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2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II 
2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Offered at South University, Austin; South University, Cleveland; South University, Columbia; South University, High Point; South University, Montgomery; South University, Novi; South University, Online Programs; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; South University, Tampa; South University, South University, Orlando Learning Center; Virginia Beach; and South University, West Palm Beach.

The RN to BSN Degree program at South University is designed to enhance the professional knowledge and career scope for the licensed registered nurse. Concepts of nursing research and community health are key components of the curriculum. These educational experiences are designed to prepare professional nurses for practice today and well into the future. Graduates of the RN to BSN Degree program meet the same program student learning outcomes whether in the on-campus BSN program or the online RN to BSN Degree program.

Potential students must be comfortable with technology, selfmotivated, able to solve problems independently, have good organizational skills, good writing skills, and are prepared to invest time to their studies in both the on ground and online nursing programs. Forty-five credit hours of nursing credit will be accepted toward the BSN degree based upon graduation from an accredited school of nursing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the RN to BSN Degree program are expected to be practitioners of professional nursing who will:

  • Provide nursing care in a multitude of settings with technical proficiency that integrates foundational, discipline specific and interdisciplinary knowledge essential for professional practice.
  • Integrate caring and concern for humanity with scientific knowledge to promote health and quality of life.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to adapt to the challenges of nursing practice of today and the future.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in establishing priorities, delegating responsibility, and formulating decisions.
  • Utilize the nursing process to promote health and well-being in persons, families and communities.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively within nursing and other healthcare disciplines.
  • Provide comprehensive holistic care to persons, families and communities in any healthcare setting.
  • Collaborate with consumers and other health professionals to initiate improvements of healthcare and health promotion.
  • Model professional behavior by accepting responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice, and for commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Empower persons experiencing health challenges by providing education and promoting health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial and political issues involving healthcare.

Graduate Competencies

  • Students who successfully complete the nursing program should have the following competencies:
  • Apply critical thinking to formulate professional practice decisions by utilizing theoretical and empirical knowledge from scientific, humanistic and nursing disciplines.
  • Utilize the nursing process, as a problem solving approach, in assessing and analyzing health problems in diverse clinical settings.
  • Provide professional holistic nursing care based on knowledge derived from theory and research.
  • Provide technically proficient, competent comprehensive care.
  • Communicate effectively with all persons in need of care and persons who are part of the healthcare delivery system.
  • Integrate discipline-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge to nursing practice in a complex highly technical, rapidly changing healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and caring in nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with clients, healthcare providers, and members of the public, to build community partnerships that achieve healthcare goals and promote individual, family and community wellness.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice, and participate in the supervision of selected personnel in the provision of nursing care.
  • Seek opportunities for educational advancement, personal and professional growth, and lifelong learning.
  • Engage in professional role behaviors, using leadership and management skills to improve nursing, improve healthcare delivery, and meet the changing needs of society.
  • Practice nursing in an ethically and legally responsible manner.

RN to BSN Major Curriculum: 180 Credits

General Education: 90 Credits

A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits.


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 in 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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