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The 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is for persons with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study.
This program builds on previous learning experiences and provides the quickest route for those with undergraduate degrees to transition into nursing. This BSN takes approximately the same length of time as would be necessary for an associate degree in nursing while offering better long range opportunities to the graduate. (The program is approximately 22-24 months in length.)
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 second degree students who are admitted to the program prior to the senior year of coursework.
All nursing programs have full approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-1300 or1640.) The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.)
The first step is to apply to GSW as Traditional Nursing Track and be accepted by the university. Please see the Office of Admissions for more information.
Upon acceptance to GSW, students are first enrolled as Pre-Nursing students and remain as such until all requirements for full acceptance to the nursing program have been met. Advisors for Pre-Nursing students are faculty of the SON giving the student guidance to follow their Model Plan of Study through to graduation.
Students planning to apply for the summer admission cycle should have all their core curriculum requirements completed spring semester. Maymester classes will no longer be possible for summer entry as all nursing classes will run from May through July.
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:
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.
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 background check, drug screen, and immunization 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.
Review of applications by the Admission Committee will take place shortly after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status approximately one month from the application deadline.
All SON application materials should be sent together (including application form, sealed reference forms, essay, resume, and HESI or TEAS score) by the application deadline. Incomplete application packets will delay review by the Admission & Progression Committee resulting in applicant being moved to end of review period.
- Summer Admission: January 15
- Fall Admission: February 15
Attention transfer students: Your SON application will require a transcript evaluation so be sure to apply early to the university so that this document can be completed before the deadline.
The SON application form and the required support documents must be received by the SON by the published application deadline via mail or personal delivery to:
School of Nursing
Student Services Coordinator
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709