Program and Student Outcomes
BSN Program Overview
Consistent with South College’s mission and goals, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program builds on a foundation of liberal arts education, establishing the knowledge base and clinical expertise for the generalist in nursing practice. The faculty supports the commitment to lifelong learning in a dynamic, culturally and ethnically diverse health care environment, promoting client advocacy, achieving and maintaining clinical competency, and providing service for the community and profession. The major curriculum is based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).
The BSN program serves both traditional and nontraditional students and offers opportunities to enhance the community’s health care through participatory learning experiences. The South College School of Nursing offers four options to pursue a BSN Degree – the traditional option, the accelerated option (for those who have already earned a baccalaureate degree), an RN/BSN option, and an LPN/BSN option, but not all options are available at all campuses. Information on when major rotations begin, and the maximum number of students admitted in each rotation is available by contacting the desired campus.
BSN Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes
The program outcomes of the BSN program are to provide undergraduate students with the:
- Critical thinking, interpersonal, and technical skills of a nurse generalist;
- Academic foundation necessary to pursue graduate education.
Upon completion of the BSN program, the graduate will meet the following student learning outcomes:
- Utilizes critical thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care to patients.
- Validates theoretical knowledge of health practices.
- Adapts and utilizes therapeutic communication.
- Supports other health care disciplines in coordinating holistic health care.
- Integrates information technologies when assessing, planning, intervening, and evaluating care.
- Summarizes and applies the current trends, issues, ethical dilemmas, personal, and cultural values and practices which affect the health care of patients.
- Anticipates and adapts the principles of teaching/learning in providing care to facilitate patient autonomy.
- Uses and applies the nursing process: assessing, planning, intervening, and evaluating care of patients, families, communities, and populations.
- Integrates nursing research into evidence-based practice.
- Demonstrates professionalism in nursing practice, encompassing accountability, integrity, and respect for the uniqueness of persons.