Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills (6 Credit Hours)
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills (3 Credit Hours)
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement (4 Credit Hours)
HIST   1112World History II: Emergence of Modern Global Community3
Elective- any non-nursing course1
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics (6 Credit Hours)
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Math, and Technology (11 Credit Hours) 1
Chemistry I or Biology I 14
Chemistry II or Biology II 14
Environmental Science/Lab or other Area D2 of the Core Curriculum 13
Area E _ Social Sciences (12 Credit Hours)
Social Science elective3
Select 9 additional creidt hours from Area of the Core Curriculum9
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major (18 Credit Hours)
BIOL   2240Microbiology4
CHFD   2137Lifespan Development 13
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
STAT   2232Introduction to Statistics II3
Major Requirements (60 credit hours)
Courses Completed at Georgia Southern University (28 Credit Hours)
NURS   3135Critical Inquiry: Nursing Research3
NURS   3139Conceptual Basis of Nursing: Health Promotion Throughout Life3
NURS   3235Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS   4132Complementary Therapeutic Modalities3
NURS   4133Complex Nursing Concepts3
NURS   4160Nursing Leadership and Management: Principles and Practice6
NURS   4225Critical Analysis of Nursing Concepts for the RN2
NURS   4355Community Health Nursing 5
Proficiency Hours Granted by Georgia Southern University (29 Credit Hours) 2
NURS   3121Professional Practice Competencies and Terminology 22
NURS   3160Introduction to Professional Practice 26
NURS   3163Nursing Care of Adults 26
NURS   3252Mental Health Nursing 25
NURS   4351Nursing Care of Developing Families 25
NURS   4352Nursing Care of Children 25
Courses Completed as Needed
NURS   4090Selected Topics in Nursing
NURS   4890Independent Study
Elective (3 Credit Hours)
Carryover form Area D1
Select 2-3 credit hours of non-nursing electives2
Minor - Optional
Total Credit Hours120



For Area D1 a sequence of Chemistry I and 2 or Biology I and II is required unless otherwise approved by program director. Courses substitutions may apply if approved by the program director.


The RN-BSN Program is a participant in the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model for registered nurses returning for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.  After successful completion of 6 credit hours (grade of C or higher) of junior level RN-BSN nursing courses, RN students will be awarded 29 hours of proficiency credit.

Program Admission Criteria

RN-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 RN-BSN Program.  Once admitted to the University, students should contact the School of Nursing RN-BSN Program for advisement.  Requirements for admission into the School of Nursing RN-BSN Program are based on requirements in place at the time of application to the Program.  In order to be considered for admission to the RN-BSN Program, applicants must have met the following requirements:

  1. Attained admission to Georgia Southern University and requested official transcript(s) for all college work attempted, assuring that the transcripts have been received in the Admissions Office by the announced deadline.
  2. Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on all attempted course work or a minimum of 2.7 for provisional admission (full admission granted after earning a "B" or better in 6 credit hours of nursing courses).
  3. Completed all Area D and Area F courses with a minimum grade of "C" and have no more than 10 credit hours of core courses left to complete.  All core courses must be satisfied before or during the last semester of the RN-BSN Nursing Program.
  4. Hold current Georgia RN licensure in good standing (proof of licensure will be validated by the RN-BSN Program).
  5. Submitted the online RN-BSN.
  6. RN applicants must have met the following requirements after admission to the RN-BSN Program and before enrollment in the first nursing course:
    1. Participated in the RN-BSN Program orientation session. This orientation replaces the required University SOAR Orientation
    2. Meet RN-BSN Program Clinical Course requirements of:
      1. current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers' certification;
      2. health professions student liability insurance

Progression Requirements

  1. RN-BSN students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in all required nursing courses in the major in order to progress in the nursing program. For students admitted under provisional acceptance, a minimum grade of “B” must be earned in the first 6 credit hours of coursework or the student will be unable to progress and will be dismissed from the RN-BSN 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. 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 RN-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 failure of two required nursing courses, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  4. Dismissal from the nursing major does not affect the ability of the student to progress in the University in another major.
  5. Strict adherence to the American Nurses' Association Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice is required of all nursing students. 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.
  6. Throughout the program, students are responsible for maintaining a current Georgia nursing license and professional liability insurance. 
  7. Students are responsible for paying a graduation fee in the final semester of the program, and any optional graduation expenses such as a nursing pin or academic regalia.

Advisement and Other Information

For advisement or additional information, contact the RN-BSN Secretary,  at (912) 478-5166 or jstuart@georgiasouthern.edu or the program Director at scarey@georgiasouthern.edu

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