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Areas A, B, C, D for health majors, & E

(See Core section of the Catalog)

42 semester hours

Area F Related Courses

18 semester hours

BIOL 2160

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

(4 hours)

BIOL 2170

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

(4 hours)

BIOL 3180

Allied Health Microbiology

(4 hours)

PSYC 2102

The Developing Individual

(3 hours)

NRSG 2790

Nursing Management of Pharmacological Therapeutics

(3 hours)

Major Requirements

60 semester hours

NRSG 3140

Health Assessment

(3 hours)

NRSG 3240

Foundational Principles and Skills

(5 hours)

NRSG 3340

Introduction to Profession of Nursing

(2 hours)

NRSG 3440

Adult Health I

(6 hours)

NRSG 3460

Nursing the Childbearing Family

(5 hours)

NRSG 3540

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

(5 hours)

NRSG 3560

Community as Client

(4 hours)

NRSG 3660

Nursing the Childrearing Family

(5 hours)

NRSG 3680

Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing

(2 hours)

NRSG 4140

Nursing Research

(2 hours)

NRSG 4580

Adult Health II

(8 hours)

NRSG 4780

Leadership & Management In Nursing

(3 hours)

NRSG 4980

Clinical Internship

(9 hours)

NRSG 4981

Integrated Clinical Concepts

(1 hour)


120 semester hours**

Nursing majors must make at least a C grade and demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance in each nursing course that counts toward the degree. Students who do not earn at least a C and demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance may petition for re-entry to the SON Admissions, Progression, & Recognition Committee (More detailed information provided in the Nursing Student Handbook). Students may be approved to repeat only one nursing course. Students who are unsuccessful in 2 nursing courses are ineligible to continue in the program.

**A 1-hour seminar course is a program requirement during the first semester of the freshman year in all majors but is not counted in the total hours for graduation. The freshman seminar for nursing students facilitates development of skills necessary for a successful and meaningful collegiate experience. Students will take NRSG 0001 to meet the 1-hour seminar requirement.

**A 2-hour sophomore seminar course is a program requirement during the sophomore year for Pre-nursing majors, but is not counted in the total hours for graduation. The sophomore seminar (NRSG 0002) facilitates a basic understanding of professional nursing.


Students admitted to the Georgia College & State University Nursing Program will be required to take nationally normed tests throughout the curriculum. Students who have difficulty with standardized test taking need to carefully consider this requirement before selecting nursing as a major because standardized tests are given in all nursing courses (except two) and passing the Exit Exam is required for graduation.

NOTE: In order to graduate, students must also fulfill other requirements specified in the Graduation Requirements Section of the Catalog.


A suggested four-year sequence program of study is available on the GCSU Web site at

Refer to the Course Description Section of this Catalog for courses and course descriptions.


Registered nurses are employed in a wide variety of settings and roles. In Georgia, ample professional opportunities exist in varied health care agencies for graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program. The need for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses increases yearly.


The University is a member of the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model which accommodates registered nurse students who have completed associate degree or diploma nursing programs and are licensed to practice as a registered nurse. This program option builds on the knowledge and skills of the practicing nurse following completion of the University’s core curriculum (60 hours). RN students who meet GCSU admission requirements for nursing may be admitted as transfer students to the University in any academic term to complete core courses. Core courses must be completed prior to enrolling in any nursing courses.

Admission to the RN-BSN Option:

Criteria for RN-BSN education specified by the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model:

  1. Acceptance to the University. Call Admissions for the application deadline dates.
  2. Completion of all core curriculum requirements (Areas A-F) for the nursing major
  3. Attainment of a core curriculum GPA of 2.5 or higher
  4. Attainment of a C or better in each of the following courses:

BIOL 2160 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2170 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 3180 - Microbiology

MATH 2600 - Probability and Statistics

ENGL 1101 - English Composition I

5. Successful completion of the legislative requirements.

6. Complete application to the RN-BSN Program demonstrating that the RSN-BSN Articulation Plan criteria have been met.**

7. A current resume.

8. A personal interview may be requested for students who satisfy basic requirements for admission as described above.

Criteria for RN-BSN education specified by the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model:

Meet the program's admission requirements, including technical standards.

Meet the program's general education entry requirements (core curriculum for health science majors).

Hold a current and valid license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the United States and be eligible for Georgia licensure. Student must have a Georgia Registered Professional Nurse license before beginning classes.

Meet testing requirements if applicable.

For Associate Degree or Diploma Degree Graduates of nursing programs in Georgia.

0-4 years after graduation requires no testing/no clinical practice required.

>4 years after graduation with 1000 hours of clinical practice in the prior 3 years requires no testing.

>4 years after graduation with <1000 hours of clinical practice in the prior 3 years requires testing.

For associate degree and diploma nurses from non-NLNAC-accredited programs, including those outside the USA, testing may be required. Contact the RN-BSN coordinator for more information at (478) 445-1076 or visit the Web site at /nursing/rnbsn/index.htm.

Georgia College & State University • 231 W. Hancock St. • Milledgeville, GA 31061 • 1-800-342-0471 ; (478)445-5004 •