12 things you didn’t know about University of South Alabama’s College of Nursing
Posted on May 25, 2022 by Deborah Storey
Everyone loves nurses – today more than ever. Frontline health-care workers during the pandemic are real-life superheroes.
Besides respect and admiration, nurses are pretty much guaranteed something else – jobs when they graduate from college.
It’s not always easy to start on the path of a nursing career at the undergraduate level or in graduate studies. Busy lives demand flexibility in coursework and the University of South Alabama’s nursing program has it.
The College of Nursing is the largest college at the University of South Alabama, which has roughly 3,800 students. The nursing program started in 1973, 10 years after USA began.
Here are some things you might not know about the University of South Alabama’s nursing program:
Classes can fit into anyone’s schedule.
For its flagship RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the college courses are taught entirely online to offer “a flexible option for working students who are managing work and family responsibilities, as well as educational assignments,” explained Dr. Heather Hall, Dean and Professor at the USA College of Nursing.
For prerequisites, the program requires 18 courses – but they can be completed at
any accredited institution. The professional component includes 24 credit hours completed
online within two to three semesters with direct clinical hours. Clinical hours may
be completed within the student’s home area ensuring compliance with state and clinical
site requirements. BSN “graduates will have the skills to provide enhanced patient
care, critique and apply research to
clinical practice,” Hall said.
Go from RN to BSN completely online.
Registered nurses with an associate degree who want to work toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can do so entirely online through USA’s RN to BSN Pathway. The prerequisite general education courses may be completed at any accredited institution. BSN students choose the course schedule that works best with their work and family responsibilities while learning enhanced patient care and the latest clinical practice techniques. Students work their way through six fully online Professional Component courses at their own pace and have five years to complete the requirements.
Programs are cutting-edge.
The college received its first advanced training grant through the Division of Nursing in 1993 to fund the neonatal nurse practitioner program. Also, it was one of the first in the nation to receive funding for an acute care nurse practitioner track.
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