Nursing B.S.N.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
CHEM   1151Survey of Chemistry I 13
CHEM   1152Survey of Chemistry II4
Environmental Science/Lab4
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 9 additional credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum9
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
BIOL   2240Microbiology4
CHFD   2137Lifespan Development3
KINS   2511Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
KINS   2512Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
KINS   2531Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
KINS   2532Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
KINS   2533Pathophsiology3
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
Select 57 credit hours of the following:57
Professional Practice Competencies and Terminology
Critical Inquiry: Nursing Research and Applied Statistics
Introduction to Professional Practice
Nursing Care of Adults
Pharmacologic and Integrative Therapeutics I
Pharmacologic and Integrative Therapeutics II
Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
Mental Health Nursing
Selected Topics in Nursing
Nursing Leadership and Management: Health Promotion VIII
Pharmacologic and Integrative Therapeutics III
Critical Analysis of Nursing Concepts
Nursing Care of Developing Families
Nursing Care of Children
Community Health Nursing
Advanced Nursing Care of Adults
Nursing Leadership Preceptorship
Independent Study
Carryover from Area D1
Select 2 credit hours of Electives2
Foreign Language - Optional
Minor - Optional
Total Credit Hours126

While Survey of Chemistry I (CHEM   1151) is 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area D. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Electives. 

Program Admission Criteria

BSN Program applicants must meet the University entrance requirements as described in the University Undergraduate Catalog.  All applicants must apply for admission to both the University and the School of Nursing.  Once admitted to the University, students should contact the Student Services Center or the School of Nursing for advisement.  Requirements for admission into the School of Nursing are based on requirements in place at the time of application to the BSN Program.  In order to be considered for admission to the BSN Program, prelicensure applicants must have met the following requirements:

  1. Attained admission to Georgia Southern University.
  2. Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on all attempted credit hours in the Core Curriculum in Areas A1-E and BIOL 2240, CHFD 2137, KINS 2531/2511, KINS 2532/2512, and KINS 2533. Those students who hold a B.A. or B.S. degree must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all course work.
  3. Completed a minimum of 45 credit hours of required course work with a minimum grade of "C".
  4. Completed 16 credit hours of the 24 credit hours of required lab science course work, including 4 credit hours from BIOL 2240, KINS 2531/2511, or KINS 2532/2512 with a minimum grade of "C";
    Note: The student's record of achievement in science and math courses will be an important consideration in the admission process.
  5. Achieved a minimum score equivalent to or higher than the national passing score on the reading and math portions of the Admission Assessment Test (A²). The A² test scores must be submitted with the nursing application. Scores submitted for the A² Exam must reflect a test date no more than 12 months prior to application to the nursing program. (Contact the School of Nursing website for test dates, locations, and applicable fees.)
  6. Returned the nursing application to the School of Nursing by the announced deadline.
  7. For transfer students: Requested official transcript(s) for all college work attempted and assured that the transcripts have been received in the Admissions Office by the announced deadline.
  8. Through the LPN-BSN Program, LPN students may be eligible to earn up to 9 credit hours by proficiency examination.

Applicants must have met the following requirements before enrollment in NURS   3160:

  1. Maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Earned a minimum grade of "C" in Area A courses, Lab Sciences, Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Labs, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology.
    Note: The student's record of achievement in science and math courses will be an important consideration in the admission process.
  3. Met School of Nursing clinical course requirements, including:
    1. health history and physical examination;
    2. essential performance standards for nursing practice;
    3. immunization requirements including measles, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B;
    4. tuberculosis screening;
    5. current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers' certification;
    6. health professions student liability insurance; and
    7. personal health insurance.
  4. Participated in a School of Nursing orientation session.
  5. For applicants holding a current valid health profession's license (e.g., LPN, EMT, RT, RD), provided proof of licensure.

Admission by Transfer

The School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University welcomes transfer students who meet the admission requirements and the following nursing transfer credit hour conditions. Credit hour for courses taken at schools other than Georgia Southern University will be considered on an individual basis using the following guidelines:

  1. Transfer students must apply using the same admission criteria for application as all nursing applicants.
  2. Transfer credit hours for non-nursing courses will be evaluated by the Admissions Department of the University.
  3. Transfer credit hours for nursing courses will not be accepted.
  4. Students having failures (C- or less) in previous nursing courses are not eligible for admission into the nursing program at Georgia Southern University.

Progression Requirements

  1. BSN students must earn a grade of "C" in all required nursing courses in the major in order to progress in the nursing program.
  2. After withdrawal from a nursing course for any reason, a student's ability to continue or to progress in the nursing program will be contingent on a review of the student's record and approval of the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee.
  3. Students who earn an unsatisfactory in a clinical practicum rotation may not continue in any clinical practicum rotation during the same semester until their academic and clinical performance is individually reviewed by the BSN Program Director and the School of Nursing Chair. An unsatisfactory performance in a clinical practicum rotation represents failure of the course. The student will also be required to withdraw from all courses requiring a clinical practicum rotation in the same semester.
  4. If approved, a nursing student may repeat a required nursing course only one time.
    1. A student who earns a "D" or an "F" in a required nursing course and wishes to continue in the major must write a letter directed to the BSN Director requesting permission to continue in the nursing major. Students should submit the letter a minimum of one week prior to the anticipated date of reentry to the program. Requests to repeat a course are considered by the School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee on an individual basis and the student is notified in writing of the decision of the Committee. If approval is granted, the student may repeat the course at its next offering pending space availability.
    2. Students given permission to repeat a required nursing course will be expected to complete a supplemental study program to remediate any areas of deficit identified by the student's prior performance in the course. Approval for repeating a required nursing course and for progression in the nursing program is dependent on the reasons for unsuccessful performance in the course. Denial of a request to repeat a required nursing course will result in the dismissal of the student from the nursing program. The student will be notified in writing of the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee's decision.
    3. After two required nursing course failures, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  5. Dismissal from the nursing major does not affect the ability of the student to progress in the University in another major.
  6. Strict adherence to the American Nurses' Association Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice is required of all nursing students. Additionally, nursing students who are Registered Nurses are held accountable to the Georgia Nurse Practice Act for Registered Nurses. Failure to comply with these professional standards will result in review and action by the School of Nursing faculty and could result in the student's dismissal from the nursing program.

Other Program Requirements

Students are responsible for:

  • Transportation for off-campus practicums and field trips.
  • The purchase of uniforms, white shoes, stethoscope, and sphygmomanometer.
  • Maintaining personal health and accident insurance coverage and professional liability insurance.
  • Fees for selected achievement tests during junior and senior years.
  • Additional expenses which may include the cost of a nursing pin, academic regalia rental, and state board licensing examination fees.

For additional information, contact the BSN Program secretary, School of Nursing, Nursing/Chemistry Building, Room 2002, (912) 478-5242.  RN students wishing to pursue the BSN degree (RN-BSN) should contact the RN-BSN Secretary, Nursing/Chemistry Building, Room 2002, (912) 478-5166.

The School of Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.


All pre licensure nursing majors are advised in the College of Health and Human Sciences Student Services Center, Hollis Building, Room 0101, (912) 478-1931. RN-BSN and RN-MSN students are advised in the School of Nursing, RN-BSN Office, Nursing/Chemistry Building, Room 2002, (912) 478-5166.