Course Catalog 2023-2024

School of Nursing


The mission of the Rochester University School of Nursing is to develop socially conscious professional nurses who are empowered to address inequities in healthcare through civic engagement, inter-professional collaboration, and servant leadership. Students will utilize clinical reasoning in the context of an inclusive Christian environment to provide holistic care for diverse populations. 

The Baccalaureate in Nursing program at Rochester University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791, 202-877-8476 (fax),

The BSN curriculum reflects professional nursing standards and guidelines and the needs and expectations of the community of interest. The pre-licensure program curriculum requires 64 credits in the Nursing major and allows the successful candidates to sit for the NCLEX-RN.


The philosophy of the RU-SON is based on the ideals of Christian koinonia, a solid foundation in the liberal arts, and an understanding of civic responsibilities. Nursing is a spiritual calling which requires a caring attitude, strong critical thinking skills, effective communication techniques, cultural understanding, and moral character that is worthy of the public’s trust.

Conceptual Framework

The nursing program's organizing framework is grounded in the six primary program concepts of Spirituality, Caring, Critical Thinking, Communication, Cultural Understanding, and Community Oriented. Jean Watson’s Caritas Processes are a logical fit with the framework and guide the RU-SON Program Outcomes statements through core principles of relational and transpersonal caring, and through multiple ways of knowing. Concurrently, the RU and RU-SON missions guide program development from a Christian humanism perspective. Intentionally, the program mission and organizing framework are threaded throughout all aspects of the curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements, the RU-SON graduate will be able to:

Support individuals, families, and communities as an advocate. (Spirituality)
Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, applied sciences, and current research in the delivery of nursing care. (Critical Thinking)
Evaluate communication techniques utilized in the teaching-learning process. (Communication)
Model behaviors associated with Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring/Caring Science. (Caring)
Develop commitment to community involvement and leadership. (Community Oriented)
Advocate for culturally diverse healthcare practices. (Cultural Understanding)