone course, learners synthesize the underpinnings of Baccalaureate
nursing education and leadership principles to culminate in an evidence-based
capstone project designed to enhance or improve health outcomes and incorporate
the professional leadership roles. Learners will synthesize program outcomes and
be evaluated on achievement of these outcomes as demonstrated through the capstone
project and reflection journal. Learners explore leadership and management
principles and concepts necessary for the professional nurse to function effectively
in a changing health care system incorporating collaborative strategies, technology,
financial issues, and the complexity of care. Pre-Requisites: NURS 320W, NURS 362 and NURS 382. Fall, Spring, Summer