RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN)
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
International students with F1 or J1 Visa Status may not enroll in the RN-BSN program. The RN-BSN Completion program would require students to enroll in courses not taught online according to federal regulations. Applicants may obtain more information about regulations by contacting the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) at the Office of the Registrar at GSW for information.
Students must apply and be ACCEPTED by the University prior to applying to the School of Nursing. All transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions in support of the University Application. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further details at (229) 928-1273. The School of Nursing will not review any application without a student first becoming accepted by the University. .............
RN-BSN Application deadlines
Summer-March 15 Fall-July 1 Spring-Nov. 20
Up Coming Info Session
Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at our next information session:
RN-BSN Orientation to Make Your Education Journey a Success click here. The student is responsible for arranging their precepted experiences. The clinical services coordinator 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.
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)
• Areas A thru F 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
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.
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 passing the first nursing course. [contact the SON office for details: 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.
As part of the SON ongoing assessment plan, students are tested throughout the program for mastery of course content. Students are responsible for the cost of the tests.
For additional information refer to the most current GSW BULLETIN and the Nursing Student Handbook.
For Admission Eligibility and How to apply for the RN-BSN Program
For additional information refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the current GSW BULLETIN