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RN to BS in Nursing


To earn the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, EMU students must satisfy both the nursing major curriculum and the core curriculum requirements, as listed below. 124 semester hour credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Every RN to BS in Nursing student will begin the nursing program with The Art and Science of Effective Communication. We still emphasize relationships between faculty – student, student – student and student – patients. This course forms digital competency and sets students up for success in the program. The course also provides a strong foundation for written, oral and interpersonal communication skills building. 

Your Transfer Credits

Semester 1  
NRS 325: The Art and Science of Effective Communication  
NRS 320: Transitions in Professional Nursing Practice  
Semester 2  
NRS 341: Professional Nurse  
CCSSC 440: Cultural Perspectives  
NRS 350: Healthcare Policy  
Semester 3  
NRS 461: Family Health  
NRS 410: Community Health  
Semester 4  
SRSEM 450: Issues & Values  
CCUS 310: Global Trends in Health  
NRS 405: Evidence - Based Practice in Nursing  
Semester 5  
NRS 420: Nursing Management  
BIST 390: Biblical Perspectives  
NRS 430: Evidence - Based Practice Project  


Several core, general education courses must be completed in addition to the nursing cohort courses. These can be done before or alongside the cohort courses. The number of general education courses needed is based on your prior academic work.


BIST 390: Biblical Perspectives
This course reflects the commitment of Eastern Mennonite University as a Christian liberal arts university. This is a commitment to nurture an appreciation for the rich resources of the scriptures for creative personal faith and human life in the modern world. It is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of the literature and history of the Bible and the integration of faith, learning, and living.
CCUS 310: Global Trends in Health
Discuss health and health care that transcend geographic and cultural boundaries. The overall goal is for students to develop a worldview that comprehends the interrelationship between health and social systems, institutions, cultures, politics, environmental factors, education, and economics.
CCSSC 440: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Focus on the development of global awareness, faith, and management as it relates to cross-cultural understanding. Students will be challenged to look beyond their own culture and understand social systems and institutions from the perspective of people in another culture. Experiential learning will take place as students participate in an off-campus cross-cultural experience.
NRS 325: The Art & Science of Effective Communication
Designed to enhance the written, oral and interpersonal communication ability of registered nurses. With emphasis on academic integrity, the course will foster writing skills using American Psychological Association formatting. Other content will address information and media literacy and the ethics inherent in their use. Communication skills will be enhanced through discussion of social media, crucial conversations, mediation, and therapeutic communication.
NRS 320: Transitions in Professional Nursing
Designed to support a smooth transition for registered nurses entering baccalaureate education. Successful transition into the role of a professional nurse will be fostered through faculty and peer coaching and support. An overarching aim of this Transitions in Professional Nursing course is professional socialization while fostering stress management, problem-solving, creative thinking, and durability in one’s professional position. This course fulfills a requirement of the nursing 
NRS 341: Professional Nurse: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Presents the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for current professional nursing practice. Classroom activities focus on library usage skills, an introduction to nursing research, concepts of professional nursing, communication skills, nursing and crisis theories, the history of nursing, and spirituality. A paper is written in which professional nursing concepts are integrated into an individual philosophy of nursing.
NRS 350: Health Care Policy
Focuses on contemporary health care issues and their impact on current policy. An open systems model and change theory is used to explore the US health care system, health care organizations, health care policy, payment systems and the role of nurses within this system. Possibilities for health care reform and alternate systems are discussed. The effect of behaviors, attitudes, values and perceptions of participants in the system is examined.
NRS 461: Family Health
This course focuses on nursing with the family as the client. Theories of family nursing are examined and applied with the family experience. Family development and crisis theory are considered.
NRS 410: Community Health
This course focuses on nursing with the community as the client. Theories of community nursing are examined and applied in community agencies. Epidemiology, communicable diseases, and crisis theory are considered.
NRS 405: Evidence- Based Practice for Nursing
Guides the student through the research process and teaches the art of becoming a critical consumer of research. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are examined. Students critically read and critique nursing research.
NRS 420: Principles of Nursing Management and Supervision
Presents motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning. Leadership styles and governance models are examined. Legal issues are discussed. The effect of organizational change on nursing delivery systems is evaluated. The concepts of power, oppression, advocacy, delegation, stress, and change are addressed.
NRS 430: Evidence – Based Practice Project
In this course, the nurse explores nursing research and applies it to a clinical problem. The module consists of writing, implementing, and orally presenting it as a capstone presentation to the instructor and learning group.
SRSEM 450: Issues and Values 
In this course, the student formulates a philosophy of life that provides the basis for professional ethics and accountability, respect for human rights, and a responsible life style in our contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace, and classroom discussion.