Spring Hill College offers a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree designed for RNs who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing to prepare them for leadership in the health care delivery system.  The BSN program combines online courses and clinical integration with local preceptors to allow nurses to complete the degree requirements in their local communities and work settings.  Working with health care partners, the BSN program enables nurses to learn by applying new concepts and approaches to their own professional practice.

Applications are made through Admissions and reviewed by the Division of Nursing.  Official transcripts are submitted to verify completion of course requirements, both in nursing and general education.  

An active unencumbered RN license is also submitted and verified before acceptance into the program is considered.  Thirty-seven (37) hours of credit are provided for this unencumbered license.

Requirements for BSN Degree                                            Credit Hours
General Education 66
Nursing Licensure (active; unencumbered) 37
RN-BSN Courses 25

Required General Education Courses -- Associate or Diploma RNs
Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 121 Composition I 3
ENG 123 Composition II 3
ENG 2XX 200-level English course 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
PSY 204 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 225 Abnormal Psychology 3
HIS XXX History core course (or equivalent)             3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
THL 101 Introduction to Christian Theology 3
PHL 101 Introductory Logic 3
MTH 163 Basic Statistics for the Sciences 3
ART/THR/MUS Fine Arts course 3
LAN XXX Foreign Language courses 6
PHL 318 Christian Medical Ethics 3
CHM 101 Chemistry and Life Processes 3
HSC 136 & 138 Medical Microbiology and Lab 4
HSC 231 & 233 Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab 4
HSC 232 & 234 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4
Electives Elective course(s) 6
Required Nursing Courses - RN to BSN
Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 470 Professional Nursing Roles: Enhancements and Updates for RNs 3
NUR 471 Human Pathophysiology for RNs 3
NUR 472 Evidence Based Nursing for RNs 3
NUR 473 Leadership and Management for RNs 4 (3 theory/1 clinical)
NUR 474 Population Focused Community Health for RNs 4 (3 theory/1 clinical)
NUR 475 Health Assessments for RNs 3 (2 theory/1 clinical)
NUR 476 Health Policy for RNs 3
NUR 477 Capstone Project for RNs 3

Required Nursing Courses (RN to BSN)

NUR 470.  Professional Nursing Roles:  Enhancements and Updates for RNs (3) This course is designed for the RN-BSN and RN-MSN students to enhance their professional nursing roles and scholarly writing.  Current and emerging issues and trends related to nursing practice are explored, and activities focus on professinal growth and development through readings, discussions, and assignments.

NUR 471.  Pathophysiology for RNs (3) This course is designed to provide advanced concepts of physiology and pathophysiology for the practicing RN.  Illness and disease management, with alterations in all body systems throughout the lifespan will be addressed, with special emphasis on the role of genomics.

NUR 472.  Evidence Based Nursing for RNs (3)  This course is for the registered nurse to examine how research is used in evidence-based practice and health care in clnical practice.  Appropriate utilization of research findings to monitor patient-centered care, quality improvement, safety, and leadership outcomes will be explored.  Critical appraisal skills that assist nurses to be research consumers will be identified.

NUR 473.  Leadership and Management for RNs (4)  This course emphasizes leadership and management theories for the registered nurse in communications and conflict resolution, budgeting, h uman resource management, quality improvement, risk management, change, delegation, decision-making, and management ethics.  The integration of techology is emphasized int he clnical experience where nurse leaders and the roles they plan for the management of patients is observed.

NUR 474.  Population Focused Community Health for RNs (4)  This course introduces the concept of the population as the patient int he healthcare system and the roles of the registered nurse in community servces.  Nurse roles include public health, provision of primary care, prevention of disease or health risks, education, and health promotion using levels of prevention.  The clinical experience will allow the registered nurse to plan and conduct a project within a community setting.

NUR 476.  Health Assessment for RNs (3)  This course assists the registered nurse to study public policy which will influence quality safety, access to care, and cost of care.  The focus will be on patient care services provided through health care agencies, and will include the financial and reimbursement perspectives.

NUR 477.  Capstone Project for RNs (2)  This capstone course provides RN students with an experiential learning experience to integrate clinical knowledge with concepts/theories into professional nursing practice.  Students will design a project utilizing evidence-based resources to deelop and approved topic in collaboration with a faculty member.