Nursing

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Dean: Warda

Faculty: Cason, Chelini, Cook, Daniel, Easom, Hunt, Malachowski, McRoberts, Mixon, Morris, Rozmus, Simmons, Warda.

The School of Nursing (SON) offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared for a variety of beginning positions-in hospitals, community health care agencies, private offices, the military, industry, and schools. A baccalaureate education also establishes the basis for further learning in graduate programs.

The BSN program accommodates students in two tracks: the basic generic track and the RN/BSN track. The basic generic track is designed for students without an earned degree in nursing. The RN/BSN track is for individuals educated at the associate degree or diploma level and already licensed as registered nurses. The SON supports the Georgia Articulation plan to facilitate educational mobility for registered nurses.

The generic baccalaureate in nursing program has initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and the RN/BSN program has full approval.(237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858, 478.207.1640). The School of Nursing  is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (61 Broadway 33rd Floor; New York, NY 10006; 212.363.5555).

Admission Guidelines (for basic generic applicants)

  • (1) acceptance in good standing by the University;
  • (2) application to the School of Nursing by the published deadline;
  • (3) all general education/core classes from Areas A, D, and F completed;
  • (4) successful completion of Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2000) and Basic Clinical Skills (NURS 2500) with minimum grade of "C";
  • (5) both parts of Regents' Test passed;
  • (6) no more than nine (9) hours of general education classes from Areas B, C, and/or E and PEDS 1010 (Life-time Fitness) to be completed;
  • (7) completion of anatomy and physiology (BIOL 2030 and 2040) and microbiology (BIOL 2050) within five years of projected admission. Testing is required of those applicants who completed these courses five years ago or longer. Remediation may be required; and
  • (8) an overall grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for consideration. The grade point average is taken from the transcript of the most recently attended institution from which the student earned at least 30 semester hours of credit.

Admission Guidelines (for RN/BSN applicants)

  • (1) acceptance in good standing by the University;
  • (2) application to the School of Nursing by the published deadline;
  • (3) all general education/core classes from Areas A, D, and F completed;
  • (4) both parts of Regents' Test passed;
  • (5) no more than nine (9) hours of general education classes from Areas B, C, and/or E still to be completed;
  • (6) an overall grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for consideration. The grade point average is taken from the transcript of the most recently attended institution from which the student earned at least 30 semester hours of credit; and
  • (7) results of validation testing and remediation, if required.

For students who are accepted, the following items must be addressed prior to the start of the semester:

  • (1) the student must hold current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the minimum level of basic life support for health professionals;
  • (2) the student must hold professional liability insurance;
  • (3) the student must hold health insurance;
  • (4) the student must submit a completed health form, including evidence of current status of immunizations; and
  • (5) (for RN students), current licensure as a registered nurse in Georgia.

IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE NURSING COURSES.

Standardized Testing

As part of the SON ongoing assessment plan, students are tested throughout the program for mastery of course content. Students are responsible for the cost.

Curriculum

Students complete approximately 60 hours of general education classes and about 60 hours of courses specific to the major. A typical full-time sequence of all courses is listed below. The student may elect to attend on a part-time basis.

Various facilities in Americus and the surrounding communities are used for clinical experiences. Students are responsible to provide their own transportation.

GENERIC CURRICULUM

Course Credit and Contact Hours

FIRST SEMESTER COURSES   Contact   Credit
1. ENGL 1101- English Composition I   3   3
SCIENCE I - Biology, Chemistry or Physics   5  or 6 3 or 4
MATH 1111- College Algebra   4   3
HIST 1111/2 - World Civilization I or II   3   3
AREA B course 3 or   2   2
UNIV 1000 - Orientation   2   1
SECOND SEMESTER COURSES    
2. ENGL 1102 - English Composition II   3   3
SCIENCE II - Biology, Chemistry or Physics   5  or 6 3 or 4
STATISTICS - Math 2204   3   3
POLS 1101 - American Government   3   3
AREA B course 3 or   2   2
NURS 1010 - Intro to Health Care   1   1
THIRD SEMESTER COURSES    
3. BIOL 2030 - Anatomy & Physiology I   5   4
HIST 2111/2 U.S. History I or II   3   3
ENGL 2110, 2120 or 2130   3   3
AREA C - Art, Music or Theatre Appreciation   3   3
NURS 2150 - Nutrition   3   3
FOURTH SEMESTER COURSES    
4. BIOL 2040 - Anatomy & Physiology II   5   4
BIOL 2050 - Microbiology   7   4
PSYC 2103 - Human Growth & Development   3   3
NURS 2500 - Basic Skills I   3   1
NURS 2000 - Intro to Professional Nursing   3   3
FIFTH SEMESTER COURSES     
5. NURS 3150 - Human Pathophysiology*   3   3
NURS 3100 - Nursing of Adults I   9   5
NURS 3200 - Health Assessment*   5   3
NURS 3510 - Basic Skills II   3   1
NURS 3610 - Pharmacology   3   3
SIXTH SEMESTER COURSES    
6. NURS 3710 - Nursing of the Childbearing Family   9   5
NURS 3800 - Psychiatric/Mental Health   9   5
NURS 3900 - Research*   3   3
AREA E course- Intro to Sociology, Psychology or Anthropology; Principles of Macro-economics, World Civilization I or II  3   3
SEVENTH SEMESTER COURSES    
7. NURS 4300 - Nursing of the Childrearing Family   9   5
NURS 4010 - Leadership in Nursing*   3   3
NURS 4400 - Community Health*   9   5
ELECTIVE*   3   3
PE - Lifetime Fitness   2   1
EIGHTH SEMESTER COURSES    
8. NURS 4100 - Nursing of Adults II   9  5
NURS 4350 - Gerontological Nursing*   2   2
NURS 4500 - Practicum*   9   3
NURS 4000 - Senior Seminar* 3
ELECTIVE*   3   3

*Courses taken by RN/BSN students

  • Progression Requirements
  • (1) an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0;
  • (2) a minimum of a "C" in each nursing course;
  • (3) ongoing currency in immunization status, CPR certification, health and liability insurances, and (GA licensure for RN students only);
  • (4) a student may repeat only one nursing course numbered 3xxxx or higher after failure to receive a passing grade.
  • (5) a student who has been out of the program for a calendar year or more must apply for readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed. Prior to readmission the student will be tested on basic skills. Remediation may be required.
  • (6) after admission to the nursing program the student must take all nursing courses at Georgia Southwestern State University;
  • (7) the program must be completed within five years of successful completion of NURS 3200.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.