The first two years of this program consist of general education courses which provide a liberal arts framework for completion of the nursing component of the program and pre-professional courses.
Upon admission to the upper division nursing courses, the student will complete six quarters of nursing education. This is a rigorous program with in-class time averaging approximately 20 hours/week. Students should be committed to considerable out-of-classroom preparation and study. Class schedules may change at the discretion of the institution.
Preparation of the professional nurse requires classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. The clinical component of the nursing program will take place in various settings in the Knoxville area and beyond. Students are responsible for costs associated with these clinical rotations, and for any costs associated with any emergency services needed while participating in off-site activities.
Consistent with South College, the faculty of the School of Nursing is committed to providing a degree program at the undergraduate level that builds on knowledge gained through general education experiences. This nursing education serves both traditional and nontraditional students and offers opportunities to enhance the community's health care through participatory learning experiences.
Baccalaureate nursing education builds on the general education foundation and establishes the foundation for the beginner in nursing practice. The School of Nursing supports the pursuit of the commitment to lifelong learning in a dynamic and culturally diverse health care environment, promoting client advocacy, achieving and maintaining clinical competency, and providing service for the community and profession.
The nursing program received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. The program was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326).
The South College Baccalaureate Nursing program builds on a foundation of liberal arts education, establishing the knowledge base and clinical expertise for the generalist in nursing practice. The faculty supports the commitment to lifelong learning in a dynamic and culturally diverse health care environment, promoting client advocacy, achieving and maintaining clinical competency, and providing service for the community and the profession. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides the foundation for graduate education.
The Baccalaureate of Nursing Program aspires to become a baccalaureate program of distinction through an integrated and student-focused curriculum. The program is committed to providing an education that values excellence in ethical patient care and professional growth and integrity.
The School of Nursing derives its purpose, mission, vision, philosophy, and objectives from South College. The wellness-illness continuum of care provides the overall organizing framework that serves as the structure for the nursing curriculum, with students introduced to a variety of nursing theoretical frameworks. Related concepts emphasized in the nursing curriculum include ethical decision-making, critical thinking, effective communication, leadership, and management.
A person is a unique, holistic, adaptive, open system. Persons, either alone or in groups, families, or communities, have inherent basic rights and choices. Each person is multi-dimensional with variables such as age, gender, culture, race, religion, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle choices.
Environment is a complex, open system functioning in a dynamic state of change. The environment is both internal and external, uniquely perceived by each person, either alone or in groups, families, or communities.
Heath is a dynamic phenomenon encompassing physical, emotional and spiritual parameters. Health is individually perceived and influenced by internal and external factors.
Professional nursing is an art and a science with caring as the core concept. The role of the nurse is to facilitate optimal independent functioning of persons, alone or in groups, through the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. The professional nurse will utilize critical thinking and the nursing process to plan and implement care.
The program outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are to provide undergraduate students with the:
Upon completion of the nursing program, the graduate will meet the following outcomes:
The role of the professional nurse is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. The bachelor's level nurse functions as a provider of care; a designer, manager and coordinator of care; and a member of the profession. The bachelor's prepared nurse serves as a patient advocate and educator, using technical, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making skills to promote individual and family well-being. As a designer, manager, and coordinator of care the professional nurse has the knowledge and authority to delegate tasks, supervise patient care and evaluate personnel in the context of a team setting. The nurse functions as a member of a profession by demonstrating a strong foundation of ethical values, becoming an active proponent of political action in the regulatory aspects of the changing health care arena, and assuming a commitment to lifelong learning (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).
Upon completion of degree requirements, each student must apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Professional nurses are prohibited in all states from practicing nursing until the examination is successfully completed and licensure has been granted. Specific information regarding licensure will be provided to the student during the last quarter of the nursing program. State Boards of Nursing have the responsibility and right to deny licensure to persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation. Persons who have a criminal record should consult the Rules and Regulations of the Tennessee Board of Nursing available on line at: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1000/1000.htm.
All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Prospective students applying for admission to the Nursing Program must meet the following requirements:
Applicants will be ranked based upon GPA of all general education requirements, GPA of science courses, and interview score. Admission is dependent upon class size.
Students who have been unsuccessful in the South College nursing program, or other nursing programs, will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who present transcripts indicating failure from two nursing programs will not be considered for admission or readmission to the South College Nursing program. Students transferring to the South College Nursing program from another nursing program must successfully complete NSG 2030 Introduction to Professional Nursing before being accepted into the South College Nursing program. For a nursing class (or classes) to be considered for transfer into the South College Nursing program, the class must have been completed within the last five years, and must be at the baccalaureate level. Only nursing courses with a grade of A or B will be considered for transfer. For final transfer approval, a course description or syllabus may be required.
Requirements for Admission (Other Than Academic)
In addition to course work, each student must provide proof of ability to perform the skills needed to practice nursing effectively. Health care facilities must meet federal guidelines, and students must also meet these requirements in order to be allowed to gain clinical experience.
All nursing students must comply with communicable diseases/blood-borne pathogen requirements that the clinical agencies require. In addition, all students must present a health history and physical exam prior to beginning initial clinical nursing courses. Therefore proof of the following are requirements for the nursing applicant:
A criminal background check and a drug screen are required for admission. If the background check reveals previous convictions, it will be up to each clinical site to determine the eligibility of students to attend clinical at the site. Students who are denied clinical experiences due to past convictions may be unable to progress in the program which will result in failure to complete the required courses for the program. In any case where a drug screen is positive and no authorized prescription is produced to validate the presence of the drug in the individual's system, continuation in the program will be denied. Upon notification of the drug screen results, the student will have 5 working days to provide prescription validation. Students are responsible for costs associated with any required testing. Students admitted to the nursing program must demonstrate the functional capacities as specified in the current catalog.
* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *