(All but 15 credits in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum must be completed before enrolling in this course)  This bridge course to baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing focuses on the concepts of professional nursing and includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that are essential to professional nursing practice. The challenges of returning to school as a working adult are explored along with topics pertaining to nursing history, nursing theories, safety and quality issues in health care, workforce diversity, and various health care influences on nursing practice. Outcomes for graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs, delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) are introduced and include the concepts of patient-centered care, patient safety and care quality, professional collaboration, and evidence-based nursing practice.