Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) – Application and Admission


One or more major course cohorts will begin each year depending on enrollment. All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Application deadlines are available in the School of Nursing and the Admissions Department. Admission is open to registered nurses who meet the following criteria:

  1. Proof of a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license or in progress of becoming licensed as a Registered Nurse; and
  2. Hold an Associate degree or Diploma in Nursing.

After meeting with an admissions representative, an advising appointment will be scheduled with a Student Success Advisor.  The Advisor will assist individual students in determining eligibility for admission to the nursing program, which previously completed college courses are approved for meeting program requirements, and which courses must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the program.

South College seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states.  We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.  SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program.  However, not all states are SARA members.  While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

Professional Licensure

This program is not normally an academic program that requires additional professional licensure other than the nursing license required for admission to the program.  However, not all states have the same requirements.  It is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate Board of Nursing in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state. Information is provided during the application process and via the website regarding state Board of Nursing contact information.