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Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

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The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

RN to BSN Online Degree Program

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN degree program at Southern Wesleyan University is designed for registered nurses who desire to advance their career and enrich their professional development. Through this program, you can become a leader in providing high-quality, evidence-based care.

Our affordable, flexible RN to BSN program is perfectly designed for your busy life as a working nurse. This fully online program teaches evidence-based nursing practices, innovative use of technology, and servant leadership rooted in Christian ethics.

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Online Program Start Dates

Sunday, January 7, 2018

At a Glance

Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southern Wesleyan University.

The RN-to-BSN program at Southern Wesleyan University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Digital Assessment Experience

Through the use of Health Assessment by Shadow Health®, nursing students at SWU are able to perform their digital assessment experiences completely online.

Digital assessment experiences allow nursing students to demonstrate and perfect their clinical reasoning skills through life-like interactions with Digital Standardized Patients. Digital assessment experiences are powered by the conversation engine (virtual patients that can answer over 250,000 questions) and assessed using our proprietary Student Performance Index™.

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RN to BSN Online Digital Health Assessment by Shadow Health

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • An associate degree with a major in nursing with at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Photocopy proof of current unencumbered RN licensure (USA)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from all previous college studies. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.75, the student may be admitted on a conditional basis, as established by the guidelines of the Nursing Program.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended college or university
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.

Nursing Curriculum Courses

Foundation Courses

NURS 3203 - Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to primary program concepts and to assist the learner to develop academic goals and vital skills needed to transition into baccalaureate study. Students will be reviewed in technology and computer skills, and introduced to professional writing style and available resources, library services, and the school's learning management system. Information management and interprofessional communication are emphasized to promote quality and safety in the healthcare environment.

NURS 3343 - Focused Health Assessment of the Well Adult

The course is developed to complement and enhance existing skills of the practicing nurse in the conduction of comprehensive assessment of the well adult. The following systems are assessed: heart and vascular; lungs and thorax; musculoskeletal and neurological. Assessment data is analyzed and utilized by the learner to determine patient strengths and needs, and to plan, develop nursing care and promote nursing care.

NURS 3353 - Foundations for Professional Practice

The course will explore the professional nurse's role and the evolution of nursing the within the profession. Ethical and legal principles guiding the nursing profession will be examined as well. Social justice and advocacy, cultural competency, and expanded roles within the discipline will be addressed. The role of nursing theory on research and practice is explored.

NURS 3652 - Ethics in Nursing Practice

The focal point of this course is on the mechanism of ethical decision-making with emphasis placed on Judeo-Christian values. The course is designed to encourage ethical development, foster clarification of values, and promote effective analysis of ethical issues encountered in the practice of professional nursing. Christian ethical perspective is fostered. Health promotion, clinical prevention, and interprofessional collaboration is infused and explored throughout the course.

NURS 3853 - Nursing Process: Health Indicators and Clinical Prevention

This course integrates the comprehensive, holistic assessment of individual health indicators that include spiritual, physical, psychosocial, psychological, environmental, genetic and age-related implications. The impact of chronic, complex conditions is explored. The role of the professional nurse in health promotion, clinical prevention, and interprofessional collaboration is infused and explored throughout the course.

NURS 4154 - Leadership and Management in Nursing

This course focuses on the influence of ethical servant leaders in the nursing profession. The course utilizes Biblical leadership examples as applied to modern day healthcare environment. The course emphasizes is change and motivational theories, management concepts, and leadership implications for the nurse manager. Strategic planning, fiscal responsibility and project management are among the concepts studied and applied in the course. Initial planning for Capstone Experience begins.

NURS 4403 - Evidence-Informed Nursing

The course explores the relationships between nursing theory, research, and practice. The learner will examine research methods and process, ethical implications and the protection of human subjects. The course student will learn to critically analyze research to recognize and identify evidence-based practice and promote its dissemination to improve patient outcomes and increase the nursing body of knowledge.

NURS 4654 - Population Health: Local, National and Global Approaches

Keeping with Southern Wesleyan University's commitment to global engagement, this course will explore population-focused nursing practice and the public health discipline from local, national, and global perspectives. Learners will discuss evidence-based strategies to promote health, prevent disease, and reduce disparities locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Epidemiological principles, health data surveillance, environmental health practices, interdisciplinary collaboration, and disaster management will be explored and applied in the focus of population health.

NURS 4955 - Baccalaureate Capstone: Synthesis and Evaluation

This seminar-style course provides a vehicle for the student to put into practice the professional foundation, interprofessional collaboration, strategic planning, project preparation and implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based findings learned in the course. The capstone allows the student to reflect upon personal success, and provides achievement of the program outcomes. The impact of the project as an initiative with global implications is analyzed.


Elective Courses

NURS 2353 - Perspectives on Poverty and Health

Designed to examine poverty and vulnerability from various frames of reference, this course will explore the phenomenon not only from a socioeconomic point of reference, but also from cultural and spiritual perspectives. The course will look at societies' attitudes toward poverty throughout history and modern-day survey will be used to explore current views of the phenomenon. Service learning is expected as an elemental component of the course. Coursework many include health promotion, wellness, equitable treatment, criminal justice, promotion and wellness, ministry, social injustice, crisis nursing, missions, social work, and other timely issues may contribute to service learning experiences.

NURS 4013 - Transcultural Healthcare

This course is designed to provide professional tools to be used by the practicing healthcare professional in the provision of effective delivery of care to a diverse society. Diverse cultural beliefs, practices and values, and biological differences are examined using theoretical models, Christian worldview, and sound assessment tools. Biological differences that can impact individuals and groups are explored in the quest to provide spiritually and culturally competent care.

NURS 4503 - Nursing from a Christian Worldview

This course explores the foundational principles of faith and provides a Christian foundation for the delivery of holistic nursing care. Students will explore their own spiritual strengths and focus on skills to provide presence, reminiscence, and companionship to the persons and families in their care.