Students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study may pursue the 2nd Degree 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 who are admitted to the program prior to the senor year of coursework.
Admission Eligibility Requirements:
In order to meet eligibility requirements for full admission into the program, second degree program applicants must have completed the following prerequisites:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university
- BIOL 2030 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 units) within the past 5 years *with a grade of C or better
- BIOL 2040 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 units) within the past 5 years *with a grade of C or better
- BIOL 2050 Microbiology (4 units) within the past 5 years *with a grade of C or better
- PSYC 2130 Human Growth and Development (3 units)
- Completed course in statistics
Completed the 4 nursing courses with a minimum grade of C (Note: Courses are depicted in the first semester of the 5 semester Model Program of Study):
- NURS 2600 Concepts of Professional Nursing (taken at GSW)
- NURS 2700 Clinical Therapeutics (taken at GSW; must be taken within 2 semesters preceding program admission)
- NURS 3005 Human Pathophysiology (taken at GSW unless prior course substitution approval obtained)
- NURS 3200: Health Assessment (taken at GSW)
- Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 is recommended for consideration. The GPA is taken from the last 30 credit hours of required classes for the nursing major will be counted.
- Completed ATI Test of Essential Skills (TEAS) exam and have official scores submitted to the School of Nursing via the Student Services Coordinator prior to the application deadline.
- Must 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 a a failure in this institution.
- Testing may be required if course taken was over 5 years ago. Remediation may be required.
Admission Review Consideration
It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admissions. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a program cohort, selection for admission will be based upon:
- Availability of space in clinical sites
- Availability of faculty resources
- Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 for the last 30 credit hours of required classes for the nursing major will be counted.
- ATI Test of Essential Skills (TEAS) score a minimum proficiency category on the ATI TEAS within three attempts.
- 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 while maintaining the required GPA
- May require an interview. Applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted by the program's admissions committee
There are two types of admission:
- Full acceptance is offered when all criteria are met
- Conditional acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of unmet admission eligibility criteria
There are two admission cycles for 2nd Degree BSN 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 in January or February. Students anticipating qualifying for entrance in the spring semester must apply for admission by the announced deadline, usually in late August or September. Students should contact the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinator for application instructions and deadlines, which will also be posted on the School of Nursing website.
2nd Degree BSN Program Application Deadlines: Spring-Aug. 22 and Fall-Feb. 15
Transfer Students: Transfer students will need to take a semester of pre-requisite courses at GSW prior to the semester they wish to start the nursing program (NURS 2600, NURS 2700, NURS 3005, and NURS 3200 must be taken at GSW. Transfer students are encouraged to apply to GSW for an earlier semester, in order to complete those courses.
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