University Requirement – 2 hours
GSTD 1002 Freshman Seminar
General Education* – 27 hours(Sciencecourses are included in the major.) PHIL 2403 Introduction to Philosophy 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
SOC 3183 Statistics
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Public Speaking
Electives – 3 hours
Three hours of unrestricted elective
Nursing Requirements – 60 hours
NURS 3083 Foundations of Mental Health Nursing
NURS 3093 Techniques of Health Assessment
NURS 3103 Gerontological Nursing
NURS 3203 Pharmacology
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 4012 Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
NURS 4093 Contemporary Issues and Ethics in Nursing
NURS 4105 Foundations of Community Health Nursing
NURS 4205 Leadership & Management in Nursing Practice
NURS 4207 Nursing Care III – Childbearing and Pediatrics
NURS 4302 Nursing Informatics
NURS 4306 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; 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. Please note nursing 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 2.50 GPA in Nursing Curriculum Support Courses (NCSCs).
- The GPA for admission to the department will be calculated based on NCSCs completed at the time of application.
- NCSCs must be completed with a C or better. Students with Ds in these courses will not be admitted.
- Have proof of Hepatitis B vaccination, TB screening, and current American Heart Association CPR certification.
- To comply with mandates from clinical agencies utilized by the SAU Department of Nursing, students enrolled in all nursing programs are required at the initial semester of enrollment and yearly thereafter to have criminal background checks, driving history record checks, and urine drug screens in order to remain enrolled in any nursing course. All screenings are conducted at the expense of the individual student. More information and pricing as well as student instructions [pdf] are available.
- Understand travel will be required to clinical sites in Southwest and Central Arkansas.
- 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.
- Submit a completed Department of Nursing application according to the deadlines posted on the nursing website.
- Submit a completed Department of Nursing application form according to the deadlines posted on the nursing website. Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Nursing or through the Nursing webnsite. Enclose a copy of all unofficial college transcripts. Mail application and 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.
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 mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide students with opportunities for intellectual growth, cultivation of skills for critical thinking, and the communication and skill development for career preparation in a global environment. The Department of Nursing is committed to meeting regional health care needs by preparing graduates who demonstrate competency as healthcare practitioners.
Students who meet application requirements will be selected for entry into the nursing program based on grade point average in Nursing Curriculum Support Courses (NCSC), ACT scores, and number of NCSC hours completed on SAU campus. The ranking of admissions is as follows:
- Students will be initially ranked by grade point average in the NCSC, ACT scores, and number of NCSC hours completed on SAU campus.
- If more than one student has the same grade point average in the NCSC and ACT 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 NCSCs. 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 Curriculum Support Courses can be accessed through SAU admissions.
BSN Program Outcomes
- Our graduates can communicate and collaborate effectively with healthcare professionals, families/groups, and communities to provide cost-effective, quality nursing care.
- Our graduates can apply appropriate knowledge and skills synthesized from the humanities, social, physical, and behavioral sciences in meeting the physiological, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural needs of individuals, families/groups, and communities across the lifespan and facilitate a culturally competent environment for the delivery of nursing care to individuals, families/groups, and communities.
- Our graduates engage in critical thinking, independent judgment, and decision making while using the nursing/research process to design and evaluate the effectiveness of culturally competent care to individuals, family/groups, and communities across the lifespan.
- Our graduates integrate technology to critique and apply research findings to improve nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.
- Our graduates demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for successful careers in nursing.
- Our graduates utilize professional values, standards, statues, and regulations governing the practice of nursing to enhance the delivery of healthcare to individuals, families/groups, and communities.
- Our graduates exhibit accountability, responsibility, and values for own nursing practice and lifelong learning.
- Our graduates use leadership and management skills and knowledge of health policy and health services, improve intervention used to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles of individuals, families/groups, and communities across the lifespan.
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