BS Nursing (RN to BSN Program)

The nursing portion of the curriculum focuses on critical thinking, evidence-based care, research, and leadership. The experiential clinical components of the RN to BSN program is designed to allow the students the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills learned from the Health Promotion in the Community course and to integrate their learning into a capstone experience, which is evidence based and related to Healthy People 2020. 

The nursing major courses may be completed in four quarters in an online learning environment. Additional core courses may be required depending on the academic history of each student.  These additional courses may also be completed in an online learning environment. The clinical component of the program will take place through virtual laboratory and clinical experiences in various community-based facilities where the student resides. Any facilities proposed for these experiences must meet all South College requirements, as well as requirements of the associated state.

The curriculum for the online RN to BSN program includes planned clinical practice experiences that enable students to integrate new knowledge and demonstrate attainment of program outcomes and are supervised and evaluated by faculty. With online delivery mode, competency-based and project-based curriculum design is used for clinical component of NSG 4010 Nursing Management and Leadership and NSG 4100 Health Promotion in the Community courses. The design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical practice experiences are aligned to student and program outcomes. Please refer to course descriptions of these two courses for details. Students are responsible for costs associated with these Laboratory and Clinical Experience.

A designated faculty advisor will guide each RN to BSN student according to his or her individualized study plan on a quarterly basis throughout the program. A student may enroll in needed core curriculum courses and nursing courses simultaneously.

The nursing faculty at South College are committed to teach, mentor, and guide registered nurses as they advance their nursing education. Our RN to BSN curriculum is designed to allow working registered nurses the flexibility to take their career to the next level. The RN to BSN program at South College builds on what students already know with the same exceptional components of nursing education used in our traditional BSN degree program. The BSN program at South College is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Non-TN residents

Certain admission restrictions may apply to non-Tennessee residents. Please contact the School of Nursing (865-288-8411 or prior to submitting your application to determine any restrictions that may apply for residents of your state. 






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