School of Nursing

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Dean: Dr. Sandra Daniel
Nursing Building, Room 124
(229) 931-2280
sandra.daniel@gsw.edu 

Department Chair for Graduate Studies: Dr. Bonnie Simmons
Department Chair for Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Teresa Teasley
Professors: Dr. Sandra Daniel
Associate Professors: Dr. Bonnie J. Simmons, Dr. Teresa Teasley
Assistant Professors:  Mikki W. Guest, Mildred C. Lapeza, Rebecca J. Matthews, Janet Wills
Senior Lecturers: Krystal Oliver-Green
Lecturers: Ellen Elder, Joy B. Humphrey, Dr. Kirven P. Hulsey, Lamanda Jones, Rhonda Slocumb

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.

Required Teaching Field Courses: Teaching field requirements are established by the academic departments and the School of Education. A grade of C or higher is required in each course applied to a teaching field, and an institution grade point average of 2.5 is required for both Student Teaching and graduation. All teaching field courses in addition to required General Core Curriculum courses, Certification Core courses, and the professional sequence courses must be completed prior to Student Teaching. Specific requirements for English, history, and music can be found in Arts and Sciences departmental information and for mathematics in the Computing and Mathematics departmental information.

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

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

The philosophy, affirmed by the faculty, is consistent with the Georgia Southwestern State University mission which is to cultivate excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff and the community. Through this philosophy, the faculty expresses its commitment to excellence in the profession of nursing and quality education. The academic program(s) is based on the faculty’s beliefs about patient-centered care, evidence based practice, quality improvement, safety, collaboration, innovation, and compassion.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Provide patient centered care with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience
  • Utilize inter-and intraprofessional collaboration skills to provide holistic nursing care
  • Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise
  • Create a safe care environment that results in high quality patient outcomes
  • Employ emerging technology and information management tools to inform decision making in the delivery of care
  • Utilize critical thinking to provide care for individuals and communities
  • Analyze the effects of health care policy on the quality and safety in the practice environment
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional behaviors

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

The Board of Regents mandates health insurance for students in the Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Category.  Effective July 1, 2012, the BOR changed the health insurance carrier for Georgia Colleges and Universities to United Healthcare.  As of this date, the School of Nursing also elected to change its policy regarding health insurance coverage required for nursing students.

Now at the beginning of each semester, nursing students registered for nursing courses requiring a lab with an off-site clinical component (including online courses) will automatically be enrolled by the GSW  Student Accounts Office in the new Mandatory Plan.  (NURS 2700 Clinical Therapeutics and NURS 3200 Health Assessment are exempt as the labs for these classes are conducted in-house.) Other nursing students not enrolled in nursing courses with labs and who wish to be covered under the Mandatory Plan (OPT Enrollment) can enroll themselves at https://ww.uhcsr.com/gsw  as a “voluntary student.” 

Regardless of what nursing courses they are taking, students who fall into the Mandatory SHIP Categories listed below must purchase the USG SHIP policy:

  • All graduate students receiving a Full Tuition Waiver as part of their graduate assistantship award;
  • All undergraduate, graduate and ESL International students holding F or J visas;
  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs that require proof of health insurance;
  • All graduate students receiving fellowships that fully fund their tuition;
  • International Scholars

See http://gsw.edu/Campus-Life/CampusLiving/StudentAccount/StudentHealthInsurance/index for rates and https://www.uhcsr.com/gsw for all other information such as login information, ID cards, etc. Students will be charged for spring/summer; however they can receive a waiver for summer term.

Waiver:  Nursing students (registered for nursing courses with an off-site lab) who are covered by a policy held by a parent, spouse, company or organization may apply for a waiver of the Mandatory Plan by going to the United HealthCare site https://uhcsr.com/gsw The student must enter his/her name and date of birth to process a waiver.  United Healthcare will evaluate the current insurance and will approve or deny the waiver.  If a nursing student is not registered for one of the nursing courses requiring the Mandatory Plan and tries to request a waiver, an error message will appear saying “We were unable to find a student record for the submitted information.  Please check your information and try again, or contact your school administrator.”  This message means you are not required to have the Mandatory Plan for nursing courses the current semester. 

ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY

Traditional BSN Program Track

Pre-nursing students enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University are expected to complete all courses at GSW unless approved by the Department Chair or Dean. 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 traditional 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 Traditional BSN Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Attain admission in good standing to the University
  2. Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the published deadline
  3. Complete all general education/core classes from Areas A, D, and F
  4. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in all of the following courses: Area A courses, all Area F courses, and Area D sciences.
  5. Lack no more than nine (9) hours of general education classes from Areas B, C, and/or E
  6. Earn a minimum level of Proficiency on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam within twelve months of application to the program with no more than two attempts, and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing prior to the application deadline
  7. Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0. (Calculated based on the most recent 30 hours of courses required for the degree in nursing.)  Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 2.8 does not guarantee admission.
  8. 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 course failure at this institution
Completed by program entry:
  • *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 the following:

  • 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 Traditional BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Second Degree 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:

  1. Obtain a baccalaureate degree or higher in a non-nursing field from an accredited college or university
  2. Attain admission in good standing to the University
  3. Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the published deadlines
  4. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in all of the following courses: Area A courses, all Area F courses, and Area D sciences.
  5. Earn a minimum level of Proficiency onthe ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam within twelve months of application to the program with no more than two attempts , and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing Prior to the application deadline.
  6. Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0.  (Calculated based on the most recent 30 hours of courses required for the degree in nursing.)  Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission.
  7. 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 by program entry:
  • *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

Pre-nursing students enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State Univerisity are expected to complete all courses at GSW unless approved by the Department Chair or Dean. 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 the following:

  • 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 completing NURS 3010: Professional Nursing Practice to complete the degree requirements.

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

  1. Attain admission in good standing to the University
  2. Return the completed RN to BSN application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the specified deadline found on the GSW School of Nursing website.
  3. Provide licensure as a registered nurse in Georgia
  4. 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.
  5. Meet the requirements of the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model

Curriculum Guidelines

Students complete approximately 61 hours of general education classes. The junior and senior nursing courses total 61 hours.

  • MATH 2204 Statistics (is a pre-requisite for NURS 4800 Nursing Research)
  • All 3XXX courses, NURS 4010, NURS 4100, NURS 4200, and NURS 4630 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.

Click 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.  A School of Nursing advisor will work with the LPN 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:

  1. Earn an LPN diploma from a program that is accredited in Georgia
  2. Current Georgia LPN license (copy required for file)
  3. Acceptance in good standing by the University
  4. Application into the School of Nursing by the published deadline
  5. All general education/core classes from Areas A, D, and F completed
  6. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in all of the following courses: Area A courses, all Area F courses, and Area D sciences.
  7. Completion of Human Pathophysiology (NURS 3005) within 5 years
  8. Lacks no more than 9 hours of general education classes from Areas B,C, and /or E and PEDS activity courses
  9. Completion of anatomy and physiology (BIO 2030 and 2040) and microbiology (BIO 2050) with a minimum grade of "C" required within 5 years of admission. If over 5 years, testing will be required.
  10. Earn a minimum level of Proficiency on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam, taken within twelve months of application to the program with no more than two attempts, and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing prior to the application deadline.
  11. Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0.  (Calculated based on the most recent 30 hours of courses required for the degree in nursing.)  Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 2.8 does not guarantee admission.

Click HERE for LPN-BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

REQUIREMENTS OF ALL STUDENTS UPON PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

As part of the admissions process, after notification of their acceptance status, all nursing students are required to have the following documentation completed and returned to the School of Nursing by the specified deadline found in the acceptance letter. These forms and information will be sent to them with their Acceptance Letter, Nursing Student Handbook, and Accepted Student Packet of Information.

  1. Confidentiality Statement
  2. Authorization for Release of Records and Information
  3. Statement of Infectious Disease Risks
  4. Student Applied Learning Experience Agreement
  5. Completed Statement of Health
  6. Immunization Record (must be current and complete) including documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus; varicella; and hepatitis B vaccine series and;
  7. Tuberculosis screening within the past 12 months (PPD or chest x-ray as appropriate)
  8. Student Statement of Health and Physical Exam Form
  9. Health Insurance in accordance with the University System of Georgia Mandatory Plan requirements*
  10. Current CPR certification (American Heart Association BCLS for Healthcare Providers);
  11. Professional Liability Insurance, minimum coverage $1,000,000/claim; $6,000,000/aggregate: (information available through SON)
  12. Criminal background check and drug testing per School of Nursing policies

Details and additional clinical policies and explanation may be found in the most recent publication of the Nursing Student Handbook.Mandatory health insurance requirements and procedures may be accessed on the GSW Health Center website.

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 course work, students are required to participate in the Total Testing Program. The Total Testing Program includes standardized testing prior to admission to the program (Test of Essential Skills); critical thinking testing at the beginning of the program and during the last semester; course exam testing; standardized content mastery testing within selected nursing courses throughout the program of study; and a comprehensive NCLEX-RN predictor test during the final semester  (refer to section on Graduation).

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 these tests  charged upon enrollment in the program. Failure to pay testing fees as will result in administrative withdrawal from the program. 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 found in the most current version of the Nursing Student Handbook.  Although there is flexibility in the sequencing of some classes, other classes have prerequisites and co-requisites.  Course prerequisites and co-requisites are found in the most recent version of the Nursing Student Handbook.

NURSING 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, 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 are 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. Any employment cannot conflict with the nursing program 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 by the first two weeks of the semester proceeding the graduating semester 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.

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.

Preparation for Licensure

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

All pre-licensure 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 NURS 4900 Practicum requirements.

During the final term of the senior year, designated faculty will meet with students to discuss the NCLEX-RN process. Students planning to take the licensure exam in Georgia will find information and instructions for online application procedures at the Georgia Board of Nursing  website:http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/rn/.  Graduation from a nursing program is only one required component of eligibility consideration for taking the licensure exam in a given state.

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.