Jun 13, 2021  
2020-2021 South University Academic Catalog Version II 
    
2020-2021 South University Academic Catalog Version II

Nursing (RN to MSN)***


Offered at South University, Columbia; South University, Montgomery; South University, Online Programs; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; and South University, Virginia Beach.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program allows students with strong academic backgrounds to reduce the number of courses required in the undergraduate component of the program. Students substitute certain graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses. The program includes integrated practica experience, didactic instruction, and a summative project to assess individual student learning outcomes.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of RN to Master of Science in Nursing program will be awarded the Master of Science in Nursing degree.*

* Note: Students interested in a BSN should confer with their Academic Counselor or Program Director.

RN to Master of Science in Nursing***


Area I: General Education: 76 Credits


A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits. For students to receive block transfer credit for General Education courses, they must meet the standard outlined in the General Education Transfer Credit policy.

Professional Development


Basic Communications


Choose one additional course from the list below:

Mathematics and Statistics


Natural Sciences


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits


Graduate Nursing (Students must complete core credits and one specialization)


Specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 36 Credits for Specialization, 227 Total Credits for Program


Offered at South University, Online Programs.

Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner: 42 Credits for Specialization, 233 Total Credits for Program


Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Columbia; South University, Montgomery; South University, Online Programs; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; and South University, Tampa.

Specialization in Nurse Educator: 34 Credits for Specialization, 225 Total Credits for Program


Offered at South University, Online Programs.

Specialization in Nursing Informatics: 28 Credits for Specialization, 219 Total Credits for Program


Offered at South University, Online Programs.

Note(s):


**Students wishing to further develop their advanced practice skills should take NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology , NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I , and NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology . Students wishing to further develop their management, administration, and technology skills may take LEA5100 Leadership, Organization Theory and Change , LEA5130 Team Building and Group Dynamics , MIS5010 Information Technology Infrastructure   and/or  PMC6601 Foundations of Project Management  in place of NSG5003 , NSG6001  , and/or NSG6005 . In all cases students should work closely with their Academic Advisors or Academic Counselors to select appropriate coursework that meets their career needs and course prerequisites.

***South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

 

Standardized Testing Policy


Standardized Testing Policy

All students enrolled in an MSN course will be required to utilize the standardized testing policy in place at the time of their course.

  1. Standardized testing platform
  1. The selected 3P exam: The minimum score for the exam is average/score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  1. The Pre-Predictor exam: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The Pre-Predictor exam is 5% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.

    A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points.

    Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Pre-Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 2% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.
     
  2. The University Predictor: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The University Predictor exam is worth 10% (100 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340). 

    Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 6% (60 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340).

    A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points.
  1. Remediation
    1. Individualized and faculty driven 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 assessment and improve the opportunity to be successful on the second attempt of any exam.
    2. In addition to faculty driven remediation, self-review is required for all standardized testing assessments. Students are required to use their test results to complete remediation.
    3. Failure to comply with the standardized testing policy may result in a course failure.
    4.  Retesting is required for any student who scores lower than the minimum passing score on the 3P exam. Retesting of the 3P exam will take place during the final week of NSG6023.
    5. A different test version will be used for retesting. Students who score the minimum passing score or higher on the 3P exam in NSG6023 will receive an 80% for the grade. Students who do not score the minimum passing score will be dismissed from the MSN nurse practitioner programs.
    6. The Dean's or designee's approval is required for reordering of standardized testing products.
       
  2. Comprehensive Testing Program

 

Courses Assignments/Resources
APRN Program of Study

Students are required to purchase a clinical guideline per the syllabus or established book list.

NSG5003 - Advanced Pathophysiology Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6005 Pharmacology (FNP and AGPCNP) Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I (FNP & AGPCNP) and practicum courses Recommended: Students purchase a coding resource as outlined in the syllabus and master book list.
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP, & NE)

Recommended: Students purchase a Dermatology resource to supplement learning from Physical Assessment

Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade

NSG6021 Concurrent course with NSG6020. The student must meet the benchmarked score on the 3-P exam to pass the course. If unsuccessful, the student will be enrolled into NSG6023.

Course assignments per syllabus.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) Practicum I-Family or Adult Health: Adults and Gerontology

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6430 (FNP) Practicum II Women's Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6330 AGNP Reproductive Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6435 (FNP) Practicum III: Family Health Pediatrics Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6340 (AGNP) Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary Care Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the Predictor exam.

Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15%
Discussions: 5%
Assigned Case Studies: 10%
Exam #1: 10%
Exam #2: 10%
Final Exam: 25%
Pre-Predictor: 5%
Predictor Exam: 10 %
SOAP Notes: 10%
NSG6440 (FNP) Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary Care)

Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the University Predictor exam.

Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15%
Pre-Predictor: 5%
University Predictor Exam: 10%
Assigned Case Studies: 20%
Remediation of Areas of <80% on Pre-Predictor: 10%
Comprehensive Final Exam: 35%

Class Discussion/Participation 5% (online)

Case Studies/Participation 5% (campus-based)