Nursing B.S.N. (RN to BSN)

  1. Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning/Clinical Judgment:  Use a systematic approach in assessing, planning, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based solutions to patient care problems across a variety of healthcare settings. 
  2. Integration of Faith and Learning:  Develop and articulate an understanding of a Biblical worldview in integrating values of truth, virtue, and service in personal and professional life and in providing Christ-centered leadership and service.  
  3. Ethical Practice: Demonstrate behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity across the lifespan. 
  4. Holistic Living:  Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for self and nursing practice, engagement in life-long learning, and ongoing professional growth. 
  5. Communication:  Demonstrate appropriate written and oral communication skills to promote collaborative relationships with intro-professional healthcare team members, individuals, families, groups, and communities. 
  6. Professional Excellence:  Use a problem-solving approach in evaluating patient health status and in advocating for the patient and family, anticipating and reducing risk, and improving health outcomes.
  7. Cultural Competency and Citizenship:  Apply cultural competence theory in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  8. Information and Technology Competency:  Demonstrate technology skills in locating, retrieving, applying, and evaluating the integrity of information while using information responsibly and ethically. 
  9. Leadership and Patient Safety:  Apply leadership concepts, skills, decision making, and problem solving in the provision and oversight of nursing practice, and in advocating for equitable health care. 

NOTE : The academic program requirements listed below for this accelerated program are based on the student transferring in previous coursework and have completed requirements for being a Registered Nurse (R.N.). Questions, contact the Chair for this academic program.

General Education Requirements 240
Major Core Requirements 130
Units granted for passing NCLEX RN license exam10
Total Units120

Course Repetition
Students enrolled in the RN to BSN Program cannot repeat any more than 2 nursing major courses related to course failure or withdrawal.  Additionally, students may not repeat any pre-requisite or nursing course more than once. Any deviation from this policy requires Program Committee approval with a petition submitted to the Chair of the RN to BSN Program.


General Education Requirements can be found below.

Major Core Requirements 

Core Requirements
NURS-316Writing/Critical Analysis/Health-Related3
NURS-320Ethical Iss/Leg Aspects/Nurs3
NURS-327Health Assessment3
NURS-405Nursing Research and Seminar3
NURS-410Principles of Pathophysiology4
NURS-415Sociocult Cntxt/Diversity/Nurs3
NURS-420Community Health Nurs/Clinical Studies5
NURS-425Edctn Theory/Proc/Tchg in Nurs3
NURS-430Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs3
10 units will be granted for passing the NCLEX RN licensing exam10
Total Units40

General Education Degree Requirements (40 Units)

English Composition 3 units

Humanities/Fine Arts 6 units
Communications (3)
     Humanities (3)

Science with lab 16 units
Human Anatomy (4)
     Physiology (4)
     Microbiology (4)
     Chemistry (4)

Statistics 3 units

Philosophy/Religion 3 units

Social Sciences 9 units
     Psychology (3)
     Sociology (3)
     Elective (3)

Malpractice Insurance

Each student must have basic malpractice insurance before the beginning of the Community Health practicum. This will occur during the last semester of the program.

Disclaimer: This sample Multi-Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Nursing.

The two-year program consists of 16-week modules with each class being eight weeks. There is flexibility with how many classes can be taken each module and classes can be taken out of order. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
NURS-320 Ethical Iss/Leg Aspects/Nurs 3
NURS-316 Writing/Critical Analysis/Health-Related 3
Year 1 Term 2
NURS-327 Health Assessment 3
NURS-410 Principles of Pathophysiology 4
Year 1 Term 3
NURS-415 Sociocult Cntxt/Diversity/Nurs 3
NURS-405 Nursing Research and Seminar 3
Year 2 Term 1
NURS-425 Edctn Theory/Proc/Tchg in Nurs 3
NURS-430 Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs 3
Year 2 Term 2
NURS-420 Community Health Nurs/Clinical Studies 5
 Total Units30