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Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing offers an excellent opportunity for a select number of exceptional high school students accepted to GSW who are interested in nursing. High school seniors from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina are eligible to apply to GAP.

GAP assures eligible students a place in our nursing program contingent upon fulfilling certain requirements. GAP students are considered an important part of the pre-nursing program and as such are invited to join in activities held by GSWANS (GSW Association of Nursing Students). GSWANS is a great way to get to know your fellow students and faculty. The School of Nursing also hosts a special meet and greet reception to help GAP students assimilate into nursing at GSW.

Admission to nursing programs is extremely competitive across the country. Students who choose to begin their college career at GSW are given the opportunity to apply for the GAP. Selection will be determined using high school GPA, SAT/ACT scores, two references and a one page Personal Statement Essay. GAP students are given priority over any other applicants.

The minimum requirements to be considered for the School of Nursing’s Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP) are below. The early action deadline is March 15th. Students meeting this deadline will have priority on GAP admittance.

The final application deadline for GAP is April 15th.

To apply for the Guaranteed Acceptance Program, please submit the following (all forms can be submitted via email to nursing@gsw.edu):                                                                          

  • Completed GAP Application Form
  • Two academic references. One should be from a high school science teacher.
  • Have Freshman Index (FI) of 2440 or greater.
    • The formulas to determine the student’s admission status are:  
      • Freshman Index based on SAT scores:  FI=High School Academic GPA x 500 + SAT Critical Reading + SAT Math
      • Freshman Index based on ACT scores:  FI=High School Academic GPA x 500 + (ACT composite X 42) + 88

While completing the core curriculum at GSW, GAP students will be advised by a professional nursing advisor. This gives the student a mentor and helps them navigate the core so that they are on track for entrance to the School of Nursing for the fall admission cycle.

In order to continue consideration as a GAP student, students must:

  1. Maintain continual fulltime enrollment in good standing with GSW between enrollment to the university and entrance to the nursing program.
  2. Take all courses at GSW after enrollment at the University.
  3. Meet all GSW School of Nursing enrollment requirements and begin nursing program 2 years from university entrance. Those anticipating earlier application must meet with their advisor for individual study plan.
  4. Submit completed Traditional BSN Application Form (no supporting documents needed) to the School of Nursing by the published deadlines for the Traditional BSN Program.
  5. Complete all courses in Areas A-F (excluding Area F elective).
  6. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in Area A, Area C Literature course, Area D, and Area F.
  7. Earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2/4.0. Calculation of GPA is based on grades in Area A, Area C Literature course, Area D, and Area F. If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts are included in this calculation.
  8. Successful completion of the HESI A2 (minimum score of 75%) 

High school seniors admitted to GSW as Beginning Freshmen who do not meet the GAP requirements or who are denied admission to the GAP Program will still be listed as “pre-nursing” majors and may apply to the School of Nursing during their sophomore year at GSW.

  • The first step is to apply to GSW and be accepted to the University as a GAP student.
  • The second step is to apply to the School of Nursing.

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