About The Division

Today, the United States needs twice the number of current registered nurses (RNs) prepared with baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing. Due to the national and international 21st century shortage of nurses, there are numerous employment opportunities in hospital and community settings. Today, nurses comprise the largest single group of health care providers in the nation. In the coming year we will be challenged to address the nursing shortage in our state. The demand is expected to increase in the coming years as new health care facilities are completed, and the population continues to grow and age.

Preparation for professional nursing is rigorous and life changing. The Nursing program includes humanities, behavioral science, natural science as well as nursing science and skills. Spring Hill nursing education prepares nurses for lives of service, professional excellence and personal integrity.

The Nursing Division’s leadership role is to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of our rapidly evolving health care environment. We are educating nurses to be global citizens who will bring the expertise of their education to their communities and their profession. On top of a tradition undergraduate program, the Nursing Division also has online programs for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a program for RNs to earn their BSN.

Innovation, excellence, and compassion-these are the hallmarks of the Division of Nursing at Spring Hill College. The Nursing Division has a proud tradition of excellence in nursing education, and we will continue to build on this foundation with your input and support.

Program Offerings

Program Name

Offered

Program Level

  • BS
  • BSN
  • BSN

Spring Hill College is proud to be home of the #1 four-year nursing program in the State of Alabama!

Undergraduate Nursing Details

The nursing curriculum consists of two phases: pre-professional and professional. The pre-professional phase is open to all students declaring nursing as their major and consists of the courses included in the first three semesters of the program. Admission to the professional phase, which begins the second semester of the sophomore year, involves the fulfillment of specific requirements and a separate application reviewed by the nursing faculty.

Students must apply for admission to the professional phase during the semester in which they are completing their preprofessional and prerequisite courses by submitting a complete and accurate nursing professional program application. Enrollment is limited and the admission process is selective and competitive. Spring Hill students who have been enrolled for two traditional semesters, excluding summer, will receive priority for admission placement.

Minimum criteria for admission to the professional phase:

  1. Minimum composite American College Test (ACT) score of 21.
  2. Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all Spring Hill College courses. 
  3. Achieve a minimum of a 3.0 in HSC 231, 232, 233, 234, 136 138; MTH 163; PSY 101, 204; SOC 101 or 391; NUR 100, 201, and 202.
  4. Submit complete health records required by the Division of Nursing including physical examination and immunizations either with application or no later than first day of class.
  5. Meet essential mental and physical qualifications of the nursing program as outlined in the Disability Statement included in the Nursing Student Handbook.
  6. Transfer students must submit letter of good standing from all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the Division of Nursing. Letters from academic institutions are to be addressed to Admissions and letters from nursing programs to Dr. Kathy Sheppard, Division of Nursing Chair.
  7. Give consent and authorization and accept responsibility for cost of background screening and drug screening to be conducted in the beginning of the fall semester.
  8. If a student withdraws from or receives a grade lower than a C in any of the courses listed under number 3 above, the student must complete the course at Spring Hill College or an approved four-year college or university.

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing and the Master’s Degree Program in Nursing at Spring Hill College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Spring Hill College also has the approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing.
Alabama Board of Nursing  P.O. Box 303900 Montgomery, AL. 36130-3900

Faculty

  • Kathryn Sheppard

    Professor, Division Chair of Nursing

  • Tracy Bucher

    Nursing Instructor

  • Stacy Clements

    Nursing Instructor

  • Tasha Jones

    Assistant Professor

  • Evan Kennedy

    Nursing Instructor

  • Katherine McCord

    Instructor

  • Erin Sheppard

    Assistant Professor

Graduate Program

Spring Hill College offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) that allows students to complete their coursework fully online. Our MSN program has three distinct concentrations: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nursing Education and Executive Leadership. Our MSN students are able to tailor their degree and education to their busy lives and schedules with our online classes and rolling admissions.

Pending CCNE accreditation for the online programs.

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