Dean: Warda

Faculty: Cason, Daniel, Easom, Malachowski, Mixon, Morris, Rozmus, Simmons, Taylor, 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 diploma or associate degree level and already licensed as registered nurses. The SON supports the Georgia Articulation plan to facilitate educational mobility for registered nurses.

The BSN program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing (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).


The mission of Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses for the 21st century who can work with diverse populations in multiple practice settings. In a caring community of learning, we are preparing future leaders with our focus on helping students learn.


The faculty of the School of Nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) believes that nursing is a practice-oriented discipline focused on the promotion of health of human beings in interaction with their environments. Human beings are unique and individual in their responses to health and illness, and represent a variety of socio-economic and educational perspectives, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyle patterns.

We believe that health can be viewed as a personal commitment and a social commitment. We believe that health should be seen as a community and societal obligation rather than only as a personal responsibility. From this perspective, health is influenced by biological, social, cultural, spiritual, political and psychological factors.

We believe that because nurses are being challenged to care for patients who are socially, politically and economically disadvantaged, they must move beyond a psychological conceptualization of the environment into a sociopolitical-economic and cultural conceptualization. Through this reconceptualization, nurses can see that human responses to health and illness are related to the structure of the social world, the economic and political policies that govern the structure, and the human, social relationships that are produced by the structure and the policies.

We believe that nursing education should be based on critical analysis and synthesis of facts, concepts, principles, and theories from nursing, in addition to the social, educational, behavioral, humanities, natural, medical, and basic sciences. We believe that basic and applied research generated knowledge should be included throughout the nursing curriculum. In addition, we believe in the need to ensure that curriculum content and models, teaching-learning practices, and evaluation methods should be responsive to the actual needs of society and consistent with evolving health care and education reforms.


The aim of the baccalaureate curriculum is to prepare persons to provide professional nursing care in a variety of practice settings.

The curriculum has been structured to prepare graduates to do the following:

  1. Practice nursing that encompasses caring within the human health experience, and focuses on a holistic conceptualization of the needs of humans. This practice is based on knowledge, clinical judgment, and perspective that includes the ability to engage in the following processes:
    • Assess the significance of a wide range of factors (physiological, social, personal, cultural, psychological, and spiritual) and their interrelationships in such a way as to identify and define common nursing problems.
    • Assess availability, accessibility, and relevance of resources for individual, family, and community problem resolution.
    • Formulate a plan for helping the individual, family, or community to mobilize and use resources appropriate to their particular problem or situation.
    • Implement the formulated plan or modification thereof.
    • Evaluate the results of interventions in relation to immediate and long-term consequences and modify future related interventions as necessary.
  2. Demonstrate skills necessary for the professional practice of nursing.
  3. Advance towards professionalism. Professionalism entails
    • Progressive mastery of the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking needed by the profession;
    • Demonstrated commitment to a nursing perspective; that is, internalization of the values, traditions, and obligations of the profession; and
    • Identification with and commitment to the profession’s function in the larger society.

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. completion of Concepts of Professional Nursing (NURS 2600), Clinical Therapeutics (NURS 2700) and Human Pathophysiology (NURS 3150). Minimum grade of "C" required;
  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. Minimum grade of "C" required. 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 2.5/4.0 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 and D completed. These courses completed from Area F: BIOL 2030, 2040, 2050 and PSYC 2103;
  4. both parts of Regents’ Test passed;
  5. completion of Human Pathophysiology (NURS 3150). Minimum grade of “C” required;
  6. no more than nine (9) hours of general education classes from Areas B, C, and/or E still to be completed;
  7. an overall grade point average of at least a 2.5/4.0 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
  8. results of validation testing and remediation, if required.

As part of the application process, students submit two letters of recommendation from employers or teachers with whom the student has had contact within the last two years and an essay on reasons for choosing nursing. Faculty review this information along with the students’ SAT or ACT scores, grades in science courses, and grades in courses designated NURS taken to-date.

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.


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 of the tests.


Students complete approximately 62 hours of general education classes and about 62 hours of courses specific to the major. A typical full-time sequence of upper level courses is listed below. The student may elect to attend on a part-time basis. Full-time RN-BSN students may combine Semester 1 and Semester 3 courses as well as Semester 2 and Semester 4 courses. The program must be completed within five years of taking Health Assessment.

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

Semester 1   Semester 2
Nursing of Adults I   Nursing of the Family
Health Assessment*   Gerontological Nursing*
Pharmacology   Elective*
Health Promotion*   
Professional Nursing Practice**   
Semester 3   Semester 4
Nursing of Adults II   Community and Public Health Nursing*
Leadership*   Research in Nursing*
Psychiatric-Mental Health   Nursing Practicum in Nursing*

* courses required of students in the RN/BSN program.
** course required only of students in the RN/BSN program.

Georgia Articulation Model
The Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing supports the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model. The purpose of this model is to facilitate the educational mobility of registered nurses who elect to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. RN/BSN students are awarded 32 nursing credit hours after successfully passing the Health Assessment course. [contact the SON office for details: 229.931.2275]

Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in each nursing course. The student must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.50 to progress to the next term. A failure in any nursing course numbered 3xxx or 4xxx is considered a failure in the nursing program. A student may repeat only one nursing course after failure to receive a passing grade. The failed nursing course must be repeated the following semester when possible. A grade of WF counts as one attempt.

After admission to the nursing program, the student must take all nursing courses at Georgia Southwestern State University.

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.

All general education requirements (AREAs A-F) must be completed prior to taking Practicum in Nursing (NURS 4900).

Because independent study courses may take over a semester to complete, such courses which are pre-or co-requisite to a particular nursing course must already be in progress at the time of enrollment in the nursing course. The independent study course must be completed at the same time as the nursing course.

The entire program must be completed within five years of successfully passing Health Assessment.


Beginning with the Fall, 2004 semester, clinicial agencies may require that nursing students who rotate through their facilities are subject to criminal background checks and urine drug screens. The School of Nursing will neither pay for nor offer these screens. The School of Nursing will not have access to the results of these checks.

A facility may, because of the results of these screens,, prohibit a student from engaging in clinical activities in that facility. The School of Nursing will attempt, but does not guarantee, to find alternative, equivalent, experiences.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (BSN).
Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (BSN-RN).