The Hybrid/Online option for the BS Nursing program is available at the Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville & Orlando campuses only. All didactic course content will be delivered via asynchronous and synchronous distance education. Required lab hours are completed on campus one day per week and course testing is scheduled on a synchronous online platform throughout the week. All clinical assignments/rotations are completed on an approved-on ground schedule at a South College affiliated clinical site.
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. Students may choose to attempt pre-requisite courses online or in a combination of online/onground.
Upon admission to the upper division nursing courses, the student will complete six quarters of nursing education. This is a rigorous program with direct course time averaging approximately 20 hours/week plus associate outside of direct course time. See the South College definition of a credit hour. It is expected that success will depend upon two hours of study per hour of direct classroom time. Students should be committed to considerable 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 applicable geographic 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.
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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 as well. This program entails extensive work outside of the classroom, including reading and analysis. 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, 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs were accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2018. As part of the required accreditation process, CCNE will conduct an evaluation on September 20-22, 2023. In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments prior to the visit.
All comments must be received by August 30, 2023.Comments should be directed to [email protected] or:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third‐Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL NURSING
State Authorization (Asheville, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Orlando)
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2016. The Master of Science in Nursing program received approval in November 2016. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program received approval in February 2020. The Post-Graduate Certificate programs received approval in August 2021. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016, with full approval granted in May 2019. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Atlanta Learning Site received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in September 2018. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Orlando Learning Site received initial approval from the Florida Board of Nursing in November 2021. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Indianapolis campus received initial accreditation from the Indiana Board of Nursing in July 2022. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Pittsburgh campus received initial approval from the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing in April 2023.
The South College Associate of Science in Nursing program (Knoxville & Nashville Learning Site) was approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2022. The program was approved by the Florida Board of Nursing in January 2023 and the Georgia Board of Nursing in March 2023.
The South College Certificate program in Practical Nursing offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in February 2018. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2018. The Certificate program in Practical Nursing was approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing for the Atlanta Learning Site in May 2019 to begin the first class in June 2020. The Certificate program in Practical Nursing was approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for the Orlando Learning Site in November 2021. The Certificate program in Practical Nursing was approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing for the Pittsburgh Learning Site in March 2023.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs offered at South College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (CCNE Accreditation ). The South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program was granted initial accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) effective October 13, 2021. The address for COA is: 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603, Phone number: 224-275-9130, website address: http://www.coacrna.org. Additionally, during the same October 2021 accreditation meeting, the COA granted the following two items for the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program: (1) Approval of Distance Education Courses, and (2) Approval of Waiver of Graduate Degree Requirement.
Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. 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 published via the institution website 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.
I have had nothing but a positive experience here because I have all the tools and help needed. Stay focused and dreams can come true!
- Domika Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The professors made me feel I was always in a safe environment. I can already feel doors opening for me as I continue in the nursing program. The impact we will have to the community is something I look forward to. Nursing school has changed my life completely.
- Jose Calderon Lopéz, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
I'm learning real world skills that I can apply immediately upon graduating. I will feel more prepared to hit the ground running as a new nurse grad. My other career is in the Air National Guard, and it is important to me to be prepared to place my service first. South College has been very supportive along the way.
- Jordan Tennessen, Bachelor of Science in Nursing