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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.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

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
AHS1001 Medical Terminology, 4 Credit Hours
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 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
General Education Elective (Choose Two)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
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
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits
BIO2070 Microbiology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO2071 or BIO2073)

BIO2071 Microbiology Lab, 2 Credit Hours

OR

(online)

BIO2073 Microbiology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours

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

(campuses)

CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
NTR2050 Nutrition, 4 Credit Hours
Nursing (45 transfer credits + 45 credits from South University): 90 Credits
NSG3007 Foundations for Professional Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3012 Principles of Assessment for RNs, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3029 Foundations of Nursing Research, 4 Credit Hours
NSG3039 Information Management and Technology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4028 Concepts of Teaching and Learning, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4029 Leadership in a Diverse Society, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4055 Illness and Disease Management Across the Life Span, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4067 Gerontological Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4068 Trends in Healthcare Policy, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4074 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention, 4 Credit Hours
NSG4076 RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Capstone Synthesis, 5 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  • Provide nursing care in a multitude of settings with technical proficiency that integrates foundational, discipline specific and interdisciplinary knowledge essential for professional practice.
  • Integrate caring and concern for humanity with scientific knowledge to promote health and quality of life.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to adapt to the challenges of nursing practice of today and the future.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in establishing priorities, delegating responsibility, and formulating decisions.
  • Utilize the nursing process to promote health and well-being in persons, families and communities.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively within nursing and other healthcare disciplines.
  • Provide comprehensive holistic care to persons, families and communities in any healthcare setting.
  • Collaborate with consumers and other health professionals to initiate improvements of healthcare and health promotion.
  • Model professional behavior by accepting responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice, and for commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Empower persons experiencing health challenges by providing education and promoting health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial and political issues involving healthcare.

Comments and Concerns

Please fill out this form and email to mhsmith@southuniversity.edu with any Comments, Concerns and Complaints.

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.

Esther Romero 2014
Esther Romero Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“After having moved around so much as a child due to my father being in the military, I wanted to attend a small campus that was close to home. South University provided an environment that was welcoming and the nursing program at South University is highly respected.”

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Zulma Alfonso Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“My classes at South University have truly moved me forward. My public speaking class shattered my insecurities and gave me so much more self-confidence about telling the world who I am and what I have to offer! I quickly let go of many self-doubts and found I had a new fearlessness to be myself no matter where -- or in what circumstances -- I found myself.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
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”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“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.”

Sergio Ocampo 2010
Sergio Ocampo Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“[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.”

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