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Online Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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

Build on your RN knowledge and experience to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the most efficient way possible with South University’s RN to BSN, online degree completion program.

The online RN to BSN program can help you to grow your healthcare delivery skills and prepare you to unlock new employment opportunities in hospitals, private practices, military service, nursing facilities, community clinics and agencies, research organizations, and more. Throughout your RN to BSN courses, you’ll have the opportunity to learn leadership and management skills that you can apply throughout your nursing career. You’ll also explore topics like nursing research, community health, physical assessment, legal and ethical issues in nursing, and illness and disease management across healthcare settings.

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).

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.

Admission Requirements

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

Outcomes

As a graduate of our online RN to BSN program, you’ll be armed with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Strategically establish priorities, delegate responsibility, and formulate decisions.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively in nursing and other healthcare disciplines.
  • Provide comprehensive holistic care to persons, families, and communities in any healthcare setting.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals and consumers to improve healthcare and promote health.
  • Model professional behavior by accepting accountability for individual nursing practice, and for commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Advocate for legal, ethical, financial, and political issues involving healthcare.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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 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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