The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is for students with no nursing licensure who want to become graduate nurses.
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) (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation)
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. This allows the student to satisfy the core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study. Application to the School of Nursing Traditional program should occur during the last semester of the second year of full-time study at the University. Pre-Nursing students are advised by a professional nursing advisor.
All core curriculum requirements must be completed by the end of the "Maymester" before entering the nursing program.
Traditional BSN Program admission eligibility requirements
- Attain admission in good standing to the University.
- Return the completed nursing application and required supporting documents to the School of Nursing by the published deadline.
- Complete all general education/core curriculum courses by the end of the "Maymester" before entering the nursing program.
- 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 five years ago or longer. Remediation may be required
- Must have a grade of “C” or higher in Area A, Area D, and Area F (excluding elective in Area F).
- Earn 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 (excluding elective in Area F). If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts are included in this calculation.
- Must take HESI A2. Test scores should be printed out and included in the nursing application packet. If no printer is available and testing is at a site other than GSW, please select Georgia Southwestern State University when sending score electronically.
- Must not have been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including but not limited to, academic misconduct, disruptive behaviour, or program failure. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a course failure at this institution.
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 [using Area A, Area D, and Area F (excluding elective in Area F) to determine GPA]
- 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: https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/pdf/HESI-A2.pdf
More information is available on the GSW campus at the Testing Center at https://gsw.edu/Academics/Academic-Resources/Disability-Services/testing-center/index.
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 School of Nursing 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 also 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 also 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 School of Nursing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, mail or personal delivery to:
School of Nursing
Student Services Coordinator
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
- Application Instruction & Checklist
- Traditional Application Form
- BSN Reference Form
- Curriculum Sheet
- BSN Model Plan of Study
- All Track Model Plan of Study
- Preview Day
- GSW Undergraduate Bulletin
*The School of Nursing will be communicating with applicants via email so please use personal email address instead of work place email address.