Keys to Success
The BSN program requires you to be committed, focused, and eager to provide the best possible patient care. A commitment to lifelong learning, critical thinking, inquisitiveness, and collaboration are all important to success in this field. This program also entails extensive work outside of the classroom, including reading and memorization. For every hour of class time, students should expect about 2 hours of independent study. You must use your time wisely and develop a strong work ethic to meet the program’s demands.
South College is dedicated to supporting all of our students during their academic journeys. Our experienced instructors are available to mentor each student one-on-one, and we also provide tutoring and help with core skills through the Math Lab and Writing Lab. Our relationship with local healthcare providers allows us to arrange excellent clinical placements that offer a variety of experience, including the latest cutting-edge techniques and equipment. We are committed to preparing each student to take the NCLEX-RN exam, utilizing proven teaching and testing methods to help ensure success.
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Campus 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 Campus received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016. The BSN program at the Nashville Campus received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2016.
The BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Campus 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, http://www.acenursing.org/) 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 was conducted in the fall of 2017 and Continued Accreditation granted in January 2018.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at South College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http:www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Offering programs at the South College Atlanta Campus is pending SACSCOC approval. The institution has also submitted application to the Georgia Board of Nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. All approvals must be received prior to courses/programs being offered at this location.
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.