Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

Nursing B.S.N.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Georgia College is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-2440) and is designed to satisfy the current educational requirements prescribed by the Board of Nursing for professional licensure. Upon successful completion of this program, the unlicensed graduate is eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse by examination (NCLEX-RN). Approval for admission to the licensing examination and subsequent licensure of qualified applicants is granted by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Criminal background checks are required by O.C.G.A. § 43-26-7. Any history of arrest may affect the applicant’s ability to complete the program or obtain licensure.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Georgia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791).

Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability or qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty rations required by standards of the Georgia Board of Nursing.  All students who apply to the major may not be admitted.

Students who have taken nursing courses at another institution must meet with the Assistant Director of the School of Nursing, Undergraduate Programs, to determine eligibility to apply to the program.  Students must submit a letter from the previous Dean/Director indicating they are in good standing and eligible to return to the previous program.  Students who have failed more than one nursing course at another institution will not be considered for admission.

Agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place may require students to undergo a criminal background check, to complete urine drug screens, and to meet the agency requirements for immunizations.  Students desiring to enter the School of Nursing should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on failure to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing the program. Professional licensing boards may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

Students should consult with advisors to ensure all necessary requirements to apply to the BSN Program are met. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that all requirements published on the official website and catalog are met.

Application dates are published on the official website for the BSN Program. The online application is available only during the designated application period. Late applications will not be accepted.

Only students who submit a completed application including a plan for meeting all core and history and constitution (U.S. and Georgia) legislative requirements by the published deadline will be considered for admission.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the time of application to the nursing program.  Not all qualified applicants will be admitted due to space limitations in the cohort.

Undeclared: Nursing Track - An applicant who meets Georgia College requirements may be admitted to the University for any academic term and be classified as an Undeclared: Nursing Track student. This enables the student to take core curriculum courses. Acceptance as an Undeclared: Nursing Track student does not guarantee acceptance into the upper division nursing major.

Nursing Major - Enrollment in the nursing major is limited to the most qualified students as determined by the Admission, Progression, and Recognition Committee of the Nursing Faculty Organization.

In order to apply, students must complete the following minimum requirements by the deadline for applications:

  1. Obtain acceptance to Georgia College.

  2. Submit a completed online application.

  3. Complete a minimum of two required sciences courses and provide proof of current enrollment in one additional science course. 

  4. If a grade of D or F has been earned in the following courses, the grade must be replaced with a C or higher prior to application: ENGL 1101, MATH 1401, NRSG 2780, Area D science sequence (CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1152 or BIOL 1100 & BIOL 1120, with accompanying labs), and all Area F courses. 

  5. Submit a plan (included on application) for completing core requirements before the first day of class in the BSN program. 

  6. Submit scores for the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS, latest edition).  This exam may not be repeated more than twice in a two year period.

Effective with applications to the Fall 2021 BSN cohort, SAT or ACT scores are no longer required.  .   

Technical Standards for Admission to and Retention in the Undergraduate Program

Nurses have an obligation not only to themselves and the profession but also to the public to provide safe, competent and responsible care. Nursing students shall be in reasonably good health, and any disability should not hinder the student in administering safe nursing care. The following is a list of examples of essential functions that a student must be capable of performing while in the nursing program at Georgia College. The examples are not intended to be exhaustive.

Core performance standards for admission and progression as recommended by the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB)




Critical thinking

Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgement consistent with level of educational preparation

Identification of cause/effect relationships in clinical situations

Use of the scientific method in the development of patient care plans

Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions

Professional Relationships

Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups

Establishment of rapport with patients' clients and colleagues

Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution

Peer accountability


Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions

Explanation of treatment procedures, initiation of health teaching

Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses


Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces.

Movement about patient's room, work spaces and treatment areas

Administration of rescue procedures-cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Motor skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care

Calibration and use of equipment

Therapeutic positioning of patients


Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs

Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals

Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Ability to observe patient's condition and responses to treatments


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Ability to palpitate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions

Additional Requirements

Students who are accepted into the BSN program must submit evidence of health status, health insurance, immunizations, TB screening, any professional license if applicable, current American Heart Association Health Care Provider certification (CPR), ability to meet technical standards, and other documents and laboratory tests specified by clinical agencies.  In addition, criminal background checks and urine drug screens are required by many clinical facilities.

Any student who is licensed by the State of Georgia must submit evidence of current licensure annually including those who are Registered Nurses.

A 1-hour seminar course is a program requirement during the first semester of the freshman year in all majors but is not counted in the total hours for graduation. The freshman seminar for nursing students facilitates development of skills necessary for a successful and meaningful collegiate experience. Students will take GCSU 0001 to meet the 1-hour seminar requirement.

Additional Fees for Nursing Students

Nursing students should expect the following additional fees: HESI testing (may be included in some course fees), uniforms, watch with sweep-second hand, physical assessment equipment, official GC picture identification, malpractice insurance, health insurance , criminal background screens, clinical travel expenses and laboratory fees (for additional health screening such as urine drug screens, titers, etc. as well as academic laboratory and testing fees). Estimated costs of additional fees for the BSN program are approximately $2,000.00 excluding health insurance premiums. In addition, nursing textbooks tend to be more costly than books for core courses, but are often used in several courses. Other fees related to licensure may include passport size pictures, NCLEX RN testing fee and fingerprinting.

The large number of health care agencies in the region makes it possible for the College of Health Sciences to offer a variety of clinical learning opportunities; however, students can anticipate driving up to 100 miles for clinical learning on occasion. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Dismissal Policy

Nursing majors are required to achieve a grade of C or higher in all nursing courses to remain in the Nursing program.  Students who fail or withdraw from a course must petition for readmission in into the BSN program.  There is no guarantee of readmission to the program.  Students may not repeat more than one nursing course.  A nursing student who is unsuccessful in two nursing courses is ineligible to continue in the program.  Refer to the BSN Handbook and School of Nursing Policies for further information. 


Students admitted to the Georgia College Nursing Program will be required to take nationally normed tests throughout the curriculum. Students who have difficulty with standardized test taking are advised to consider this requirement before selecting nursing as a major. Standardized tests are given in all clinical nursing courses. A standardized Exit Exam is also part of the requirement for graduation in the BSN program.

Career Information for BSN Graduates

Registered nurses are employed in a wide variety of settings and roles. In Georgia, ample professional opportunities exist in varied health care agencies for graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program. The need for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses increases yearly.

Degree Requirements

Core Areas A-E

Satisfactorily complete core Areas A-E, as listed in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog.  Nursing majors should complete MATH 1401 Elementary Statistics as part of their Area D requirements.  

Total Credit Hours:42

Area F

BIOL 2160Human Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 2170Human Anatomy & Physiology II


BIOL 2180Allied Health Microbiology


PSYC 2103Intro to Human Development


NRSG 2780Healthcare Delivery Systems


Total Credit Hours:18

Major Requirements

NRSG 3140Therapeutic Hlth Assessment


NRSG 3140LTherapeutic Hlth Assessment Cl


NRSG 3240Fnds of Nursing Practice


NRSG 3240LFnds of Nursing Practice Clin


NRSG 3345Nursing Pathopharmacology


NRSG 4001Sem: Human Cultures & World


NRSG 3440Int Nrsg Mgmt Adult/Ger I


NRSG 3440LInt Nrsg Mgmt Adult/Ger I Clin


NRSG 3560Community & Pop-Based Nurs


NRSG 3560LComm & Pop-Based Nrsg Clinical


NRSG 3540Psyc Mental Health Nursing


NRSG 3540LPsyc Mental Hlth Nurs Clinical


NRSG 4002Sem: Intellect & Prac Skills


NRSG 4580Int Nrsg Mgmt Adult/Ger II


NRSG 4580LInt Nrsg Mgmt Adult/Ger II Cl


NRSG 4665Nursing Care of the Family


NRSG 4665LNursing Care of the Family Cl


NRSG 4140Discovery & Evidenced-Based Pr


NRSG 4003Sem: Pers & Soc Responsibility


NRSG 4780Leadership and Mgmt in Nursing


NRSG 4980Trans to Nursing Practice


NRSG 4980LTrans to Nursing Practice Clin


NRSG 4981Synthesis Clinical Reasoning


NRSG 4004Sem: Integrative & Ap Learning


Total Credit Hours:60



There are no elective hours in the Nursing major. 

Additional Degree Requirements

Satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements listed in the academic policies section of this catalog.

Students should be aware that only courses required for degree completion can be used to determine aid eligibility for Federal financial aid programs such as grants, work-study, and loans.  As such, no courses except those listed above will be used to calculate a student's Federal financial aid award.  Students should review the Course Program of Study information on the Financial Aid website or speak to their Financial Aid advisor for additional information.