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Mission Statement: In concert with the Georgia College liberal arts mission, the School of Nursing is committed to the formation of nurse leaders to engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and civic participation in a health information intensive environment through the development and mastery of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and values. The BSN program prepares nursing professionals who are life-long learners and have the knowledge and skills to support the healthcare needs of diverse populations.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Georgia College has been preparing professional registered nurses to meet health care needs for over 25 years. Building upon Georgia College's strong liberal arts foundation, the School of Nursing boasts a competitive first-time pass rate of over 96% on the national licensure exam. Students in the BSN program are educated to care for individuals holistically in an ever-changing healthcare system and emerge as leaders in the field of nursing. The program is built on a two-year core curriculum of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which provides the student with a knowledge base for personal growth and professional development. Liberal arts preparation incorporates concepts and theories from the humanities and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences.
The undergraduate nursing program is designed to prepare students for a rewarding career as a registered nurse. 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.
Registered nurse graduates of the BSN program are qualified for employment in a wide variety of settings and roles. Additionally, students are prepared to enter a variety of graduate programs to continue their education. Several are offered at Georgia College including the Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs.
The BSN program at Georgia College is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE - 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 202-463-6930).
Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive. Students apply for entry into the BSN nursing program while completing their core requirements, generally during their sophomore year. Application dates can be found in the Application Process section below. After acceptance into the BSN program, students complete two years of nursing courses. Earning a BSN typically takes a total of four years or eight semesters.
Students who are accepted into the BSN program must submit evidence of health status, health insurance, immunizations, TB screening, professional liability insurance, other professional licenses (if applicable), current American Heart Association Health Care Provider certification (CPR), ability to meet technical standards, documents as specified by clinical agencies and other laboratory tests as specified.
Nursing students should expect some additional fees including Health Education System Incorporated (HESI) testing, 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. Estimated costs of additional fees for the BSN program are about $2,000 excluding health insurance premiums.
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.
Graduates earning a BSN and passing the national licensure examination have many career opportunities. Examples of possible career settings include hospitals, clinics, health departments, schools, and industrial health centers. Within these settings, RN's are employed in diverse roles in patient care areas, leadership, case management and education.
Obtaining a BSN degree also places the graduate at an optimal position to enter graduate school. Post graduate nursing programs are available across the nation in many specialties such as family health, anesthesia, women's health, pediatrics, nursing education and psychiatric nursing. Georgia College is proud to offer several graduate programs for the baccalaureate prepared nurse including the Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs.
Excellent opportunities for studying abroad are available to current nursing students. Georgia College offers programs in Honduras, the Philippines, and Tanzania. Study abroad programs in Sweden and Australia for semester exchange opportunities are also available. Students from these programs are afforded rich hands-on experiences in interacting with and caring for diverse populations on a global scale.
BSN students have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects that support evidence-based practice in nursing. Students present research at the annual Georgia College Undergraduate Research Day. Exemplary undergraduate research projects are recognized with School of Nursing Undergraduate Research awards.
Student Organizations and Leadership
Many opportunities for participation in student organizations are available. Students can gain professional development in nursing through participation and leadership at the college, state and national levels by joining the Georgia College Association of Nursing Students (GCANS), Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS), and the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA). Students may also serve as cohort officers for their nursing class or apply to join the Professional Practice Council of the Georgia College School of Nursing. Each of these organizations provides networking and leadership opportunities, helping students to develop into informed professional nurses.
Awards and Recognitions
Nursing students enrolled in the BSN program are eligible to receive several awards. Some include school-specific awards such as the Undergraduate Nursing Student Contribution Recognition, Outstanding Undergraduate Clinical Student, and Outstanding Nursing Major. Additionally, the nationally recognized Daisy in Training Award is given. Each award is given on a biannual basis and presented at the School of Nursing Celebration.
Georgia College offers many scholarships for undergraduate students, including a variety available specifically for nursing students such as the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship. Information and application for scholarships can be found in PAWS once you are accepted to the university.
Students interested in entering the BSN program at Georgia College & State University must first apply to the University. All official college transcripts (if any) should be mailed to the Office of Admissions, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061.
Nursing applications to the BSN program are accepted based on the following schedule:
Application Available - First Friday in December
Application Deadline - First Friday in February*
*The application will close at 12 noon.
Spring Semester BSN Cohort
Application Available - Last Friday in June
Application Deadline - Last Friday in July*
*The application will close at 12 noon.
Please refer to the Georgia College catalog.
- Students should consult with advisors to ensure all necessary requirements to apply to the BSN Program are met. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements published on the official website and catalog are met.
- Only students who submit a completed application including a plan for meeting all core, history and constitution (U.S. and Georgia) legislative requirements by the published deadline will be considered for admission.
- Not all qualified applicants will be admitted due to space limitations in the cohort.
- In order to apply, students must complete the following by the deadline:
- Obtain acceptance to Georgia College.
- Submit a completed online BSN application.
- Complete a minimum of two required science courses and provide proof of current enrollment in one additional science course.
- If a grade of "D" or "F" has been earned in the following courses, the grade must be replaced with a "C" or better prior to application: ENGL 1101; MATH 1401; NRSG 2780; Area D science sequence; all Area F courses.
- Submit a plan (included on application) for completing core requirements before the first day of class in the BSN Program.
- Submit scores for the ATI TEAS (latest edition). This exam may not be repeated more than twice in a two year period.
- Ensure SAT or ACT scores have been submitted to Georgia College.
- Admission decisions are made the Georgia College School of Nursing (hereafter "SON") Admissions, Progression and Recognition (hereafter "APR") Committee based on criteria approved by the nursing faculty.
- Students will be notified of acceptance decisions within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline.
- Accepted students must meet the requirements specified in their acceptance letter in order to secure their placement in the BSN Program.
- Once accepted, students must:
- Complete all core requirements and meet all history and constitution (U.S. and Georgia) legislative requirements prior to the first day of class in the BSN Program. Students planning to take an exam in order to satisfy history and legislative requirements must do so by May 31 for the fall cohort and July 31 for the spring cohort.
- Satisfy program orientation and on-boarding requirements.
During program application dates, the link to the application below will be active.
FAQs for BS in Nursing
Where do I get an application for the nursing program?
Applications are available online during specific times of the year.
How will I know that I have been accepted to the nursing program?
Applicants to the nursing program will be notified of their acceptance status through Bobcats email within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline.
How many students do you admit to the nursing program?
Generally, we accept about 56 students for the fall class and 56 students for the spring class.
Is the acceptance process competitive?
Yes, the acceptance process is competitive.
What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted?
There are several things that you can do:
- Keep your grade point average (GPA) up as high as possible.
- Make sure that you have your letter of acceptance to the university before you submit your application to the nursing program.
- Make sure that your nursing application is complete before you submit it.
- Make sure that you have submitted your application by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- See your GC pre-nursing advisor.
Is there anything that I have to do after I get my letter of acceptance to the nursing program?
- Read the acceptance letter carefully and completely.
- Follow all of the directions specified in the acceptance.
- Go online. Follow the directions for accepting a position in the nursing program and pay the non-refundable $40 cohort fee by the deadline. The cohort fee serves as notification that you intend to accept your position in the program, Students who do not pay this by the deadline may be replaced by another applicant.
- Attend the orientation session for your cohort discussed in your acceptance letter.
- Complete all requirements by the established deadlines.
Is there a waiting list for acceptance into the nursing program?
There is not a wait list for acceptance into the nursing program.
If I missed the deadline for applying, can I submit an application anyway?
Late applications CANNOT be accepted. Make sure that you submit your application on time.
If I am not accepted to the nursing program, do I need to reapply for the next class/year?
Yes! You need to complete another application and submit it by the next deadline.
I have read all of the FAQs, but I still have questions. Whom should I contact for answers?
- Kristy Tenbus, Pre-Nursing Advisor at email@example.com or 478-445-4022.
FAQs for Transfer Students
How will I know if my core credits will transfer?
Once you are admitted to Georgia College, you will receive information in the mail about how your credits transfer.
What if I have been unsuccessful in a nursing program in the past?
If you have been unsuccessful in a nursing program in the past, you will need to have your former nursing program director send the School of Nursing Admissions Committee a formal letter (on their letterhead) concerning your academic status in that program.
Will I have a nursing advisor?
Georgia College uses a centralized advising system. Your advisor's name will be listed in PAWS under DEGREEWORKS.
School of Nursing
235 Parks Memorial Building | Campus Box 63
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-1076
Fax: (478) 445-1121