RN to BS Nursing Degree Requirements
The registered nurse with an Associate of Science degree or a diploma in nursing may enter the nursing program at Southwestern Adventist University in the third year and will usually be prepared to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in two to four academic semesters. After having met all general education requirements and cognate courses designated for the nursing curriculum, students may be able to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in one academic year.
Admission requirements include the following:
- An Associate of Science degree in nursing from an accredited associate degree program with requirements in nursing and cognate/ general education courses comparable to those at Southwestern.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for lower division courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA for Nursing courses.
- Eligibility for junior standing in the university, having completed a minimum of 56 semester units (84 quarter units).
- Current registered nurse licensure in the state of Texas.
- Graduates of diploma programs must take a proficiency examination to validate college credit for nursing courses (or seek validation through professional review of an international transcript).
- Proof of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification as Health Care Provider.
Current RN license required to enroll in the RN to BS Completion Program.
Total Upper Division credit requirements: 36 hours
B.S. Info at a Glance
Nursing Prerequisite, Cognate and General Education Courses
Kinesiology General Education Requirement
Total Credits: 2
Literature General Education Requirement
Religion General Education Requirement
Total Credits: 12
Courses in biblical studies will introduce the student to practical methods of Bible study, critical evaluation of scholarship and interpretation, and the richness and depth of the biblical text. Courses in theology will engage the student in a systematic approach to biblical matters, will have students explore different perspectives and relevant issues, and guide students to formulate personal viewpoints and positions. Courses in historical studies trace the origin and development of the Bible, Christianity, Seventh-day Adventism, and other religions.
Select four courses: 12 credit hours
A maximum of 2 courses can be taken in any one area. One course must be numbered 300 and above. Transfer students from a non-SDA college must complete one course for each academic year in attendance, with a minimum of 2 courses (one in Biblical Studies).