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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.
Graduates of South University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are prepared to seek employment in:
Private physician and counseling practices
Community clinics and agencies
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
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.
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
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
Note(s):*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(campuses)
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:
Standardized achievement tests in course subjects as assigned.
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.
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
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2020-21 Starting Dates
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