School of Nursing

SCHOOL OF NURSING

The School of Nursing (SON) offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Graduates of the program are prepared to practice in a variety of settings, including acute care facilities and hospitals, public and community health agencies, long term care facilities, home health agencies, schools, and industries. Baccalaureate education also establishes the basis for further learning in graduate programs.

The BSN program accommodates students in four tracks: the basic Generic track, the Accelerated BSN track, the RN-BSN track. The basic Generic track is designed for students without an earned degree in nursing. The Accelerated BSN track is an 18-month program track designed for individuals who have already earned a bachelor's or higher degree in another field. The RN-BSN track is for individuals educated at the diploma or associate degree level and already licensed as registered nurses. RNs have the option to complete all required nursing courses online or in a traditional classroom delivery mode. The SON supports the Georgia Articulation plan to facilitate educational mobility for registered nurses. The LPN-BSN track is designed for licensed practical nurses desiring to obtain the BSN degree.

Accreditation

The nursing program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (404) 975-5000

RN Licensure Testing Eligibility

Graduates of the BSN program who meet all program requirements are eligible to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN). Permission to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam for a graduate who has a felony conviction, conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, DUI or DWI offence during enrollment in the nursing program or within twelve months prior to enrollment, or violation of the controlled substance act or substance abuse related disorder, or who has had a license encumbered in the past rests solely with the Georgia Board of Nursing. Further information about licensing requirements may be obtained from the Georgia Board of Nursing.

MISSION STATEMENT

The School of Nursing is an integral component of Georgia Southwestern State University and subscribes to the mission of the University. The School of Nursing is committed to preparing individuals for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of health care within rapidly changing health care systems in a global environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize critical thinking skills to provide health promotion, risk reduction, illness prevention, disease management and health restoration with diverse clients and groups in a variety of settings.
  2. Employ a variety of communication strategies with clients and the interdisciplinary team to meet health needs.
  3. Perform holistic assessment, and provide evidenced-based nursing interventions to diverse individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.
  4. Perform, teach, delegate and supervise nursing technical skills with safety and competence.
  5. Integrate knowledge, values and skills from nursing, the humanities, sciences, and advances in technology in providing nursing care.
  6. Demonstrate competence in utilizing information and communication technologies to enhance health care.
  7. Apply legal and ethical standards and guidelines to advocate for client well-being and preferences.
  8. Provide nursing care that is congruent with the needs of underserved, vulnerable and diverse clients.
  9. Incorporate knowledge of the global and changing environment in the provision of health care.
  10. Interpret and apply knowledge of the health care delivery system to influence health care and promote the profession.
  11. Enact the essential roles of the professional nurse: provider of care, designer/ manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Students of the School of Nursing will be held to the American Nurses' Association's "Standards of Professional Performance" and "Code for Nurses," and the Rules of the Georgia Board of Nursing. Failure to uphold these standards may result in dismissal from any nursing program.

ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR SAFE NURSING PRACTICE

A nursing student must demonstrate skills according to the standards listed in the table below. Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis; however, the student must be able to perform these activities in an independent manner. If a student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodations or modifications, the nursing program will determine, on an individual basis, whether the necessary accommodations or modifications can reasonably be made.

ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS

CompetencyStandardExamples of Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical ThinkingCritical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgmentIdentify cause and effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans or other required documents (e.g. Care Maps)
InterpersonalInterpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families, and groups from various social, cultural, and intellectual backgroundsEstablish rapport with clients, faculty, and colleagues
CommunicationCommunication abilities sufficient for oral and written interaction with othersExplain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, and document and interpret nursing actions and client responses
MobilityPhysical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spacesMove around in a client's room, clinical learning settings, home, in work spaces, and in treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Motor Skills
  1. Possesses four(4) functional limbs (normal or artificial) that allow the student to perform abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small places and possesses gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  2. Possesses the ability to exert 20-50 lbs of force occasionally; 10-25 lbs of force frequently; and negligible to 10 lbs of force constantly to move objects.
Moves among patient rooms and treatment areas, physically moves patients, performs CPR, provides hygiene care to patients; calibrates and uses equipment needed to carry out patient care; manual dexterity to prepare and don sterile gloves and gown; prepares and administers medications aseptically (oral, IM, IV, SC).

Dexterity to apply pressure to stop bleeding; open an obstructed airway; provide safe and effective nursing care; write clearly and neatly in patient charts and other documents; stands for long periods of time
Sensory: Hearing, visual, tactileSensory:
Possesses the ability to assess and evaluate patient responses and to perform nursing interventions safely and accurately.
Hearing:
Has normal or corrected hearing acuity within the 0-45 decibel range; sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs
Visual:
Has normal or corrected visual; ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
Distinguishes color shades and/or changes;
Tactile:Possess at least one hand with the ability to perceive temperature changes and pulsations and to differential different structures and textures
Observe patient responses; 
Hearing: Hears monitor alarms, beepers, emergency signals, cries for help, etc. requiring rapid responses; auscultatory sounds; hears telephones, and has the ability to accurately take orders over the telephone.
Visual:Reads very fine, or small print on medication containers; sees nurse call or emergency lights; visually assess a patient's condition( e.g. skin color changes, color of drainage; gradations on syringes);
Tactile: Performs palpation and other functions of physical examination and /or those functions related to therapeutic intervention such as insertion of a catheter.
Mental/EmotionalPossess the mental and emotional ability to adapt to the environment, function in everyday activities, and cope with stressorsDemonstrates behaviors appropriate to the situation, uses appropriate coping strategies; work alternating shifts of 8-12 hours on days, evenings, and nights.

PRE-NURSING ADVISEMENT

A student who meets the criteria for admission to Georgia Southwestern State University may be admitted to the University for any semester and be classified as a pre-nursing student. Pre-nursing students will be assigned a nursing faculty advisor. Once admitted to the University, students should contact the Student Services Coordinator within the School of Nursing to obtain the name and contact number of their nursing advisor. Students should then schedule an initial advising appointment with the nursing advisor in the School of Nursing. The nursing advisor will review the nursing curriculum requirements and assist the student in developing a course progression calendar to insure enrollment in the correct pre-nursing courses from the first semester of study at the University. Failure to meet with the nursing advisor may result in the pre-nursing student taking unnecessary courses OR taking required courses in a sequence that may delay timely admission into the program.

Admission to the University as a pre-nursing student only allows the student to take core curriculum courses and required pre-nursing courses as they are available. Pre-nursing students are not guaranteed admission to the upper level professional nursing program.

SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADING SCALE

The grading scale for courses in the School of Nursing is:

90-100A
80-89B
75-79C
65-74D
<65F

Faculty determines and documents in their syllabi the criteria for grading in each of their classes. The clinical components of all courses, excluding the Practicum in Nursing, are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NURSING STUDENTS

Nursing students are required to carry health insurance. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has contracted with Pearce & Pearce, Inc. to provide student health insurance effective Fall Semester 2006. All 35 Institutions of the University System of Georgia are required to use Pearce & Pearce, Inc. for student health insurance. Nursing students must be enrolled each semester in the Mandatory Plan, which is an accident and sickness insurance policy that includes diagnosis and/or treatment of illness, injury, or medical conditions. Benefits include physician, hospital, surgical, pharmacy, behavioral health services (i.e., mental health / substance abuse), as well as legally mandated benefits. The fee for the Mandatory Plan is added to tuition during fall and spring semesters (note that the amount paid during spring semester provides coverage both spring and summer semesters, regardless of whether you are enrolled in classes). There is an option for students who can demonstrate that they have a qualifying policy through a spouse or other source to waive the statewide mandatory policy. Details about the Mandatory Plan, instructions for setting up individual accounts, and steps to waive the Mandatory Plan purchase are found by (a) going to:http://www.studentinsurance.com/, (b) Selecting Georgia Southwestern State University in the dropdown menu; and (c) by following the instructions provided.

ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY

Generic BSN Program Track

Students must apply and be accepted to the nursing program at the upper division level. This generally occurs during the second year of full-time study at the University. There are two admission cycles for generic students, fall and spring. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the fall semester must apply for admission to the program by the announced deadline, usually January or February. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the spring semester must apply for admission by the announced deadline, usually late August or September. Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for application instructions and deadlines.

In order to be considered for admission into the Generic BSN Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Attain admission in good standing to the University
  • Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the published deadline
  • Complete all general education/core classes from Areas A, D, and F
  • Lack no more than nine (9) hours of general education classes from Areas B, C, and/or E
  • Satisfy the Regents' Reading and Regent's Writing exam requirements
  • Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam within twelve months of application to the program and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing prior to the application deadline
  • Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0. The GPA is taken from the transcript of the most recently attended institution from which the student earned at least 30 semester hours of credit.
  • Must not have been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including but not limited to, academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or program failure. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a failure in this institution
  • Completed:
    • *BIOL 2030 Anatomy and Physiology I (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • *BIOL 2040 Anatomy and Physiology II (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • *BIOL 2050 Microbiology (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • *NURS 2600 Concepts of Professional Nursing
    • *NURS 2700 Clinical Therapeutics
    • *NURS 3005 Human Pathophysiology
    • PSYC 2103 Human Growth and Development
    • BIOL 1107/1108, or BIOL 2107/2108, or CHEM 1211/1212, or CHEM 1151/1152, or PHYS 2211/2212 (must be a lab science sequence)
    * Minimum grade of C required
    ** Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses five (5) years ago or longer. Remediation may be required.

It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a nursing class, selection for admission will be based upon:

  • ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) results
  • Availability of space in clinical sites
  • Availability of faculty resources
  • Grade Point Average - greater than the minimum of 2.8
  • Grades in Science courses - minimum of B is preferred
  • Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools
  • Grades of Ds and/or Fs
  • Written communication ability
  • Completion of nursing pre-requisites

There are two types of admission:

  1. Full acceptance is offered when all criteria are met
  2. Conditional acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of unmet criteria

Click HERE for Generic BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Accelerated BSN Program Track

Students who have a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study may pursue the Accelerated BSN program track of study. The core and general education requirements met by the first degree are accepted by the University. The U.S. and Georgia History and Constitution Requirements of the University System of Georgia must be met by all accelerated degree students.

Students must apply for admission to the School of Nursing by the published deadline. Prospective and pre-nursing students should contact the Student Services Coordinator in the School of Nursing for application instruction and deadlines. There is one admission cycle per academic year, spring, for this cohort; however, an exception may be made in an individual's matriculation plan, dependent upon the student meeting prerequisite requirements to enter the program.

In order to be considered for admission into the Accelerated BSN Program, applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher in a non-nursing field from an accredited college or university
  • Attain admission in good standing to the University
  • Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the published deadlines
  • Earn a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 is recommended. The GPA is taken from the transcript of the most recently earned 30 semester hours of credit.
  • Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam within twelve months of application to the program and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing Prior to the application deadline.
  • Must not have been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or program failure. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a failure in this institution.
  • Completed:
    • *BIOL 2030 Anatomy and Physiology I (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • *BIOL 2040 Anatomy and Physiology II (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • *BIOL 2050 Microbiology (**within 5 years of projected admission)
    • MATH 2204 Statistics (or accepted equivalent course)
    • PSYC 2103 Human Growth and Development (or accepted equivalent course)
    *Minimum grade of C required ** Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses five (5) years ago or longer. Remediation may be required.

Prior to Spring program entry, the following pre-nursing courses must be completed:

  • NURS 2600 Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • NURS 2700 Clinical Therapeutics
  • NURS 3005 Human Pathophysiology

Completion of the pre-nursing courses does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a nursing class, selection for admission will be based upon:

  • ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) results
  • Availability of space in clinical sites
  • Availability of faculty resources
  • Grade Point Average - greater than the minimum of 3.0
  • Grades in Science courses - minimum of B is preferred
  • Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools
  • Grades of Ds and/or Fs
  • Written communication ability
  • Completion of nursing pre-requisites

There are two types of admission:

  1. Full acceptance is offered when all criteria are met
  2. Conditional acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of unmet criteria

Click HERE for Accelerated BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

RN-BSN Program Track

Admission Eligibility for RN-BSN Program

The RN-BSN program track is designed to specifically meet the needs of RNs who are completing the BSN degree. Recognizing the barriers that RNs face in terms of employment demands, travel time, and family responsibilities, the program has been designed to allow full-time or part-time study, flexibility in the sequencing of courses, and options to complete the nursing courses online. Many courses are available in a traditional classroom format. Students enrolled in courses with clinical components work with a preceptor who holds the qualifications required by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Students in this program have five (5) years from the start of their nursing courses to complete the degree requirements.

In order to be considered for admission into the RN- BSN Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Attain admission in good standing to the University
  • Return the completed RN to BSN application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing (There is no application deadline for this program.)
  • Provide licensure as a registered nurse in Georgia
  • Satisfy the Regents' Reading and Regent's Writing exam requirements
  • Must not have been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or program failure. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a failure in this institution.
  • Meet the requirements of the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model

Curriculum Guidelines

Students complete approximately 62 hours of general education classes. The junior and senior nursing courses total approximately 62 hours.

  • MATH 2204 Statistics (is a pre-requisite for NURS 4800 Nursing Research)
  • All 3XXX courses must be completed before taking NURS 4900 Practicum in Nursing.
  • It is recommended that NURS 3010 Professional Nursing Practice be taken the first semester that the student takes nursing courses.

Georgia RN-BSN 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 33 nursing credit hours after successfully completing six semester credit hours of required nursing courses. (Contact the School of Nursing office for details: phone 229-931-2275)

Validation Testing: Completion of validation testing will be required of all associate degree or diploma graduates who graduated from non-NLNAC accredited schools outside the state of Georgia, who graduated more than four years ago, and who have less than 1,000 clinical practice hours. Validation testing includes standardized exams and clinical competencies. Contact the Student Services Coordinator for more information if this applies.

HERE for RN-BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

LPN-BSN Program Track

The LPN-BSN program track is designed to create an opportunity for the LPN to apply training and experience toward the goal of continuing nursing education at the baccalaureate level.

Each transfer course will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Dean of Academic Services or the Registrar. The transcripts, SAT scores, and personal evaluations will be reviewed individually in order to access each student's ability to integrate into GSW core courses AREAS A through D. Once evaluated, a School of Nursing advisor will work with the students individually to provide a seamless transition into the School of Nursing.

Admission Eligibility to the LPN-BSN Program Track

Students will need to meet the following criteria for consideration in the LPN-BSN program track:

  • Earn an LPN diploma from a program that is accredited in Georgia
  • Current Georgia LPN license (copy required for file)
  • Acceptance in good standing by the University
  • Application into the School of Nursing by the published deadline
  • All general education/core classes from AREAS A, D, and F completed
  • Completion of Human Pathophysiology (NURS 3005)
  • Both parts of the Regent's Exam passed
  • Lacks no more than 9 hours of general education classes from AREAS B,C, and /or E and PEDS activity courses
  • Completion of anatomy and physiology (BIO 2030 and 2040) and microbiology (BIO 2050) with a minimum grade of "C" required.
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.8/4.0 for consideration. The grade point average is taken from the most recently earned 30 semester hours of credit.
  • Taken the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam within twelve months of application to the program and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing Prior to the application deadline. The exam must be taken within twelve months of application to the program.

Click HERE for LPN-BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS UPON PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

Generic, Accelerated Degree, and LPN-BSN Students

As part of the admissions process, after notification of their acceptance status, all nursing students are required to have the following documentation signed and on file with the School of Nursing prior to the start of class for the semester they enter the program. These forms and information will be sent to them with their Acceptance Letter, Nursing Student Handbook, and Accepted Student Packet of Information.

  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Authorization for Release of Records and Information
  • Statement of Infectious Disease Risks
  • Student Applied Learning Experience Agreement
  • Completed Statement of Health
  • Immunization Record (must be current and complete) including documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus; varicella; and hepatitis B vaccine series and post-vaccination antigen/antibody testing;
  • Tuberculosis screening within the past 12 months (PPD or chest x-ray as appropriate)
  • Student Statement of Health and Physical Exam Form
  • Personal Health Insurance in accordance with the University System of Georgia Mandatory Plan requirements*
  • CPR certification; current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the minimum level of basic life support for healthcare professionals Professional Liability Insurance (information available through SON)
  • Criminal background check and drug testing per School of Nursing policies*Health Plan requirements and procedures may be accessed on the Health Center Home Page.

Details and additional clinical policies and details may be found in the most recent publication of theNursing Student Handbook.

RN-BSN Degree Students

As part of the admissions process, after notification of their acceptance status, RN-BSN nursing students are required to have the following documentation signed and on file with the School of Nursing prior to the start of class for the semester they enter the program. These forms and information will be sent to them with their Acceptance Letter, Nursing Student Handbook, and Accepted Student Packet of Information.

  • Provide proof of a current valid Georgia Registered Nurse License or licensure in the state of residence and/or practice.
  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Authorization for Release of Records and Information
  • Statement of Infectious Disease Risks
  • Student Applied Learning Experience Agreement
  • Completed Statement of Health
  • Immunization Record (must be current and complete) ) including documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus; varicella; and hepatitis B vaccine series and post-vaccination antigen/antibody testing;
  • Tuberculosis screening within the past 12 months (PPD or chest x-ray as appropriate)
  • Student Statement of Health and Physical Exam Form
  • Personal Health Insurance in accordance with the University System of Georgia Mandatory Plan requirements*
  • CPR certification; current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the minimum level of basic life support for healthcare professionals (class may be available from the School of Nursing during orientation)
  • Professional Liability Insurance (information available through SON)
  • Criminal background check and drug testing per School of Nursing policies.

*Health Plan requirements and procedures may be accessed on the Health Center Home Page.

SCHOOL OF NURSING TOTAL TESTING POLICY

A program of progression testing and evaluation is in place at the School of Nursing to assist faculty and students in identifying areas of student knowledge that require attention in order to successfully complete the nursing program, as well as for BSN graduates to be well prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

In addition to successful completion of coursework, students are required to participate in the Total Testing Program. The Total Testing Program includes critical thinking testing at the beginning of the program and during the last semester; course exam testing; and other methods of learning evaluation; drug calculation proficiency exams each semester; standardized content mastery testing within specified nursing courses throughout the program of study; and a comprehensive NCLEX-RN predictor test during the final semester. (refer to section on Graduation). Standardized testing results are tied to course grades and program progression.

The Total Testing Policy is located in the most recent version of the Nursing Student Handbook. Changes in testing policies made by the faculty which may occur during a student's program of study will be communicated to the students in writing and are found in the Nursing Student Handbook.

School of Nursing Testing Fees:

There is a mandatory testing fee associated with standardized testing tests which is charged upon enrollment in specific courses. Failure to pay testing fees as will result in administrative withdrawal from the course. Additional fee information is found in Nursing Student Expenses section of this document.

Exemption from GSW Policy on Re-Examination for Seniors:

The Vice President of Academic Affairs has given the School of Nursing an exemption from following the University policy on reexamination for seniors. Progression in and graduation from the nursing program is dependent on meeting the conditions as listed in the most recent version of the School of Nursing progression policy.

PROGRAM PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM PROGRESSION POLICIES

The School of Nursing has specific policies related to program progression. These policies are:

  1. All pre-and co-requisites for courses must be met before the student progresses to the next specified course. Rare exceptions may be made at the discretion of the full faculty if it is in the academic best interest of a given cohort of students.
  2. Students are required to have a grade of "C" or better in each nursing course, with the exception of NURS 4900, in which a minimum of "B" is required. A withdrawal for academic reasons after midterm counts as a course failure in the nursing program.
  3. Two course failures after admission into the nursing program will result in program dismissal. This means failure of the same course two times or failure of two individual courses one time.
  4. A student failing a course for the first time may repeat it once in the subsequent term that the course is offered, as space is available. Failure upon repeating the course is considered two course failures.
  5. A student obtaining a second "D" and/or "F" in a nursing course after full admission is not eligible to continue the program of study and will be withdrawn from the School of Nursing.
  6. The student must maintain an institutional grade point average of 2.5 to progress to the next term. Any student whose GPA falls below 2.5 must meet with the academic advisor to develop a written plan for academic improvement. In the case that a student does not improve the GPA to a 2.5 within the next semester, the student will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program.
  7. In nursing courses with a clinical component, the student must achieve a satisfactory (or passing) grade in the clinical learning experiences and a "C" or better in the theory (didactic) portion of the course in order to pass the course.
  8. After admission to the nursing program, the student must take all nursing courses at Georgia Southwestern State University.
  9. A generic or accelerated degree 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 evaluated for basic clinical skills proficiency. Remediation may be required.
  10. Strict adherence to the Georgia Board of Nursing's Standards of Professional Nursing Practices required of all nursing students.
  11. Nursing students must maintain and provide written documentation to the School of Nursing of:
    • Up-to-date tetanus immunization (every 10 years);
    • Hepatitis B series and post-vaccination immunity testing
    • annual tuberculosis screening;
    • physical examination if greater than 5 years since last exam;
    • current CPR for Health Care Professionals
    • health insurance meeting the University's Mandatory Plan;
    • professional liability insurance (minimum coverage $1,000,000/claim; $6,000,000/aggregate;
    Under no circumstance may a student take a nursing course with a clinical component without these documents.
  12. All non-nursing course requirements must be completed prior to taking Practicum in Nursing (NURS 4900).
  13. For basic, accelerated degree students, and LPN-BSN students, the nursing program must be completed within five semesters of successfully passing NURS 3200: Health Assessment. For RN-BSN students, the nursing program must be completed within five years of successfully passing the first required nursing course.
  14. Out of Sequence/Off Track
    A student is out of sequence or off track when an interruption in the progression in the nursing program as noted in the curriculum plan occurs.

    Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Withdrawal from a nursing course or a required pre-requisite course
    • Unsuccessful completion of a nursing course.
    • Student fails to take the next offered nursing course in the curriculum sequence due to withdrawal, incomplete, or failure.
    Progression of off track students is contingent upon factors such as space availability, remediation efforts made by the student and the time frame for program completion. Off track students are not given priority over nursing students for resumption of the program. Students are required to demonstrate previously mastered material and competency in previously learned skills. This may be accomplished by proficiency testing, completion of an independent study and/or examination in the skills lab.

    A student must submit a written request to resume studies to the Chair of the School of Nursing.

    Progression

    Although there is flexibility in the sequencing of some classes, other classes have prerequisites and corequisites. Course prerequisite and co-requisites are found in the most recent version of the Nursing Student Handbook.

STUDENT EXPENSES

Nursing students will incur expenses throughout the nursing program above the fees identified in the Georgia Southwestern State University Undergraduate Bulletin. These additional expenses may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab fees, nursing surcharge standardized exam fees, specialty textbooks, computer software, medical supplies and equipment, student nursing organization membership dues, licensure preparation review course, application fees for licensure testing, and transportation to and from clinical agencies. (Reference Nursing Student Handbook for more information.)

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

The nursing program is a rigorous program of study. Significant study and preparation is required outside the class and lab times. Classes and clinical may involve traditional Monday-Friday schedules; however, nontraditional times such as weekends and evenings for classes and/or clinical experiences may be required. Because of these requirements, full-time employment is discouraged. Students are allowed to seek employment that does not conflict with their academic schedule.

Georgia Board of Nursing regulates nursing student employment. According to section 410-3.07(4): "Unlicensed students shall be employed only as unlicensed nursing personnel. They shall not represent themselves, or practice, as nursing students except as part of a learning activity in a practice setting which is integral to the curriculum."

GRADUATION

Students in the School of Nursing must meet the graduation requirements and application for graduation deadlines found in the Georgia Southwestern State University Undergraduate Bulletin. It is the student's responsibility to submit the completed Application for Graduation to the academic advisor and pay the graduation application fee to the Office of the Registrar by the required date. Students are expected to be aware of and meet all deadlines for graduation.

Preparation for Licensure

Each student is responsible for preparing adequately to take the licensing examination. The School of Nursing will assist graduating seniors in preparation for licensure and application to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

All prelicensure students are required to attend an external NCLEX review course offered by the GSW School of Nursing during the final semester of the nursing program. Students are required to attend ALL review sessions made available by the School of Nursing to satisfactorily meet one component of the Practicum requirements.

During the final term of the senior year, designated faculty will meet with students to discuss the NCLEX-RN process. Applications for taking the licensing examination in Georgia will be distributed along with procedural information. Students taking the examination in states other than Georgia must acquire an application from the appropriate Board of Nursing. A list of all Jurisdictions offering the licensure examination is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing web site.

The completed application is then submitted to the Dean's office for the required affirmation and signature. The Dean is not authorized to sign the application until after documentation of completion of program requirements is completed. Applications can be sent directly from the Dean's office to the appropriate Board of Nursing or students can choose to mail their own applications upon receipt of their final transcript. Students are required to make a written request for an official copy of their final transcript from the Registrar's Office. An official transcript must accompany the application to the appropriate Board of Nursing.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

School of Nursing faculty members are sensitive to the special needs of students with disabilities and will make reasonable and appropriate accommodations for these students enrolled in nursing courses. Students must follow the procedural guidelines as written in the most recent edition of the GSW Bulletin and GSWeathervane/Student Handbook.