School of Nursing

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Dean: Dr. Sandra Daniel
Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, Carter Building I, Room 148
(229) 931-2275
sandra.daniel@gsw.edu 

Department Chair for Graduate Studies: Dr. Bonnie Simmons
Department Chair for Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Teresa Teasley
Professors: Dr. Sandra Daniel, Dr. Leisa Easom
Associate Professors: Dr. Bonnie J. Simmons, Dr. Teresa Teasley
Assistant Professors:  Dr. Kirven Hulsey
Senior Lecturers: Krystal Oliver-Green, Paula Bryant, Rebecca Gee
Lecturers: Ellen Elder, Joy B. Humphrey, Rhonda Slocumb, Elizabeth Webb, Michele Ragsdale, Jayme Roseth

The School of Nursing (SON) offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offers a concentration in nursing education, nursing leadership, and nursing informatics.

Accreditation

The nursing program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-1300 or 1640).  The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., (formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.)  (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.

We believe that all nursing care should be patient-centered. Patient-centered care recognizes the patient or designee as the source of control and a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs (QSEN, 2011). The patient’s own values and preferences should be considered and reflected in the plan of care.

We believe that in order to deliver patient-centered care, nursing practice should be evidence-based. Evidence-based practice integrates best research evidence, clinical expertise, and patient/family preferences and values in making decisions about the care of individual patients (QSEN, 2011).

We believe that the application of quality improvement methods and principles is essential in achieving desired health outcomes for individuals and populations. Quality improvement uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and uses improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (QSEN, 2011).

We believe that safety is an essential component of all nursing care. Safe nursing care minimizes the risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (QSEN, 2011). Creating a culture of safety within the clinical environment is essential in providing quality patient care.

We believe that nurses deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team. Collaboration involves functioning effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making with patients and families to achieve quality patient care (QSEN, 2011).

We further believe that innovation is a key component of nursing care. Innovation is the acceptance of change and is part of a dynamic and challenging nursing practice. Innovation includes informatics, which is the use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making (QSEN, 2011).

We believe that compassion, which is at the heart of the nursing profession, involves the development of a committed, nurturing relationship, characterized by responsiveness to others and respect for their dignity, values, and culture. We believe that nursing practice must reflect an understanding of and respect for each individual and for human diversity.

We believe that nursing education promotes the intellectual, personal and social growth of the learner.  Knowledge is achieved through a collaborative process that involves a shared responsibility between the teacher and learner. The goal is to assist the learner towards the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to meet the challenges of a dynamic and evolving profession (QSEN, 2011).

Nursing education is designed to foster the development of professional nursing roles which includes provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.  The learner will be prepared to practice comprehensive nursing care that includes health promotion, disease prevention, health restoration and health teaching to individuals, families and communities. Nursing education at Georgia Southwestern State University fosters an attitude that values lifelong learning in order to maintain high quality, patient centered care in a global society.

Conclusion

The conceptual model of the School of Nursing as illustrated above serves as the guiding framework for curriculum development and supports the provision of didactic and clinical education in nursing, the preparation of nursing leaders, and the testing of innovative educational models. Nursing education is depicted as a process that involves the seven constructs of patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, collaboration, innovation, and compassion. The pivotal and key construct in the model that provides the energy source and foundation for nursing education is patient-centered care. The arrows in the model reflect the interdependent relationship or integration of the other constructs with the key construct. The implied circular motion of all the constructs reflects that nursing education is a field of dynamic changes and is an ongoing process in which faculty strive to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to ensure excellence. 

BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS)

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

Student learning outcomes were developed based on AACN 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Project.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Students of the School of Nursing will be held to the American Nurses' Association's "Standards of Nursing Practices" and "Code for Nurses," Rules of the Georgia Board of Nursing, IOM Core Competencies, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Failure to uphold these standards may result in dismissal from any nursing program. Students must abide by the School of Nursing Policy and Professional Behaviors.  Violation of this policy will result in sanctions ranging from counseling to nursing program dismissal.  (Refer to the Nursing Student Handbook.)

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

Competency

Standard

Examples of Activities (not all-inclusive)

inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause and effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans

Interpersonal

Interpersonal abilities sufficient for appropriate and effective interaction with individuals, families, and groups from various social cultural, and cultural backgrounds

Establish professional rapport with clients and colleagues

 

Communication

Communication abilities sufficient for oral and written interaction with the ability to read, write, and understand the English language, to communicate in the English language in an intelligible manner, and to prepare any authorized medical record entries and other required documentation in a legible manner.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate  health teaching, and document and interpret nursing actions and client responses

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces

Move around in a client’s room and home, in work spaces, and in treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Motor Skills

 

A.  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.

B.  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, moves physical patients, performs CPR, provides hygiene care to patients; calibrates and uses equipment needed to carry out patient care;

Manual dexterity to don sterile gloves and gown; prepare medications aseptically ( oral, IM, IV, SC);

Dexterity to apply pressure to stop bleeding; open an obstructed airway; write clearly and neatly in patient charts and other legal documents; stands for long periods of time

Sensory: Hearing,

Visual, Tactile

Sensory:

   Possesses the ability to assess and/or 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 vision with the range of 20/20-20/80;

Distinguishes color shades and/or changes; ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Tactile: Possesses at least one hand with the ability to perceive temperature changes and pulsations and to differentiate different structures and textures

Observes 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: Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those functions related to therapeutic intervention

Mental/Emotional

Possesses the mental and emotional ability to adapt to the environment, function in everyday activities, and cope with stressors

Demonstrates 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 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:

90-100

A

80-89

B

75-79

C

65-74

D

<65

F

Faculty determines and documents in their syllabi the criteria for grading in each of their classes. The clinical components of all courses 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.

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.  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://www.uhcsr.com/ 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/ 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://www.uhcsr.com/. 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

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is for students with no nursing licensure who want to become graduate nurses. 

Upon acceptance to GSW, students are first enrolled as Pre-Nursing students. This allows the student to satisfy the Core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study.  Application to the School of Nursing Traditional program should occur during the last semester of the second year of full-time study at the University. Advisors for Pre-Nursing students are faculty of the SON giving the student guidance to follow their Model Plan of Study through to graduation.

There are two admission cycles for traditional students, summer and fall. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the summer semester must apply for admission to the program by January 15th. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the fall semester must apply for admission by February 15th. Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for more information, or visit the School of Nursing website for application instructions and forms.

Traditional BSN Program admission eligibility 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 deadlines.
  3. Complete all general education/ core curriculum courses.
  4. Must lack no more than a three hour elective in Area F.
  5. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in Area A, Area D, and Area F.
  6. Area F sciences must be completed within 5 years of projected admission.  Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses five years ago or longer.  Remediation may be required.
  7. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0. Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 2.8 does not guarantee admission. Calculation of GPA is based on grades in Area A, Area D, and Area F.  If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts are included in this calculation.
  8. Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam within the past two years with a minimum score at or above the national average at the time of testing.  Scores must be received before the application deadline.  Information and study guide are available at www.ATItesting.com.  If testing at a site other than GSW, please select Georgia Southwestern State University when sending scores.
  9. 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.

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 D or F in all core areas
  • Written communication ability

TOEFL Exam Scores:  The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited United States college or university and earn at least a “C” on the courses.

Transfer students only

  • Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the SON.  These documents must be on file in GSW Office of Admission and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the SON application.
  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to the Registrar’s Office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator ASAP after completion.

There are two types of admission in the School of Nursing:
Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following: 

  • Students taking core classes spring or summer must submit final grades to the SON immediately at end of semester showing the core has been satisfactorily completed and student GPA maintained. 
  • Students must return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their SON acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • The CertifiedBackground package described in that packet must be purchased and the required documents uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.

(Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)

Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

Click HERE for Traditional BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

2nd Degree BSN Program Track

The 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is for students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study.

Upon acceptance to GSW, students are first enrolled as Pre-Nursing students. This allows the student to satisfy the Core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study.  Application to the School of Nursing 2nd Degree program should occur during the last semester of the second year of full-time study at the University. Advisors for Pre-Nursing students are faculty of the SON giving the student guidance to follow their Model Plan of Study through to graduation.

There are two admission cycles for 2nd Degree students, summer and fall. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the summer semester must apply for admission to the program by January 15th. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the fall semester must apply for admission by February 15th. Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for more information, or visit the School of Nursing website for application instructions and forms.

2nd Degree BSN Program admission eligibility 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 deadlines.
  3. Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized college or university with an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher.  In addition to degree GPA, grades on courses in Area F and D as noted below will be considered with preference given to those with higher grades than minimum.
  4. Must have completed the following prerequisites by program entry:
    1. Area F with grade of “C” or higher
      1. BIOL 2030 Anatomy and Physiology I *
      2. BIOL 2040 Anatomy and Physiology II*
      3. BIOL 2050 Microbiology*
      4. PSYC 2103 Human Growth and Development
      5. Area D with grade of “C” or higher
      6. MATH 2204 Elementary Statistics (or equivalent course)
      7. Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses five (5) years ago or longer. Remediation may be required.
      8. Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam within the past two years with a minimum score at or above the national average at the time of testing.  Scores must be received before the application deadline.  Information and study guide are available at www.ATItesting.com.  If testing at a site other than GSW, please select Georgia Southwestern State University when sending scores.
        • 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.

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 D or F in all core areas
  • Written communication ability
  • TOEFL Exam Scores:  The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited United States college or university and earn at least a “C” on the courses.

Information for students transferring to GSW

  • Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the SON.  These documents must be on file in GSW Office of Admission and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the SON application.
  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to the Registrar’s Office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator ASAP after completion.

There are two types of admission in the School of Nursing:

Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following: 
  • Students taking core classes spring or summer must submit final grades to the SON immediately at end of semester showing the core has been satisfactorily completed and student GPA maintained. 
  • Students must return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their SON acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • The CertifiedBackground package described in that packet must be purchased and the required documents uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.
(Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)

Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

Click HERE for Accelerated BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

RN-BSN Program Track

The RN-BSN Program is an on-line program 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 and flexibility in the sequencing of courses. Many courses may also be available in a traditional classroom format.  (International student must take courses on campus.) 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 finish in three (3) years, but under special circumstances have up to five (5) years from the start of their nursing courses to complete the degree requirements. Advisors develop an individual model plan of study to help students stay on track for completion of the degree.  Students are required to take a minimum of one class per academic year, and to begin their course of study the semester they are admitted to the program.  RNs may need to take some core courses before taking only nursing courses.  However, NURS 3010 must be taken as the first nursing course.  Understanding the unexpected demands sometimes experienced by RNs, the SON does allow a one-time Application for Readmission if a student finds it necessary to interrupt their course of study.

There are three admission cycles for RN-BSN students.  Admission cycles and deadlines are:

  • Summer Admission-March 15th
  •  Fall Admission-June 15th
  • Spring Admission-October 15th            

Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for more information, or visit the School of Nursing website for application instructions and forms.

Eligibility Requirements for RN-BSN Program  

In order to meet eligibility requirements for full admission into the program, RN-BSN program applicants must:

  • Meet the requirements of the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model.  (The GSW 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 6 semester hours of nursing credit.)
  • Provide proof of licensure as a registered nurse in Georgia
  • Have not 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.

Additional responsibilities and information for the RN-BSN student

  1. The student is responsible for arranging their precepted experiences.  The Clinical Services Manager will facilitate this process and will ensure required contracts are in place between facilities.  It is imperative to contact the Clinical Services Coordinator well in advance of taking a clinical course if there is a possibility that a new contract must be initiated.
  2. Curriculum guidelines:  Students complete approximately 61 hours of general education courses.  The junior and senior nursing courses total approximately 61 hours.
  •  
    • MATH 2204 Statistics is a prerequisite for NURS 4800 Nursing Research.
    • All non-nursing course requirements must be completed before taking NURS 4900 Practicum in Nursing.
    • Review the Curriculum sheet for RN-BSN Program track.
  1. It is recommended that NURS 3010 Professional Nursing Practice be taken the first semester that the student takes nursing courses.
  2. 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.
  3. Proctored exams:  Students enrolled in online courses through the School of Nursing may be required to take one or more proctored exams per semester. You can go to http://www.proctoru.com/gsw/ for more information.  Students should be aware that they are responsible for ProctorU testing fees.  The projected cost for a two hour exam is $25.00.

Information for students transferring to GSW

  • Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the SON.  These documents must be on file in GSW Office of Admission and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the SON application.
  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to the Registrar’s Office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator ASAP after completion.

There are two types of admission in the School of Nursing
Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following: 

  • RN-BSN students must sometimes take core classes and while completing these courses are listed as “pre-nursing” RN-BSN students.  These courses can sometimes be taken at the same time as nursing courses.  Until all core is completed the student may be conditionally accepted.
  • RN-BSN students must return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their SON acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • RN-BSN students must purchase the CertifiedBackground package described in that packet and the required documents must be uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.  RN students taking on-line courses are not exempt from this requirement.

(Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)


Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

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)

Click HERE for RN-BSN Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

LPN-BSN Program Track

The LPN-BSN program is designed for LPNs who want to further their education and become registered nurses with a BSN.

Upon acceptance to GSW, students who wish to enter the School of Nursing LPN-BSN Program must apply and be accepted at the upper division level. This generally occurs during the second year of full-time study at the University. Students are first enrolled at GSW as Pre-LPN Nursing Students. This allows the student to satisfy the Core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study. Advisors for Pre-Nursing students are faculty of the SON; therefore giving the student a mentor who can help them successfully navigate their Model Program of Study.

There are two admission cycles for LPN-BSN students, summer and fall. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the summer semester must apply for admission to the program by January 15th. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the fall semester must apply for admission by February 15th. Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for more information, or visit the School of Nursing website for application instructions and forms

Once admitted to the School of Nursing, the student may be eligible to take content and/or clinical proficiency examinations and credit may be awarded for the following courses: NURS 3007 Clinical Therapeutics, and NURS 3100 Nursing of Adults I.  A student who wishes to take the proficiency examinations should request a meeting with the BSN chair to discuss eligibility and to review the student’s education and background.  An examination date will be determined and the student will receive the necessary preparation tools to be successful on the examinations.  The student is responsible for the cost of the examinations, test materials, and preparation for the examinations.  The student will be given a maximum of thirty days to prepare for the examinations.  The proficiency examinations will cover NURS 3007 and NURS 3100, and will cover content in both courses.  NURS 3100 will also consist of three components: 1) medical-surgical content, 2) clinical proficiency via simulation, and 3) a dosage and calculation content requiring 100% accuracy.  The student will receive credit to the separate courses based on their ability to be successful with each proficiency examination.

The student must take the proficiency examinations the semester prior to starting the nursing program.  The student may elect not to take the proficiency examinations and may follow the traditional BSN course of study while still working toward the LPN-BSN degree.

LPN-BSN Program admission eligibility 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 deadlines.
  3. Complete all general education/ core curriculum courses.
  4. Must lack no more than a three hour elective in Area F.
  5. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in Area A, Area D, and Area F.
  6. Area F sciences must be completed within 5 years of projected admission.  Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses five years ago or longer.  Remediation may be required.
  7. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8/4.0. Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 2.8 does not guarantee admission. Calculation of GPA is based on grades in Area A, Area D, and Area F.  If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts are included in this calculation.
  8. Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam within the past two years with a minimum score at or above the national average at the time of testing.  Scores must be received before the application deadline.  Information and study guide are available at www.ATItesting.com.  If testing at a site other than GSW, please select Georgia Southwestern State University when sending scores.
  9. 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.

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 D or F
  • Written communication ability

TOEFL Exam Scores:  The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited United States college or university and earn at least a “C” on the courses.

Information for students transferring to GSW

  • Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the SON.  These documents must be on file in GSW Office of Admission and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the SON application.
  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to Registrar’s office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator ASAP after completion.

There are two types of admission in the School of Nursing:
Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following: 

  • Students taking core classes spring or summer must submit final grades to the SON immediately at end of semester showing the core has been satisfactorily completed and student GPA maintained. 
  • Students must return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their SON acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • The CertifiedBackground package described in that packet must be purchased and the required documents uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.
  • (Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)

Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

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 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. Reservation Form
  6. Photo Release Form

When notified of their acceptance, students must purchase the CertifiedBackground.com Package consisting of immunization tracker, background check, and drug/alcohol screening.  The following documentation must be submitted online via https://www.certifiedbackground.com/ :     

  1. Completed Student Statement of Health and Physical Exam Forms
  2. Immunization Record (must be current and complete) including documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus; varicella; and hepatitis B vaccine series3. Tuberculosis screening within the past 12 months (PPD or chest x-ray as appropriate)
  3. Flu shot for current season
  4. Current CPR certification (American Heart Association BCLS for Healthcare Providers);
  5. Professional Liability Insurance, minimum coverage $1,000,000/claim; $6,000,000/aggregate (information available through SON)
  6. Criminal background check and drug/alcohol testing per School of Nursing policies
  7. Proof of LPN or RN licensure

Details and additional clinical policies and explanation may be found in the most recent publication of the Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Handbook and the RN Nursing Student Handbook.

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 re-examination 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).

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.