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    1. RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program

      RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program Overview

      The Nursing RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program at South University is designed for registered nurses who wish to become more proficient in their field and focus on the delivery of patient care.

      Earn Credit for Your RN Experience

      You can earn a BSN in as little as 12 months with our qualified transfer of credits!

      • Currently licensed RNs can receive 45 nursing credit hours for their nursing experience.
      • RNs who hold an Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) or an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree may receive up to 90 transfer credit hours towards the General Education and Foundation course requirements of the BSN.

      Innovative Healthcare Concepts

      Graduates of the RN to BSN program will gain the skills they need to be prepared for clinical practice. As a student in this program you can:

      • Study palliative care, gerontological nursing, and complementary and alternative nursing methods
      • Enhance your patient teaching skills and your ability to motivate and train nursing staff
      • Develop management abilities by expanding your critical thinking skills in establishing priorities, delegating responsibility, and formulating decisions.
      • Have 24/7 access to classes that are structured to allow students to pursue their studies without having to put their career or life on hold.


      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.”

      Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm
      *The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.

      The Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Degree Completion program offered through the South University, Savannah campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/; telephone: 202.887.6791.

      Academic Requirements

      To be admitted to South University’s online RN to BSN degree completion program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

      • An associate degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
      • Official transcripts from every college or university attended (submission within 10 weeks after initial start date).
      • The applicant holds and maintains a valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US state or territory in which the student completes all assignments for the program.
      • Must meet core Performance Standards as described in the catalog
      • All general education prerequisites must be completed before the student takes any professional nursing courses beyond the 3000 level.

      Note: Provisional admission may be granted for an overall GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 on a 4.0 scale.  Final admission requires completion of the first four courses with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in those four courses. Failure to meet requirements of provisional admission results in dismissal from the nursing program.

      RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program - 180 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion program are required to take a total of 180 credits as follows:

      • Area I: General Education Requirements - 90 credits
      • Area II: Foundation Requirements - 45 credits
      • Area III: Major Requirements - 45 credits

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      Area I: General Education Requirements - 90 Credits
      Students are required to take 70 credits as follows:

      BIO1011 - Anatomy and Physiology I

      This course is an introduction to the structures and functions of the human body, including the characteristics of life, homeostasis, organizational levels, basic metabolism, the cell, tissues, organs, organ systems, the organism, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and special senses.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001 ENG0099 MAT0099
      Credits: 4
      BIO1012 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1011.  BIO1012 must be taken concurrently with BIO1011.

      Prerequisite(s): AHS1001
      Credits: 2
      BIO1013 - Anatomy and Physiology II

      Anatomy and Physiology II is a continuation of BIO1011. It includes the endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, urinary system, fluids and electrolytes, reproductive systems, pregnancy, and growth and development.

      Prerequisite(s):
      AHS1001, BIO1011, and BIO1012 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      BIO1014 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

      In this course students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, dissections, and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO1013.  BIO1014 must be taken concerrently with BIO1013.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Concurrent enrollment in BIO1013. BIO1011 and BIO1012 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 2
      BIO2070 - Microbiology

      Microbiology introduces the student to microorganisms with particular emphasis on their role in health, wellness and disease. Economic, social and cultural issues related to utilization, control, and research of the monera, protista, fungi, bacteria and viruses are also considered.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite BIO2071
      Credits: 4
      BIO2071 - Microbiology Lab

      In this course, students perform laboratory exercises, demonstrations, experiments and tests that correlate with the lecture material of BIO2070. This course must be taken concurrently with BIO2070.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better. Co-requisite: BIO2070.
      Credits: 2
      CHM1010_S - Chemistry

      CHM1010 is a survey course of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental concepts and principles will be presented including atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, solutions, acids and bases, and an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these topics in various health fields. This overview provides the healthcare worker the ability to appreciate physiological and therapeutic processes at the molecular level. The course will also explore the role of chemistry in society today by applying a problem solving approach to understanding chemistry.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT0099 and math elective
      Credits: 4
      ENG1100 - Composition I

      Students will be introduced to college-level writing processes, particularly planning, researching and writing essays. Emphasis will be placed on refining individual skills, writing styles and voices, types of essay and on effective writing procedures. Selected readings supplement the course and provide topics for discussion and writing assignments. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG0099 or exemption thereof
      Credits: 4
      ENG1200 - Composition II

      Focusing on the construction of effective, researched written arguments, this course refines composition techniques, develops abstract thinking processes, and promotes critical thinking. By locating and evaluating sources and incorporating appropriately vetted academic sources into their work, students will create well-supported arguments within appropriately documented academic essays. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100
      Credits: 4
      ENG1300 - Composition III/Literature

      In this course students write analytical and critical essays about fiction, drama, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on literal and figurative interpretations, structural analysis, and variations in thematic and critical reading approaches. A minimum grade of C is required to pass this course.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1100 ENG1200
      Credits: 4
      ITS1000 - Computer and Internet Literacy

      This course is for students to obtain basic knowledge and skills in using computer office production software and internet features. A broad range of software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and internet usage concepts will be covered. Students will also use computer and communications technology to develop information literacy skills.

       

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MAT1001 - College Algebra I

      The course is designed to develop the concepts needed for College Algebra II using graphs and applications to motivate students and provide real-world examples. The course covers the solution of systems of linear equations, exponents and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions, and quadratic equations. MyMathLab or a comparable resource may be used for lecture, homework and assessment assignment delivery.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099 or Exemption
      Credits: 4
      MAT1500 - College Mathematics

      College Mathematics covers the fundamentals of several areas of mathematics, including set theory, logic, geometry, graph theory, probability, and statistics.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Credits: 4
      MAT2058 - Statistics

      Statistics introduces the student to the terminology and techniques of Statistics including  levels of measurement, measures of central tendency and variance, random variables, linear correlation and regression, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, and hypothesis testing.

      Prerequisite(s):
      MAT1005, or MAT1001 and MAT1500
      Credits: 4
      NTR2050 - Nutrition

      This course surveys the principles necessary to promote optimum nutrition throughout the life cycle. Consideration is given to informed evaluation of areas of controversy, as well as influence of socioeconomic factors and culture on nutritional practices.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013, BIO1014, and CHM1010 with a C or better.
      Credits: 4
      PSY1001 - General Psychology

      An introduction and overview of the major principles in the field of Psychology including: mental disorders, personality, social understanding, stress and coping, learning, memory, neuroscience, and consciousness. Students will also gain a broad understanding of how these areas are interconnected from a theoretical and practical worldview in addition to scientific modes of thought about behavior.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      PSY2022 - Human Growth and Development

      In Human Growth and Development, students will learn the normal developmental stages of the human life cycle. The stages of human development will be examined within the context of the biological, psychological, sociological, intellectual, and emotional processes. Relevant cross-cultural comparisons are used to illustrate the unity and diversity of human life.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PSY1001 with a C or better
      Credits: 4
      SOC1001 - Introduction to Sociology

      This course introduces the study of human social development, social organizations and social institutions. Students will apply sociological perspectives to examine topics such as the development of self-concept, group dynamics, culture, social deviance, gender equality, social class, racial and ethnic relations, demography and population, the family, religion, and education.

      Prerequisite(s):
      ENG1001 (recommended)
      Credits: 4
      SPC1026 - Public Speaking

      This course is designed to prepare the student to develop and improve the ability to communicate. Self-expression, preparation of effective speeches, and development of speaking and listening skills will be emphasized.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Math and Science Electives
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      AHS1001 - Medical Terminology

      This course presents a study of basic medical terminology, based on the human body system approach. Prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. This course is designed for health profession students who require study in the fundamentals of medical terminology as part of their professional curriculum.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG0099
      Credits: 4
      BIO2015 - Human Pathophysiology

      Human Pathophysiology is an introductory study of disease processes in humans. Etiology, clinical manifestations, complications, common treatments, and diagnostic findings are examined based on a body systems approach. This course emphasizes physiological alterations resulting in disease and illness.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013 and BIO1014 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 4


      Humanities Electives
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      ENG2002 - World Literature I

      Organized by period, genre and heme, this course explores global viewpoints as expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the period of the very first written texts up until the Middle Ages. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      ENG2003 - World Literature II

      Organized by period, genre and theme, this course explores global viewpoints expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the late 17th century through to the present day.  Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      HUM1001 - Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages

      This course surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric/Tribal period and continuing through the Middle Ages. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      HUM1002 - History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

      This course surveys the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The concepts, artists, motifs, works, and styles of the periods will be studied. The course introduces students to elements of art and design, and fosters an appreciation for the world of art.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4


      General Education Electives
      Students are required to take 8 credits from the courses listed below:

      BIO1020 - Biology I

      This is the first of a two-course sequence in biology.  This course introduces biology, scientific methods, biological chemistry, and energy for life.  This course also exposes students to the organization of humans and plants, basic genetics, and evolutionary concepts.  In addition, the student will complete writing assignments that serve to introduce scientific literature.

      Prerequisite(s): MAT0099
      Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      BIO1021 - Biology II

      Biology II is the second in a two-course sequence in biology. This course continues the study of human biology with the roles of the endocrine and nervous systems in homeostatic regulation. Other topics covered are human reproduction, development, evolution, and advanced genetics. Ecological concepts are also discussed. The student will complete writing assignments that serve to increase knowledge of the scientific literature.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1020 with a grade of C or better Co- or Prerequisite: ENG1001
      Credits: 4
      BIO2015 - Human Pathophysiology

      Human Pathophysiology is an introductory study of disease processes in humans. Etiology, clinical manifestations, complications, common treatments, and diagnostic findings are examined based on a body systems approach. This course emphasizes physiological alterations resulting in disease and illness.

      Prerequisite(s):
      BIO1013 and BIO1014 with grades of C or better
      Credits: 4
      ENG2002 - World Literature I

      Organized by period, genre and heme, this course explores global viewpoints as expressed in novels, poems, plays, short fiction, and philosophical and theological works from the period of the very first written texts up until the Middle Ages. Parallels and contrasts will be drawn between cultures and across time.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1002
      Credits: 4
      PHI2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

      This course introduces students to critical philosophical thinking. Students will confront fundamental questions of self and identity, of freedom and determinism, of belief and truth, and of ethics and morality. Critical thinking activities will challenge students to incorporate philosophy into their daily lives by applying the questions of philosophy to themselves and their world.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      POL2076 - American Government

      This course introduces students to the American Government. By examining the struggle for power - the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas - this course introduces the students to the political strategies that drive democracy.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Co- or prerequisite: ENG1002 or ENG2001
      Credits: 4
      UVC1000 - Strategies for Success

      Designed to help entering students develop a more effective approach to college success, this course emphasizes positive self-evaluation, goal-setting, and motivation; practical skills of successful students; effective use of the library and the many sources of information available; and the concepts and tools of critical thinking, and their applications.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      Area II: Foundation Requirements - 45 Credits
      Students are required to take 45 credits as follows:

      BSNPRE - BSN Prerequisites
      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 45


      Area III: Major Requirements - 45 Credits
      Students are required to take 41 credits as follows:

      NSG3005 - Transition into Professional Nursing for RNs

      This course introduces the student to baccalaureate nursing practice, centered in the art of caring and integrating of holism in its foundation of professional service. Students utilize critical thinking and communication skills as they explore issues related to the evolution and philosophy of nursing, theoretical foundations of practice, legal and ethical issues, healthcare delivery systems, finance and healthcare policy.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 4
      NSG3012 - Principles of Assessment for Registered Nurses

      This course builds on the physical assessment skills of the registered nurse. The course takes a systems approach to physical assessment and includes both normal and abnormal findings.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG3005 or NSG3006
      Credits: 4
      NSG3016 - Caring for a Multicultural Society

      This courses focuses on ways to assist the nurse to provide holistic care in a multicultural society. Theories related to culture and caring, holism and spirituality are used as a foundation for understanding our multicultural world. Specific cultural practices, beliefs and issues affecting the health of persons and communities are studied.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Admission to the Nursing program
      Credits: 2
      NSG3028 - Caring for the Community

      This course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community and public health. The community and public health focus includes caring for people in the home, school, workplace, health department, as well as various agencies. Content focuses on the environment, epidemiological issues, and vulnerable populations across the lifespan, communicable disease, and health promotion. Perspectives on healthcare and community oriented nursing, influences on healthcare delivery, and conceptual and scientific approach applied to community oriented nursing are also emphasized. The principles of professional nursing care to culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups are integrated throughout the health-illness continuum.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3012
      Credits: 4
      NSG3036 - Introduction to Nursing Research

      Students are introduced to concepts, issues and processes in nursing research and its application to practice. Emphasis is placed on the review, analysis, evaluation, and application of current nursing research. Selected research studies are critiqued.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Transition info Professional Nursing for RNs.
      Credits: 3
      NSG4028 - Concepts of Teaching and Learning

      This course gives the registered nurse the opportunity to enhance his/her patient teaching skills and develop skills for staff education. Principles of learning, teaching strategies, communication, and preparation of continuing education programs will be included. Considerations for teaching and learning with a diverse population will be explored.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4029 - Leadership in a Diverse Society

      This course prepares the registered nurse, not only for a professional leadership role, but will enhance his/her ability to work with professionals of other cultures. This course emphasizes professional leadership while assisting to develop specialized nursing management skills.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4055 - Illness and Disease Management across the Life Span

      This course focuses on the experience of illness and chronicity. The student will apply concepts of health maintenance and restoration to individuals, families and aggregates. Strategies to increase the quality of life and minimize complications will be addressed.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005 NSG3028
      Credits: 4
      NSG4064 - Financial Management for Nurses

      This course explores nursing finance and budgeting issues. The course includes an overview of the healthcare system, ethics, leadership and budgeting strategies. The use of information technology is examined.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4070 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing

      This course analyzes professional ethical and legal issues with the ensuing nursing dilemmas integrating the factors of professional laws/standards, personal ethical stance, social, spiritual, transcultural, economic, institutional and political climate. Legal and ethical practice issues will be reviewed. Emphasis is given to the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning and ethical and legal obligations in professional patient relationships.

      Prerequisite(s):
      NSG3005 or NSG3006
      Credits: 2
      NSG4075 - Holistic Professional Nursing

      This course allows the student to develop and initiate a plan of care for aggregates in the community. The plan will include concepts discussed throughout the curriculum. The student will practice roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of a profession.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Taken in the last quarter of the nursing program
      Credits: 6


      Nursing Elective
      Students are required to take 4 credits from the courses listed below:

      NSG4045 - Health Promotion across the Life Span

      This course prepares the student to practice holistic health promotion across the life span. Content includes assessment and planning care for individuals, families and aggregates. Special emphasis will be given to diverse and vulnerable populations.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4065 - Complementary and Alternative Methods of Nursing

      This course explores complementary and alternative methods of healing. Principles of psychophysiology of healing are discussed. Alternative therapies such as energy healing, imagery, and music theory are examined.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4066 - Palliative Care

      In this course the student explores concepts and issues in end of life care. Students learn strategies to give optimum end of life care to the individual and the family. Symptom management, legal/ethical consideration, grief and death are covered.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4
      NSG4067 - Gerontological Care

      This course focuses on the care of the older adult. Pathophysiology of normal aging and common ailments will be discussed. The course examines the older adult in the community, long-term care and acute care.

      Prerequisite(s): NSG3005
      Credits: 4


      State approval policies require residents of the State of Arkansas to enroll in specific courses within this program rather than the courses specified in the program description above. Residents of the State of Arkansas should contact their admissions representatives for specific courses required within this program.

      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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