RN to BSN Nursing Program

Admissions Staff
Mary Arbogast, rn to bsn nursing coordinator
Mary Arbogast CST, RN, BS, CNOR
Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator

   Upland Center
   540 Upland Avenue
   Reading, Pennsylvania 19611


RN to BSN Advisor
Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ

Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of MSN Program

   Nursing Resource Center, Rm 101

Course Descriptions

NUR 300: Professional Nursing Concepts and Theories (3 credits) 


Professional nursing concepts, nursing theories, historical perspectives and other factors which impact contemporary nursing are introduced. Concepts are applied throughout curriculum.

NUR 301: Professional Nursing I: Health Maintenance (4 credits) 


The nursing process is utilized to apply health related care concepts to self, families, groups, and communities.  The student is introduced to family dynamics and family assessment within various cultures. Therapeutic communication, interview and teaching skills are further developed. Emphasis is on improved self-concept and greater self-awareness. This course fulfills the human diversity requirement.

NUR 302: Professional Nursing II: Health Promotion (6 credits) 


The nursing process is utilized to introduce the many facets of Community and Public health nursing practice. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies for delivering effective care to diverse populations within the community will be introduced.

NUR 311: Health Assessment Across the Life Span (3 credits) 


The nursing process guides the introduction of skills of development, psychosocial, cultural and physical assessment. Learning activities are designed to facilitate acquisition of theory and skills necessary to perform health assessment of the individual throughout the life span.


NUR 312: Transcultural Nursing (3 credits) 


Focuses on health care practices and beliefs in a variety of cultures. Political, economic, spiritual and geographic factors affecting health care are explored within the context of cultural systems and the client’s perception of health, illness and care. Client education and nursing research are integrated with accepted anthropological and sociological concepts and theories. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.


NUR 403: Professional Nursing III: Health Restoration (6 credits) 


The nursing process is utilized to explore theories of health promotion and restoration in the aging population in chronic illness. Various cultural and complimentary modalities used in health restoration are introduced with a focus on family support and community resources. Holistic care of client and family with end of life issues and the dying process are also included. Research studies are related to nursing of patients with acute and long-term illness in both the community and hospital setting.


NUR 404: Professional Nursing IV: Leadership and Management (3 credits)

Provides the professional nurse with knowledge and skills essential to be a health care designer, coordinator and manager within a personal and professional ethical framework. Skills essential to this role are leadership, communication, collaboration, negotiation, coordination and evaluation of interdisciplinary health care teams for the purpose of outcome based practice.


NUR 408: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits) 

Research methods in nursing practice are introduced and expanded. Skills for the application of the research process to clinical situations are developed. Practice in the evaluation of research reports is utilized to promote knowledge and understanding of the experience.