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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Major in Nursing – (BSN)
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 3613/3611 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 – 2 hours
MATH 1001 Math for Allied Health plus 1 hour unrestricted elective
2 hours of unrestricted elective
Nursing Requirements – 61 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 3307 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 4105 Foundations of Community Health Nursing
NURS 4121 Pharmacology III
NURS 4123 Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
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 admitted to SAU with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a 2.00 GPA at SAU.
- Transfer students currently enrolled in other universities at the time of application will be considered for admission into the nursing program if the following documents are on file in the SAU Office of Admissions: completed SAU application form; valid ACT or SAT scores (if available); completed high school transcript or GED scores; college transcripts through the previous semester; and required immunization records. International students must contact the International Student Services Office. Admission to the University does not mean automatic admission to the Department of Nursing. See www.saumag.edu/nursing website for application deadlines.
- Recognize that priority ranking will be given to students who have successfully completed all non-nursing support courses for the degree.
- Have a minimum 2.85 GPA in Nursing Science Core Courses (NSCCs).
- The GPA for admission to the department will be calculated based on NSCCs completed at the time of application.
- NSCCs and courses applying towards the BSN degree must be completed with a C or better. Students with Ds or Fs in these courses will not be admitted.
- GPA will be calculated to include all science courses ever taken. Admission is denied for the applicant with more than three unsuccessful attempts at obtaining a passing grade in a science course.
- Complete a standardized preadmission examination administered through the Office of Counseling and Testing. This exam is for diagnostic purposes. ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) pre-admission examination scores must be 75% or greater. The reported score does not round up to 75%. There is a minimum of 2 weeks between attempts to allow for students self-remediation.
- Have proof of the following infectious disease immunizations and screenings:
- Influenza vaccine during current flu season
- Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 2 vaccine doses or positive titer
- Tetanus, Diptheria (Tdap) within the past 10 years
- 2-step Manloux tuberculin skin test (TST) or clear chest X-ray
- Varicella vaccine or positive titer or medically documented history of disease
- Hepatitis B-3 vaccine series or positive titer
- To comply with mandates from clinical agencies utilized by the SAU Department of Nursing, students enrolled in all nursing programs are required at the time of conditional acceptance or acceptance into the program and yearly thereafter to have a criminal background checks, driving history record check, child maltreatment check, long term care check, and urine drug screening in order to remain enrolled in any nursing course. All screenings are conducted at the expense of the individual student. More information and pricing are available on the nursing website at www.saumag.edu/nursing
- Dependent upon clinical site availability to the nursing program, travel will be required to clinical sites in Southwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, and/or East Texas.
- Realize if an injury occurs in the clinical setting, the student is responsible for all applicable cost related to the injury. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain health insurance. Information concerning health insurance available for SAU students may be accessed on the nursing website at www.saumag.edu/nursing.
- Submit a completed Department of Nursing BSN Program application according to the deadlines posted on the nursing website at www.saumag.edu/nursing.
- Applications to the BSN Program may be obtained, completed, and submitted electronically via the Department of Nursing website at www.saumag.edu/nursing Please attach an electronic copy of the following: a) completed BSN Program application; b) unofficial college transcripts; c) proof of Hepatitis B vaccination series; d) TEAS pre-admission examination scores; and e) other pertinent information that may be needed for consideration regarding admission to the BSN Program.
- Applications to the BSN Program may also be printed from the Department of Nursing website, completed, and mailed to the Department of Nursing. Please include a printed copy of the following: a) completed BSN Program application; b) unofficial college transcripts; c) proof of Hepatitis B vaccination series; d) TEAS pre-admission examination scores; and e) other pertinent information that may be needed for consideration for admission. Mail to:
Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Attn: BSN- Application
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
OR delivered to Wharton Nursing Building, room 201A.