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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Information and Application Process

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a total of 127 hours. These hours include 30 hours of General Education requirements, 43 hours of nursing pre-requisites and 54 hours of upper division nursing coursework. An introductory nursing course (or equivalent) is to be completed prior to entering the program in the fall of the junior year. All other upper division nursing courses are offered in sequence over the junior and senior years.

To progress from pre-nursing to the upper division courses, the student must have no less than a 2.75 GPA and have no less than a "C" in nursing prerequisite courses. Please note that evidence demonstrates that stronger science and math grades correlate with higher success rates in nursing school.

Applications to the upper division courses are accepted during the spring semester for fall admission. A student must be admitted to the University to submit the Nursing Application.

Nursing prerequisites include:

  • Human Anatomy (4 hours with a lab)
  • Human Physiology (4 hours with a lab)
  • OR Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours with a lab) AND Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours with a lab)
  • General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (4 hours with a lab)
  • Microbiology (4 hours with a lab)
  • College Algebra (3 hours)
  • Introduction to Statistics (2000 level or above) (3 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • Sociology (3 hours)
  • English Composition I (3 hours)
  • English Composition II (3 hours)
  • Introduction to Statistics (2000 level or above) (3 hours)
  • Nutrition (3 hours)

Other General Education Courses Include:

  • Speech Communication (or equivalent) (3 hours)
  • CSNE 1113 Integrated Software Applications or Computer Course (or equivalent) (3 hours)
  • THEO 1513 Christian Faith and Life
  • BLT 2xx3 Old or New Testament (3 hours)
  • THEO 3053 Foundations of Christian Belief
  • HP 1533 Modern World (or equivalent) (3 hours)
  • FA 1413 Aesthetics (or equivalent) (3 hours)
  • HP XxxX US History/Government/Civics course (3 hours)
  • Aesthetic Analysis (upper level) (3 hours)
  • Effective Communication (upper level) (3 hours)

*Note: a student may apply to and enter the Fall cohort with up to 9 hours of general education left to take during the Junior and Senior years.

Nursing Courses:

  • NURS 2013 Introduction to Professional Nursing in the Global Environment
  • NURS 3403 Health Assessment
  • NURS 3116 Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 3423 Gerontological Nursing
  • NURS 3112 Pharmacology I
  • NURS 3122 Pharmacology II
  • NURS 3224 Psychosocial and Psychiatric Nursing
  • NURS 3532 Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 3236 Acute and Chronic Illness I
  • NURS 4236 Acute and Chronic Illness II
  • NURS 4115 Care of the Maternal, Infant, and Child Client
  • NURS 4123 Community and Global Health
  • NURS 4236 Critical Care Nursing in Complex Environments
  • NURS 4336 Transformation to Professional Nursing

Suggested Plan of Study:

Fall 2020 Example Program Plan

SNU Pre-Nursing and General Education Requirements by Discipline

Tuition and Fees:

NURS courses each have a $175 testing fee. NURS courses with a lab or clinical requirement have an additional $200 per credit hour fee attached.

Information for Transfer Students:

Faculty at the School of Nursing will evaluate your transcripts to determine what additional courses might be required to enter or graduate from the SNU School of Nursing. Please contact Teresa Bieber to arrange for transcript evaluation.

Information for those with previous bachelor’s or master’s degrees:

Individuals with a previous bachelor’s degree have all other general education requirements waived. These individuals need to complete all nursing prerequisite courses and then apply to upper division courses for a fall entry.

Clinical Compliance

Students in the health sciences, including nursing, have specific requirements to meet in order to perform clinical rotations in regional health care facilities. Please see Clinical Compliance for guidelines.

Please note that all requirements including the the TB screening test and CPR certification (American Heart Association) are required to be completed during the summer prior to admission.

Computer Requirements

All students admitted to the upper division nursing courses must have a laptop computer that meets minimum standards on which to do testing and other course related functions.


  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Dual Core, or similar AMD
  • Memory 8 GB
  • Operating System: Windows: Windows 10 Pro, Mac: MacOS Mojave
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Network: Dual-Band wireless
  • Warranty: 1 year


  • Processor: Intel Core i5, Quad Core or similar AMD
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Operating System: Windows: Windows 10 Pro, Mac: MacOS Mojave
  • Hard Drive: M.2 256 GB NVMe Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Network: Ethernet and Dual-Band wireless
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Other: Built-in webcam

The University maintains a relationship with Dell Computers and students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to access this site for purchasing a device. The Member Purchase Program (MPP) contains pre-negotiated prices and machines come with a 3 year warranty and 24/7 support hotline.

University Mission Statement

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to make Christlike disciples through higher education. As a community, SNU enacts this mission by refining character, creating culture, and serving Christ.

Mission Statement of the School of Nursing

The mission of the SNU School of Nursing is to prepare servant-driven professionals who act as agents of healing and grace within diverse populations and in global settings, providing expert nursing care as an expression of Christian love.

Philosophy of the School of Nursing


The philosophical underpinnings of the nursing school at SNU begin with the importance of a servant-driven environment of graciousness and kindness. The book of Ecclesiastes explains that a chord of three strands is not easily broken. In the context of this program, three conceptual strands are interwoven to produce the structure of the nursing approach at SNU. These three strands include the following:

  • The development of the servant-driven scholar: Providing exceptional professional education in a student-centered learning environment.
  • The development of the servant-driven caregiver: Preparing graduates who are able to collaborate as team members providing safe and exceptional care for a diversity of patients in a variety of local and global settings.
  • The development of the servant-driven disciple: Supporting the student in his/her individual spiritual journey to enable each to foster and promote holistic, healing environments of care.

Philosophical Underpinnings

The three strands have been identified as providing an organizational scheme to the nursing philosophy and can more succinctly be identified as “think, do, love.” Within these strands are many threads. It is only when these threads and strands are woven together in a meaningful way that the character and professionalism of the nurse can be developed. All students have the potential to become scholars, caregivers and disciples of Christ. Although nursing education begins at SNU, the process of growth as a nurse is life-long.

Development of the Servant-Driven Scholar—Think

The SNU School of Nursing is committed to developing professionals who think clearly and who are able to make decisions, express ideas and contribute to professional dialog from the framework of the nursing discipline. The servant-driven nurse must be informed with a broad-based liberal arts education with exposure to both the issues that define culture and context as well as Biblical truth. Students also need to achieve demonstrable competence in the sciences most closely associated with human life. Evidence-based nursing practices demand an understanding of nursing concepts, theory, research and a knowledge of best practices.

Development of the Servant-Driven Caregiver—Do

In “doing,” the meta-paradigm of nursing is identifiable. There is a caring relationship between a nurse (the advocate, change agent, liaison, action figure) and the patient (the entity in need in some capacity), an environment (micro through macro levels, across geographic and cultural contexts, and including appropriate and necessary technology), and some aspect of health/healing/or wellbeing. The variations of each of these components are innumerable and the new professional nurse should be capable of recognizing variations and applying acquired knowledge in new and unique settings to bring about changes in health. Nurses are involved in moving the patient towards health in all environments while collaborating with other healthcare professionals. The SNU School of Nursing is committed to preparing nurses with the skills to perform within changing contexts across systems and across the globe.

Development of the Servant-Driven Disciple—Love

The SNU School of Nursing is committed to the development of compassionate, respectful nurses who serve others with integrity. Disciples of Christ do not seek to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45). This call to service motivates both intellectual learning and the development of the art of caring. Love for our fellowman is at the center of our practice and guides our decisions and actions. The Bible says that all human beings are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). SNU nurses are committed not only to the protection of life but also to the reduction of healthcare disparities. It is expected that nurses who graduate from SNU School of Nursing will enter into various servant leadership positions and help shape the future of nursing.


“Think, do, love” forms the three stranded chord that guides the development of the servant-driven nurse. The SNU School of Nursing is dedicated to student growth in knowledge, caregiving, and as disciples of Christ. Nurses grow in these areas as they study and as they interact reflectively with faculty and patients. The SNU School of Nursing is committed to encourage, facilitate and provide opportunities for growth for its students. The goal is to graduate nurses who possess the spiritual strength, self-knowledge, resiliency and skills to practice servant-driven nursing in a constantly changing world.

Acknowledgement given to Barnes, S.J., Johnson, J., Robertson, J., & Robinson, W. (2014) for the Mission and Philosophy of St. Gregory’s University (SGU) School of Nursing and to Terri Moser Woo, Director of Nursing, St. Martin’s University for permission to use the SGU philosophy and curriculum for reference. Acknowledgement to Dickey, M. (2018) as contributing author.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation from Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian liberal arts education into basic nursing practice with an emphasis on social justice, ethical, spiritual, and holistic care. (Essentials I and IX)
  2. Collaborate with inter-professional team members, patients, families, and communities to ensure safe, evidence-based, quality care. (Essentials III and VI)
  3. Demonstrate Christian leadership as global healthcare professionals through partnership and advocacy to promote health and wellness while affecting healthcare disparities. (Essentials II and VIII)
  4. Blends informatics and technology with clinical decision-making and caring to provide safe, timely, efficient and effective nursing care. (Essentials IV and VI)
  5. Apply knowledge of healthcare policy, standards of practice, regulatory and financial processes to transform client and population health. (Essentials V, VII and IX)
  6. Engage in reflective practice and self-care to nurture healthy relationships and healing environments. (Essentials VI, VII, IX)

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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