Accelerate Your Career: Online RN to MSN Programs

by South University 29 September 2011

Are you a RN that is seeking career advancement? Is your desire for advancement thwarted by the lack of an appropriate degree? Does the task of earning both your BSN and MSN seem too much? Then you are the type of nurse that accelerated online RN to BSN programs have been developed for.

In this accelerated program, you can earn both your BSN and MSN at the same time. As a current RN professional, you can receive up to 45 credit hours for your experience. In addition, you may be able to transfer any existing college credits you have, giving you a head start on your studies. From there, you’ll begin working on studies for your BSN and MSN.

The BSN part of the program focuses on nursing practices, advanced healthcare techniques and professionalism in delivering healthcare. Adding the MSN classes to the program broadens your horizons with a focus on being a Nurse Educator, training and mentoring other nurses in applying the latest techniques in both the classroom and the clinic.

As an MSN, you will be trained and prepared for advancement into management positions, such as nursing supervisor, managing a home health service or training other nurses. This is a program for those who want to go faster, jump higher, and reach farther than their peers. Those who want a new challenge for their professional life can find it in online RN to BSN programs. As a graduate, you won’t be just another RN; your master’s degree will open the door to elevate you to a higher position.

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing industries in our country today. Taking the step now, to prepare yourself for advancement, is an investment in your future. Those who make the extra effort to study today are the ones who will become the nursing leaders of tomorrow.

By studying in the online RN to BSN program, you are able to study on your own schedule, from the comfort of your own home, fitting your studies into your work and family needs. You won’t have to put your life on hold while you study; but you will still be able to learn the skills and receive the certification you need to go on to the next step in your professional life.

Military? Online Programs Might be Perfect for You

by South University 26 September 2011

Are you an active duty member of military, a veteran, or the spouse of an active duty member of the military? Then pursuing your education at South University - Online Programs can be particularly well-suited for people like you - military personnel who want to earn a degree while on active duty or on reserve.

Obtaining a degree online can fit into your busy work and life schedule. You can attend class when it fits your schedule from anywhere you can connect to the internet. And, if you are deployed to different locations, you can stay in the same degree program.

Perhaps the best part about pursuing your associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or even doctorate online while on active duty is that when you do leave the military, you will be ahead of the game and ready to pursue the next phase of your life and career.

The Same Types of Benefits as Ground Schools
Going to school online doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the potential for the same opportunity to receive the benefits military students do at “traditional” brick and mortar campuses. To recognize your service and commitment, South University has structured the tuition schedule for military affiliated personnel and spouses of active duty service members to eliminate or minimize their out-of-pocket costs.

Tuition Benefits
Thanks to our Active Duty Military Tuition Scholarship, the cost per credit hour for Active Duty, Drilling and Active members of the National Guard and Reserve enrolled in undergraduate programs is equal to the tuition assistance benefit provided by the military to you. For graduate level programs, South University offers a military tuition scholarship of 10%.

Undergraduate Programs $166.00 per credit hour
Master of Science in Nursing $335.70 per credit hour
Master of Science in Criminal Justice $428.40 per credit hour
All Other Master Programs $452.70 per credit hour

The application fee is waived for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard and Veteran personnel as well as for spouses of Active Duty military personnel. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

University Credit for Military Experience and Training
Your military service and/or previous education may qualify you for university credits. Students who wish to have their military experience and training evaluated for university credit should submit copies of DD Form 295 to the registrar's office.

Truth Be Told: Online Classes

by Student 23 September 2011

By Guest Blogger

Dawn Starbinski
Student at South University Online Programs

You walk into the room and comfortably sit in front of your computer thinking, “Okay, I can do this, even though I am a computer illiterate.” You take a long sip of your cool iced tea and grab a bite of your tuna on rye when suddenly the realization hits you that you are about to embark on the beginning of your own future. The future you have dreamed about, and if you are honest with yourself, procrastinated about for years, is finally upon you. You grab the mouse in your slightly sweaty palm, swallowing down that crust of rye as you click that button that sends you spinning through the virtual web into the twilight zone…also known as Chemistry 1010.

Here you are confronted with an amalgamation of math, science and dread. The tuna on rye is sitting somewhere just below your breastbone as you think, just for a moment, “Oh my God, I’m in big trouble.” Flashbacks of your high school science teacher come to mind with the same potency of a black and white horror film. You hear the narrator in your head saying in that ominous voice, “The creature from the black lagoon with a scientific calculator is on the loose.”

“Ahhhh!” You hear yourself scream. Just then your 6 year old comes into the kitchen with a strange look on her face as she says “Oh my god mom, you are sooo weird.”

Thus the journey begins and the reality sets in that this will be a wild ride and the concept of online classes being easy is as far from your mind as what gourmet meal you will be preparing for dinner tonight. The laundry can wait one more hour and the dishes in the sink can soak for a few more minutes; as you begin to read the biographies of your classmates and you realize you are not alone, there are others out there reaching for an incredible dream. The same dream you have tucked somewhere in the back of your mind. This dream that will carry you forward into the future and it’s one that has been ignored far too long. So you say to yourself, “Bring on the lagoon dude, I will kick his butt!”

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Three More Groups of Commonly Misused Words

by South University 15 September 2011

In our first post on the subject, we reviewed three commonly misused groups of words, but these weren't the only words we could have covered, so, in our second installment, we bring you some additional examples.

  • Every day versus everyday. You might find them used interchangeably, but the truth is that they have two separate meanings. Every day is the same as “each day” or “regularly” as in, “Every day I bring my lunch to work” or “I wish I could remember to wear my comfortable shoes to class every day.” Everyday, on the other hand, is an adjective meaning daily or commonplace, as in “My everyday life could use some excitement” or “I would not wear my everyday clothes to my best friend’s wedding.” It would be incorrect to say “Everyday I bring my lunch to work” or “I would not wear my every day clothes to my best friend’s wedding.”
  • Through, Thru and Threw. Through and Thru mean essentially the same thing, as in “I wish I didn’t have to drive through/thru all this traffic on my way to work” or “I am through/thru about one-third of my assignment.” The difference comes in the setting in which each is acceptable to use. Thru is actually an informal spelling of the word through and thus should not be used in academic papers or other formal settings. Thru might be acceptable in informal communications with friends and family, such as text messages and e-mails. Finally, threw is the past tense of throw, as in “He threw that ball clear across the field.”
  • Than versus Then. We’ll wrap up today’s installment with this pair, which may have caused everyone some confusion at one point or another. Than is used when comparing items, people or places, as in “She has taken more classes than he has” or “I would rather be studying than sitting in traffic.” Then is used as a description of time, as in “I logged in to the library, then I found the resource I needed” or “I added the milk, then the eggs, to the recipe.”

Legal Studies Degree: Upgrade Your Degree

by South University 12 September 2011

Do you find the law intriguing? Do you follow cases in the news, as if Perry Mason himself was defending the accused? Are you perhaps working as a paralegal, but want to take your career further? You can do just that by obtaining your partially online legal studies degree. A Partially Online BS in legal studies will give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and participate in an even greater way in assisting an attorney with caseload preparation.

Paralegals are taking on an even greater role in most legal practices. Due to escalating costs, many companies are having their legal documents prepared by paralegals, under the guidance and supervision of a lawyer. This way, the lawyer is able to concentrate on the parts that require his expertise, leaving other parts of the workload to the paralegals.

For major cases, it is the paralegals that do the preparation, doing the digging and building the case that the lawyer will present in court. No lawyer, except perhaps for one who is just starting out, has enough hours in the day to prepare every case him or herself. Even if they did, the cost would soon become prohibitive to their customers. Leaving the time-consuming details of preparation to the paralegal is often the most practical way to get the case properly prepared, so that the lawyer can go into court with the best information, ready to win.

Paralegals become experts in legal research and writing legal documents for their lawyers. This research is often the key to winning or losing a case. How it is presented is important as well, creating “briefs” that present the information in the best possible light, and creating the strongest possible case. By starting on your partially online legal studies degree, you will be preparing yourself for a greater role in preparing cases for court.

Studying online allows you to continue your work and family life, while preparing yourself for that next step upwards in your career. If the law is your bailiwick, why not start working on your partially online legal studies degree today?