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

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Cleveland and Novi campuses only

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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 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 (NCLEXRN) 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.

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will have demonstrated their acquisition of competencies and proficiencies related to the following:

  • Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities in the practice of professional nursing practice.
  • Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety: 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.
  • Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice: 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.
  • Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology: Utilize informatics and technology to adapt to the challenges of nursing practice of today and the future.
  • Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments: Demonstrate professionalism by advocating for legal, ethical, financial and political issues involving healthcare.
  • Inter-professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes: 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.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: 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.
  • Professionalism and Professional Values: 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.
  • Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: 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 Program: 192 Credits

Area I General Education Requirements: 68 Credits

Professional Development

  • 4 credit hours
  • Choose one additional course from either UVC 1000  Strategies for Success or an advisor-approved general elective (4). Nursing students entering South University in their freshman year, may register for AHS 1001  Medical Terminology which fulfills the elective requirement here.Transfer students may bring an elective from a prior program or complete an advisor-approved general elective. Montgomery transfer students should consider BIO 3344  Principles of Genetics to fulfill this elective requirement.

Basic Communication

Mathematics and Statistics

Choose one additional course from the list below:

Natural Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences


*PSY 2022  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


Students at the Novi, Michigan Campus will not be required to take the General Education Elective. Bringing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program total to 188 credits.

Area III Major Requirements: 102 Credits



*Upon the advisement of the Nursing Program Director, the course sequence NSG 3069  and NSG 4069  may be substituted for the course sequence NSG 3016  and NSG 3028 . Both courses are required for the substitution and the curriculum sequence of courses may be altered for program completion.

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. Junior level students (Quarters 1-3) must receive a score of 80 percent or higher on all math examinations. Senior level (Quarters 4-6) students 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.

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.
  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 Achieve

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

Proctored Assessment: Critical Thinking Assessment- Entrance: Ungraded

NSG3011 Principles of Assessment Lab


NSG3008 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

Skills Modules

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests

  • Fundamentals 1 & 2

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

NSG3032Pharmacotherapeutics 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

Tutorial: Learning System: RN: Pharmacology Practice Tests

NSG3037 Caring for Adults I


NSG3033 Caring for Adults I

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

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

NSG3046 Caring for Adults II


NSG3044 Caring for Adults II

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

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

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

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

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

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

Targeted Medical Surgical:

  • Perioperative

NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates


NSG3042 Caring for Women and Neonates

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Maternal Newborn 1 & 2

NSG4056 Caring for Children


NSG4050 Caring for Children

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Nursing Care of Children 1 & 2

Skills Modules:  Physical Assessment - Child

NSG4058 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems


NSG4062 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Mental Health 1 & 2

NSG4069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations II

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Community Health

NSG4071 Transition into Professional Nursing

Tutorial: Learning System RN: Practice Tests:

  • Leadership

Proctored Assessment: Critical Thinking Assessment - Exit; Ungraded


     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.

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




NSG3023 Fundamentals of Nursing     

RN Fundamentals 2013

NSG3032 Pharmacotherapeutics II

RN Pharmacology 2013

NSG3042 Caring for Women and Neonates


NSG3047 Caring for Women and Neonates

RN Maternal Newborn 2013

NSG3069 Caring for Diverse and Vulnerable Populations I

RN Community Health 2013

NSG4052 Caring for Adults III

RN Nutrition 2013

NSG4050 Caring for Children


NSG4056 Caring for Children

RN Nursing Care of Children 2013

NSG4060 Caring for Adults IV

RN Adult Medical Surgical 2013

NSG4058 Caring for Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems


NSG4062 Caring for Persons with Psychiatric/Mental Health Problems

RN Mental Health 2013

NSG4071 Transition in the Profession of Nursing       

RN Leadership 2013

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 Version B, first attempt.

  • Level 3                                                 100%
  • Level 2                                                 90%
  • Level 1 or below level 1                        60%
  • Failure to submit remediation               0%

B.   Remediation
Remediation provides an opportunity for students to review and acquire additional knowledge about an area in which they are weak or lack full understanding of the content and its application to clinical practice. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed on the initial assessment. 

Remediation is required for all ATI non-proctored and Version B 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 less than 70% require remediation.

Non-Proctored Assessments:
Students are required to take both non-proctored assessment tests and complete remediation for both practice assessments prior to taking the proctored assessment.  All non-proctored assessments (students required to achieve 85%) will be made available to students at the beginning of each quarter. By the end of week seven, students are required to complete both forms of the non-proctored assessments and remediation in order to take the proctored assessment. 

Proctored Assessments:
Proctored assessments will be administered no later than week 9 of the quarter. Remediation is required for Version B Proctored Assessment regardless of the level achieved. Students are required to complete remediation for Version B proctored assessment prior to taking the final examination. Failure to comply with the ATI testing policy will result in a course failure.

Retesting is required for any student not achieving a Level 2 on the proctored assessment.  Retesting will take place during the week of final exams. Version A will be utilized for retesting.  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:

i.   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.

ii.   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 on the first attempt, remediation will be required prior to the second attempt. The faculty member/consultant will determine when the student is ready for re-testing. If the student is not successful after a total of 2 attempts at achieving the required passing score, the course grade for NSG4071 is calculated with a 60% for the ATI Assessment Exam.  If the grade of 60% results in failure of the course, the course must be repeated (unless the student has a previous grade below C in the program which would result in program dismissal). The student must meet all other requirements for graduation as listed in the catalog.

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

  • First attempt meets 90% prediction level                       100% assigned as course grade
  • Second attempt meets 90% prediction level                  90% assigned as course grade
  • 90% prediction level not met                                             60% assigned as course grade

4.   NCLEX-RN Reviews

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

  • ATI Live Campus Review
    South University provides access to ATI live reviews on campus for 25 students or more. Campuses with smaller graduating classes will refer graduates to an alternate location.
  • Virtual ATI Review
    Experienced instructor assigned by ATI and will review all ATI reports, create a study plan, and provide advice on preparing for the NCLEX® as well as a detailed timeline to ensure adequate progress. Additional online practice assessments with customized diagnostic reports are available on completion.

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