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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 ​baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Georgia College & State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.  


Admission Information

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.

Career Path

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.

Program Opportunities

Study Abroad

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.  

Student Research

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. 

Application Process and Form

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 directed to the Office of Admissions, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 31061 or

Nursing applications to the BSN program are accepted based on the following schedule:

Fall/Summer BSN Cohort
Application Available - First Friday in December
Application Deadline - First Friday in February*

*The application will close at 12 noon.

BSN Fall/Summer Cohort Application Timelines
  Submit GCSU Application Submit Official Transcripts Submit Official Score Reports
Submit Official TEAS Reports BSN Application Available BSN Application Deadline
Fall/Summer Semester BSN Cohort January 15 January 15 January 15 First Friday in February First Friday in December First Friday in February

The application for fall/SUMMER 2022 is no longer available.

Spring/Summer BSN Cohort
Application Available - Last Friday in June
Application Deadline - Last Friday in July* 

Read the instructions below before completing the nursing program application. The application link is located at the bottom of this section and is only available during the dates indicated in the table above. Late applications will not be accepted.

BSN Spring/Summer Cohort Application Timelines
  Submit GCSU Application Submit Official Transcripts Submit Official Score Reports
Submit Official TEAS Reports BSN Application Available BSN Application Deadline
Spring/Summer Semester BSN Cohort July 15 July 15 July 15 Last Friday in  July Last Friday in June Last Friday in July


application for spring/summer 2023

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the Georgia College catalog.

Application Process

  1. Prior to applying, applicants to the BSN Program are encouraged to consult with a nursing advisor to ensure that all requirements published on the official website and catalog for the BSN Program are met. Only complete applications are reviewed for admissions. Not all qualified applicants are admitted due to space limitations in the cohort.
  2. A complete application includes:
    • Evidence of acceptance to Georgia College
    • ATI TEAS (latest edition) Score. Exam may not be repeated more than twice in a two-year period.
    • Evidence of having met the history and constitution (U.S. and Georgia) legislative requirements or a specific plan for meeting this requirement. Satisfying legislative requirements by exam must be done prior to May 31 for the fall cohort, July 31 for the spring cohort, or December 31 for the summer cohort. Courses that satisfy legislative requirements must be completed prior to the start of the BSN Program.
    • Evidence of plan (included in application) for completing core requirements before the first day of class in the BSN Program.
    • A grade of C or better must be earned in the following courses: ENGL 1101, all Area D courses, and all Area F courses.
    • Evidence that a minimum of 50% of nursing core courses are complete at the time of application, including completion of BIOL 2251K/BIOL 2160 (Anatomy & Physiology I)

Review of Applications

  1. Completed applications are reviewed by the School of Nursing Admissions, Progression and Recognition Committee.
  2. Information used in the review of applications includes:
    • Overall Grade Point Average,
    • Weighted GPA (all attempts for area A math, area D math, area D sciences, and all area F courses),
    •  ATI TEAS Score,
    • Core hours completed at GCSU.
  3. Notification of acceptance decisions are made within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline.

Accepted Applicants

In order to ensure continued acceptance and entrance into the SON BSN Program applicants must:

  1. Meet all requirements specified in their acceptance letter in order to secure their placement in the BSN Program.
  2. Complete all core courses and meet all history and constitution (U.S. and Georgia) legislative requirements prior to the first day of class in the BSN Program. Legislative exams must be passed by May 31 for the fall cohort, July 31 for the spring cohort, or December 31 for the summer cohort. Courses that satisfy legislative requirements must be completed before the start of the BSN Program.
  3. Complete and satisfy all program orientation and clinical 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?

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.

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