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About the Program
PACE is an accelerated “post-masters certificate” track available for APNs who have their doctoral degree or are currently pursuing their doctoral degree and have a master’s degree with a NP or CNS focus.
For more information, call 706-721-6779, or visit www.georgiahealth.edu/nursing/futurestudents.htm.
PACE graduates have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.
The salary for a PACE graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country. On average, PACE graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs. Please check the Office of Academic Admissions website for fee information: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions/
Application deadlines for application and required materials and documents:
Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
October 1 - Spring entry
January 15 - Summer entry
March 1 - Fall entry
Note: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 can submit additional documents for special consideration that include evidence of outstanding professional leadership, practice, or scholarship.
Minimum Degree Requirement: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Advanced Practice Nursing (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist) and a doctoral degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. Students with an MSN as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) who are currently pursuing a doctoral degree are also eligible to apply. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.
Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.
References: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant’s prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/mentor) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.
Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit their his/her of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees’ submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.
GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required).*
All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
*The GRE revised General Test will feature a new scale for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores, therefore, current minimum required or recommended score information is valid only for the GRE General Test taken prior to August 1, 2011. Visit www.ets.org/gre for additional and important information regarding the revised GRE test.
Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores with a minimum 400 will be accepted in place of GRE scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years. All official MAT scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from Pearson Education, Inc. The institution code for submission of MAT scores to GHSU is 1108. Please do not select a department code.
TOEFL Requirement: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
Prerequisite course work: Completion of a three credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of “B” or better.
Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.
Resume or CV: Including date of most recent revision.
Licensure: Proof of current unrestricted Georgia RN nursing license is required prior to the end of the first semester.
Experience: Minimum of one year of experience as an APN or CNS is required.
Certification: Proof of advanced practice national nursing certification. For a Clinical Nurse Specialist, documentation noting completion of CNS coursework and MSN degree via transcript is required.
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale to be the more competitive applicant.
Experience: Most students have at least two or three years of APN experience. The most successful nurse practitioner students have clinical experience with acute and/or chronically ill patients and their families. Experience in communicating with patients and their caregivers and in making independent nursing decisions has proven to be extremely helpful to students. While students often have experience in hospital and/or intensive care settings, it is not required, nor is it necessarily an advantage. Experience in any setting that promotes the development of professional confidence, clinical expertise, communication skills, and self-awareness is essential for success in the nurse practitioner program.
*Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
*While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions for recent updates.
*Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.
Apply online at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions.
For more information on this program, visit www.georgiahealth.edu/nursing/futurestudents.htm
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Estimated Tuition and Fees
For estimated tution and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.