The Pre-licensure BSN option is 4 years in length and occurs in two stages. The first stage requires students to take 49 semester/credit hours of lower-division work (liberal arts and nursing prerequisites). Some of these lower division semester/credit hours can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university but the student is also required to take St Andrews General Education (SAGE) courses which are only offered at SAU. The second phase is comprised of 68 semester credit hours of upper-division work in the nursing major and is completed within the SAU Nursing Program. Students will take an additional SAGE course (3 credits) in their senior year. Students are expected to take approximately 71 credits in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The BSN pre-licensure program is 120 semester/credits. See BSN Student Handbook
Admission to the SAU Nursing Program can be highly competitive. Admission to SAU does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Applicants must be eligible to return to all educational institutions previously attended. Applicants who are attending or have attended another nursing school are required to provide a recommendation letter from a nursing faculty or Dean/Chair from the last attended nursing program. The letter must state that the student is eligible to continue in that nursing program before they be considered for admission to SAU Nursing Program. All lower division courses must be completed before beginning nursing courses (or approval of Chair). The first nursing courses begin in the fall semester of the sophomore year. The nursing curriculum includes both didactic and clinical experiences. Integrated throughout the nursing curriculum are concepts that enables students to provide evidence-based collaborative care to diverse patient populations in varied settings. The Program Objectives and Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes are a culmination of measurable competencies, consistent with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice which enable graduates to practice within a complex healthcare system.
Upon completion of all courses required (120 semester hours) students will graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Graduation from the BSN program is distinctly different from passing the NCLEX-RN exam. A registered nurse (RN) license will be awarded by the North Carolina Board of Nursing upon successfully passing the NCLEX-RN® and satisfactorily meeting all other Board of Nursing licensure requirements.