Nursing (B.S.) (L.V.N. to 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 201 Information Literacy for Nursing Students......1

NURS 210 LVN to RN Bridge ...............................................1

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

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

NURS 314 Medical Surgical Nursing I/LVN ....................... 3

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

CREDIT BY PROFICIENCY/LVN LICENSE UPON COMPLETION OF FIRST SEMESTER OF THE PROGRAM

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

NURS 314C Clinical for Medical Surgical Nursing I ............ 2

TOTAL: 61 

 

PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN THE LVN TO BS NURSING PROGRAM

Nursing Prerequisites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 31

Other Course Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics...... 3

TOTAL:​ 23

Second Year

Credit by Proficiency (LVN license) upon successful completion of the first semester of the Nursing program for the following:

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

NURS 314C—Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical.............. 2

TOTAL:​ 7

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

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

NURS 210— LVN to RN Bridge........................................ 1

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

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

Elective............................................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 12

Third Year

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

NURS 314—Medical-Surgical Nursing I/LVN................... 3

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

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

TOTAL:​ 11

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

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

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

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

TOTAL: 14

 

SUMMER—FIRST MODULE

NURS 318C—Child Health Nursing Clinical**

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

TOTAL:​ 15

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

TOTAL:​ 12