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Degree Overview

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion

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

The RN to BSN degree program at South University is designed to enhance the professional knowledge and employment scope for the licensed registered nurse. Concepts of nursing research and community health are key components of the curriculum. These educational experiences are designed to prepare professional nurses for practice today and well into the future.

Potential students must be comfortable with technology, self-motivated, able to solve problems independently, have good organizational skills, good writing skills, and are prepared to invest time to their studies in both the on ground and online nursing programs. Forty-five credit hours of nursing credit will be accepted toward the BSN degree based upon graduation from an accredited school of nursing.

For those who are not registered nurses, South University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program will start you on the path to a rewarding nursing career.

Admission Requirements

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The criteria used to determine admission to the RN to BSN degree program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • An associate's degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better on a 4.00 scale.
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended within 5*/10 weeks after the initial start date. *Effective March 22, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Montgomery campus or High Point Off Campus Instructional Site will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. ​*Effective April 1, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Richmond and West Palm Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective May 31, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Tampa and Orlando campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective July 12, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Austin and Columbia campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective August 16, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Savannah and Virginia Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.
  • A valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). Note:  An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.
  • All general education prerequisites must be completed before the student takes any professional nursing courses beyond the 3000 level.

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

RN to BSN: 180 Credits
Area I: General Education: 76 Credits

A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits.  For students to receive block transfer credit for General Education courses, they must meet the standard outlined in the General Education Transfer Credit policy.

Professional Development
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II 4 Credit Hours
Choose one additional course from the list below:
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Sciences

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

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits
BIO2070 Microbiology 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 or BIO2073)

OR

(online)

(required for BSN; RN to BSN students ONLY can take either)

(campuses)

NTR2050 Nutrition 4 Credit Hours

Outcomes

Offered at Austin, Columbia, High Point, Montgomery, Online Programs, Orlando, Richmond, Savannah, Tampa, Virginia Beach and and West Palm Beach.

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The RN to BSN degree program at South University is designed to enhance the professional knowledge and employment scope for the licensed registered nurse. Concepts of nursing research and community health are key components of the curriculum. These educational experiences are designed to prepare professional nurses for practice today and well into the future. Graduates of the RN to BSN degree completion program meet the same program student learning outcomes whether in the campus-based BSN degree program or the online RN to BSN degree program.

Potential students must be comfortable with technology, selfmotivated, able to solve problems independently, have good organizational skills, good writing skills, and are prepared to invest time to their studies in both the campus-based and online nursing programs. Forty-five credit hours of nursing credit will be accepted toward the BSN degree based upon graduation from an accredited school of nursing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program will have demonstrated their acquisition of competencies and proficiencies related to the following:

  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 health care.
  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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The purpose of this form is to provide a process for the general public to submit comments, concerns, or complaints regarding their interaction with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate, or Doctor of Nursing Practice program. A record of all complaints will be maintained and secured by campus administration. If you are a South University student, please submit your comments, concerns, or complaints according to the process outlined in the University Catalog or programmatic handbook. Please contact your Program Director or Academic Counselor if you need additional guidance.

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success stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our nursing graduates have to say.

Emily Han 2015
Emily Han Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Master of Science in Nursing-South University, Online Programs

“By allowing me to continue working during school and applying new knowledge, as well as creating my own preceptor experiences in an area of interest, I was able to carve my way to a successful business and many great, relevant connections. I love that my degree and knowledge have helped me see the limitless opportunity we have as nurses. The freedom and excitement of my new career is something that I never could have imagined, but I look forward to innovating and paving the way for others to do the same.”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-South University, Richmond

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Lisa Godwin 2009
Lisa Godwin Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-South University, Tampa

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN. I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit. I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.”

Samira Monet' Hayes 2013
Samira Monet' Hayes Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-South University, Columbia

“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.”

Sergio Ocampo 2010
Sergio Ocampo Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Nursing-South University, Online Programs

“[I] considered myself a competent nurse, but after I received my BSN from South University, my confidence [went] through the roof, making me a valuable asset to my hospital [and] earning high respect from my colleagues and hospital administration.”

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).