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

The educational program is built on a strong foundation of general studies that includes mathematics, sciences, language arts, social sciences, as well as current nursing practice.

Nursing students train in a wide variety of clinical settings-including hospitals, outpatient and community clinics, treatment centers and long-term care facilities- and work with patient populations diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, health status, socioeconomic background, and geographic distribution. Graduates of the program will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of health care settings.

The Nursing program has full approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-1300 or 1640.)  The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (

The first step is to apply to GSW as LPN-BSN Nursing Track and be accepted by the university. Please see the Office of Admissions for more information.

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. Pre-Nursing students are advised by a professional nursing advisor.

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 3003 Fundamentals of Nursing 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 3003 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% correct. 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.

All core curriculum requirements must be completed by the end of the "Maymester" before entering the nursing program.

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 by the end of the "Maymester" before entering the nursing program.
  4. Once enrolled at GSW, students must complete all science courses at GSW.
    • Area F sciences must be completed within 5 years of projected admission. Testing is required for those applicants who completed these courses 5 years ago or longer. Remediation may be required.
  5. Must have a grade of “C” or higher in Area A, Area D, and Area F (excluding the elective in Area F).
  6. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. Admission is competitive.  A GPA of 3.0 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.
  7. Must take HESI A2. Test scores should be printed out and included in the nursing application packet. If no printer is available and testing at a site other than GSW, please select Georgia Southwestern State University when sending scores electronically.
  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 failure in this institution.
  9. Must submit a copy of LPN license.

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:

  • Grade Point Average - greater than the minimum of 3.0
  • Grades in Science courses - minimum of B is preferred
  • HESI Admission Assessment A2 – minimum score of 75%
  • Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools
  • Grades of Ds and/or Fs
  • Written communication ability
  • Availability of space in clinical sites
  • Availability of faculty resources

Information about HESI A2 as well as study guides can be found here:

Additional Information on HESI A2

More information is available on the GSW campus at the Testing Center at

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 School of Nursing. These documents must be on file in GSW office of admissions 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 Registrars office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the School of Nursing Student Services Coordinators office 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 Maymester must submit final grades to the School of Nursing 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 School of Nursing 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, and HESI score) by the application deadline. Incomplete application packets may delay review by the Admission & Progression Committee. 

Application Deadlines (excludes AECP military)

  • Fall Admission:
    • January 15 preferred
    • February 15 final

Attention transfer students: Your School of Nursing 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 School of Nursing application form and the required support documents must be received by the School of Nursing by the published application deadline via e-mail to, mail or personal delivery to:

School of Nursing
Student Services Coordinator
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
Fax: 229-931-2288

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