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Traditional BSN Program

This pre-licensure track program is built on a strong foundation of general studies that includes mathematics, sciences, language arts, social sciences, as well as current nursing practice. 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 health care settings.

The Nursing program has full approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Upon acceptance to GSW, students are first enrolled as Pre-Nursing students. This allows the student to satisfy the core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study. Application to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Traditional program should occur during the last semester of the second year of full-time study at the University. Pre-Nursing students are advised by a professional nursing advisor.

 

Program Curriculum        Model Program of Study

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Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Health & Human Science Complex
800 GSW State University Dr. Americus, GA 31709

229-931-2275
229-931-2288 fax
nursing@gsw.edu

Faculty & Staff

Nursing Students

The School of Nursing now offers two admissions cycles for students: Fall Admission - February 15th and Spring Admission - October 15th

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Attain admission in good standing to the University.
  2. Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the published deadlines.
  3. Complete all general education/ core curriculum courses prior to entering the nursing program. 
  4. Must lack no more than one  three hour elective course in Area F.
  5. Must have a grade of C or higher in Area A, Area C English Literature course, Area D, and Area F.  
  6. Area F courses (excluding the elective) must be completed within 5 years of projected admission.
  7. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80/4.0. Admission is competitive. A GPA of 2.80 does not guarantee admission. Calculation of GPA is based on grades in Area A, Area C English Literature course,  Area D, and Area F (excluding the Area F elective). If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts within 5 years are included in this calculation.
  8. Must have completed 3 science courses toward the degree major, Area A, and English literature course before applying. 
  9. Students applying to GSW beginning FALL 2017 are required to have an iPad or laptop for in-class use.
  10. Must take HESI A2--two attempts within two years.  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. If you do not take your HESI at GSW,  please note that different schools offer different parts of the HESI and you must have all the parts we require.
  11. Must not have been excluded from this or any other nursing program for any reason, including but not limited to, academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or program failure within 5 years prior to the application date to the program. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a course failure at this institution.

It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a nursing class, selection for admission will be based upon the following:

  • Grade Point Average - greater than the minimum of 2.80 [using Area A, Area C English Literature course, Area D, and Area F (excluding elective in Area F) to determine GPA]
  • Grades in Science courses - minimum of B is preferred
  • HESI Admission Assessment A2 - minimum score of 75% ---two attempts within two years.
  • Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools
  • Grades of Ds and/or Fs
  • Written communication ability
  • Availability of space in clinical sites
  • Availability of faculty resources

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.

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

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.

HESI Information and Study Guide

Additional Information

Testing Center Information

TOEFL Exam Scores

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.

Admission Types

1)   Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following:

  • Students taking core classes the semester prior to the beginning of nursing classes must submit final grades to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences immediately at end of semester showing the core has been satisfactorily completed and student GPA maintained. 
  • Students must also return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their College of Nursing and Health Sciences acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • The background check, drug screen, and immunization package described in that packet must also be purchased and the required documents uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.

(Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)

2)  Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

Student Resources & Forms

Application Deadlines (excludes AECP military)

Fall Admission: February 15th

Spring Admission: October 15th

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. The Admission Committee only reviews complete files. Please contact the office at 229-931-2286 if you have not been notified.

All College of Nursing and Health Sciences application materials should be sent together by the application deadline. Items include:

  • Application form
  • Sealed reference forms
  • HESI score/transcript

Incomplete application packets may delay review by the Admission & Progression Committee. If all application documents are not turned in by the published deadline, the application will not be reviewed.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences application form and the required support documents must be received by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the published application deadline at nursing@gsw.edu, mail or personal delivery to:

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Student Services Coordinator
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
Fax: 229-931-2288