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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)?

Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Emergency Department Nurse Public Health Nurse Clinical Nurse Educator Nursing Director Critical Care Nurse Nurse Preceptor Telehealth Nurse

16%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

Since this program is delivered in an online format, students in the RN to BSN program must be especially motivated, disciplined, structured, and committed to learning. It will be vital for you to set aside time for reading and coursework each day.

South College is committed to supporting our online students just as fully as we do students who take classes at one of our campuses. The 100% online asynchronous program format gives you the flexibility you need, while the distance learning platform we use facilitates and encourages communication and collaboration with other students as well as faculty members. Tools like online discussion forums allow you to ask questions, brainstorm solutions, and discuss alternatives with your instructors and classmates alike on your own schedule.

Continuing Education

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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 South College School of Nursing is undergoing an accreditation review for the baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN) and master’s degree program in Nursing (MSN) by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with an onsite visit scheduled for September 5-7, 2018. We invite the opportunity for you to submit written comments. Written third-party comments must be received by CCNE by August 15, 2018. All comments are to be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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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
Please contact Admissions at 865-288-8750.
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.

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found here. 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

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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