At FSC, you will combine innovative technology and hands-on clinical experiences with traditional classroom learning in a state-of-the-art medical sciences facility.

You’ll understand the science of nursing, as well as the biological and behavioral sciences required to proactively treat patients. Additionally, you will be skilled at handling highly sensitive, critical situations in a variety of healthcare settings. If you're passionate about caring for people, our BSN program is for you.

Top Reasons to Study Nursing at FSC

  • Unlike other schools, which make you wait until your junior year before starting your nursing program, you begin the nursing program in your first year.
  • At Florida Southern the small nursing classes makes it possible to establish close working relationships with faculty, a must for mastering the techniques of nursing.
  • Graduating from the BSN program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
  • Complete your clinical experience at some of the nation's busiest, most technologically advanced hospitals.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

The integration of theoretical knowledge with clinical practice is a vital aspect of your nursing education at Florida Southern. In addition to training in our state-of-the-art medical simulation labs, you’ll conduct clinical rotations at major Medical Centers for example, an 850-bed regional hospital and trauma center. Through your hands-on, clinical experiences you will learn the realities of working with patients, their families, and other medical professionals.

Our Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building is a state-of-the-art facility, which houses wireless classrooms, a technologically advanced nursing skills lab, and a treatment simulation laboratory.

 

Course Information

Beginning with a class in the basics of health assessment, nursing courses at FSC cover every aspect of the nursing field, from applied pharmacology to community health to nursing leadership and professional development.

Get complete descriptions of all our nursing courses  

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Among our more than 80 student groups, you’ll find a chapter of the Florida Nursing Student Association, which offers opportunities for community service and professional development. Our Pre-Professional Society/AMSA also brings together students who are pursuing careers in the medical field.

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ADMISSION TO THE BSN PROGRAM

The BSN Program is a selective direct-admit program and the minimum criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the program. Students who apply to Florida Southern College and indicate an interest in pursuing a nursing degree, and who meet the requirements outlined below, will be automatically considered for admission to the School of Nursing once they have been admitted to the College. (Meeting the minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee admittance into the program.)

  1. A cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  2. A minimum SAT cumulative score of 1000 with a minimum of 500 scored in Math, or a minimum ACT score of 22 with a minimum of 22 score in Math.
  1. If you are transferring any college credit,you must have obtained a grade of “C” or higher in any of the Nursing Program requisite courses: Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Statistics.
 

Program Requirements

Nursing (B.S.N.) Major Requirements*

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 98 hours
BIO 1000 Biology for Your Life
or  
BIO 1500 Biological Essentials
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 2280 Applied Microbiology
CHE 1011 Chemical Foundations of the Biological Sciences I
MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
or  
MAT 2032 Biostatistics
PSY 2209 Developmental Psychology

Prerequisites (prior to junior year):

NUR 1105

Nursing Foundations I

NUR 1106 Nursing Foundations II
NUR 2202 Nursing Fundamentals
NUR 3104 Applied Pathophysiology
NUR 3106 Basics of Health Assessment
NUR 3204 Applied Pharmacology
NUR 3510 Psychiatric Nursing Care
NUR 3530 Obstetric and Newborn Nursing Care
NUR 3540 Pediatric Nursing Care
NUR 3585 Adult Heath Nursing Care I
NUR 4110 Evidence Based Health Care
NUR 4210 Senior Seminar
NUR 4570 Community Health Nursing Care
NUR 4585 Adult Health Nursing Care II
NUR 4590 Leadership and Management
NUR 4595 Adult Health Nursing Care III
NUR 4960 Internship (2 hours)
NUR 4961 Internship (2 hours)
C. Electives 0 hours
D. Total 138 hours
 
Nursing students working together to help patient.  

Course Descriptions

Biology

BIO 1000 BIOLOGY FOR YOUR LIFE
Four hours. Does not count toward major or minor. This course focuses on how biological concepts impact our daily lives. Topics include the cell, ecology, evolution, and heredity. Gen Ed: NW

BIO 1500 BIOLOGICAL ESSENTIALS
Four hours. The first in a three-course sequence required for biology majors. A rigorous introduction to the principles that the lay the foundations for the biological sciences. Examines the relationships between metabolism, genetics, cell biology, and evolution. Students learn the mechanics and style of scientific reporting on laboratory exercises in cell and molecular biology utilizing techniques such as spectrophotometry and electrophoresis. Gen Ed: NW

BIO 2215 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Four hours. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal (including joints), muscular, and nervous. Gen Ed: NW

BIO 2216 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2215. No credit awarded if student has completed BIO 2209, BIO 2210, or BIO 4408. Structure and function of the following major organ systems of the human body: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive.

BIO 2280 APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1000 or BIO 1500 and CHE 1011 or CHE 1111. Pre- or corequisite: CHE 1012 or CHE 1112. Does not count towards the Biology major. Morphology and physiology of microorganisms, particularly bacteria, with emphasis on clinical disease.

Chemistry

CHE 1011 CHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I
Four hours. A review and study of chemical concepts that includes atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, acidity and basicity and oxidation-reduction reactions. The laboratory portion will contain experiments that reinforce the principles introduced in the classroom. Gen Ed: NW

Math

MAT 2022 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
Four hours. Students use statistical methods to analyze data from real world situations and make inferences. These methods involve descriptive analysis, probability distributions, correlation, linear regression, the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 2022 and MAT 2032. Gen Ed: Qn

MAT 2032 BIOSTATISTICS
Four hours. Applied statistical tools for analysis and decision making with applications for biology, environmental and agricultural sciences. Statistical terminology, collection and presentation of data, probability distributions, sampling, experimental design, parametric and nonparametric procedures, regression, correlation and analysis of variance. Class demonstrations of analysis using statistical software. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 2022 and MAT 2032. Gen Ed: Qn

Psychology

PSY 2209 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Four hours. Suggested prerequisite:PSY 1106 or PSY 1110. Human development from conception to death with emphasis major emphasis on childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Biological, cognitive, perceptual, language, personality, and social development are emphasized.

Nursing

NUR 1105 NURSING FOUNDATIONS I
Two hours. This introductory course provides an overview of nursing as a profession including the history, the present day health care system, and the principles which provide a foundation for the beginning study of the practice of nursing. Students consider the role of a professional nurse as care provider and the legal, ethical, social, and cultural influences to the delivery of health care in the United States. Students will learn study and testing techniques unique to nursing and utilize campus resources and online learning skills necessary for successful learning of nursing. This course may be taught as a learning community course or a living learning community course.

NUR 1106 NURSING FOUNDATIONS II
Two hours. This introductory course is a continuation of study regarding nursing as a profession. Learning includes communication with individuals regarding health and illness concerns according to the nursing process and the roles of the nurse and other health care professionals. Evidence based practice is introduced including selected nurse theorists/ theories with focus on the Neuman Systems Model. The political activist role of the nurse and its implications to the health care system are presented. Students complete a scholarly paper using APA format. This course may be taught as a learning community course or a living learning community course.

NUR 2202 NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
Four hours. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only. This course introduces students to the scientific basis for nursing practice and the safe care of patients with diverse needs. Nursing skills are simulated and practiced in the clinical skills assessment laboratory prior to performing in the actual clinical setting. This is a clinical course and students will have patient care experiences in area health care facilities under direct guidance of faculty and clinical preceptors.

NUR 3104 APPLIED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Four hours. Same as HSC 3104. Prerequisite: Nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor. Pathophysiology is the study of altered human physiology and disease processes. The course content provides a basis for nursing practice through learning body organ systems, homeostatic mechanisms, and the body's response to illness and injury.

NUR 3106 BASICS OF HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Four hours. This course prepares the student to collect and document data accurately as required for a basic health assessment of patients across the life span. It includes a skills laboratory component.

NUR 3204 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: HSC/NUR 3104 and nursing or health science majors. In this course the student analyzes the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses. Emphasis is on developing critical thinking skill in drug administration and monitoring therapeutic response for a culturally diverse population. Student will be introduced to the use of electronic medication administrations systems and related information technology used to enhance safety.

NUR 3510 PSYCHIATRIC NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. This course explores mind, body, and spirit alterations in functional health patterns experienced by patients with acute and chronic mental illness and examines psychopathology, psychopharmacologic therapies, community resources and the role of the nurse in psychiatry.

NUR 3530 MATERNAL AND NEWBORN NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. This course introduces students to the care of women during child bearing years, pregnancy, delivery, perinatal and newborn care. This is a clinical course and students will provide direct patient care in a variety of health care settings.

NUR 3540 PEDIATRIC NURSING CARE I
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. Nursing concepts are presented related to the delivery of nursing care for the childrearing family and children from infancy through adolescence. Principles of growth and development are applied as the student learns to provide nursing care and health teaching for promoting, maintaining, and restoring health in infants, children, and adolescents.

NUR 3585 ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE I
Six hours. Prerequisites: NUR2201, NUR3106, and BIO 2215, BIO 2216. In this course, concepts from behavioral, biological and natural sciences are integrated applied to the treatment of adult patients in acute care settings. Students will have clinical placement primarily in area hospitals under the guidance of faculty to develop competent and safe therapeutic nursing interventions directed toward promoting, maintaining and restoring heath or providing end of life care for a culturally diverse patient population.

NUR 4110 EVIDENCE BASED HEALTH CARE
Four hours. Same as HSC 4110. Prerequisites: MAT 2022 or MAT 2023 and nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates theory and concepts from health care and nursing that apply to the generation, appraisal, use, and dissemination of research that contributes to safe, effective, and high quality healthcare practice and delivery. Gen Ed: EC-C

NUR 4210 SENIOR SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisites: senior status in nursing major and permission of the instructor. The senior seminar is a capstone class to prepare students for graduation, NCLEX licensing exam review, and entry into practice. Standardized testing is used to monitor progress and the final exit exam must be passed to qualify for completing the BSN major.

NUR 4550 TOPICS IN GLOBAL HEALTH CARE
One to eight hours. Same as HSC 4550. Prerequisites: Nursing or health science major and permission of the instructor. Students in other majors may be eligible to take this course with permission of the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. This is an elective course that allows a student to experience health care in a global setting. Each course will be developed separately depending on availability of resources and suitability of the experience for students. Variable credit will reflect the amount of time expended by each student as 1 credit hour for each 40 clock hours. Course work during the fall or spring semester may be tied to a trip abroad to various countries. Typical trips may be supporting a rural health clinic in Latin America, patient care in a small hospital in Africa, or community health projects in Asia or other parts of the world.

NUR 4570 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING CARE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. Students will apply concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health sciences to assess the health and health care delivery for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Students will assess physical, social, and cultural environments, identify populations at risk, and implement and evaluate appropriate nursing interventions in partnership with community and other health agencies.

NUR 4585 ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE II
Six hours. Prerequisites: Senior nursing majors and NUR3585. This course will build on previously learned material and will concentrate on the emergent needs of adult patients with complex health care needs and critical illness. Coursework is supplemented with onsite clinical experiences in critical care units and/or emergency departments in area hospitals.

NUR 4590 LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM
Four hours. Same as HSC 4590. Prerequisites: Senior status and nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. In this course the student examines his or her personal development as a health care professional and identifies goals for transitioning to practice. Leadership skills and life management skills are refined. Political, legal, and advocacy issues in nursing and health care are examined. Students will conduct an independent practicum at area health care facilities.

NUR 4595 ADULT HEALTH NURSING CARE III
Six hours. Prerequisites: Senior nursing major and NUR 4585. This capstone course serves as a synthesis of prior learning regarding adult health and nursing, including an emphasis on older adults and their social, ethical, legal, cultural, environmental, and financial issues. Clinical experiences continue in critical care units as well as settings providing palliative care and care for adults with organ and system failure, end-stage disease processes, and life-threatening illnesses.

NUR 4960/4961 INTERNSHIP
One to sixteen hours. Same as HSC 4960/61. Prerequisites: Nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. The internship provides an intensive experiential experience through supervised practice in a wide variety of heath care settings. The course helps students to build self-confidence, to increase competency with the delivery of evidence-based care, and to perform in a professional role. To the degree possible, students request an internship site consistent with their area of interest and are guided by a preceptor in collaboration with a FSC faculty member.