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Nursing (B.S. completion)

Coastal Carolina University has established a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program. Any nurse with a diploma in nursing or a Associate Degree in nursing who is licensed as a Registered Nurse in South Carolina, North Carolina, or Georgia is eligible to apply for admission to this program. This is a 33-credit, three semester program that culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from CCU. Graduates will be eligible for a graduate study in nursing.

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program complements the mission of the College of Science and Coastal Carolina University, and it is committed to advancing the education of registered nurses to meet the growing health care needs in the community, state, nation and the world.

In recognition of the value of a comprehensive baccalaureate nursing education and a sound liberal arts foundation, our mission is to prepare graduates who can provide evidence-based comprehensive nursing care that is scientifically based, caring and respectful of diverse individual needs. In addition, our mission is to prepare graduates for advanced education programs in nursing. To that end, the faculty embrace quality teaching and engaged learning opportunities in the classroom, faculty-student mentoring, and multiple collaborative learning opportunities throughout the program.

The faculty recognizes their responsibility to be a role model to the community and to the profession as a focal point for nursing scholarship and expertise. Therefore, the faculty is committed to applied research that contributes to improved health care and provides useful information for the development of the profession of nursing in the community, state, nation and the world. The Nursing program Mission Statement can be found at http://www.coastal.edu/catalog/2011_2012/2011_2012_undergraduate_university_catalog.pdf. (pp. 247-248).

Program Objectives

Building on the acute care clinical knowledge and experience received in Associate Degree and Diploma Nursing programs, the following program objectives and outcomes were developed for this program.

  1. The Bachelor of Science in nursing completion program will:
  2. Prepare graduates who consistently apply professional standards, ethics, and values in their nursing practice.
  3. Prepare graduates to assess, design and implement health promotion and disease prevention nursing programs for diverse individuals, groups and communities.
  4. Prepare graduates to evaluate nursing research and apply the results to evidenced-based nursing practice.
  5. Prepare graduates with the intellectual skills and competencies to provide leadership on health care management teams that promote patient safety and quality care in health care institutions and community settings.
  6. Prepare graduates to take a leadership role in the profession of nursing and in health care issues in the state and nation.
  7. Prepare graduates for advanced nursing education programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the Core Curriculum, Foundation courses and the Nursing courses and apply to the provision of theoretical, ethical, evidence-based professional nursing practice.
  2. Implement a complete health assessment for diverse individuals, families, groups and communities that focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Design, plan, implement and evaluate a program for diverse client populations that reflects analysis of assessment data, strategies for health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention/restoration/ rehabilitation.
  4. Apply critical thinking and complex communication skills when making judgments, when engaging in creative problem solving and when making decisions that ensures achievement of desired outcomes when leading a professional nursing group/department/practice.
  5. Synthesize knowledge from global, social, economic, epidemiologic and political systems to understand and lead change in health care delivery systems in the community, state, and the nation.
  6. Analyze research findings and apply them when making decisions, resolving problems, and evaluating outcomes in evidenced based professional nursing practice.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for this program are:

  1. Active South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia Nursing License;
  2. Graduation from an accredited nursing program with C or better in all courses;
  3. Completion of all but three core curriculum and foundation courses;
  4. Current BLS certification;
  5. Seven year background check and drug screening is now required;
  6. All immunization required by the clinical agencies;
  7. Current health insurance and professional liability insurance.

Course Requirements

I. CORE CURRICULUM (34-41 Credits) 34-41
   BIOL 232/232L* Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Laboratory  4
   BIOL 242/242L Human Anatomy and Physiology II/Laboratory  4
   HPRO 404 Nutrition  3
   PSYC 302 Developmental Psychology  3
   *These courses may also meet core curriculum requirements  
III.  MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (60-65 Credits)  60-65
   Nursing courses transferred from Technical and Diploma programs  30-35
   NUR 301 Transition to Professional Nursing  3
   NUR 305/NUR 305L Health Assessment/Laboratory  5(6)*
   NUR 408 Primary Nursing Across the Life Span  3
   NUR 410/NUR 410P Community Health Nursing/Practicum  5(6)*
   NUR 420/NUR 420P Nursing Leadership and Management/Practicum  5(6)*
   NUR 424 Nursing Research  3
   NUR 430 Health Care Systems Policies and Policy  3
   NUR Elective  3
  ( )* contact hours  
 IV.  ELECTIVES (0-12 Credits)  0-12

For more information on the program:

Patricia A. Bohannan, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor
Director of the Nursing Completion Program

(843) 839-1102 Phone 



Inquiries about this program’s accreditation status can be made at:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta GA 30326
(404)975-5000 Phone
(404)975-5020 FAX