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.
Accreditation or Approval
State Authorization (Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta)
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 initial approval in November 2016. The Practical Nursing certification program (Knoxville) received initial approval in February 2018. 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. 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.
Knoxville & Nashville
The Bachelor of Science program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) and Nashville Learning Site are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975- 5000, www.acenursing.org
). ACEN approved the Substantive Changes report regarding the addition of the BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site in January 2017; Continued Accreditation granted in January 2018 following an on-site review.
Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville, and Atlanta
South College is pursuing initial accreditation for the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
). 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.