Nursing (B.S.) (R.N. to B.S. degree)

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 $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.

NURS 301 Information Literacy for RNs .................................................................................................................................................. 1

NURS 312 Physical Assessment for RNs .................................................................................................................................................. 3

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

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

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

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

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 429 Nursing Capstone for RNs ..................................................................................................................................................... 1

TOTAL: 28

*Current Texas RN license required for enrolling in the RN to BS Nursing Program 

 

PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN THE RN TO BS NURSING PROGRAM

Nursing Pre-requisites

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

HIST—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: 17

ENGL—Literature Elective (upper division) ................... 3

HIST—Non-American History Elective (upper division) ... 3

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

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

TOTAL:. 12

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15

SECOND SEMESTER

NURS 301—Information Literacy for Nursing for RNs ...... 1

NURS 312—Physical Assessment for RNs .............. 3

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

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

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

NURS 429—Capstone for RNs .................................. 1

TOTAL ................................................................. 13

Upper Division nursing credit hours ......................... 28

Upper Division non-nursing credit hours ................ 12

TOTAL UPPER DIVISION:​ 40