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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-BSN)

CAMPUSES South College Knoxville Programs



16%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

This is a rigorous program with in-class time averaging approximately 20 hours a week. Students should be committed to considerable out-of-classroom preparation and study; you should expect to spend two hours of study per hour of classroom time. Students must be highly motivated, focused, and committed to providing superior care in your future career.

South College’s experienced instructors offer one-on-one mentoring for students as well as tutoring and help with core skills through the Math Lab and Writing Lab. Through relationships with local healthcare providers, we are able to arrange excellent clinical placements at facilities with the latest cutting-edge equipment and techniques. We are committed to preparing each student to take the NCLEX-RN exam, and we utilize proven teaching and testing methods to help ensure success.

South College Nursing Students

Continuing Education

Additional Information


The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. The program was last reviewed in 2014, with full approval continued. The BSN program at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016. The BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2016.

The BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, for a period of eight years. The next review is anticipated in 2019. The ACEN approved the Substantive Changes report regarding the addition of the BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site in January 2017; a Focused Visit is to be conducted in the fall of 2017.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at South College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 180
Degree Length: 39 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success at South College

South College Knoxville

It was not something I needed to learn to do, it was something I was supposed to do [becoming a nurse]. After 38 years it was just something that was kicking in.

- Charlie Lee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Audrey Sherles

While I was looking at programs, South College’s DPT program had a unique atmosphere and was a program that was challenging the traditional brick and mortar DPT education model. It was something I wanted to be a part of, and I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the top PTs and educators in the country.

- Audrey Sherles, Doctor of Physical Therapy
South College Knoxville

You never feel like part of a headcount, and you can have conversations with your professors. I don’t think other schools give you the personal touch South College does.

- Lisa Farmer, Bachelor in Nursing (BSN- Accelerated)
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