Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated)

Consistent with South College’s mission and goals, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program builds on a foundation of liberal arts education, establishing the knowledge base and clinical expertise for the generalist in nursing practice. The faculty supports the commitment to lifelong learning in a dynamic, culturally and ethnically diverse health care environment, promoting client advocacy, achieving and maintaining clinical competency, and providing service to the community and profession. The major curriculum is based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).

The BSN program serves both traditional and nontraditional students and offers opportunities to enhance the community’s health care through participatory learning experiences. The South College School of Nursing offers three options to pursue a BSN Degree. At Parkside (West Knoxville) Learning Site, the Traditional BSN option began in September 2004, and the online RN-BSN option began in April 2015. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Asheville Learning Site received initial approval to establish tradition BSN program from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016. The Accelerated BSN option will be available for admission in April 2017.

The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. The BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in November 2016.

The BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site was granted continuing accreditation in 2011 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, for a period of eight years. The next review is anticipated in 2019.  

The application for initial accreditation of the BSN program at the Parkside (Knoxville) Learning Site, the Nashville Learning Site,  and the Asheville (NC) Learning Site was approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in January 2017 (One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791,


The role of the professional nurse is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. The bachelor’s level nurse functions as a provider of care; a designer, manager and coordinator of care; and a member of the profession. The bachelor’s prepared nurse serves as a patient advocate and educator, using technical, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making skills to promote individual and family well-being. As a designer, manager, and coordinator of care, the professional nurse has the knowledge and authority to delegate tasks, supervise patient care, and evaluate personnel in the context of a team setting. The nurse functions as a member of a profession by demonstrating a strong foundation of ethical values, becoming an active proponent of political action in the regulatory aspects of the changing health care arena, and assuming a commitment to life-long learning (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Explore the state-of-the-art facilities available at South College.

An Excellent Experience

Experience hands-on learning outside the classroom through clinical practice.

Community Support

Serve the community as a quality healthcare provider.

Apply Today!

Join South College

Learn the essential skills necessary to become a nurse. Candidates interested in applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing(Accelerated) program are encouraged to reach out today!

Apply Now

Request More Information

Fill out this form and we will send you an informational packet about South College.

South College School of Nursing Traditional BSN, Knoxville Campus

Student Achievement Data

Calendar Year No. of Graduates NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate 1.5 Times Program Completion Rate Job Placement Rate
2013 30 97% 52% 100%
2014 33 91% 57% 97%
2015 30 93% 70% 100%

Consumer Information: Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.