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Associate of Science in Nursing

Associate of Science in Nursing

*GSW has received Initial Approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing to offer a new ASN Nursing Program. ACEN initial accreditation visit will take place Feb 20-22, 2024.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) is a two-year program designed for students wishing to enter the medical field as registered nurses. This program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX exam through hands-on training and rigorous coursework. The ASN program will facilitate educational advancements for LPNs and provide an additional pathway for students wanting to complete a degree in a shorter period of time than a baccalaureate program. Nursing students train in a wide variety of clinical settings-including hospitals, outpatient and community clinics, treatment centers, and long-term care facilities- and work with patient populations diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, health status, socioeconomic background, and geographic distribution. Graduates of the program will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Upon acceptance to GSW, students are first enrolled at GSW as Pre-Nursing Students allowing individuals to satisfy the Core curriculum requirements in the first two semesters of study. Students who wish to enter the College of Nursing and Health Sciences ASN Program must apply during the Spring semester and be accepted at the upper division level in order to begin taking nursing courses in the Summer. All Pre-Nursing students will be advised by a professional nursing advisor.

Graduates from the ASN program upon licensure of the NCLEX are eligible to apply to the online RN-BSN Program.

ASN Application Deadline

The ASN Program will admit pre-nursing students in the Fall and Nursing students the following Summer semester upon completion of required core curriculum courses. Nursing applications are due by March 15th for summer entry.


Apply to GSW Apply to the School of Nursing

Undergraduate Major

Associate of Science in Nursing

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

229-931-2288 fax

Faculty & Staff

ASN Program Admission

All application materials should be received by the application deadline (March 15) and include:

Admissions Review

Review of applications by the Admission Committee will take place shortly after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status approximately one month from the application deadline. If all application documents are not turned in by the published deadline, the application will not be reviewed. Please contact the office at 229-931-2288 if you have not been notified.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

ASN Program admission eligibility requirements:

  1. Attain admission to Georgia Southwestern in good standing.
  2. Return the completed ASN application and required supporting documents to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the published deadlines.
  3. Complete all core curriculum courses the semester prior to entering the nursing program in the Summer semester. Admissions must have final transcripts for Transfer students before nursing classes begin.
  4. Science courses in Area D and Area F must be completed no more than five years prior to projected admission to the ASN program; however, applicants are only required to earn credit for Anatomy & Physiology 1 before beginning the nursing curriculum.
  5. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5/4.0. Admission is competitive. A GPA of 2.50 does not guarantee admission. Calculation of GPA is based on most recent course grades
  6. Students are required to have a laptop for in-class use. Chromebooks and iPads/tablets are not compatible with current software. Please visit our System Requirements for recommendations on personal devices.
  7. Must take HESI A2 with a minimum score of at least 65%. Test scores & HESI transcripts should be printed out and included in the nursing application packet. Instructions to print transcripts can be found below under HESI information. 
  8. Must not have been excluded from any nursing program for misconduct or disruptive behavior. A program failure within 5 years of the application date will be reviewed for consideration by the admissions committee. 

Entrance Exams

HESI Admission Assessment (HESI A2)

The HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) Admission Assessment (A2) is a computerized exam designed to assess prospective students entering the health science fields. The HESI A2 consists of eight different exams, seven of which are required by the Nursing program at Georgia Southwestern State University. 

ASN applicants must receive a 65 total composite score as a requirement and the HESi exam can only be taken 2 times within two years.


The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited United States college or university and earn at least a “C” on the courses.

Transfer Students

Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  These documents must be on file in GSW office of admissions and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the College of Nursing and Health Sciences application.

  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to Registrars office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Services Coordinators office ASAP after completion.

Transfer applications will require a transcript evaluation so be sure to apply early so this document can be completed before the deadline.

Student Resources & Forms

Model Plan of Study

Students will be considered pre-nursing students the first two semesters of the program. Students will initially apply for regular fall admission to begin their core curriculum and will apply to the School of Nursing for acceptance as a nursing student for the Summer semester after completion of core classes.

Year 1 - Semester 1 (Pre-nursing)
Year 1 - Semester 2 (Pre-nursing)
Year 1 - Semester 3
May & Summer Terms

ENGL 1101 – Composition I (3 hrs)

PSYCH 1101 – Intro to Psychology (3 hrs)

POLS 1101 – American Government (3 hrs)

Select ONE of the following:
MATH 1001 – Quantitative Reasoning (3 hrs)
MATH 1101 – Intro to Math Modeling (3 hrs)
MATH 1111 – College Algebra (3 hrs)
MATH 1113 – Precalculus (3 hrs)
MATH 1120 – Calculus I (3 hrs)

UNIV 1000 – The GSW Experience (1 hr)*

Total – 13 hours

PSYC 2103 – Human Growth & Development (3 hrs)

BIOL 2251K – Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hrs)


Select ONE of the following:
HIST 2111/History 2112 – U.S. History I or II (3 hrs)

Select ONE of the following:
ARTC 1100 – Art Appreciation (3 hrs)
MUSC 1100 – Music Appreciation (3 hrs)
THEA 1100 – Theater Appreciation (3 hrs)
ENGL 2111/2112 – World Literature I or II (3hrs)
ENGL 2121/2122 – British Literature I or II (3 hrs)
ENGL 2131/2132 – American Literature I or II (3 hrs)

Total – 13 hours

NURS 1001 – Fundamentals of Nursing (8 hrs)

BIOL 2252K – Anatomy & Physiology II (4 hrs)

Total – 12 hours

Year 2 - Semester 1
Year 2 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 3

NURS 1002 Nursing Across Lifespan (8 Hours)

Total - 8 Hours

NURS 2001 – Nursing Across Lifespan II (8 hrs)

BIOL 2050 – Microbiology (4 hrs)

Total – 12 hours

NURS 2005 Nursing Across Lifespan III (10 hrs)
NURS 2006 Transition to Practice (2 Hours)

Total - 12 Hours

Program Total – 69 hours (70 with UNIV 1000)

*UNIV 1000 is optional and offered to first-time, freshman students.