Program Goals

  • Provide a high quality of educational experience to each individual whose goal is to enter the health care profession.
  • Provide a depth of human understanding and a wide range of nursing skills based on communication and scientific principles.
  • Guide the student in collaborative practice with other health care professionals to meet patient nursing needs.
  • Teach the student to employ the nursing process while providing safe and effective care.
  • Help the student to become a role model, patient advocate, patient educator, and care giver who provides an environment conducive to maintaining dignity and maximizing wellness of each individual.
  • Guide the student in becoming an active participant in the learning process and assist with his/her development of self-awareness and self-direction.
  • Provide a shared learning environment among faculty and students through the exchange of knowledge and experience to promote change within the participants.
  • Prepare the student with the knowledge, skill, and ability to administer safe, ethical, competent nursing care as a beginning practitioner in a variety of settings.

Terminal Educational Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the cognitive abilities necessary to integrate the nursing concepts and the multidisciplinary body of knowledge to provide therapeutic nursing care.
  2. Exhibit the psychomotor and psychotherapeutic abilities necessary to provide safe nursing care.
  3. Implement teaching strategies to promote adaptation to health.
  4. Demonstrate caring in the provision of patient-centered, individualized care.
  5. Use critical thinking and the nursing process as bases for clinical decision making.
  6. Care for clients and families from diverse and multicultural populations across the life span.
  7. Communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  8. Provide a standard of care consistent with legal, ethical, and regulatory guidelines and BRN Practice Act.
  9. Interpret and critique nursing and other health care research reports to optimize evidence based practice.
  10. Assess the health care needs of specific aggregates and vulnerable population groups and use community health nursing interventions to assist these groups to meet their needs.
  11. Recognize responsibility for maintaining competence as a registered nurse through self-evaluation and continuing nursing education.
  12. Perform as an accountable member of the profession of nursing.
  13. Understand and integrate technology into the provision of care of clients across the healthcare continuum.
  14. Apply strategies of leadership, management, team building and collaboration in meeting the social, legal, political, and economic factors affecting nursing and health care
  15. Develop a foundation for advanced study and professional growth in nursing.


Program Outline and Course Descriptions

General Education Courses

Required program prerequisite courses

(to transfer into Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts
at the time of enrollment)

Semester Credits
Intermediate Algebra 3
Composition and Reading 3
Nutrition in Health and Disease 3
Human Anatomy w/ Lab 4
Human Physiology w/ Lab 4
Microbiology w/ Lab 4
General Psychology 3
Public Speaking/ Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
GE Elective Course (Critical Thinking or Equivalent) 3
Total General Education Transfer Courses 33


Registered Nursing Prerequisite Courses: RN to BSN Pathway

Registered Nursing Transfer Courses Semester Credit Hours
RN 100  Fundamentals of Nursing Theory 3
RN 102  Fundamentals of Nursing Skills/Lab 1.5
RN 103  Health Assessment Theory 2
RN 104  Health Assessment Skills Lab 1.5
RN 105  Nursing Clinical I 2
RN 106  Fundamentals of  Pharmacology 2
RN 201  Medical-Surgical Theory 3
RN 202  Medical-Surgical Clinical II 3
RN 203  Gerontological Nursing Issues 3
RN 301  Maternal/Newborn & Women’s Health
Nursing Theory
RN 302  Maternal/Newborn & Women’s Health 
Nursing Clinical III
RN 303  Care of Children and Families Nursing 
RN 304  Care of Children and Families Clinical IV 2
RN 401  Psych/Mental Health Nursing 
RN 402  Psych/Mental Health Nursing 
Clinical V
RN 107  Pathophysiology * 3
RN 405  NCLEX Preparation and Remediation * 1
RN 501  Advanced Medical Surgical Concepts * 2
RN 502  Nursing Clinical VII * 4
Total Registered Nursing Transfer Courses 47
* Experiential learning by examination and nursing practice: 10 semester credit hours of credit  granted for proof of having passed the NCLEX-RN National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses taken through the Board of Registered Nursing) and documentation of a minimum of 225 hours of  Registered Nurse work experience (clinical experience) within the last three years (letter from employer is required).


Professional Courses and Total Program Hours: RN to BSN Pathway

Course Number


Semester Credit Hours

GEH 203

Writing Skills for Health Care Professionals  


This course reviews academic and scientific writing format and style, fostering an awareness of research-based scientific writing. Students will develop skills in writing an introductory paragraph, organizing a critical review of the literature, and creating a concise conclusion. Bibliographic search methodology and American Psychological Association (APA) editorial format will be reviewed and utilized.

GEH 101

Organization and Function of Health Services



This course focuses on health care and delivery of services: identification and function of governmental, private and voluntary organizations; programs in health protection, and promotion at local, state, and national levels.

GEH 102

Essentials of Patient Education



This GE course toward the BSN Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Imaging disciplines identifies the principles of effective patient education.  It explores cultural needs, literacy and other barriers to understanding, and amiability to health education.  Oral and written presentations of culturally sensitive material will be developed by students by the end of the course.

GE 103

Growth and Development through Lifespan



This 3-unit GE course toward the BSN Degree discusses the existing theories of growth and development and focuses on an understanding of the dynamic sequence of physiological, psychological, and social changes that occur through the life cycle from birth to death.

GE 111

Research Statistics



This course is preparation for RN 305 - Nursing Research.  The course introduces statistical test tools, the conditions under which these tools are used, statistical calculation, and the meaning of statistics. The tools are also discussed as the basis of data analysis, probability, and statistical inference and their importance in decision-making.

GEH 201

Holistic Health and Complimentary Alternative Medicine



This course is a synthesis of East and West modalities that can be applied to patient care in and out of care facilities.  It introduces the holistic concept of health and wellness and adjunctive therapies.  The use of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) can be used alone or in conjunction with established approaches to medical intervention.  Among topics to be discussed are those that include stress reduction, meditation, relaxation techniques, visual imagery, and herbal therapies.

GEH 202

Loss, Grief, Dying, and Death



This 3-unit GE course toward the BSN Degree focuses on loss and dying in health care.  This course guides students through an understanding of this universal phenomenon as it applies to themselves and their patients.  Philosophical, physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects are identified and discussed in the course, as well as cultural and cross-cultural variations on this subject.  Ways to help oneself and others are identified. Bioethical issues of dying and death, which conflict the individual and society, are addressed.

RN 305

Nursing Research



This course builds on the Research Statistics course, taught in Semester 1. It covers the principles, concepts, and application of scientific inquiry to phenomena of concern to other health professions, as well as nursing and the client’s health experience.  Research design, critique, and interpretation of reports from various health sources will occur, and participation in research and conducting research will be discussed.

RN 403

Community Health Nursing Theory



This course is taught online at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. Foundations for community public health nursing care of patients, families, and communities are discussed in this course. Socio-cultural, political, and economic influences on a community's health and the health care system are explored, as well as current issues and trends affecting community public health

RN 404

Community Health Nursing Clinical   2

This course applies nursing and epidemiological concepts to promoting health and preventing disease among patients, families, and communicates through assigned project completion, aligned with the concurrent Community Health Nursing Theory class topics.  Students will explore intervention strategies focusing on empowering clients with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed and healthful choices.

GEH 301

Ethics and Law in Healthcare Clinical Nutrition



This course examines health law and ethics and their financial and emotional impact on health care professionals, patients, and health care facilities. Course content includes legal and compliance issues affecting both the employee and employer.  Topics include administrative law, professional malpractice, patient rights, risk management, labor law, contract law, and ethical considerations.

RN 503

Leadership/Management in Nursing Theory



This course examines the role of the nurse in relation to strategies of leadership, management, team building, and collaboration. Social, legal, political, and economic factors affecting nursing and health care are explored. Concepts and principles of professional nursing practice such as quality improvement, safety, and evidence based practice are integrated. The course also includes development of change agent and delegation skills.

RN 504

Leadership/Management in Nursing Clinical   2

This course offers practical implementation of the concepts of leadership and management theory using assigned clinical projects through interviews and analyses of existing clinical practices.

RN 505

Advanced Pathophysiology   2

This course presents multiple organ system failure and other acute pathophysiological sequelae  in an intersystem and case study approach.  Students will review family history for evaluation of risk reduction activities when there may be genetic or genomic factors increasing risk for disease.  Advanced EKG analyses of Acute Coronary Syndromes are presented in detail.

RN 506

Advanced Pharmacology   2

This course is an in-depth examination of medications used in treating complex diseases of the body. Intravenous compatibility / incompatibility and age specific dosing are emphasized and advanced computation and titration of dosages is are included. Legal and ethical issues of medication administration are reinforced. The need for careful attention to the administration and response of the older adult to prescribed and over-the counter medications is considered. Patient/family teaching about their medications and the importance of adherence are addressed.  Cultural/racial variation in drug therapies is explored.

RN 507

Bachelor’s Achievement Capstone Portfolio Project  


This course is an independent study project, where students will prepare a

professional E-portfolio. This portfolio is to be worked on by the BSN students throughout the course of the entire program starting from Semester 1 until the end of Semester 3 and is to be composed of a multitude of individual projects and documents preparing the student for professional practice as an RN with BSN.  This portfolio serves as the exit project for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

Total Gurnick Professional Courses
TOTAL Program for Degree:
prerequisites plus professional