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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dr. Sarah Wills, Asst. Dean, College of Nursing and Public Health

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at South University Austin is designed to provide students with a solid educational foundation that prepares individuals for entry into the nursing profession. The BSN degree program is designed for the non-registered nurse student. Students may complete prerequisite courses in as few as six quarters and then apply for admission to the nursing program, which is taught over seven quarters. The program allows highly motivated full-time students to complete the program of study in nursing in a concentrated period of time.

The BSN graduate will be able to incorporate the concepts of caring, communication, critical thinking, professionalism, and holism to provide care for individuals, families and communities. The comprehensive theoretical and clinical practice components aim to allow. After successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain licensure and begin practice as a registered nurse.*

*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.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

General Entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Admission into the BSN degree program is a two step process: 

  • Students interested in pursuing the BSN degree are eligible for general entry to the Bachelor Science in Nursing Program by meeting requirements for entry into South University.
  • Students must meet all prerequisite requirements to be considered for admission to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Admission to the Professional Phase of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The criteria used to determine 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 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale in the nursing pre-requisite courses. Note: South University, Columbia requires a 3.0 or better.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the following science courses: BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab; BO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab; BIO2070 Microbiology and BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory; CHM1010 General Chemistry; BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology.  Note: South University, Columbia requires a 3.0 or better.
  • A grade of "C" or better in all general education courses
  • Entrance test results (TEAS test)
  • A completed, approved Level I and Level II background check
  • 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 this catalog
  • Completion of prerequisites courses at South University will be considered in the ranking process.

Provisional admission may be granted if the student is completing prerequisites in the term before matriculation into the nursing program. On the day of matriculation into the nursing, the student must meet the admission criteria as outlined above. Failure to meet requirements of admission will result in rescinding the provisional admission status.

Provisional admission to the BSN program may be granted to students who matriculated into the BS in Public Health program prior to spring quarter 2018 whose CGPA and/or science courses GPA are between 2.5 and 2.74. Students seeking readmission after an absence of one year or longer must meet the BSN admissions requirements stated above and are not covered under provisional admissions.

Acceptance into the Professional Phase of the Bachelor of Science Nursing

Upon acceptance into the Nursing Program, the student must submit:

  • A nonrefundable one -time Acceptance Fee to the business office for enrollment into the BSN program. This fee will be applied to the student's first quarter tuition payment. Students enrolling in the RN to BSN program are not required to pay the registration/acceptance fee.
  • Completed current physical examination record with required immunizations, titers, lab results, and tuberculosis assessment.
  • Urine drug screen
  • Evidence of health insurance

Pre-Licensure (BSN) Laptop Computer Requirement

Laptop computers are required for use in testing. All students are required to have a laptop computer with Internet access that meets university specifications.

Comprehensive Background Check

Please see the General Admissions Policies section of the catalog below.

Acceptance into a South University educational program, or its completion, does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain licensure or certification.

The Nursing Program Director may be required to submit written documentation regarding the student status to boards of nursing and clinical agencies as early as receipt of the student's CONPH application. Students may be required to obtain additional background checks as requested by clinical agencies or boards of nursing.

Career Outlook

Graduates of South University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are prepared to seek employment in

  • Hospitals
  • Private physician and counseling practices
  • Nursing facilities
  • Community clinics and agencies
  • Research organizations

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 68 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours

Choose one additional course:

UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
  • Advisor approved elective 4 credit hours

Note: If you are planning to earn the Associate of Science in Allied Health Science as you progress in the pre-professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing please review the following note(s) carefully and consult with your academic counselor if you have questions.

Note: UVC1000 Strategies for Success is recommended if student is interested in obtaining an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science. 

Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one additional course from the list below:
COM2006 Interpersonal Communication, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours

*PSY2022 is required by CCNE for all BSN students. Per the Department of Behavioral Sciences, the course meets the South University General Education requirements for Social and Behavioral Sciences for Nursing students ONLY.

Area II Foundation Requirements: 22 Credits
BIO2015 Human Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
BIO2070 Microbiology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory )

BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours


CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
NTR2050 Nutrition, 4 Credit Hours
  • General Education Elective 4 credit hoursNote: AHS1001 Medical Terminology is recommended if student is interested in obtaining an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science
Area III Major Requirements: 90 Credits
NSG3001 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3008 Principles of Assessment Lab, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3009 Principles of Assessment, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3022 Pharmacotherapeutics I, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3024 Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3027 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, 2 Credit Hours
NSG3032 Pharmacotherapeutics II, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3036 Introduction to Nursing Research, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3037 Caring for Adults I, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3038 Caring for Adults I-Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3045 Caring for Adults II - Practice, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3046 Caring for Adults II, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates, 3 Credit Hours
NSG3048 Caring for Women and Neonates-Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3068 Caring for Diverse & Vulnerable Populations I, 3 Credit Hours
NSG4052 Caring for Adults III, 2 Credit Hours
NSG4053 Caring for Adults III - Practice, 3 Credit Hours
NSG4056 Caring for Children, 3 Credit Hours
NSG4057 Caring for Children - Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4058 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems, 3 Credit Hours
NSG4059 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems - Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV, 2 Credit Hours
NSG4061 Caring for Adults IV - Practice, 3 Credit Hours
NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations II, 2 Credit Hours


NSG4070 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing, 2 Credit Hours
NSG4071 Transition into Professional Nursing, 6 Credit Hours
NSG4073 Transition into Professional Nursing Preceptorship, 4 Credit Hours
Application Process and Deadline

The College of Nursing and Public Health admits two classes of students per year to each campus-based BSN programs. Application packets and deadlines are available on each campus. Fully completed application materials (including evidence of completion of all prerequisite courses) are due by the posted deadline, usually the first day of the quarter before admission (ex., first day of summer quarter for fall quarter program start). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

For Initial Licensure

For the BSN degree program for initial licensure, progression is also contingent upon completion of required assessment examinations. These examinations include:

  1. Standardized achievement tests in course subjects as assigned.
  2. Final pre-licensure examination. Students are required to obtain a minimum score on the pre-licensure examination. Students who fail to achieve the required minimum score must perform remediation activities and retest. Failure to achieve the required score within three attempts will delay program completion.
  3. Math Competency Examinations. Students in quarters 1-3 must receive a score of 80 percent or higher on all math examinations. Students in quarters 4-6) must receive a score of 90 percent or higher on all math examinations. Quarter 7 students must receive a score of 100 percent on the math examination. A maximum of three opportunities are allowed to pass the math requirement each quarter. Failure to pass the math requirement will result in course failure and prevent progression in the nursing program.

A student on provisional status who does not satisfactorily complete the requirements for removing provisional status will be dismissed from the nursing program.

All applicants to the RN to BSN program must hold a current and unencumbered license in the state in which they are completing program requirements. Additionally, all BSN and RN to BSN applicants must successfully complete a criminal background check and a drug screening. Clinical affiliation agencies may require additional testing.

Math Proficiency Examinations

Students will be tested at various intervals throughout the nursing program to assess math proficiency as a method to promote safe medication administration practices. Students are required to pass math examinations each quarter in order to participate in clinical practice courses and to remain in the nursing program. Students are encouraged to prepare for the math competency test using their textbook, the ATI dosage calculation programs or a South University tutor prior to the first day of each quarter.

Math Competency Examinations. Junior level students (Quarters 1-3) must receive a score of 80% or higher on all math examinations. Senior level (Quarters 4-6) students must receive a score of 90% or higher on all math examinations. Quarter 7 students must receive a score of 100% on the math examination. A maximum of three opportunities are allowed to pass the math requirement each quarter (see schedule below). Structured remediation will be offered to students who are not successful on the math competency test.

A student who is not successful on the third math competency attempt or students who do not test according to the schedule outlined below will earn a NCF in the associated nursing course.  In addition, the student will withdraw from the other nursing courses in which the student is enrolled (per the College of Nursing and Public Health Withdrawal Policy).  The student can request to be readmitted (per the BSN Program Reinstatement Policy), to the Nursing program the next time the courses from which the student withdrew are offered. Math competency examinations are administered in the following courses.

QuarterCourseSuggested Testing Schedule
1NSG3008/NSG3011Weeks 6, 7, and 8 (suggested)
2NSG3024Weeks 6, 7, and 8 or Week 1  (suggested M, W, F)
3NSG3034/NSG3037Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
4NSG3044/NSG3046Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
5NSG4052Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
6NSG4060Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
7NSG4071Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)

Assessment through Standardized Tests

Achievement Examinations and NCLEX-RN Preparation

The South University Nursing Faculty is committed to assisting students to achieve success on the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination is required for entry into the practice of professional nursing. In addition to faculty prepared examinations, nursing students take a series of achievement examinations throughout the various courses in the nursing program to prepare for taking the NCLEX-RN. The examinations are used to measure student nursing knowledge, acquired nursing skills and competencies. Students failing to achieve the national average on any achievement test must provide evidence of remediation to their faculty advisors.

South University provides students with ample educational resources including library resources, CDs, DVDs, computer software programs, and access to a variety of nursing education websites such as Students are required to attend NCLEX-RN review courses during the final quarter of the program.

ATI Policy

The following policy describes the use of the Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program (CARP) as a component of admission, progression, and graduation in nursing program at South University. This policy has been developed to establish guidelines to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and to identify at-risk students. All students have the opportunity for review and remediation to enhance their success in the program and on NCLEX-RN after graduation.

1. Admission

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a requirement of the admission process. The TEAS is used to determine academic preparedness of pre-licensure nursing students in Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.  Students must achieve a "Proficient" level to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Applicants are limited to testing twice within a 12 month period with a minimum of one month between testing.

2. Comprehensive ATI Program

Students have access to and are assigned to utilize the comprehensive ATI package. ATI Resources are listed below along with corresponding courses.

NSG3001 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

Tutorial: ATI Nursing Getting Started: Steps to success Practice Assessment: Self-assessment Inventory


  • Test taking skills
  • Study Skills
  • Classroom Skills
  • Challenges for English as second Language (ESL) Students

Proctored Assessment: Critical Thinking Assessment- Entrance:

NSG3008/NSG3011 Principles of Assessment Lab

Tutorial: Dosage calculations

Skills Modules: Adult Physical Assessment

NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing

Nurse Logic - Beginning Student

  • Knowledge and Clinical Judgment
  • Nursing Concepts
  • Priority Setting Frameworks
  • Testing and Remediation
  • Preparing for Clinical Experiences

Practice Assessments

  • Fundamentals A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN:

  • Targeted Medical-Surgical: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base

Proctored Assessment: Fundamentals

NSG3022 Pharmacotherapeutics I

Tutorial: Pharmacology Made Easy

  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • The Neurological System (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Pain and Inflammation
  • The Cardiovascular System

NSG3032 Pharmacotherapeutics II

Tutorial: Pharmacology Made Easy

  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Hematologic System
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Reproductive and Genitourinary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Immune System
  • Infection

Pharmacology Practice Assessments A & B

Tutorial: Learning System: RN: Pharmacology

NSG3033/NSG3037 Caring for Adults I

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments

  • Medical-Surgical: Cardiovascular and Hematology
  • Medical-Surgical: Endocrine
  • Medical-Surgical: Respiratory
  • Medical-Surgical: Oncology

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (Same content as above)

NSG3044/NSG3046 Caring for Adults II

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments:

  • Medical-Surgical: Neurosensory
  • Medical-Surgical: Dermatological
  • Medical-Surgical: Gastrointestinal

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (Same content as above)

NSG4052 Caring for Adults III

Nurse Logic-Advanced Student

  • Knowledge and Clinical Judgment
  • Nursing Concepts-
  • Priority Setting Frameworks
  • Testing and Remediation
  • Preparing for Clinical Experiences

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments

  • Medical-Surgical: Cardiovascular and Hematology
  • Medical-Surgical: Musculoskeletal
  • Medical-Surgical: Renal and Urinary

Pharmacology Practice Assessments A & B

Tutorial: Learning System: RN: Pharmacology

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments:

  • Perioperative

Tutorial: Learning System RNL (same as above)

Proctored Assessment: Adult Medical Surgical

NSG3068/NSG3069/NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations I

Practice Assessments:

  • Community Health

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

Proctored Assessment: Community Health

NSG3042/NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates

Practice Assessments:

  • Maternal Newborn A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

Proctored Assessment: Maternal Newborn

NSG4050/NSG4056 Caring for Children

Practice Assessments:

  • Nursing Care of Children A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

Skills Modules:  Physical Assessment - Child

Proctored Assessment: Nursing care for Children

NSG4058/NSG4062 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

Practice Assessments:

  • Mental Health A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

Proctored Assessment: Mental Health

NSG4071 Transition into Professional Nursing

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Leadership
  • Pharmacology Assessments A & B

Proctored Assessment: Pharmacology, Leadership, Critical Thinking Assessment - Exit & Comprehensive Predictor

 3. ATI Testing

A. Content Mastery Series

The ATI review and remediation Content Mastery Series is used as a component of formative and summative academic assessment in the BSN program. Students must provide documentation of completion of assigned non-proctored ATI Content Mastery and/or Targeted Medical Surgical Assessment Series exams with a score of 85% prior to taking proctored examinations. Practice exam results are administered with rationales disabled.

Students are required to take the Proctored Assessments listed below. A minimum score of Level 2 is the goal.



NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing     


NSG3042/NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates

Maternal Newborn

NSG4050/NSG4056 Caring for Children

Nursing Care for Children

NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations I

Community Health

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

Adult Medical Surgical

NSG4058/NSG4062 Caring for Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

Mental Health

NSG4071 Transition in the Profession of Nursing       



Comprehensive Predictor

Practice Assessments:

Students are required to take practice assessments A and B. Remediation will be completed based on the first attempt on both of the practice assessments. An overall score of 85% is required on both practice assessments Rationales will be enabled after the first attempt for each practice assessment. Students must upload evidence of remediation and practice assessment results for both exams into the Bright Space course by no later than 11:59 pm on the day prior to the scheduled proctored assessment in order to take the exam.

Proctored Assessments:

Remediation is required for the Proctored Assessment regardless of the level achieved for any areas with a score less than 70%. Students are required to complete remediation for the Proctored Assessment prior to taking the final examination.

Retesting is required for any student not achieving a minimum grade of Level 2 on the proctored assessment. A different test version will be utilized for retesting. ATI assessment activities are valued at 5-10% of the course grade. Grades will be assigned based upon the results of the first attempt on the Proctored Assessment. See table below for grading:

Level Earned

Grade Assigned

Level 3 (First Attempt)


Level 2 (First Attempt)


Level 1  (First Attempt)

Retake Required

Level 3 (Second Attempt)


Level 2 (Second Attempt)


Level 1 (Second Attempt)

Score earned on exam

Failure to remediate


A student not achieving a Level 2 on retesting is strongly encouraged to complete additional remediation.

B. Remediation

Remediation provides an opportunity for students to review, study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the initial assessment.

Remediation is required for all ATI Practice and First Attempt proctored assessments. Remediation templates are available on the ATI student homepage. Students must utilize their test results to complete remediation. Content areas with a score equal to or less than 70% require remediation. Additionally, remediation may be completed on the ATI website under focused review. Faculty assign students with remediation activities based upon student test results. Remediation strategies may include but are not limited to the following:

ATI Active Learning Templates

  • Review assessment results and determine appropriate template to use. Use the templates to perform detailed remediation of assessment content. Students may type into the template or print and handwrite. Completed remediation documents are to be submitted to the faculty member by the required due date.

Short Answer Remediation

  • Individualized attention to those areas missed on a test can be addressed through short essays. To be considered remedial, a student must print out the ATI test results listing those items and topics missed.  Using the review manuals provided by ATI, the student must then address each of the areas with a score less than 70%, writing a short paragraph discussing the essential content, and identifying the appropriate reference area in the book.

C.  Comprehensive Predictor Exam

The proctored ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam is a component of NSG4071. Students must pass the examination within two attempts during this course with a score commensurate with a 90% probability of passing NCLEX-RN on the first attempt. The first and second attempts must be completed by the scheduled deadline date. If student fails to achieve a 90% prediction to pass NCLEX on the first attempt, remediation will be required prior to the second attempt.

The faculty member will determine when the student is ready for re-testing.

Grading for the Comprehensive Predictor Exam (calculated as 10% of grade in NSG4071) is provided on the table below:

Prediction Level EarnedGrade Assigned

Equal to or greater than  90% Prediction Level  (First attempt)


Less than 90% Prediction Level  (First attempt)

Retake Required

Equal to or greater than  90% Prediction Level  (Second attempt)


Less than 90% Prediction Level  (Second attempt)

Percentage scored on the retake exam is assigned as grade

4. NCLEX-RN Reviews

Two ATI NCLEX-RN reviews are provided for all nursing students.

1. ATI Live Campus Review

The Comprehensive Live NCLEX Review is an all-inclusive, live study session covering essential nursing content that aligns with the NCLEX test plan. Led by a master's-degreed nurse educator, the engaging, interactive format reviews all content areas and includes test-taking strategies, critical-thinking exercises and Q&A practice.

South University provides access to ATI live reviews on campus or students may be referred to an alternate location.

2. Virtual ATI Review

"The Virtual-ATI NCLEX review is an innovative, online partnership that provides a

12-week access to interactive online review resources to prepare nursing graduates for NCLEX success. The review is guided by a Master's-prepared nurse educator and is individualized to each graduate.  The program directly aligns with the current NCLEX ® test plan, and takes place in an online classroom that provides access to a variety of on-demand resources including online learning activities, NCLEX test-taking strategies, content-based case studies, concept maps, NCLEX subscale-specific quiz questions, and alternate item format quiz questions that are all accessible by computer, tablet, and mobile devices." (ATI website).

  • Students will begin the V-ATI during WEEK 6 of Quarter 7
  • Participation and successful completion of VATI from the Beginning of the Review through Stage 4 will represent 10% of the NSG4071 course grade.
  • Ongoing engagement is expected for the 45 days prior to graduation. Continued engagement is recommended post-graduation until the Green Light is achieved.
  • Students may pay for an extension if more time is needed to complete the review.
  • Students are advised to take the NCLEX within 3 weeks of receiving the Green Light.

Failure to comply with the ATI testing policy may result in a course failure.

Course Week /ATI Enrollment WeekModulesGrade Percentage


ATI Week 1

Beginning Review Test Taking Strategies Module

  • Completing Survey
  • Online Classroom Orientation
  • Nurse Logic Advanced Assessments

Week 7

ATI Week 2

Stage 1 - Fundamentals Module20%

Week 8

ATI Week 3

Stage 2 - Pharmacology Module20%

Week 9 &10

ATI Week 4 & 5

Stage 3- Medical- Surgical Module20%

Week 11

ATI Week 6

Stage 4 - Maternal  Newborn20%
Total Grade Possible100%
Post-Graduation (Recommended)
ATI Week 7

Nursing Care of Children

Mental Health

75% Stage
ATI Week 8


Virtual-ATI Predictor

Post-Predictor Review

100% Stage
ATI Week 9 -12

Green Light

Post-Green Light Review

Green Light

NCLEX within 3 weeks of ATI Course "Green Light"


Program Director

Kathy SchneiderPhD University of Texas at Tyler, BSN Kent State University

Clinical Coordinator
Monica Sowell, MSN Western Governors', BSN University of Northern Alabama at Florence

Simulation Coordinator 
Andrea Halbach, MSN Grand Canyon University, BSN Oakland University


Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities in the practice of professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills in establishing priorities, delegating responsibility, formulating decisions, and maintaining accountability in the practice of professional nursing through the application of nursing standards.
  3. Integrate care and concern for humanity, with scholarly research and systematic inquiry to deliver evidenced based, comprehensive, and holistic nursing care which promotes health and quality of life.
  4. Utilize informatics and technology to adapt to the challenges of nursing practice of today and the future.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial and political issues involving healthcare.
  6. Communicate effectively and collaboratively within nursing and other healthcare disciplines to empower patients experiencing health challenges through education and promotion of health and well-being.
  7. Utilize the nursing process to collaborate with consumers and other health professionals to initiate improvements in healthcare and promote health and well-being in persons, families and communities.
  8. Demonstrate a self-awareness of and commitment to excellence in nursing practice through the pursuit of community, educational, and organizational opportunities to enhance personal and professional growth.
  9. Provide holistic caring to diverse patient populations, across the lifespan in a variety of settings with technical proficiency that integrates foundational, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge essential for professional practice.

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Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Samira Monet' Hayes 2013
Samira Monet' Hayes Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“If it was not for South University professors and clinical instructors, I would not have the foundation and knowledge-base to be a successful, critical thinking nurse. Education is the key, simple and true. If I had not earned my degree I would not be in the position I am in today, nor would the opportunities that present themselves to me be available.”

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (