Nursing (BSN) - RN-BSN
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General Education Requirements (59 Credit Hours)
Gen Ed Formatting Note: Graduate of an Associate Degree in Nursing
Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)
Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)
6 Credit hours from: AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CA 110, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 131, LGS 141, LGS 142, LGS 161, LGS 162, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 181, LGS 182, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201
Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11 Credit Hours)
4 Credit hours from: AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L
Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)
6 Credit hours from: AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112
Area V (18 Credit Hours)
- 3 Credit hours: CIS 150, *CIS 010
All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.
Major Requirements (24 Credit Hours)
Nursing RN to BSN Major Core (6 Courses, 24 Hours)
Minor Requirements (0 - Credit Hours)
A minor is not required for this degree program
* CIS 010 Computer Proficiency Exam (must replace 3 credits)
RN To BSN and RN To BSN/MSN Pathways For Associate Degree And Diploma Nurses
The College of Nursing has a Pathway designed especially for registered nurses pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The RN to BSN Prerequisites consists of eighteen (18) courses, totaling 59 semester Credit hours. These general education courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution. They must be successfully completed before admission to the Professional Component. It is the policy of the College of Nursing to average grades for all coursework repeated.
- The Professional Component consists of six (6) fully online nursing courses for a total of 24 Credit hours.
- These courses must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
- Upper division nursing courses taken at another institution will not transfer or apply toward the 24 Credit hours required to earn the BSN degree at USA.
- Students proceed through the six online nursing courses at their desired pace.
- The Professional Component may be completed in a minimum of two (2) semesters.
- The Professional Component must be completed within five (5) years of beginning the BSN curriculum.
- Thirty Credit hours of nursing credit are awarded the semester students graduate.
Admission Criteria for RN-BSN Pathway
- Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
- Completion of an accredited diploma or associate degree in nursing and a current registered nurse licensure with no restriction. Restrictions include participation in voluntary discipline programs.
- Complete all eighteen (18) required pre-requisite courses at a regionally accredited school. These 59 Credit hours of general education courses are in addition to the nursing courses completed to become a Registered Nurse.
- Minimum grade of “C” in all pre-requisite courses.
- RN-BSN Pathway: Minimum GPA of 2.5 on all prerequisites courses and Minimum University GPA of 2.0.
- RN-BSN Pathway: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all academic course work completed at all institutions, including repeated courses. And a Minimum University GPA of 3.0.
RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN applicants are required to complete a primary application in Nursing CAS at www.Nursingcas.org., as well as a supplemental application available on the College of Nursing's website. A $50.00 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Money orders or personal checks ($20.00 fee on returned checks) are acceptable. Students who drop out of the program for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of the Admission. Readmission is not automatic.
Admission Criteria for RN-BSN Pathway
- Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
- Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications:
- Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) at www.NursingCAS.org. Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.
- Supplemental Application submitted directly USA Admissions Office. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $50.00, a Personal Goal Statement, and a résumé /CV documenting clinical experience.
- Students applying to nurse practitioner programs are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to their specialty.
- Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
- Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the MSN program.
- Degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.
- Submission of Health Data forms and evidence of health insurance required upon admission.
- Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of acceptable background check.
- Students are responsible for all costs related to monitoring/proctoring tests and identity authentication when required by a course.
Fall Semester Deadline is March 15
Spring Semester Deadline is July 15
Summer Semester Deadline is January 15
The deadlines for admission to RN-BSN program are rolling. We will accept applications past the stated deadline for the RN-BSN and RN-BSN/MSN pathways.
Academic Progression Policy
The University of South Alabama College of Nursing will recommend for promotion only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of emotional and physical health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing.
- In accordance with University policy, students may not use the Grade Replacement Policy to replace professional nursing courses.
- A grade of "C" or higher is required for all professional nursing courses. A student may repeat only one nursing course in the curriculum. A second "D", "F", or "U" will result in an academic dismissal from the nursing program.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 at the University of South Alabama is required to continue in the program and for graduation.
- Failure to show good moral character as evidenced by any of the following merits immediate dismissal from the program. (a) Conviction of a crime, (b) disciplinary action against a nursing license in Alabama or any other state, (c) positive drug screen, (d) adverse background check, or (e) disruptive behavior, etc.
- All students are subject to testing for controlled substances and must submit to random drug testing as requested. A positive test or refusal to submit to testing will result in removal from the program.
- All students are subject to a background check and must submit to additional background checks as requested. An adverse finding or refusal to submit to testing will result in removal from the program.
- Students must complete the RN-BSN program with 5 years. If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Student Services.
RN-BSN students who will complete all BSN degree requirements are required to apply for graduation by the application deadline established by the Registrar’s Office. Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/registrar/commencement/index.html.
RN-BSN Students May Continue to MSN Program
Students who have completed the RN-BSN program at the University of South Alabama may continue on to pursue their MSN degree at the University. Once the RN-BSN student applies to graduate with their BSN degree, they may apply for admission to start the MSN program after graduation.
Students in this pathway are guaranteed seats in non-Nurse Practitioner tracks upon successful completion of the BSN component of the pathway. Students may pursue the following specialties toward the completion of their MSN degree: Informatics, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses and have a competitive overall undergraduate GPA to compete for a seat in the NP specialty they select. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered on-line. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships. Curriculum for all MSN specialties are located in the Graduate section under Master of Science in Nursing.
Admission to Graduate Program
Upon satisfactory completion of the BSN degree the RN-BSN/MSN student will contact the Graduate Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information regarding the Supplemental Application needed for reclassification as a graduate student to continue through the remainder of the MSN Degree program.
Students admitted to this track will be licensed, registered nurses and will have completed all prerequisite course work for the RN- BSN degree (see RN-BSN curriculum section), have at least 90 semester hours of college credits with an overall "B" average, and have met all admission criteria.
Academic Progression Policy
RN-BSN/MSN Students follow the Academic Progression Policy for the RN-BSN program while completing the BSN degree, then they will follow the Academic Progression Policy for the MSN program while in the second portion of the program.
Program Completion Requirements
Students in the RN-BSN/MSN pathway will graduate with both BSN and MSN degrees. Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/registrar/commencement/index.html
|College of Nursing Administrative Staff||(251) 445-9400|
|Associate Dean for Research Faculty Development, and Evaluation||Sharon Fruh|
|Associate Dean for Academic Affairs||Katherine Bydalek|
|Assistant Dean Academic Affairs||Leigh Minchew|
|Director of the DNP Program||Casey Elkins|
|Director of Special Projects & Evaluation||Rebecca Graves|
|Professors||L. Chilton, C.. Dolan, S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris, E. VandeWaa, J. Varner|
|Associate Professors||K. Bydalek, C. Elkins, K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, T. Huey, P. Johnson, S. Lawrence, A. Marass, K. McCoy, T. McMullan, L. Minchew, C. Myers, M. Nadler, J. Pittman, B. Riley, D. Swanzy, T. Wright|
|Assistant Professors||A. Adams, J. Anderson, M. Baker, C. Baughn, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, A. Bowan, H. Breazeale, C. Butler, A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell, C. Cheese, K. Cheshire, N. Clark, D. Copeland, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, A. Davis, W. Davis, A. Gilligan, R. Graves, M. Guy, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, H. Horton, T. Huey, P. Huffman, C. Jackson, P. Johnson, L. Jones, K. Jordan, M. Korn, B. Lang, A. Lewis, C. Lewis, J. Lollar, C. Lynch, J. Miller, T. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, E. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, S. Scott, J. Sellers, T. Sikes-Doggett, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Sturm, R. Thomas, C. Thompson-Ferrell, M. Thread, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, N. Walls, S. G. Williams, A. Younce|
|Research Assistant Professors||Candice Selwyn|
|Senior Instructors||S. Bertolla, C. Herf, M. Meyer|
|Instructors||B. Baker, T. Brown, J. Cockrell, K. Cooper, L. Emley, A. Holley, D. Hutto, S. James, R. Johnson, s. McMicken, B. Mosley, K. Norris, C. Pierce, L. Speirs, E. Rimmer, C. Taylor, S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee|
|Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing||Theresa Wright|
|Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing||Todd Harlan|
|Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing||Leigh Minchew|
|Director, Academic Advising||Mary Phillips|
|Academic Advisors||Jennifer Bouvier, Katelyn Foster, Leigh Holland, Camry McCants, Brenda Mosley, Kristyn Seawell, Suzan Williams|
|Academic Records Specialists||Lisa Brock, Kristen Dykes|
|Clinical Placement Advising and Assessment Coordinator||Kimberly McLean-Mundy|
|Clinical Affiliation Coordinators||Elizabeth Collier, Shari Lord, Yolanda Mack|
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The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.