Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Southeastern’s pre-licensure BSN program offers students with no prior professional nursing degree or license the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The Why

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published a report titled The Future of Nursing, which called for practicing nurses with a baccalaureate degree to equal 80% of the nursing workforce by 2020. Many medical facilities are well below that number today. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 1.2 million additional RNs will be needed by 2020. The market bears the need for nurses with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and it’s likely that need will only increase going forward.

The market needs aren’t the only reasons to pursue a BSN. A baccalaureate degree also expands the knowledge and abilities of each individual. When you graduate with a BSN from Southeastern, you will, among other things, be able to do the following:

  • Use Christian values to enhance nursing practice and education
  • Integrate health promotion, patient safety, and principles of continual quality improvement into nursing care
  • Utilize information management and patient care technology more effectively
  • Integrate leadership skills to better develop and implement patient- and family-centered care, as well as safe, quality, and cost-effective nursing care
  • Implement therapeutic communication in interactions with patients, families, and interprofessional colleagues

Pre-Nursing Core Courses

Prior to admission to the nursing program, prospective students must complete a pre-nursing core that includes general education and foundational nursing courses taken in the freshman and sophomore years. The pre-nursing core equals a total of 41 credit hours, with 16 being specific to the nursing program and 25 also applying to the general education requirement. During the second semester of their sophomore year, prospective nursing students will take Introduction to Nursing, a two-credit preparatory course that gives them the opportunity to learn about the nursing role prior to investing significant time in the program.

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (plus lab)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (plus lab)
  • Introduction to Microbiology (plus lab)
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Pathophysiology

The general education requirement includes 57 credit hours taken in the areas of communication, behavioral and social sciences, business, humanities and fine arts, mathematics, and religion.

Nursing Program Admission

Applicants will apply to the nursing program in their sophomore year and must meet the following qualifications:

  • GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • CPR certification
  • Completion of pre-nursing courses

Nursing Core Courses

Once accepted into the nursing program, students will experience a blend of hands-on clinical training, which will take place in our new simulation laboratory as well as in a number of hospitals and community settings, and face-to-face interaction as part of a cohort of learners. Fifty-three credit hours and 855 contact hours will be completed through the following courses and clinicals:

  • Health Assessment (plus clinical)
  • Foundations of Nursing Care (plus clinical)
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatric Nursing (plus clinical)
  • Medical Surgical Nursing — Chronic Care (plus clinical)
  • Research- and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Medical Surgical Nursing II — Acute Care (plus clinical)
  • Nursing of the Childbearing Family (plus clinical)
  • Nursing Leadership and Management (plus clinical)
  • Synthesis of Nursing Concepts (plus clinical)
  • Community Nursing and Care of the Aggregate (plus clinical)
  • Pediatric Nursing (plus clinical)
  • Quality and Safety

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