May 11, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

Dean: Barbara James

Faculty: Kerry Allen, Nicholas J. Beaumonte Jr., Jill Buchholz, Ronda Christman, Judith Dedeker, Holly Gadd, Pam Gammenthaler, LaShawn Horton, Lorella Howard, Barbara James, Cynthia Johnson, Frances Johnson, Dana Krause, Michael Liedke, Sylvia Mayer, Christine Moniyung, Linda Peoples, Rebecca Retzer, Cindy Rima, Elizabeth Scott, Christy Showalter, Christina Shrode, Elizabeth Snyder, Lilly Tryon, Maria Valenca, Holly D. Walker, Joelle Wolf, Sonia Wrate

Director of Nursing Admissions and Progressions: Sylvia Mayer

Program Coordinators:

  • Nursing, B.S., Joelle Wolf; Consortium, Sylvia Mayer
  • Nursing, B.S.N., Pam Gammenthaler and Joelle Wolf
  • Nursing, A.S., Pam Gammenthaler

Mission Statement

The School of Nursing provides a Christian learning environment that nurtures a culture of integrity and academic excellence, and prepares caring, competent professionals to serve the diverse healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities within a global context.

Program Outcomes

The graduate will:

  1. Provide personalized, compassionate, and coordinated care for the individual, family, or community through use of the nursing process, based on the unique variables that make up the whole person (physiological, Psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual).
  2. Manage the provision of nursing care through effective functioning within inter- and intra-professional teams through open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making in order to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Consistently fulfill the role of member of the discipline through the assimilation of a set of nursing roles and behaviors that include integrity, accountability, civility, critical thinking, collaborative relationships, clear communication, advocacy, legal and ethical practice, community and professional involvement, and life-lone learning in order to effectively demonstrate Christ-centered excellence through caring, connecting, and empowering.


The programs in nursing are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. As new programs (such as the BSN, which is currently under review) are added, application for accreditation is made. They are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN).


The School of Nursing (SON) has a comprehensive assessment program. AS, BS, and BSN students are required to complete standardized competency examinations throughout the nursing curriculum. AS and BSN graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The Tennessee Board of Nursing 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. AS, BS, and BSN classes have associated lab fees to help offset expenses which are not covered by regular tuition.

Drug Screen

By enrolling at Southern, all students agree to random drug testing (may include testing for illicit drugs, nicotine and/or alcohol). The SON has a zero tolerance policy with respect to illicit drug use. A drug screen will be required of any new student accepted into the undergraduate nursing programs. A drug screen will also be required for an enrollment lapse of one semester or more. Students may be screened at any other time for random testing, reasonable suspicion or evidence of alcohol or drug use. Violation and positive drug screens will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Prescription Medications

Upon admission to the SON, a student on a prescription medication is obligated to provide documentation from a Health Care Provider. Documentation is once again required upon any changes in the prescription or upon addition of any new prescription throughout the student’s time in the nursing program.

All students are required to have a criminal background check. The SON uses Package SC87 with the vendor 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 (LPN-RN See Pre-licensure AS and BSN #6) may declare the AS, AS/BS, or BSN 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.

In keeping with recommendations for the BSN as the entry level for practice (IOM, Future of Nursing, AACN, NLN, CNEA, etc) a generic, pre-licensure BSN track (admission second semester sophomore year) allows a student to complete the degree in a total of four years (1.5 pre-admission, 2.5 in the major).

The nursing curriculum is based on the SDA Nursing Framework which emphasizes whole-person health. Upon acceptance into the clinical nursing program, the AS degree in nursing may be completed in four semesters. Upon completion of the AS degree requirements, the student is eligible to take NCLEX-RN.

Completion of the BS Program enhances professional opportunities through study in theoretical and clinical nursing. The program may be completed on campus in two to three semesters, ONLINE in four semesters, Consortium Off-campus program in six semesters (two years), following the AS degree 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, Psych-Mental Health, 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 two times 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 or BSN 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 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 score of 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT) 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.

See SON Undergraduate Handbook for a fuller description.

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.

Pre-licensure AS and BSN

Enrollment in the AS or BSN 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., standardized nursing admission assessment examination, interview, university courses completed, faculty recommendation, and length of time at Southern when determining admission into the clinical nursing classes.

Minimum requirements for admission to associate degree or pre-licensure BSN nursing courses are as follows:

  1. Survey of Health Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Anatomy and Physiology II 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 IN-4) and 18 in English (if less than 18, an English class for credit is required see Area IN-2).
  3. Students will 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.
  4. A minimum current and cumulative university grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale with special emphasis on nursing cognates. Cognate courses may be repeated a maximum of one time.
  5. Transfer students from another nursing program will be evaluated individually and accepted on a space available basis.
  6. Students who have successfully completed a practical nurse program (LPN) and NRSG 103 , 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.
  7. The Admission Committee may grant “Provisional Admission” to applicants who demonstrate academic potential to successfully complete the program, but whose GPA or test scores do not meet or only minimally meet the academic admission requirements. Determination is made on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee (see SON Undergraduate Handbook for more details).
  8. A personal “admission interview”.
  9. It is expected that prospective AS/BS students will enter approximately 20-30 hours and prospective BSN students will enter with approximately 40-45 hours.

The following should be sent by February 15 (Fall or Summer Admission) or September 15 (Winter Admission) to the Southern Adventist University Enrollment Management:

To the university: (See admission checklist)

  1. University application
  2. High school and college transcripts

To the School of Nursing:

  1. A Nursing Application submitted directly to the School of Nursing.
  2. The applicant is responsible to see that all application materials are received by the SON.

Students accepted to clinical nursing are required to sign a commitment form to hold their place in the class.

RN-BS Baccalaureate Degree

  • RN to BS traditional classroom (two semesters)
  • RN to BS online with field experience (four semesters-including summer)
  • RN to BS consortium off-campus (six semesters-including summer)

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

Minimum requirements for admission to the RN-BS (all tracks) baccalaureate nursing program are as follows:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 to articulate and progress into senior BS classes or be admitted into the BS Nursing program.
  2. Recommendation from nursing faculty in the student’s basic nursing program and/or employer may be requested.
  3. An interview with the BS program coordinator or designee, if requested.
  4. Transfer Student Admission: Documentation of clinical experience (satisfactory work performance recommendation), and/or RN Update or additional clinical experience may be required.
  5. Nursing Credits: Transfer students who are graduates of ACEN 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, these credits held in escrow are available to be placed on the transcript as accepted credits toward a BS degree with a major in nursing.

    Associate Degree Graduate

    Graduates of a state approved associate degree nursing program will be considered to have met General Education requirements for the first two years of the program with the exception of Communication and Public Speaking, English, Statistics, Fitness for Collegiate Life, and Computer Concepts provided that the GPA is 2.50 or above. If ENGL 101 , ENGL 102 , COMM 135 , CPTE 100 MATH 215 , and PEAC 125  were not included in the associate degree program, they must be taken in fulfillment of the BS degree General Education requirements.

    Students in third semester AS degree nursing courses may take: Applied Statistics for Health Professions (NRSG 316 ), Professional Development in Nursing (NRSG 322 ), Population and Community Health I, (NRSG 344 ) Health 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. A number of upper division nursing electives are also available.

    Diploma Graduate
    • Credit is acceptable for courses comparable to those required at Southern if received from an accredited junior or senior college or by examination according to the policy stated in this Catalog.
    • All general education and cognates for the AS/BS degree levels must be completed before graduation.

Progression Requirements

Pre-licensure AS and BSN

  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 122  or PSYC 128 ; BIOL 225 ; CHEM 120 .
  3. Failure or academic withdrawal from NRSG 110 /NURS 210  will result in dismissal from the nursing program without opportunity for immediate repeat of NRSG 110 /NURS 210 . Program reapplication may be individually considered only if the student has subsequent, substantive, improved academic performance over at least two semesters and meets admission requirements. There is no guarantee of readmission.
  4. A student who is not passing the theory or clinical lab portion of a course may withdraw from a nursing course by the withdrawal date published on the Southern calendar without it being considered a nursing failure. One course withdrawal is allowed. (SON Undergraduate Handbook)
  5. A student may apply to repeat only one failed “Core” NRSG/NURS (SON Undergraduate Handbook) nursing course. The student may repeat the course based on space availability and with the approval of the Admissions and Progressions committee.
  6. Should a student need to repeat a nursing class, or receive a C+ in a nursing class, he/she will be required to enroll in NRSG 203 /NURS 203 , Nursing Enrichment, the following semester. This is a 0-1 credit class with the objective of assisting the student to be successful in the nursing program.
  7. AS: If a student is unable to progress due to a second failure in a “Core” NRSG nursing course in the third or fourth nursing semester, he/she may reapply one time to restart the program (See readmission requirements). No courses may be repeated after the student re-starts. Readmission to the nursing program is on a space available basis.
  8. BSN: If a student is unable to progress due to a second failure in a “Core” NURS nursing course (after successful completion of Adult Health and Mental Health), he/she may reapply one time to restart the program ((See readmission requirements). No courses may be repeated after the student re-starts. Readmission to the nursing program is on a space available basis.
  9. 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 Admissions and Progressions Coordinator immediately. The process for re-entering the nursing program is outlined under “Readmission Requirements”.
  10. Students who do not complete a semester or who do not progress through the program with the cohort into which they were admitted, cannot be assured of their placement of choice for subsequent courses.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

RN-BS 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 RELT 373  and  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 (academic year or summer) must be approved by the Dean of the SON.

Readmission Requirements

Pre-licensure AS and BSN

  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Application to the SON. (see SON Undergraduate Handbook). Program reapplication may be individually considered only if the student has subsequent, substantive, improved academic performance over at least two semesters and meets admission requirements. There is no guarantee of readmission.
  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. Recommendation from course faculty for any course(s) failed.
  6. An interview before a faculty panel may be required.
  7. 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 one semester during a student’s AS program.
  8. Readmission will be on a space available basis.

RN-BS Baccalaureate Degree

  1. Reactivate enrollment in Southern Adventist University and SON.