Jun 01, 2023  
2019-2020 South University Academic Catalog Version I 
2019-2020 South University Academic Catalog Version I [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN degree program is designed to provide students with a solid educational foundation that prepares individuals for entry into the nursing profession. 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 South University BSN graduates to make a smooth transition into professional nursing practice. Graduates of the South University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are encouraged to continue the educational process and are prepared for the challenges of graduate study.

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. 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities in the practice of professional nursing practice.
  2. 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.
  3. Integrate care and concern for humanity, with scholarly research and systematic inquiry to deliver evidenced based, comprehensive, and holistic nursing care which promotes health and quality of life.
  4. Utilize informatics and technology to adapt to the challenges of nursing practice of today and the future.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial and political issues involving healthcare.
  6. 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.
  7.  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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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

  • 4 credit hours

    Choose one additional course:

  • 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

Mathematics and Statistics

Choose one additional course from the list below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences


*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

Area III Major Requirements: 90 Credits


Application Process and Deadline

The College of Nursing and Public Health admits two classes of students per year to each campus-based BSN programs. 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., 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 are 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.

Math Proficiency Examinations

Students will be tested at various intervals throughout the nursing program to assess math proficiency as a method to promote safe medication administration practices. Students are required to pass math examinations each quarter in order to participate in clinical practice courses and to remain in the nursing program. Students are encouraged to prepare for the math competency test using their textbook, the ATI dosage calculation programs or a South University tutor prior to the first day of each quarter.

Math Competency Examinations. Junior level students (Quarters 1-3) must receive a score of 80% or higher on all math examinations. Senior level (Quarters 4-6) students must receive a score of 90% or higher on all math examinations. Quarter 7 students must receive a score of 100% on the math examination. A maximum of three opportunities are allowed to pass the math requirement each quarter (see schedule below). Structured remediation will be offered to students who are not successful on the math competency test.

A student who is not successful on the third math competency attempt or students who do not test according to the schedule outlined below will earn a NCF in the associated nursing course.  In addition, the student will withdraw from the other nursing courses in which the student is enrolled (per the College of Nursing and Public Health Withdrawal Policy).  The student can request to be readmitted (per the BSN Program Reinstatement Policy), to the Nursing program the next time the courses from which the student withdrew are offered. Math competency examinations are administered in the following courses.

Quarter Course Suggested Testing Schedule
1 NSG3008/NSG3011 Weeks 6, 7, and 8 (suggested)
2 NSG3024 Weeks 6, 7, and 8 or Week 1  (suggested M, W, F)
3 NSG3034/NSG3037 Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
4 NSG3044/NSG3046 Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
5 NSG4052 Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
6 NSG4060 Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)
7 NSG4071 Week 1 (suggested M,W, F)

Assessment through Standardized Tests

Achievement Examinations and NCLEX-RN Preparation

The South University Nursing Faculty is committed to assisting students to achieve success on the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination is required for entry into the practice of professional nursing. In addition to faculty prepared examinations, nursing students take a series of achievement examinations upon completion of the various courses in the nursing program to prepare for taking the NCLEX-RN. The examinations are used to measure student nursing knowledge, acquired nursing skills and competencies. Students failing to achieve the national average on any achievement test must provide evidence of remediation to their faculty advisors.

South University provides students with ample educational resources including library resources, CDs, DVDs, computer software programs, videotapes, audiotapes and access to a variety of nursing education websites such as atitesting.com. Students are required to attend NCLEX-RN review courses during the final quarter of the program.

ATI Policy

The following policy describes the use of the Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI) Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program (CARP) as a component of admission, progression, and graduation in nursing program at South University. This policy has been developed to establish guidelines to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and to identify at-risk students. All students have the opportunity for review and remediation to enhance their success in the program and on NCLEX-RN after graduation.

1. Admission

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a requirement of the admission process. The TEAS is used to determine academic preparedness of pre-licensure nursing students in Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.  Students must achieve a “Proficient” level to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Applicants are limited to testing twice within a 12 month period with a minimum of one month between testing.


2. Comprehensive ATI Program

Students have access to and are assigned to utilize the comprehensive ATI package. ATI Resources are listed below along with corresponding courses.


NSG3001 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

Tutorial: ATI Nursing Getting Started: Steps to success Practice Assessment: Self-assessment Inventory


  • Test taking skills
  • Study Skills
  • Classroom Skills
  • Challenges for English as second Language (ESL) Students

Proctored Assessment: Critical Thinking Assessment- Entrance:

NSG3008/NSG3011 Principles of Assessment Lab

Tutorial: Dosage calculations

Skills Modules: Adult Physical Assessment

NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing

Nurse Logic - Beginning Student

  • Knowledge and Clinical Judgment
  • Nursing Concepts
  • Priority Setting Frameworks
  • Testing and Remediation
  • Preparing for Clinical Experiences

Practice Assessments

  • Fundamentals A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN:

  • Targeted Medical-Surgical: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base

NSG3022 Pharmacotherapeutics I

Tutorial: Pharmacology Made Easy

  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • The Neurological System (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Pain and Inflammation
  • The Cardiovascular System

NSG3032 Pharmacotherapeutics II

Tutorial: Pharmacology Made Easy

  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Hematologic System
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Reproductive and Genitourinary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Immune System
  • Infection

Pharmacology Practice Assessments A & B

Tutorial: Learning System: RN: Pharmacology

NSG3033/NSG3037 Caring for Adults I

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments

  • Medical-Surgical: Cardiovascular and Hematology
  • Medical-Surgical: Endocrine
  • Medical-Surgical: Respiratory
  • Medical-Surgical: Oncology

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (Same content as above)

NSG3044/NSG3046 Caring for Adults II

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments:

  • Medical-Surgical: Neurosensory
  • Medical-Surgical: Dermatological
  • Medical-Surgical: Gastrointestinal

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (Same content as above)

NSG4052 Caring for Adults III

Nurse Logic-Advanced Student

  • Knowledge and Clinical Judgment
  • Nursing Concepts-
  • Priority Setting Frameworks
  • Testing and Remediation
  • Preparing for Clinical Experiences

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments

  • Medical-Surgical: Cardiovascular and Hematology
  • Medical-Surgical: Musculoskeletal
  • Medical-Surgical: Renal and Urinary

Pharmacology Practice Assessments A & B

Tutorial: Learning System: RN: Pharmacology

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

Targeted Medical Surgical Practice Assessments:

  • Perioperative

Tutorial: Learning System RNL (same as above)

NSG3068/NSG3069/NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations I

Practice Assessments:

  • Community Health

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

NSG3042/NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates

Practice Assessments:

  • Maternal Newborn A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

NSG4050/NSG4056 Caring for Children

Practice Assessments:

  • Nursing Care of Children A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

Skills Modules:  Physical Assessment - Child

NSG4058/NSG4062 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

Practice Assessments:

  • Mental Health A & B

Tutorial: Learning System RN: (same content as above)

NSG4071 Transition into Professional Nursing

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Leadership

Proctored Assessment: Critical Thinking Assessment - Exit


   3.    ATI Testing

A.   Content Mastery Series

The ATI review and remediation Content Mastery Series is used as a component of formative and summative academic assessment in the BSN program. Students must provide documentation of completion of assigned non-proctored ATI Content Mastery and/or Targeted Medical Surgical Assessment Series exams with a score of 85% prior to taking proctored examinations. Practice exam results are administered with rationales disabled.

Students are required to take the Proctored Assessments listed below. A minimum score of Level 2 is the goal.



NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing     


NSG3042/NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates

Maternal Newborn

NSG4050/NSG4056 Caring for Children

Nursing Care for Children

NSG4052 Caring for Adults III


NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations I

Community Health

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

Adult Medical Surgical

NSG4058/NSG4062 Caring for Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

Mental Health

NSG4071 Transition in the Profession of Nursing       


Comprehensive Predictor


ATI assessment activities are valued at 10% of the course grade in designated courses as indicated above.  Grades will be assigned based upon the results of Proctored Assessment, first attempt.

Level 3 100%
Level 2 90%
Level 1 or below Level 1 Retake of Examination is Mandatory

For students taking the mandatory ATI retake,
assigned grades will be as follows:

Level 1 60%
Below Level 1 - student earns the percentage scored on the mandatory ATI exam
Failure to remediate 0%


B.   Remediation

Remediation provides an opportunity for students to review, study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the initial assessment.

Remediation is required for all ATI Practice and First Attempt proctored assessments. Remediation templates are available on the ATI student homepage. Students must utilize their test results to complete remediation. Content areas with a score equal to or less than 70% require remediation. Additionally, remediation may be completed on the ATI website under focused review. Faculty assign students with remediation activities based upon student test results.

Practice Assessments:

All practice assessments will be made available to students at the beginning of each quarter. Students are required to take both practice assessment tests and complete remediation for both practice assessments by the end of week seven in order to take the proctored assessment. Remediation will be completed based on first attempt on the practice assessments. Form B is to be completed by the end of week four and Form A is to be completed by the end of week seven, An overall score of 85% is required on both non-proctored assessments by the end of week seven. Rationales will be enabled after the first attempt for each practice assessment.

Proctored Assessments:

Proctored assessments will be administered at the end of the quarter (week 9 or 10 recommended). Remediation is required for the Proctored Assessment regardless of the level achieved for any areas with a score less than 70%. Students are required to complete remediation for the Proctored Assessment prior to taking the final examination.

Retesting is required for any student not achieving a minimum grade of Level 2 on the proctored assessment. Retesting will take place during the week of final exams. A different test version will be utilized for retesting.  Students who achieve a Level 2 or Level 3 on the second Proctored Assessment will receive an 80% for the ATI grade. A student not achieving a Level 2 on retesting is strongly encouraged to complete additional remediation. Remediation strategies may include but are not limited to the following:

ATI Active Learning Templates

  • Review assessment results and determine appropriate template to use. Use the templates to perform detailed remediation of assessment content. Students may type into the template or print and handwrite. Completed remediation documents are to be submitted to the faculty member by the required due date.

Short Answer Remediation

  • Individualized attention to those areas missed on a test can be addressed through short essays. To be considered remedial, a student must print out the ATI test results listing those items and topics missed.  Using the review manuals provided by ATI, the student must then address each of the areas with a score less than 70%, writing a short paragraph discussing the essential content, and identifying the appropriate reference area in the book.


C.  Comprehensive Predictor Exam

The proctored ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam is a component of NSG4071. Students must pass the examination within two attempts during this course with a score commensurate with a 90% probability of passing NCLEX-RN on the first attempt. The first and second attempts must be completed by the scheduled deadline date. If student fails to achieve a 90% prediction to pass NCLEX on the first attempt, remediation will be required prior to the second attempt.

The faculty member will determine when the student is ready for re-testing.

The course grade assigned for meeting the 90% on Predictor (calculated as 10% of grade in NSG4071) is:

  • First attempt meets 90% prediction level and submits any required remediation - 100% assigned as course grade
  • Second attempt meets 90% prediction level and submits any required remediation - 80% assigned as course grade
  • 90% prediction level not met and submits any required remediation - student earns the percentage scored on the mandatory ATI exam retake


4. NCLEX-RN Reviews

Two ATI NCLEX-RN reviews are provided for all nursing students.

1. ATI Live Campus Review

The Comprehensive Live NCLEX Review is an all-inclusive, live study session covering essential nursing content that aligns with the NCLEX test plan. Led by a master’s-degreed nurse educator, the engaging, interactive format reviews all content areas and includes test-taking strategies, critical-thinking exercises and Q&A practice.

South University provides access to ATI live reviews on campus or students may be referred to an alternate location.

2. Virtual ATI Review

“The Virtual-ATI NCLEX review is an innovative, online partnership that provides a

12-week access to interactive online review resources to prepare nursing graduates for NCLEX success. The review is guided by a Master’s-prepared nurse educator and is individualized to each graduate.  The program directly aligns with the current NCLEX ® test plan, and takes place in an online classroom that provides access to a variety of on-demand resources including online learning activities, NCLEX test-taking strategies, content-based case studies, concept maps, NCLEX subscale-specific quiz questions, and alternate item format quiz questions that are all accessible by computer, tablet, and mobile devices.” (ATI website).

  • Students will begin the VATI during WEEK 6 of Quarter 7
  • Participation and successful completion of VATI from the Beginning of the Review through Stage 4 will represent 10% of the NSG4071 course grade.
  • Ongoing engagement is expected for the 45 days prior to graduation and post-graduation until the Green Light is achieved.
  • Students may pay for an extension if more time is needed to complete the review.
  • Students are advised to take the NCLEX within 3 weeks of receiving the Green Light.


Failure to comply with the ATI testing policy may result in a course failure.

Course Week /ATI Enrollment Week Modules Grade Percentage


ATI Week 1

Beginning Review Test Taking Strategies Module

  • Completing Survey
  • Online Classroom Orientation
  • Nurse Logic Advanced Assessments

Week 7

ATI Week 2

Stage 1 - Fundamentals Module 20%

Week 8

ATI Week 3

Stage 2 - Pharmacology Module 20%

Week 9 &10

ATI Week 4 & 5

Stage 3- Medical- Surgical Module 20%

Week 11

ATI Week 6

Stage 4 - Maternal  Newborn 20%
  Total Grade Possible 100%
ATI Week 7

Nursing Care of Children

Mental Health

75% Stage
ATI Week 8


Virtual-ATI Predictor

Post-Predictor Review

100% Stage
ATI Week 9 -12

Green Light

Post-Green Light Review

Green Light

NCLEX within 3 weeks of ATI Course “Green Light”