Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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Program Description

South University is currently offering a new format in addition to on-campus classes, called  South VR [South Virtual Remote] which is a live instruction, interactive virtual classroom experience. This temporary learning format that was created to help our students continue their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


Graduates should be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities in the practice of professional nursing practice.
  • 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.
  • Integrate care and concern for humanity, with scholarly research and systematic inquiry to deliver evidence-based, comprehensive, and holistic nursing care that promotes health and quality of life.
  • Utilize informatics and technology to adapt to the challenges of the nursing practice of today and the future.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial, and political issues involving healthcare.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Columbia; South University, High Point Learning Site; South University, Montgomery; South University, Richmond; South University, Tampa; South University, Virginia Beach; and South University, West Palm Beach.

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: Students entering South University in their freshman year who plan to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, may register for AHS1001 Medical Terminology (please note that AHS1001 is a prerequisite for BIO1011) which fulfills the elective requirement here. Transfer students may bring an elective from a prior program or complete an advisor-approved general elective. South University, Montgomery transfer students should consider BIO3344 Principles of Genetics to fulfill this elective requirement.

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

  • MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
  • MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
  • Choose one additional course from the list below:
    • MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
    • MAT1500 College Mathematics, 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 hours

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 program. 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., the 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 is 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.

How to apply

We make the application process as smooth as possible so you can start earning your degree right away. Our admissions representatives will guide you through our three-step process.

  1. To get started, call 888-444-3404, to speak with an Admissions Representative or fill out our request information form.
  2. An admissions representative will review our degree programs with you, give you an overview of the admissions process, and help you complete the application process. You can take a guided tour of our campus or a virtual tour online. Apply Now
  3. A Finance Counselor will work with you to discuss options and qualifications and to develop a payment plan that works for you. Programs with alternative application procedures.

2020-21 Starting Dates


  • May 14th, 2020
  • June 27th, 2020
  • August 6th, 2020
  • October 3rd, 2020
  • November 12th, 2020
  • January 9th, 2021
  • February 18th, 2021
  • April 3rd, 2021
  • May 13th, 2021
  • June 26th, 2021
  • July 13th, 2021
Last updated Nov 2020

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