May 27, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

Dean: Barbara James

Faculty: Kerry Allen, Judith Dedeker, Bonnie Freeland, Holly Gadd, Pam Gammenthaler, Jeff Gates, Lorella Howard, Jaclynn Huse, Cynthia Johnson, Frances Johnson, Dana Krause, Michael Liedke, Sylvia Mayer, Callie McArthur, Christine Moniyung, Cindy Rima, Christy Showalter, Elizabeth Snyder, Lilly Tryon, Maria Valenca, Jillian Wills, Joelle Wolf, Sonia Wrate

Coordinator of Nursing Admissions and Progression: Sylvia Mayer

Program Coordinators:

  • Nursing, B.S., Jillian Wills
  • Nursing, A.S., Pam Gammenthaler

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Nursing (SON) is to provide a Christian learning environment that values academic excellence and fosters personal and professional growth to meet the diverse healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Program Outcomes

The graduate will:

  1. Provide care for the patient, using the nursing process in collaboration with patient, families and health team members, to diagnose and treat the patient’s response to actual or potential stressors.
  2. Manage the nursing care of individuals and groups of individuals with actual or potential stressors to system functioning, within a variety of practice settings.
  3. Consistently fulfill the role of member of the discipline of nursing as evidenced by lifelong learning, care, integrity, accountability and professional conduct and involvement.


The programs in nursing are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. They are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN).


The SON has a comprehensive assessment program. AS and BS students are required to complete standardized competency examinations throughout the nursing curriculum. The AS graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The TBN requires an annual pass rate of 85% or higher on the NCLEX-RN for a school to maintain approval.


Students admitted to nursing courses will accept personal responsibility for their learning and professional behavior. Each student contracts to abide by policies as stated in the SON Student Handbook.

Students will be expected to provide their own transportation for all clinical appointments.

The university assesses lab fees for certain courses across campus. Both AS and BS classes have associated lab fees to help offset expenses which are not covered by regular tuition.

The SON has a zero tolerance policy with respect to illicit drug use. Students will be screened for chemicals during their first nursing course and at any other time for reasonable suspicion or evidence of alcohol or drug use. Violation will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

All students are required to have a criminal background check. The SON uses Package SC87 with the vendor Certified The TBN and other State Boards reserve the right to deny licensure if the applicant has committed a crime other than a minor traffic violation. The SON reserves the right to deny admission to or remove students from the nursing program who have records of misconduct, legal or otherwise, that would jeopardize their professional performance.

The SON reserves the right to revise, add, or withdraw policies and/or courses as necessary to ensure a quality nursing program.

Associate and Baccalaureate Programs

The School of Nursing (SON) program at Southern Adventist University leads to a baccalaureate degree (BS) in nursing with the option to exit at the associate degree (AS) level. Students entering the nursing program may declare the AS or AS/BS Nursing Major. However, students are encouraged to declare the BS degree when applying to the University making a double AS Nursing/BS Nursing major. When graduated from AS Nursing, the major will convert to BS Nursing. Registered nurses with an AS degree from a nursing program accredited by the ACEN may apply and be accepted into BS level nursing (campus, off-campus Consortium or online) or accelerated Registered Nurse (RN) to Master of Science (MSN) program. Diploma and AS degree graduates from a non-accredited program will be evaluated on an individual basis.

The nursing curriculum is based on the Neuman Systems Model (NSM) which emphasizes wholistic health. Upon acceptance into the clinical nursing program, the AS degree in nursing may be completed in four semesters, plus a summer nursing practicum. Upon completion of the AS degree requirements, the student is eligible to take NCLEX-RN.

The curriculum in the BS Program enhances professional opportunities through study in theoretical and clinical nursing. The program may be completed in two to three semesters depending on completion of general education/cognate requirements.

The accelerated RN to MSN program allows the RN to combine BS and MSN level course work in a condensed program of five to six full-time semesters. Accelerated program emphases include Adult, Family, and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator (see Southern Graduate Catalog for complete program information).

A limited number of students are accepted into each program in Fall and Winter semesters of each year.

A well-equipped Learning Resource Center (LRC), clinical skills laboratory, simulation laboratory, and a tutorial program (Assisting Students to Achieve Professionally [ASAP]) are provided to facilitate learning.

Admission Requirements

The final decisions on acceptance and progression in nursing are made by the SON. Declaration as a nursing major is not the equivalent of acceptance to the SON. Acceptance into the articulated AS/BS Nursing Program is a separate admission. Minimum requirements for admission to clinical nursing courses are listed below:

  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Foreign student transcript evaluation by World Education Services. The cost for this evaluation will be paid by the applicant. The number of credits accepted for transfer to Southern Adventist University may vary from those listed on the evaluation, in accordance with the policies of Southern Adventist University. 
  3. A diploma from a four-year accredited high school or the equivalent.
  4. Evidence of mental and moral fitness. References or information may be required.
  5. A minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English.
  6. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students must be, with reasonable accommodation, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program. The Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression developed by the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing include:
    • Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
    • Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups
    • Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
    • Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
    • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
    • Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
    • Visual abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
    • Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Upon admission into the nursing program, the following requirements apply:

  1. Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification that must be maintained throughout the nursing program.
  2. A background check.
  3. A urine drug screen.
  4. Evidence through a health verification form and all required tests, including immunizations, that student is in good health and free from communicable diseases.

Associate Degree

Enrollment in the AS Nursing Program is limited, therefore admission is a competitive process. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into clinical nursing courses. The SON faculty consider overall G.P.A., ACT (the SAT is not accepted) scores, university courses completed, adviser recommendation, and length of time at Southern when determining admission into the clinical nursing classes.

Minimum requirements for admission to associate degree nursing courses are as follows:

  1. Survey of Chemistry I and Anatomy and Physiology I with minimum grades of “C”.
  2. ACT scores with a minimum standard enhanced Math score of 16 (if less than 16, a college math course for credit is required see Area I.2a); 20 in Reading (or Nelson-Denny); and 18 in English (if less than 18, an English class for credit is required see Area I.1b).
  3. Science credits (Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition) earned more than five years prior to admission will not be accepted. Applicants may choose to validate knowledge by examination or by repeating the course.
  4. A minimum current and cumulative university grade point average of 2.90 on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Students may be asked to take a standardized nursing admission assessment examination. Scores on this examination will be utilized in the selection process for admission to clinical nursing courses.
  6. Transfer students from another nursing program will be evaluated individually and accepted on a space available basis.
  7. Students who have successfully completed a practical nurse program and NRSG 103 - Associate Nurse Perspectives , may receive eight (8) credit hours of advanced placement in nursing and will articulate directly into the second semester of the nursing curriculum on a space available basis.
  8. ACT-PEP examinations in Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) and microbiology (4 credits) will be accepted as an alternative method of college credit for LPNs if these credits are already on the transcript when applying to the nursing program.
  9. A personal “admission interview”.

The following should be sent by February 1 (Fall Admission) or September 1 (Winter Admission) to the University Director of Admissions: (1) application to the University (2) application to the SON (3) high school and college transcripts (4) ACT scores. The applicant is responsible to see that all application materials are received by the SON.

Students accepted to clinical nursing are required to send a Nursing Education deposit of $400 to hold their place in the class.

Baccalaureate Degree

Students acceptance into the articulated AS/BS Nursing Program transition seamlessly into the BS portion of the nursing program. Transfer students who are graduates of ACEN accredited Associate and Diploma Nursing Programs may apply for acceptance into the BS nursing courses by sending an application to the SON’s Admissions Coordinator. Upon acceptance to the nursing program, courses listed in the current catalog will be required. In order to complete BS nursing courses in one year, all non-nursing course requirements must be completed prior to the two semesters of BS nursing classes.

Minimum requirements for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program are as follows:

  1. Move to Progressions Requirements/Baccalaureat Degree.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 to articulate and progress into BS classes or be admitted into the BS Nursing program.
  3. Recommendation from nursing faculty in the student’s basic nursing program and/or employer.
  4. An interview with the BS program coordinator or designee, if requested.
  5. Transfer Student Admission: Documentation of clinical experience (satisfactory work performance recommendation), and/or RN Update or additional clinical experience may be required.
  6. Nursing Credits: Transfer students who are graduates of NLNAC accredited Associate and Diploma Nursing Programs will have 30 credits of associate degree level nursing and eight (8) credits of upper division nursing (NRSG 305 , NRSG 309 ) placed in escrow upon entrance to the BS program. After successfully completing 10 semester hours of BS nursing courses at Southern Adventist University, these credits held in escrow will be placed on the transcript as accepted credits toward a BS degree with a major in nursing.
  7. General Education and Cognates: ACT-PEP examinations in Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), Chemistry 111 (3 credits), and Microbiology (4 credits) will be accepted as an alternative method of university credit for RNs if these credits are already on the transcript when applying to the nursing program.
    Associate Degree
    Graduates of a state approved associate degree program will be considered to have met General Education requirements for the first two years of the program with the exception of Introduction to Public Speaking, English, Math, Fitness for Life, and Computer Concepts and 2 hours computer skills provided that the GPA is 2.5 or above. If ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , COMM 135 , CPTE 100 , Area I-2c, PEAC 125  and math requirements were not included in the associate degree program, they must be taken in fulfillment of the BS degree General Education requirements.
    Diploma Graduate
    • Credit is acceptable for courses comparable to those required at Southern Adventist University if received from an accredited senior or junior college or by examination according to the policy stated in this Catalog.
    • All cognates for the AS degree level must be completed before entering BS nursing courses. General Education requirements may be taken concurrently.
  8. Students in third semester AS degree nursing courses may take: Applied Statistics for Health Professions (NRSG 316 ), Nursing Assessment (NRSG 328 ), Nursing Pharmacology (NRSG 389 ), or Pathophysiology (NRSG 434 ) if they have taken all general education and cognates for AS and BS nursing and if approved by BS faculty and student adviser.

*The student must be licensed in the state where clinical labs are completed

Progression Requirements

Associate Degree

  1. A minimum grade of “C+” (2.30) is required in each nursing course for progression with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 in nursing and a 2.50 overall GPA on a 4.00 scale for graduation.
  2. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each nursing cognate. Cognate courses are BIOL 101 , BIOL 102 ; NRNT 125 ; PSYC 128 ; BIOL 225 ; CHEM 111 .
  3. A student may apply to repeat only one failed nursing course (see exception in #5).
  4. If a student withdraws from a nursing course that is being repeated, it will be considered course failure.
  5. If a student is unable to progress due to a second nursing failure in the third or fourth semester, he/she may reapply one time to restart the program (See readmission requirements). No student who fails the same nursing course twice will be eligible for a program re-start. No courses may be repeated after the student re-starts. Readmission to the nursing program is on a space available basis.
  6. A student who withdraws from a nursing course or chooses not to progress to the subsequent course in the next semester that it is offered should notify the Admission and Progressions Coordinator immediately. The process for re-entering the nursing program is outlined under “Readmission Requirements ”.
  7. Students who do not complete a semester or progress with their class cannot be assured placement in their choice of a subsequent course.
  8. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance on standardized tests. If the required performance level is not achieved, remedial work must be completed to progress in the program or be recommended by the SON faculty to take NCLEX-RN.
  9. Any cognate course taken off campus during the time the student is enrolled at Southern Adventist University (school year or summer) must be approved by the Dean of the SON.

Baccalaureate Degree

Minimum requirements for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program are as follows:

  1. A minimum grade of “C” (2.00) is required in each nursing and cognate course for progression. Cognate courses are CHEM 112 ; RELT 373 ; SOCI 349 .
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is required for graduation.
  3. One failed nursing course may be repeated.
  4. Any cognate course taken off campus during the time the student is enrolled at Southern Adventist University (academic year or summer) must be approved by the Dean of the SON.
  5. Satisfactory performances on standardized exam(s).
  6. Current nursing license: a) students taking BS classes in the state of Tennessee must be a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee by graduation b) students taking BS classes online in a state other than Tennessee must be a registered nurse in the state of residence (or current multistate license with privilege to practice in the state of residence) by graduation.

Readmission Requirements

  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Application to the SON.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Completion of specified requirements as set forth by the SON relating to the individual applicant.
  5. A personal interview with a designated nursing faculty member.
  6. Validation of nursing knowledge and skills through written examination and clinical performance is required for acceptance of prior nursing credits if there has been a time lapse greater than two years during a student’s AS program.
  7. Readmission will be on a space available basis.