Nursing (B.S.) (L.V.N. to B.S.)

This degree is designed for licensed vocational nurses with at least one year of work experience in a hospital or long-term care facility.  After successfully completing at least 12 credit hours at Southwestern, such students may receive credit for Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical.  This normally enables students to complete the program in less than three years, with outcomes similar to the traditional B.S. in nursing.

See curriculum guide.

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. 

Download the Curriculum Guide.

CORE MAJOR COURSES

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

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

NURS 226 Gerontological Nursing............................1

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

NURS 314 Medical Surgical Nursing I/LVN ............... 4

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

NURS 321 Evidence Based Practice............................3

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

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

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

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

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

NURS 437 Medical Surgical Nursing III...................................5
 
NURS 438 Medical Surgical Nursing IV.........................................5

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

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

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

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

TOTAL: 62

 

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— History Electives................................................... 6

KINA— Elective (PE Activity)............................................ 2

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life........................................... 2

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

Religion Electives..................................... 6-9

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

TOTAL:​ 31-34

Second Year

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

NURS 212—Fundamentals of Nursing.............................. 6

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

TOTAL:​ 8

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 7

Third Year

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

NURS 314—Medical-Surgical Nursing I/LVN..................4

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

TOTAL:​ 10

NURS 321 Evidence Based Practice.......................3

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

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

TOTAL: 12

Fourth Year

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 14

 

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 10