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.

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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 $78,970. For a nurse with no experience, the median pay is $61,448. The median salary for a family nurse practitioner is $90,266.

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

NURS 221 Fundamentals of Nursing ................................... 6

NURS 226 Gerontological Nursing ......................................3

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

NURS 314 Medical Surgical Nursing I.................................6

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

NURS 321  Evidence Based Nursing.........................................3

NURS 322 Mental Health Nursing..........................................4

NURS 335 Medical Surgical Nursing II ...............................5

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

NURS 433 Maternal-Child Nursing....................................6

NURS 434 Population Nursing ..................................... 3

NURS 437 Medical Surgical Nursing III..............................5

NURS 438 Medical Surgical Nursing IV..............................5

NURS 439 Nursing Capstone ................................................ 2

TOTAL: 60 

 

First Year

First Semester

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

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

KINA 111—Physical Fitness ........................................... 1

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

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

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life .......................... 1

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

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

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

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

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

Fine Arts Elective .............................................................. 3

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

TOTAL:​ 17

NURS 211—Fundamentals of Nursing ............................ 6

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

KINT 226—Gerontological Nursing................................... 3

Religion Elective ...................................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

NURS 325—Medical-Surgical Nursing I ......................... 6

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

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

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

Kinesiology Activity Elective ............................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 16

NURS 335—Medical-Surgical Nursing II ......................... 5

NURS 321—Evidence-Based Nursing .............................. 3

NURS 322—Mental Health Nursing .................................. 4

Religion Elective ...................................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

NURS 423—Maternal-Child Nursing ............................. 6

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

NURS 437—Medical-Surgical Nursing III ........................5

Literature Elective  ................................................................ 3

TOTAL:​ 17

NURS 434—Population Health......................................... 3

NURS 438—Medical-Surgical Nursing IV..................... 5

NURS 439— Nursing Capstone ........................................2

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

TOTAL:​ 13