Nursing (RN-BSN), B.S.N.

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. 

This program is designed for practicing registered professional nurses holding an associate degree or diploma degree in nursing. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will take three semesters (or longer if preferred). This program builds on the knowledge and skills of the practicing nurse following completion of the core curriculum. Associate degree nurses will receive six hours of transfer credit for their first medical-surgical nursing course taken in the associate degree program. The BSN degree requires 120 credit hours. Students should apply and be accepted to GC during their core curriculum and receive advisement from the RN-BSN Coordinator.

Registered Professional Nurses may be admitted to this program fall and spring semester. Interested nurses should submit their application to the RN-BSN program by the deadline in their last semester of core coursework. Students are admitted once their core coursework and U.S. and Georgia History requirements are completed.

RN-BSN classes are now fully online. Optional meetings for orientation, exams or presentations may be offered but will not be required.

Upon completion of this program, RN-BSN graduates will be prepared to: 

  • Assume clinical leadership positions in a variety of health care settings to include, but not limited to, acute, rehabilitation, and community/public health nursing.
  • Pursue higher education at the graduate (Master’s) level of nursing in advanced nursing practice, administration, and/or education and ultimately earn a terminal nursing degree.

Degree Requirements

  • Building upon Georgia College’s liberal arts foundation, the RN-BSN program is designed to:
    • Provide a flexible, realistic educational program, built upon prior nursing education and experience to meet the personal and professional needs of registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
    • Prepare professional nurses who think critically and use clinical reasoning to creatively plan, provide, and coordinate nursing care in complex organizations.
    • Transform communities of care by producing professional nurses focused on improving the quality of health care delivered, assuming positions of leadership, and on advancing the nursing profession.
  • No commuting – 100% on-line, asynchronous classes.
  • Complete BSN within 12 months of admission to program.
  • Dedicated RN-BSN academic advisor and RN-BSN Program Coordinator.
  • Highly qualified, doctorally-prepared faculty.
  • Accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 100% of graduates employed post-graduation.

1. Review application requirements.

2. Submit an application to the university and have official transcripts from all schools attended sent to Georgia College's Registrar's Office at: 

    Georgia College     
    Office of Admissions, Campus Box 23
    Milledgeville, GA 31061
    1-800-342-0471 (Inside Georgia)

  • The number and type of core courses needed may vary depending upon the transferrable core courses which meet Georgia College's curriculum requirements. 
  • The RN-BSN Academic Advisor is available to assist students with admission and transfer credit needs.
  • After being accepted to Georgia College, the Pre-Nursing Advisor can access your transcripts and advise you in the core curriculum requirements that you'll need to complete before acceptance to the RN-BSN Program. Please apply well before the RN-BSN Program deadlines so that you may enter the semester you desire. 

3. Apply for admission to the RN-BSN program during the last semester of core course work by designated deadlines. Admissions are on a rolling basis:

  • Submit application to the RN-BSN program by the deadline in the last semester of core coursework.
  • Students are admitted once their core coursework and U.S. and Georgia History requirements are completed. (This requirement can be met by successfully completing a history departmental CLEP test.)
  • Upon acceptance, newly admitted students may start RN-BSN courses the following semester.
  • Optional meetings for orientation, exams or presentations may be offered but will not be required. 

NOTE: You may be required to reapply (no fee) to Georgia College if you did not begin the semester you requested and 12 months have lapsed. You may be required to update your application if you did not begin the semester you requested and less than 12 months have lapsed. You may contact the Pre-Nursing Advisor at any time for assistance with core classes. 

RN-BSN Program Application instructions:

  • International students should review the International Admission Requirements.
  • You will notice that the last page contains information that your supervisor needs to provide. This relates to the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Plan.
  • Complete all necessary requirements listed on the form and mail the application to the address indicated.

1. Are all of the courses in the RN-BSN program on-line?

Yes, all required courses are on-line. This course is being converted to a fully on-line course and we hope it will be available by summer 2017.

2. Why must I complete the Program Orientation before starting my first class?

  • The completed checklist notifies the Program Coordinator that students intend to enroll in the RN-BSN Program and is prepared to begin.
  • Students enter the program at different points, so your instructor will not necessarily know who is a first-time student and use terms or have expectations that you already know about the mentor program or e-portfolio, etc. Completing the orientation on-line and live is intended to help you to be ready to join the classes and not be confused or frustrated.
  • If you are finding you still do not understand something in a class, first talk with your instructor and if still confused or concerned, contact the Program Coordinator to assist.

3. What is the purpose of the E-Portfolio?

  • Your portfolio is an electronic collection of documents and media that reflect your achievement of the RN-BSN program outcomes, professional goals, and accomplishments.
  • The purpose of your portfolio is to:
    • Document your career goals and professional development.
    • Facilitate reflective practice and critical thinking as you develop your portfolio.
    • Show evidence of achievement of program outcomes – each course will require students to submit evidence from course assignments of meeting course and program outcomes.
    • The portfolio guidelines provide detailed instructions and a template to use.
  • The e-portfolio is the equivalent of the pre-licensure BSN's exit exam. It demonstrates that you have evidence of having successfully met each of the program outcomes and are ready to graduate with a BSN degree.
  • You will not be eligible to graduate until it is completed and submitted to the RN-BSN Program Coordinator, graded, and letter of completion is sent to the Registrar validating that the student has met all graduation criteria.

4. What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous on-line classes?

  • Synchronous classes are conducted on-line at a specified time and day, much like attending a regular on-campus class. The class may be presented using web-based technology such as Web-Ex. The instructor will send students an email link to the class session. Students will click on the link, follow instructions, and join the class.
  • Asynchronous classes are classes in which the course is presented in modules which the student can access and complete 24/7 according to the student’s schedule within defined assignment parameters.
  • Hybrid classes are on-line classes that may have components of both of the above. Classes may be presented through a variety of web-based presentation methods. 
  • Program of Study (.doc)
  • RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook (.pdf) available in the Nightingale RN-BSN file in GeorgiaView

School of Nursing
235 Parks Memorial Building  |  Campus Box 63
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-1076
Fax: (478) 445-1121