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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Since 1899, we’ve prepared thousands of nursing students for rewarding careers. Our CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are taught by a faculty that includes local nurses who know what it takes to deliver quality care in today’s healthcare field. Select a campus to learn more.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | Dr. Sarah Wills, Assistant Dean, College of Nursing and Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | Dr. Sarah Wills, Assistant Dean, College of Nursing and Public Health

Dr. Sarah Wills outlines the structure and opportunity that can be found in South University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

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My name is Dr. Sarah Wills. I'm the assistant dean for the College of Nursing and Public Health at South University. This curriculum takes place over seven quarters. And it has a variety of classes coming in with the foundations of nursing, pharmacology courses. Then they proceed into care of adults, which is a huge portion of the curriculum. And we have a capstone project at the end, where they go out and they work one-on-one with a nurse, so they get really submerged in what it will feel like to be an independent RN, once they graduate.

Earning the Bachelors of Science in Nursing is really important to somebody who wants to become a nurse. The most important learning outcome is to make sure that our students develop a foundation in safe patient care. One of the best parts about the nursing degree, is that you're never limited as to where the degree can take you.

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What You Can Learn in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs

Led by experienced nurses* giving you one-on-one attention, our courses teach essential, foundational skills for patient care, as well as best practices for communication, staff management, critical thinking, delegation, prioritization, and decision-making. After completing your BSN, you’ll be prepared to sit for licensure through the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

BSN Nursing Core Curriculum

Our core courses are carefully selected and designed to prepare you for your nursing career. The below list contains some but not all of the topics you would cover for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing program major course requirements:

  • Principles of assessment
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Nursing fundamentals
  • Nursing research
  • Caring for adults
  • Caring for women and neonates
  • Caring for diverse and vulnerable populations
  • Caring for children
  • Caring for persons with psychiatric/mental health problems
  • Legal and ethical issues in nursing
General education and foundational BSN requirements include courses in communications, professional development, math and statistics, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

Our Nursing School Requirements

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are designed for students who are not yet registered nurses (RNs). After first completing prerequisite courses, students can apply for admission to the nursing program, which can allow highly motivated full-time students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a concentrated period of time.

The criteria used in determining admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • Completion of 90 quarter hours (QH) of science and general education courses as required for admission to BSN degree program with a grade of C or better. Science courses are not accepted for transfer if they are older than 7 years at the time of application to South University.
  • A cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in the nursing pre-requisite courses
  • A GPA of 2.5 or better in the following science courses or course sequences: BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO2070 Microbiology; CHM1010 General Chemistry; BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology
  • A grade of “C” or better in all general education courses
  • Entrance test results
  • Completed application for admission to the BSN degree program form.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended, including courses taken at South University. 
  • Meet the Core Performance Standards and essential functions related to the profession of nursing as described in the South University academic catalog

For more on our admissions and nursing school requirements, contact our Admissions team at 1.800.688.0932. Financial aid and scholarships for students are available for those who qualify.

If you already have another degree and you’re looking for second degree nursing programs, your previous academic experiences may qualify you for transfer credit**, allowing you to complete your nursing degree in less time at South University.

Nursing School Outcomes

Graduates of our nursing programs are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in hospitals, private physician and counseling practices, nursing facilities, community clinics and agencies, and research organizations.

There are many benefits, including earnings potential and a promising job outlook, to attending nursing school to become an RN with a BSN. The average RN with a BSN nursing salary varies based on state or geographic region, workplace setting, clinical focus, and more. BSN nursing salary can increase as you gain experience in the field.

RN vs BSN: Deciding How to Start Your Nursing Career

Why earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing? While you can become an RN by completing an associate’s or diploma program, these nursing school programs cover only the basics of clinical care. Comparatively, bachelor’s degree nursing programs offer a broader curriculum useful for diverse healthcare settings, for more advanced patient care, and for moving up to leadership and management roles. Additionally, many hospitals are moving toward Magnet status and require their RNs to hold BSN degrees.

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing is also a stepping stone to a master’s degree in nursing, which is required for advanced practice RNs.

Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

**Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. South University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by South University.

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