Nursing (B.S.)

The purpose of the Nursing Department at Southwestern Adventist University is to prepare competent generalists in the profession of nursing with a Christian perspective of liberal arts, applied theology and natural, behavioral, and nursing sciences. It seeks to provide a Christian environment, which facilitates growth of the student as a whole person, as a contributing member of society, and as a member of the nursing profession.

Nurses participate in assisting with health promotion, disease prevention, care provision to those who are coping with illness. Nurses also provide management and leadership in a wide range of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing (RN) is one of the top occupations with increasing growth and demand.

Job Outlook

Between 2010 and 2020, the need for registered nurses is expected to increase 26 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Research supports the increase in quality outcomes when nurses have a bachelor’s degree (BSN) and magnet hospitals are hiring with a goal of all BSN nurses. Opportunities for advanced practice nurses with master’s and doctoral preparation are also increasing. Advanced practice nurses will be in high demand in underserved areas such as inner cities and rural areas.

Earnings

The median salary for a BSN prepared nurse is $68,219. For a nurse with no experience, the median pay is $46,215. The median salary for a family nurse practitioner is $85,881.

Educational Qualifications

Certifications in many specialty areas are available to BSNs (such as critical care, diabetes, emergency nursing, etc.). A master’s degree is required (and a doctoral degree is preferred) to teach nursing. Advanced practice nurses are required to have a master’s or doctoral degree.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

CORE MAJOR COURSES

 

NURS 112 Medical Terminology .......................................... 1

NURS 201 Information Literacy for Nursing Students......1

NURS 211 Fundamentals of Nursing ................................... 5

NURS 212 Physical Assessment ............................................ 3

NURS 313 Pathophysiology...................................................3

NURS 315 Medical Surgical Nursing I.................................5

NURS 316 Gerontological Nursing ......................................2

NURS 317 Pharmacology ...................................................... 3

NURS 318 Child Health Nursing..........................................4

 

NURS 319 Medical Surgical Nursing II ...............................5

NURS 320 Issues and Trends in Nursing.............................2

NURS 421 Nursing Research.................................................3

NURS 422 Mental Health Nursing .......................................5

NURS 423 Maternal Newborn Nursing...............................5

NURS 424 Community Health Nursing .............................. 4

NURS 425 Clinical Nursing Specialty .................................. 2

NURS 426 Nursing Leadership ............................................. 3

NURS 427 Medical Surgical Nursing III..............................4

NURS 428 Nursing Capstone ................................................ 1

TOTAL: 60 

 

First Year

First Semester

BIOL 101—Anatomy & Physiology* ................................. 4

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy & Applications .......... 3

KINA—Elective (PE Activity) ........................................... 1

MATH 110—College Algebra* ......................................... 3

PSYC 212—General Psychology* ....................................... 3

NURS 112—Medical Terminology* .................................. 1

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning .......................... 1

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

BIOL 102—Anatomy & Physiology* .................................. 4

ENGL 212—Freshman Composition* ............................... 3

PSYC 220—Human Growth & Development* ................ 3

RLGN—Religion Elective .................................................... 3

SOCI 111—Intro to Sociology* ........................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

BIOL 220—Microbiology* ................................................ 4

CHEM 105—Survey of Chemistry* ................................... 4

ENGL 220—Research Writing* ....................................... 3

HIST—History Elective ....................................................... 3

RLGN—Religion Elective ................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 17

NURS 201—Information Literacy for Nursing ............. 1

NURS 211—Fundamentals of Nursing ............................ 5

NURS 212—Physical Assessment ...................................... 3

KINT 216—Nutrition ......................................................... 3

HIST—Non-American History Elective ............................. 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

NURS 313—Pathophysiology ........................................... 3

NURS 315—Medical-Surgical Nursing I ........................ 5

NURS 316—Gerontological Nursing .............................. 2

NURS 317—Pharmacology ............................................... 3

RLGN—Religion Elective .................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

NURS 318—Child Health Nursing** ................................ 4

NURS 319—Medical-Surgical Nursing II ......................... 5

NURS 320—Issues & Trends in Nursing ........................... 2

ENGL      —Literature Elective ......................................... 3

MATH 241—Intro to Probability & Statistics .................. 3

TOTAL:​ 17

Fourth Year

NURS 421—Nursing Research ......................................... 3

NURS 422—Mental Health Nursing OR

NURS 423—Maternal-Newborn Nursing ........................ 5

NURS 426—Nursing Leadership ...................................... 3

NURS 427—Medical-Surgical Nursing III ........................ 4

KINA—Elective (PE Activity) ............................................ 1

TOTAL:​ 16

NURS 422—Mental Health Nursing OR

NURS 423—Maternal-Newborn Nursing ......................... 5

NURS 424—Community Health Nursing ......................... 4

NURS 425—Clinical Specialty .......................................... 2

NURS 428—Capstone ........................................................ 1

RLGN—Religion Elective (upper division) ....................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15