Nursing is among the most challenging, rewarding and versatile careers available today. With a degree in nursing from SAU, you will be well equipped to work in this high-demand field. Classroom and clinical experiences provide the necessary training in the Department of Nursing. State-of-the-art facilities provide for traditional classroom space and the real-life hospital feel of the Wharton Simulation Lab. Students complete clinicals off-campus through partnerships with area medical facilities
The Department of Nursing at Southern Arkansas University supports the mission statement, goals, and objectives of the University. The Department of Nursing is committed to demonstrating our core values by providing students with opportunities for intellectual growth through cultivating compassion, communication, and skill development for career preparation in a global environment. We strive to meet regional health care needs by preparing graduates who demonstrate basic competency as health care providers.
Core Values: Quality, Professionalism, Innovation, Caring
Students who meet application requirements will be selected for entry into the nursing program based on grade point average in Nursing Science Core Courses (NSCC), TEAS scores, and number of NSCC hours completed on SAU campus. The ranking of admissions is as follows:
- Students will be initially ranked by grade point average in the NSCC, TEAS scores, and number of NSCC hours completed on SAU campus.
- If more than one student has the same grade point average in the NSCC and TEAS score, students will be randomly ranked.
Students who are not initially selected or who submit a late application will be placed on a waiting list. Placement on the waiting list will be in order of grade point average in the NSCCs. Spaces, which become available prior to the beginning of the semester, will be filled from the waiting list. Students not admitted from the waiting list must re-apply. Please note the Department of Nursing application deadlines.
Transfer Nursing Student
Transfer requests are considered on an individual basis. Students previously enrolled in another nursing program must forward a letter requesting transfer, submit a BSN Transfer Nursing Student application, and attach copies of all unofficial college transcripts. Students who are requesting transfer from another nursing program are also required to provide a letter from the program dean/chair/director of eligibility to re-enter their previous nursing program in order to be eligible for consideration in the SAU nursing program. If a student has failed a nursing course, the request for transfer is classified as an academic reentry request, and reentry policies apply. If a student has failed more than one nursing course they are not eligible for consideration for entry into the SAU nursing program. Transfer equivalency information for Nursing Science Core Courses can be accessed through SAU admissions.
Expected End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLO)
|1. Synthesize knowledge from the sciences, the humanities, social sciences, and nursing as the foundation for decision-making for professional nursing practice.|
|2. Apply leadership principles when managing safe, quality nursing care for diverse populations.|
|3. Integrate evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and clinical judgment in the delivery of patient-centered care.|
|4. Facilitate safe, quality nursing care utilizing an innovative range of technologies.|
|5. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, regulatory environments and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety and professional nursing practice.|
|6. Employ collaborative communication to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.|
|7. Facilitate safe, holistic patient centered care using evidence-based practice to promote and maintain health.|
|8. Demonstrate patient-centered care using a framework of legal, ethical, and professional standards accepting responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice decisions and lifelong learning.|
|9. Apply nursing care based on evidence that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes in a variety of healthcare environments.|
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University Requirement – 2 hours
GSTD 1002 Freshman Seminar
General Education* – 27 hours (Science courses are included in the major.)
PHIL 2403 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics and PSYC 2003 General Psychology are required.
Biological Science – 15 hours
BIOL 2003 Nutrition & Diet
BIOL 2063/2061 Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab
BIOL 2073/2071 Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab
BIOL 3032/3022 General Microbiology/Lab
BIOL 3612/3602 Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health/Lab
Physical Science – 4 hours
CHEM 1013/1011 College Chemistry I/Lab
CHEM 1023/1021 University Chemistry I/Lab
Other Requirements – 9 hours
PSYC 3223 Developmental Psychology
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Public Speaking
Select 3 hours from the following:
SOC 3183 Statistics
MATH 3043 Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics
Electives – 3 hours
MATH 1001 Math for Allied Health plus 2 hours unrestricted electives
3 hours of unrestricted elective
Nursing Requirements – 60 hours
NURS 3083 Foundations of Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3093 Techniques of Health Assessment
NURS 3101 Introduction to Pharmacology
NURS 3103 Gerontological Nursing
NURS 3206 Nursing Care I – Foundations
NURS 3303 Pathophysiology for Nurses
NURS 3306 Nursing Care II – Acute Care
NURS 3403 Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice
NURS 3412 Pharmacology II
NURS 4092 Contemporary Issues and Ethics in Nursing
NURS 4121 Pharmacology III
NURS 4123 Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
NURS 4105 Foundations of Community Health Nursing
NURS 4205 Leadership & Management in Nursing Practice
NURS 4207 Nursing Care III – Childbearing and Pediatrics
NURS 4307 Nursing Care IV–Complex Care
All programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN is a source of information about the program and invites third party comments as a component of accreditation. The ACEN may be reached at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, or by phone at 1-404-975-5000.
To be considered for admission into the B.S.N. degree program the student must:
- Be eligible for admission to Southern Arkansas University. Admission to Southern Arkansas University does not mean automatic admission to the nursing program.
- Have transcripts evaluated by nursing faculty if transferring from another college or university.
- Recognize that priority ranking will be given to students who have successfully completed all non-nursing courses applied toward the BSN degree.
- Have a minimum 2.85 GPA (Grade Point Average) in NSCCs. The GPA for admission to the department will be calculated based on NSCCs completed at the time of application. All Science NSCCs ever taken will be included in the calculation of the GPA at the time of application.
- NSCCs and courses applied towards the BSN degree must be completed with a C or better. Students with Ds or Fs in these courses will not be admitted.
- Students repeating an NSCC more than three times will not be accepted into the program.
- Submit a TEAS score of 75% or greater. Students will have to allow two weeks minimum between attempts of the TEAS. All TEAS scores must be submitted by the application deadline.
- Hepatitis B and flu vaccinations, TB screening, and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification will be required.
- To comply with mandates from clinical agencies, students must have a background check, driving history check, child maltreatment check, long-term care check, and urine drug screen yearly at the expense of the student.
- Online applications and deadlines for applications to the program are located on the nursing website.
- More information may be obtained by calling the Department of Nursing Administrative Assistant at (870) 235-4331.
- Submit application, TEAS scores, ACT scores, and a copy of all unofficial transcripts to:
Southern Arkansas University Department of Nursing
Attn: BSN- Application
P.O. Box 9406
Magnolia, AR 71754-9406
OR delivered to Wharton Nursing Building, room 201A.