Curriculum Information

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – N100 (RN-BSN Program)

Career Pathway: Health Sciences

Location(s): General education courses are available and offered at all BC locations. Program-specific courses are available online. 

Program Entrance Requirements: There are specific criteria for admission to the RN-BSN Program. 

*All applicants possess an Associate Degree or higher from an accredited institution recognized by Broward College. 
* All applicants have a Florida nursing license which is active and unencumbered.
* Possess a 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average

Eligible applicants must:

  • Apply and be accepted by Broward College as a degree-seeking. The program’s objective code is (N100).
  • Possess an unrestricted and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the State of Florida.
  • Possess an Associate or higher degree from an accredited institution recognized by Broward College
  • Possess a 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Successfully complete 36 General Education required credits with a “C” or better grade.
  • Able to meet the Performance Standards for the RN-BSN Program.
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Program Description: 

  • Consistent with the mission of the College and building on the mission of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the faculty of Broward College's RN-BSN Program continues to prepare students to master the role of a nurse generalist as per the guidelines of the CCNE. Students will be successful in various leadership positions within the nursing profession.
  • The RN-BSN Program has an online format to allow flexibility for students focused on maintaining a work-life balance. The upper-division nursing coursework prepares professional nurses using technology and cognitive ability to be influential healthcare professionals within the current interdisciplinary setting to promote quality health care within a complex, dynamic global health care milieu. In addition, the curriculum provides increased educational opportunities for the Registered Nurse (RN) and Broward College Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Graduate.    
  • The Florida Department of Education, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) approved the RN-BSN Program at Broward College. 
  • Upon successful completion, the graduate of the baccalaureate program is eligible to continue onward into a Graduate Program. In addition, BSN-prepared nurses are excellent candidates for managerial and leadership positions within multiple nursing areas.
  • The expected time to complete the program is as follows: Full-time students complete the program in three semesters. Part-time students complete in four semesters. 
  • Students must have internet access and the capability to perform basic computer skills as demonstrated by examination or completion of the Computer and Internet Literacy course (CGS1060C) with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students should complete all outstanding general education level courses before beginning the upper BSN nursing courses. There are three Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings required for the student with the BSN Coordinator.

Mission and Philosophy

RN-BSN Program Mission Statement

The Broward College RN-BSN Program is a premier affordable academic unit that will advance the profession of nursing through the innovative contributions of faculty, staff, students, and graduates to the enhancement of local, national, and global health.

RN-BSN Program Vision Statement

Reflective of the mission of Broward College and of the Health Science Pathway, the RN-BSN Program’s mission is “to prepare a professional and competent nurse who practices in a dynamic health care environment across communities, populations, and life spans, and provides leadership to promote and improve global health, and is committed to the advancement of nursing knowledge and practice, celebrates diversity and aspires to lifelong learning.

Conceptual Model: ​Underlying the RN-BSN Curriculum

The design of the RN-BSN curriculum is based on a model which depicts the faculty’s beliefs as framed by the major meta-paradigm concepts of Human being/person/client (diverse populations), health (health and safety), environment (internal external including policies) and nurse /nursing (Generalist nurse, nursing practice, and patient advocacy as they relate to the practice in a global healthcare and educational environments. (See Conceptual Model Underlying the RN-BSN Curriculum)

Student Learning Outcomes

Reflective of the AACN Elements of Baccalaureate Education, (The Elements of Baccalaureate Education, AACN, 2008), each nursing course in the RN-BSN Program is aimed at enabling the student to:

  • Analyze and synthesize data regarding the health status of the patient, community and defined population, utilize these findings to make sound clinical judgments regarding nursing interventions and outcome evaluation clinical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of information management systems and skills in emerging telecommunication and patient care technology. Utilizes this knowledge to employ principles of quality improvement that will lead to improving patient outcomes and correction of healthcare errors.
  • Create an environment of inclusion in the provision of holistic, evidence-based, quality nursing care in increasingly complex situations, healthcare systems, diverse and global settings.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the health care team; dialogue with faculty and students to conduct teaching-learning practices that address community needs and expectations.
  • Integrate professional values and practice competencies through ethical decision-making which may impact future healthcare demands. Commitment to lifelong learning demonstrated by regular student participation in diverse curricula activities.
  • Analyze and synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, natural and social sciences, nursing arts and evidence based best practices in understanding research findings and global perspectives that leads to compassionate, culturally sensitive, direct and in-direct quality nursing care.  
  • Analyze and implement health promotion strategies that address social and public health and cross-cultural health issues; demonstrating respect for personal and cultural health practices and human diversity.
  • Analyze and implement patient health and safety goals that address social and public health and cross-cultural health issues; demonstrating respect for personal and cultural health practices and human diversity.
  • Apply goal-directed processes involved in the transmission and assimilation of information in order to expand knowledge and change behaviors. The teaching-learning process is facilitated through planned sequences of experiences and by actively involving the learner in goal-directed activities that are perceived as having purpose and meaning.  
  • Demonstrate independent and interdependent decision making, critical thinking and reasoning, leadership and management skills that utilize nursing and other recognized theories, models, and evidence- based practice initiatives and knowledge, collegial dialogue, self-reflection, and a commitment to lifelong learning. 
  • Select and apply appropriate theories and research findings relevant to healthcare systems and policies, quality healthcare delivery, and global health promotion to continue role development as a professional nurse.
  • Integrate economic, legal and political factors that impact heath care delivery to influence health care policies on behalf of patients, the local community, global community, and the profession.