2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
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2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (Competency Based)

Return to: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program  

Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.

Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total credits
  • General education  courses (50 cr)
  • Upper-level nursing core courses (50 cr)
  • Elective courses and prior nursing credit (80 cr)

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses (50 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Upper-Level Nursing Core (50 cr.)

    (Note: NURS 3100 is worth 5 credits, not 6, in the competency-based program.)
    • IN3001 The Power of Nursing
      Recognize the role of the nurse as a leader in the dynamic field of healthcare.
    • IN3002 Nurses at the Forefront of Issues and Trends
      Analyze factors, issues, and trends impacting the nursing profession.
    • IN3003 Quality and Safety Practices for Healthcare Solutions
      Explain how evidence-based nursing solutions promote patient quality and safety.
    • IN3004 Interprofessional Teamwork: Civil Collaboration for the Common Good
      Recommend appropriate strategies to promote civility and interprofessional communication in the workforce.
    • IN3005 Powerful Caring Leads to Social Change
      Analyze the responsibility of nursing professionals to advocate for social change.
    • IN3006 Creating Your Personal Nursing Legacy
      Evaluate areas of strength and areas of professional growth for improving the health and healthcare delivery of populations.
    • HA3001 Cultural and Genetic Influences on Health
      Identify population health, cultural influences, and genetic and genomic information as it relates to conducting a health history and physical assessment.
    • HA3002 Ethical Issues in Health Assessment
      Articulate ethical issues related to obtaining a health history and physical exam.
    • HA3003 Biopsychosocial Factors
      Evaluate the impact of biopsychosocial factors on a patient during a health assessment.
    • HA3004 Comprehensive Health History
      Conduct and document a comprehensive health history.
    • HA3005 Comprehensive Physical Assessment
      Conduct and document a comprehensive physical assessment.
    • IM3001 Informatics in Healthcare
      Recognize the importance of nursing informatics in healthcare and how it impacts the nurse’s role and
      the healthcare institution.
    • IM3002 Workflows and Workarounds in Nursing Practice
      Design workflows to eliminate workarounds in nursing practice.
    • IM3003 Clinical Data Evaluation
      Evaluate clinical data to support evidence-based decision-making related to safe, quality healthcare delivery. 
    • IM3004 Protecting Patient Privacy
      Use strategies to ensure the protection of patient data and privacy.
    • IM3005 Healthcare Technology and Informed Decision Making
      Create educational plans in collaboration with patients based on information from healthcare technology.
    • NR3001 Research Process
      Recognize the elements of the research process.
    • NR3002 Research Methodology
      Analyze research methodologies.
    • NR3003 Interpreting Data
      Analyze and interpret research data.
    • NR3004 Research Recommendations
      Generate reasonable conclusions and recommendations based on published research findings.
    • EP4001 Evidence-Based Practice Models for Research
      Understand the importance of using models to facilitate evidence-based practice.
    • EP4002 Clinical Nursing Issues
      Develop an evidence-based practice question based on a clinical nursing issue.
    • EP4003 Evaluating Research
      Evaluate research related to a clinical practice issue.
    • EP4004 Designing Interventions
      Recommend evidence-based clinical interventions or process improvements to promote positive patient health outcomes.  
    • HP4001 Policy and the Role of the Nurse
      Analyze the role of the nurse as a force that shapes policy.
    • HP4002 U.S. Healthcare System
      Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system.
    • HP4003 Social Determinants of Health
      Analyze healthcare policy and social determinants of health and how they impact health disparities.
    • HP4004 Evaluating Health Policy
      Evaluate federal, state, and local policies on healthcare.
    • HP4005 Advocacy for Policy Change
      Recommend policy change to advocate for positive patient outcomes.
    • GH4001 Principles of Epidemiology
      Recognize principles of epidemiology.
    • GH4002 The Role of the Nurse in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
      Analyze the role of the nurse leader in preparing for and responding to public health disasters and emergencies. 
    • GH4003 Communication and Collaboration With Diverse Cultures
      Analyze population health beliefs and behaviors to inform culturally competent nursing practice.
    • GH4004 The State of Global Health
      Compare a health problem and the healthcare system of the U.S. to other countries.
    • PH4001 The Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
      Analyze the role of the nurse leader in population health.
    • PH4002 Identifying Health Problems Within Your Community
      Justify a public health problem within your community using multiple sources of data.
    • PH4003 Community Assessment (Practicum)
      Analyze a population health problem based on a community assessment.
    • PH4004 Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health Nursing (Practicum)
      Synthesize sources of information to inform public health nursing interventions.
    • PH4005 Evidence-Based Intervention Plan (Practicum)
      Create an evidence-based primary intervention plan at the system level in collaboration with health leaders to improve the health of a population in your community.
    • CN4001 Nurse as Leader
      Analyze the leadership role of the nurse in preventing and managing health problems across the lifespan in healthcare practice settings.  
    • CN4002 Genetics and Genomics
      Develop a patient education fact sheet for a genetic-based healthcare issue.  
    • CN4003 Staffing Plan
      Analyze the process of creating a staffing plan that meets both patient care needs and budget constraints.  
    • CN4004 Data-Driven Nursing Interventions
      Create a data-driven nursing intervention based on quality indicators.
    • LC4001 Healthcare Quality
      Analyze healthcare quality for nursing practice.
    • LC4002 Quality Improvement Processes
      Analyze quality improvement processes.
    • LC4003 Quality Improvement Tools
      Analyze information from quality improvement tools.
    • LC4004 Leadership for Organizational Culture and Growth
      Analyze leadership for organizational culture and growth to promote positive social change through patient quality and safety.
    • LC4005 Improving Patient Quality and Safety
      Apply quality improvement processes and tools as a scholar-practitioner to improve quality and safety.

Elective Courses and Prior Nursing Credit (80 cr.)

Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program.

Students with less than 80 transfer credits can choose elective courses from any of Walden’s bachelor degree programs.