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South University Nursing Faculty and Staff to Attend 2017 FNPN Conference

by South University
July 25, 2017
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At South University, our nursing students and faculty understand the importance of lifelong learning, especially amidst the ongoing transformation of our healthcare systems, our aging US population, and the limited access to care in many communities.

In the College of Nursing and Public Health, our academic offerings can prepare you with a strong foundation and the fundamental knowledge and skills you’ll need to continue developing and evolving throughout your career. We encourage our students and faculty to be active in furthering the nursing community, and we support nursing organizations such as the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN) that help nurses to learn from each other and encourage discussions about new nursing methods and techniques.

South University at the 2017 FNPN Conference

Through numerous workshops, training courses, and presentations, this year’s FNPN conference explores a variety of caregiving best practices as well as the many ways that the nursing community is transforming the healthcare field. Held August 10-12, 2017 at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the conference will include keynote speeches on the future of nurse practitioners in healthcare as well as strategies for solving complex healthcare problems. Recognizing the importance of these discussions, South University will be attending the conference, with team members available to chat with attendees and discuss how our graduate programs can prepare you for this ever-evolving profession.

Among the team representing South University will be Dr. William Warrington, PhD, ARNP, FNP-C, CCRP, an accomplished nurse practitioner and educator, with over 25 years of nursing experience. Warrington is a South University Assistant Dean and Associate Professor for Graduate Nursing at the South University Orlando Learning Site. At our Orlando Learning Site, students can attend classes and meet with advisors and faculty in-person once a week, while completing their remaining coursework online or in clinical settings.

Warrington holds an MSN from Georgetown University as well as a PhD in Nursing Science / Physiology from the University of Florida. His hospital nursing experience includes time in the ICU as well as time in cardiac catheterization laboratories. Warrington has also held the title of Nurse Scientist, working for 5 years with the Center for Nursing Research, where he served as co-investigator in numerous studies and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles, including one published in the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access.

In addition to guiding and mentoring South University students, Warrington continues to practice at a family medicine clinic in Orlando and volunteers his time as a Nurse Practitioner for Shepherd's Hope Inc, providing free care to low-income families in need.

Stop by to see us!

Are you a nurse practicing in Florida? We hope to see you at the FNPN Conference this August, and we invite you to stop by the South University booth on Friday or Saturday to meet Dr. Warrington! In the meantime, you can explore all of our Nursing programs on our website and find South University faculty and student stories on our blog.

by South University
July 25, 2017
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The Very Best of 2014

by South University, Online Programs
December 29, 2014

There’s no denying it ─ 2014 was a great year at South University. We’re looking forward to many exciting things ahead in 2015, but we want to take a minute to recap the highlights of this wonderful year!

2014

Business Programs Received the Accreditation Council for Business and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation*

In January, South University announced our accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for the following online programs:

• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
• Master of Business Administration
• MBA in Healthcare Administration

New Doctor of Ministry Degree Program Launched

This past August, South University, Online Programs proudly announced the arrival of our second doctoral program ─ the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program. Our new 96-credit program is designed to help students deepen their understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, strengthen their ministry skills and develop an enhanced spiritual maturity.

iGrad Introduced to Help Manage Financial Literacy Needs

In April, South University launched iGrad, a personalized financial literacy site to help students understand financial aid and better manage their finances.

South University Recognized for Military Friendly Practices in Education

South University is proud to have been named to the 2015 Military Friendly® schools list by Victory Media ─ publisher of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® magazines. South University was also designated a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education (MAE) Guide to Colleges & Universities. Read about these honors here.

Online Library Received a Makeover

You asked for a improved online library and South University listened! Our online library received a major overhaul making it sleeker, more user-friendly and much more organized.

$1000 Scholarships Awarded to 8 Students

This year, two students received the 2014 Emerging Nurses of South University Scholarship, two students received National Technical Honor Society Scholarships, and four students received the 2014 Path to Graduation Scholarship. Shannon Lester, a student pursuing an Associate of Science in Information Technology said, “This scholarship is so important for me to receive as it could be the defining moment that gets me to the finish line in achieving my degree.”

National Nurses Week and National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrated

During these important weeks, we featured a few of our inspiring students and graduates!

• Kim Herbert, who graduated in 2012 with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, is now working as a Nurse Manager for UT Physicians Urology ─ a clinic affiliated with The University of Texas Medical School. She shares her heartfelt story of how the commitment of our faculty helped her to succeed. Hear from Kim.

• Brady Aderholt, a student currently earning his MSN degree, discusses how he balances work, family life and school. Read Brady’s account of how the support of the South University staff “is like having Siri on your iPhone.”

• Jennifer Bradley, a student pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization, details her experience with online learning. Learn how she has benefitted from the support of South University staff, instructors and peers.

Congratulations Sent to the Class of 2014

We’re proud to announce that more than 3,400 students graduated at 11 graduation ceremonies this summer. We’re so proud of each and every one of our graduates ─ best of luck to the Class of 2014!

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*The following business programs at South University, Online the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration, Accelerated Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Accelerated Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org).

Other programs in the College of Business are excluded from ACBSP’s scope of accreditation. These programs include: Associate of Science in Accounting, Associate of Science in Business Administration, Association of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, Master of Science in Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration.

by South University, Online Programs
December 29, 2014
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Students & Alumni Speak about the South University Community

by South University, Online Programs
June 6, 2014

At South University, we pride ourselves on cultivating an engaging, supportive community in which every student can grow and thrive. Between admissions representatives, finance counselors, academic counselors, instructors and even classmates, our students always have someone to turn to when they need a helping hand. Although we have much to say about the important roles these people play, our students and alumni explain it best.

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In the Words of Our Students & Alumni

The professors are caring and friendly; they went out of their way to assist students, and the tutoring center was always there to assist students with any course.
- Antonina Carollo, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 Graduate

I created a bond with some of my classmates due to the fact we had multiple classes together. That bond helped with group projects, and made the class a little easier. You had a familiar person to share the same experience with.
- Shirmia Artis, Bachelor of Science in Health Science, 2012 Graduate

The instructors at South University, Online Programs are available to students via phone and internet to answer questions, solve problems, and discuss progress in classes. When contacting instructors, they are welcoming of questions and encouraging.
- Larissa Bair, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

The cohort I am in has been together since the beginning. We have been able to watch each other grow and evolve into wonderful beginner nurse educators. Throughout the entire program we have had wonderful, enlightening discussions.
- Keah Allen, Master of Science in Nursing, 2013 Graduate

The staff I’ve been blessed to have come onto my path have been so very genuine and authentic. They have listened to me and very respectfully have given me professional insight and helped set me up for success. They have worked hard and I know from the tone of their voices and the words they use that they are genuine about assisting me when I need it and offering supportive encouragement.
- Sherri Williams, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Current Student

South advisors, no matter what, are there for you to help you get through anything that is going on in life, not just in school.
- Sarah Hargis, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Current Student

There are people out there that I consider my friends and professional peers who I may never have met in person but have influenced a significant part of my professional career development, this includes faculty and students.
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

What really impressed me was the staff and their willingness to understand life situations and the imperfections we all have and then work with each of us on an individual. From the beginning of the initial process of enrolling all the way down to graduation day, South University has been like an extended family. The motivation from the staff and the instructors are the reason for my success and will be as I further reach my goals in life. South University made me a stronger person and showed me that it is never too late in life to reach your dreams.
- LaKisha Silva, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 2012 Graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

by South University, Online Programs
June 6, 2014
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The Best of 2013

by South University
December 17, 2013

At South University, we hope our students and faculty had an amazing year. We’re so proud of all that our students have achieved, and we're committed to helping you go even further in 2014. However, before we look forward, we’d like to take a moment to look back at this great year!

Celebration

7 New Programs Added: Explore our new programs below, including our very first doctoral program! 

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Public Health
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Students Share Their Motivation and Success: Hear from a few of our inspiring, hard-working students!

• Jack Siegel, who already earned an Associate of Science in Allied Health Science, is now working toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and plans to pursue a master’s degree next.

• Sarah Hargis discusses what inspired her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and why she chose South University.

• Edgar Collier, Associate of Science in Business Administration student, explains how our staff members helped him to achieve his goals.

• Keah Allen, student in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program, shares what keeps her going as a student and a nurse.

New Campus Common Mobile Site: Our updated mobile site lets you quickly: 
• View grades, school news, class announcements and upcoming assignments
• Read and respond to discussion questions
• Call or email key contacts with one click.
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First Issue of Our Student Literary Journal: Launched in April 2013, the inaugural edition of Asynchronous showcased our students’ writing, photography and artwork.

All Faculty Members Now on Skype: Now, not only can you call or email faculty members, you can also video chat with them!

Transfer of Credit Policies Updated: With our updated policies, RN-BSN and RN-MSN students may receive up to 90 credits toward the general education and foundation requirements of the BSN. These credits can be given in addition to the existing 45 credits awarded for previous nursing experience, potentially leaving you with only 45 credits required to earn your BSN.

South University Named a Military Friendly School: GI Jobs Magazine selected South University for inclusion in its list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2014. The list honors the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Read More>>

by South University
December 17, 2013
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How to Choose an Online Program That’s Right for You

by South University
November 1, 2013

In this age of technology, it’s becoming far more commonplace to choose an online university instead of the typical brick-and-mortar campus. Online programs offer a wealth of opportunity for non-traditional students! Rather than adhering to strict course schedules, you can plan class work around work and family commitments, and no commuting is needed. With so many online schools now existing, it can be confusing trying to determine which is the best fit for you.

Online studentWhat’s best for each individual varies, but checking into the following items is a good place to start.

Accreditation

This should be among your main priorities when deciding which online university or college is right for you. Accreditation means that an establishment meets or surpasses pre-determined educational standards. Accredited institutions are typically held in much higher regard by employers and accreditation by agencies that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education is the gold standard. Additionally, students at accredited schools are eligible for tuition assistance and financial aid, which can make accredited schools more affordable.

Class Size

Class size is important, whether you attend classes online or in the typical brick-and-mortar setting. Smaller class sizes make one-on-one time with the instructor easier as they have more time to devote to each student. Smaller class sizes can make it simpler to network and collaborate with other students as well. Try to find out about class sizes at each institution you have on your list.

Faculty

Good instructors are critical for the best education so researching the experience and education of faculty members is an excellent idea. Especially important is the background of those instructors who will be teaching the courses you’ll be taking. Look for instructors with appropriate degrees, along with real world experience, and possibly even publications, in the field they are teaching.

Support

Ask what type of support staff is available should you need it. Are there academic resources available around the clock, and tech support for your online classroom? You also need to know how easy it'll be to reach your instructor with concerns and questions. Each institution offers different levels of accessibility, so find one that suits your needs.

Costs of Education

Online education is in many ways cost-effective; you eliminate commuting and parking expenses by studying remotely, plus there’s no need to relocate. Still, education is a big investment and you’ll want to know what aid the university accepts or provides as well as the monthly payment plans that are available. Many options exist for paying for your education, including employer tuition assistance, military aid and financial aid packages that include scholarships, grants, student loans and military and veteran's benefits.

If you’ve earned credits at other colleges, inquire as to whether those credits will transfer. You can also check to see if they accept credits for examinations like CLEP and DANTES that allow you to prove prior experience and expertise. This can both reduce your tuition and shorten your path to a degree.

Is South University right for you?

• See our accreditation info.
• Find out what it's like to be an online student at South University.
• Meet our experienced faculty.
• Explore all the Support Services we offer.
• Learn about paying for your South University education, and read our Student Consumer Information.
• Request to speak to an Admissions Representative to learn more!

by South University
November 1, 2013
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