Nursing B.S.N.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Specific Core Requirements
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Any traditional lab sequence (BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS) 1
Introduction to Statistics I
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Microbiology
Lifespan Development
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Pathophysiology
Major Requirements
NURS   3101Skills and Essentials of Nursing Practice6
NURS   3102Health Assessment4
NURS   3103Professional Nursing Practice2
NURS   3104Pharmacology I2
NURS   3105Pharmacology II2
NURS   3107Adult Health Nursing I7
NURS   3108Mental Health Nursing6
NURS   4106Pharmacology III2
NURS   4109Womens and Childrens Nursing6
NURS   4110Community Health Nursing5
NURS   4111Adult Health Nursing II7
NURS   4112Leadership & Management Capstone6
NURS   4113Research3
NURS   4114Critical Analysis1
Electives
Select 3 credit hours of Electives from the following3
Nursing and Service Learning in Costa Rica
Honors Project I
Honors Project II
Honors Project III
Independent Study-Undergraduate
Special Topics-Undergraduate
Strategies for Success in Professional Nursing
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics
Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
Gerontology in the 21st Century
Vulnerable Populations
International Nursing Issues and Trends
Introduction to Forensic Nursing and the Law
Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches
Multiculturalism in Health Care
Home Health Nursing
Population Health Care Strategies
Nursing Perspectives: Then, Now, and the Future
Women and Leadership in Nursing
Nursing Practice in the Military
Pediatric Nursing Externship
Medical-Surgical Oncology Nursing Externship
Medical-Surgical Neuroscience Nursing Externship
Medical-Surgical Complex Medical Nursing Externship
Health Promotion Through the Life Span
Medical Terminology
Total Credit Hours126

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria to the School of Nursing (SON) Traditional BSN Major

Admission to Georgia Southern University. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Registrar’s office and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University

  1. Must be able to meet the Core Performance Standards (See website for details)
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all attempted courses on the Program of Study for the SON
  3. Must achieve a score of at least 75% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam in each of the following subject areas: Anatomy & Physiology, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, General Knowledge and Math
  4. Completed 12 hours of the 20 hours of required lab science course work with a minimum grade of “C” in both the lab and didactic portions of each course
  5. Successful completion of 54 semester hours in appropriate core courses prior to admission
  6. Sciences in Area F must have been completed within the past 5
  7. A grade of C or higher is required for Core Areas A, D, and F courses
  8. Repeating more than one course or repeating one course more than once in Areas A, D, or F to earn a passing grade of C or better, makes the student ineligible for admission
  9. Post Baccalaureate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on grades earned in Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs, Microbiology, Pathophysiology and Lifespan Development to be eligible to apply to the program
  10. All core courses and graduation requirements must be completed before beginning senior II semester of nursing
  11. Students admitted to the nursing major must maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a minimum grade of “C” in all area A, D and F courses prior to beginning the first nursing course
  12. Students with outstanding admission requirements must provide proof of meeting the requirements to the Department Secretary before the beginning of the admitted semester. Failure to do so will result in removal from the admitted list
  13. Clinical agencies utilized by the School of Nursing require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into clinical facilities. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug test will be unable to attend clinical courses and therefore will be unable to complete their program of study resulting in course failure. Any fees or cost associated with background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student
  14. Students who fail out of any nursing program may be considered for readmission to Georgia Southern’s nursing program after a period of 5 years

Program Duration Limits

All courses for the nursing program must be completed within a total of three consecutive calendar years.

Progression Requirements

  1. Prelicensure students must earn a grade of “C” in all required nursing courses in the major to progress in the nursing program.
  2. Prelicensure students earning a grade lower than “C” in a nursing course or withdrawing from a nursing course, must meet with the course coordinator to review the student’s program of study. Before progressing, the student must repeat the course at the next offering on a space available basis. After withdrawal from or earning a grade less than a C in a nursing course, 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. An unsatisfactory performance in a clinical practicum rotation represents failure of the course.
  4. If approved, a nursing student may repeat a required nursing course only one time. 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.

Readmission

Application for re-entry after an absence of more than one year will be evaluated on an individual basis. Re-entry is not guaranteed and may include retaking nursing courses completed at a prior time

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 hours 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 be evaluated by the BSN Program Director.
  4. Students having failures (D or less) in previous nursing courses may be considered for admission to Georgia Southern’s nursing program after a period of 5 years.

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 health professions student 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.

Nursing LPN/LVN - BSN 

Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Area A - E)42
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Any traditional lab sequence (BIOL, CHEM, & PHYS) 1
Introduction to Statistics I
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Microbiology
Lifespan Development
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Pathophysiology
Major Requirements60
Complete all of the following: 2
NURS   3101Skills and Essentials of Nursing Practice6
NURS   3102Health Assessment4
NURS   3103Professional Nursing Practice2
NURS   3104Pharmacology I2
NURS   3105Pharmacology II2
NURS   3107Adult Health Nursing I7
NURS   3108Mental Health Nursing6
NURS   4106Pharmacology III2
NURS   4109Womens and Childrens Nursing6
NURS   4110Community Health Nursing5
NURS   4111Adult Health Nursing II7
NURS   4112Leadership & Management Capstone6
NURS   4113Research3
NURS   4114Critical Analysis1
Select 3 credit hours of nursing elective3
Foreign Language - Optional
Minor - Optional
Total Credit Hours120

Admission Criteria to the School of Nursing (SON) Advanced Placement Track (APT) for LPN/LVN to B.S.N.

Program Information

The School of Nursing offers an innovative program, the Advanced Placement Track, whereby the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is eligible to earn college credit for educational advancement.  The faculty recognizes that Licensed Practical Nurses have knowledge and skills which support the opportunity for advanced placement.

Eligibility for advanced placement is based on academic transcripts, licensure verification, basic nursing skills verification, and achieve a score of at least 75% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam.  Students have the opportunity to challenge by examination a total of 25 hours of nursing course credit. 

The LPN accepted to Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing s seen by the LPN Advisor for a description of the APT program, consultation, and curriculum planning. Advisement is critical for the LPN to best be prepared to apply for admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program (BSN) when core curriculum requirements have been met. 

Admission to the BSN program is competitive. The LPN seeking advanced placement must meet the same admission requirements as others. The following is a guide for the LPN planning to earn a BSN at Georgia Southern University.  See the School of Nursing website for more detailed information.

After admission to Georgia Southern University, the student will make an appointment with the LPN Advisor.  The student will need to bring any previous higher education transcripts to the advisement appointment.

  1. The LPN’s transcript will be evaluated and must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the BSN program:
    • Complete 54 semester hours of core curriculum with grades of “C” or better in areas A, D, and F.
    • All applicants must achieve a score of at least 75% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam in each of the following areas:  Anatomy and Physiology, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Knowledge, and Math. Further information is available in the School of Nursing or on our website. An overall GPA of 2.7 in all prerequisite courses.
  2. The student will have the opportunity to challenge up to 4 nursing courses (Skills, Adult Health I, Mental Health, Women’s and children’s) for a total of 25 credit hours.  Upon acceptance into the nursing program, the student must meet with the LPN Advisor to review challenge options. Students must meet all of the legal requirements for licensure. See Baccalaureate Degree Nursing section in the Georgia Southern University Catalog: Georgia Board of Nursing Legal Requirements.
  3. Be aware that science course credits in Core Area F may not have been earned longer than 5 years before the time of admission. 
  4. A grade of C or higher is required for areas A, D, and F courses. Repeating any course in areas A, D, and F in order to achieve a passing grade of at least a C, reduces the student’s chance for admission to the School of Nursing.  Repeating more than one course in each (area A, D, and F) to earn a passing grade of at least C makes the student ineligible for admission to nursing.

Advisement

For questions regarding specific undergraduate program requirements, please contact the Waters College of Health Professions Student Success Center.