2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program provides current registered nurses (RNs) who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing with the opportunity to earn a BSN degree.

The program is specifically designed to provide students with the evidence-based practices that can be applied on the job immediately. At the same time, students will develop the skills of reflection, independent learning, and enhanced critical thinking that will enable them to stay current in their field throughout their career.


Walden University’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of bachelor’s and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision making to promote patient safety and quality care.
  2. Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health-illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
  6. Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviors in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  7. Provide patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total credits
  • General education  (50 cr., at least 10 of which must be completed at Walden and all of which are to be completed PRIOR to BSN core and concentration courses)
  • First course (1 cr.)
  • Nursing license transfer of credit (up to 50 cr.)
  • Upper-level nursing core courses (54 cr.)
  • Elective courses (25 cr.)



Core Curriculum

General Education Courses (50 cr.)

BSN students are REQUIRED to complete all general education requirements prior to enrolling in any major courses. The general education course curriculum builds upon a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities; thus, the BSN core courses are designed presuming that students have this foundation.

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 0r 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Social Science

Prior Nursing Core Coursework (Lower Level) (50 cr.)

Up to 50 credits will be awarded based on transcripts from an accredited associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma. Students who are not awarded the maximum of 50 credits will take general education or elective courses to complete this requirement.

Elective Courses (25 cr.)

Students are to select 5 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose from general education  courses or concentration courses. At least two elective courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These 25 credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective.

Program Data

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