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Our four undergraduate program tracks offer students of varying educational backgrounds a pathway into the nursing profession or further through to a higher degree of the nursing profession. These programs are accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
These are two year programs, but students can elect to follow an extended track of study adding one to two semesters beyond the usual two years.
The Traditional, 2nd Degree, and LPN-BSN programs meet the requirements for the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP/ARMY Nurse Corps).
All students wishing to apply to the School of Nursing must first apply and be accepted to the university. Students interested in the BSN are first classified as “pre-nursing”. Once the pre-nursing criteria have been met, a student may apply to the
Application deadlines for the Traditional, 2nd Degree, and LPN-BSN:
Summer Entry Fall Entry
January 15 February 15
Attention transfer students: Your 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 nursing application deadline.
Students in this program are allowed to progress at their own rate but most complete the degree in 1-2 years.Students can elect to finish in three years, and under special circumstances have up to five years from the start of their nursing courses to complete the degree requirements.
Application deadlines for the RN-BSN program only:
Spring Entry Summer Entry Fall Entry
October 15 March 15 June 15
GSW Distance Education Programs
Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Georgia Southwestern State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Georgia Southwestern State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. States in which GSW is authorized to offer online programs may be found at https://gsw.edu/Assets/DistanceLearning/GSW%20State%20Authorization%20Statement.pdf.
All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GOVIEW online platform. Delivery will be both synchronous and asynchronous.
The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program – all on-line programs of study. The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educations, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a consortium between
States in which GSW is authorized to offer online programs may be found at https://gsw.edu/Assets/DistanceLearning/GSW%20State%20Authorization%20Statement.pdf.
Application deadlines for MSN degree tracks and certificates (excludes FNP):
There are now only two MSN degree and certificate admission cycles
Spring Admission Fall Admission
Preferred: October 15 Preferred: March 15
Final: November 15 Final: April 15
*FNP - Fall admission cycle only: Preferred deadline- MARCH 15 Final deadline - APRIL 15
The FNP program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is in progress.
The Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP) for high school seniors is unique to Georgia Southwestern and the
Application deadlines for the GAP program only: (preferred February 1) deadline April 1
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Our Student Services Coordinator, Jo Ann Davis, is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or SON@gsw.edu to quickly respond to your inquiries. While only the Registrar’s Office can do transcript evaluations, she is available to discuss your curriculum progress and guide you through the application process. As you explore our website, we welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions.
All elements combine to make the GSW School of Nursing one of the best and most highly respected teaching facilities in the area. Graduates of the program will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of health care settings. These individuals will be actively recruited by the best hospitals and healthcare agencies in the state.
We welcome students who are looking to meet the challenges in the nation’s health care and who are eager to learn.
Join us at Southwestern!