South University College of Nursing

South University – Online RN to BSN in 17 Months

The Nursing RN to BSN degree completion program at South University is designed for registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or who are diploma graduates of a school of nursing accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLNAC).

The RN to BSN degree completion program is structured in a way that allows students to pursue their studies without having to put their career or life on hold. Our accelerated course schedule combines campus and online classes, helping RNs achieve their goal of a BSN in the most efficient way possible.

Receive credit for your RN experience

  • RNs may receive 45 credit hours for their nursing experience.
  • Financial aid and transfer of credit is available for qualified applicants.

Earn a BSN degree in 18months with accelerated courses

  • Qualified applicants can earn a BSN degree in 1 ½ years.
  • The program could take as little as 17 months to complete. 27% of graduates from this program finished in this time.
  • Accelerated 5 ½ week courses.

Online Degree Completion Program

South University’s RN to BSN online program offers registered nurses many benefits including:

  • No campus residency required – take all classes online.
  • Attend class anytime – day or night.
  • Earn a BSN degree online while you work full time.

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion program at South University is designed to provide professional knowledge and skills to the licensed registered nurse, to support educational mobility and to strengthen community health and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession, particularly those in rural communities. These educational experiences are designed to prepare professional nurses for practice today and well into the 21st Century.

Graduates of the South University BSN Completion program meet the same outcome objectives whether in the on-ground BSN program or the online BSN Completion program. Both programs are derived from the same philosophy and reflect core competencies as stated in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Forty-five quarter hours of nursing credit will be accepted based upon graduation from a regionally accredited school of nursing and possession of a valid, unencumbered nursing license in the state in which they reside. Students will need a valid, unencumbered license from the state(s) in which they complete any clinical assignments.

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Admission to RN to BSN Nursing Track Requires:

  • Completion of 90 quarter hours of science and general education courses as required for admission to BSN Program with a grade of C or better.
  • The applicant has received an associate degree from an accredited nursing program, or is a Diploma Graduate from an accredited nursing program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in all completed nursing coursework.
  • The applicants holds an unencumbered RN license in the state of clinical practice
  • Meet core Performance Standards as described in this catalog.

Upon acceptance into the Nursing Program, you must submit:

  • Completed current physical examination record with required immunizations, titers, lab results, and tuberculosis assessment
  • Comprehensive background check
  • Evidence of health insurance or signed waiver

Graduates of South University’s nursing degree programs are prepared to seek employment in hospitals, private physician and counseling practices, nursing facilities, community clinics and agencies, and research organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion
Major Curriculum
Total Hours (180 credits)

General education/prerequisites (90)
Nursing (45 transfer + 45 from South University) (90)
NSG3005 Transition into Professional Nursing for RNs (4)
NSG3016 Caring for a Multicultural Society (2)
NSG3012 Principles of Assessment for RNs (4)
NSG3036 Nursing Research (3)
NSG3028 Caring for Community (4)
NSG4070 Legal & Ethical Issues for the RN (2)
NSG4028 Teaching & Learning (4)
NSG4029 Leadership (4)
NSG4064 Financial Management for Nurses (4)
NSG4055 Illness and Disease Management across the Life Span (4)
NSG40XX Nursing Elective* (4)
NSG4075 Holistic Professional Nursing (6)

*The Nursing Electives Are:
NSG4045 Health Promotion Across the Life Span
NSG4065 Complementary & Alternative Methods
NSG4066 Palliative Care
NSG4067 Gerontological Nursing

Clinical Requirements
The Capstone course is predominately clinical with facilitator guidance. The criteria for clinical sites are written by the program coordinator. Students are provided with suggestions for the types of sites that have been successful in the past. Each student will choose her/his own sites to complete the learning assignment. These sites will require prior approval from the course facilitator. Each site will enter into an agreement with South University, which states that they know the student is at the site as a student for South University.

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Important Qualities for Registered Nurses

Registered nursesRegistered nurses work in many settings, from schools to doctor’s offices.

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health state of patients, including when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and sympathetic, characteristics that are valuable when treating patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs, and organizational skills are critical to ensure the patient is given proper care.

Patience. Registered nurses should be patient so they can provide quality care under stressful or hectic circumstances.

Speaking skills. Registered nurses must be able to talk effectively with patients to correctly assess their health conditions. Nurses need to clearly explain how to take medication or give other instructions. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.


Quick Facts: Registered Nurses from the BLS
2010 Median Pay $64,690 per year
$31.10 per hour
Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 2,737,400
Job Outlook, 2010-20 26% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 711,900


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