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    Apr 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Augusta University Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Augusta University Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Career Information/Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares students to become Professional Registered Nurses (RNs). RNs care for patients by providing both treatment and education. They work closely with physicians and other health professionals as part of a healthcare team. RNs use a broad knowledge base to assess and understand problems, administer treatments and make decisions about patient care. They interpret and respond to patient symptoms, reactions, and progress. RNs also teach patients and families about proper healthcare, assist in patient rehabilitation, and provide emotional and physical support to promote recovery and well-being. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career that will continue to be in high demand well into the future.

About the Program

Aspiring undergraduate nursing students enroll as freshmen pre-nursing majors.  The BSN program is an upper-division offering that requires Pre-nursing majors to complete the core curriculum courses prior to matriculation into the BSN Major. Each August, new junior students enter the 4 semester course of program study (secondary application to the program is required usually in the sophomore year).

Instruction progresses from simple to complex, and the curriculum is sequentially organized using core and process concepts. The core concepts that are central to content development are the person, environment, health, and nursing. Interwoven with the core concepts are those process concepts that nursing uses to maintain and improve the health of persons in their environment.

Connecting the core and process concepts is the overarching desired outcome of quality health care that should be safe, effective, patient/client-centered, timely, efficient, equitable, and evidence-based.

BSN Program Outcomes:

  • Synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences to deliver safe, comprehensive care.
  • Demonstrate values that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.
  • Apply evidence-based research to improve health and reduce health disparities in a global society.
  • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration and clinical reasoning when caring for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Pursue knowledge as a lifelong learner to promote professional growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership, accountability, and competence as a beginning professional nurse.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen Level Entry

Junior Level Entry

Legislative Graduation Requirement (part of core Area E):

  • History and Constitution Legislative Graduation Requirements must be met by completing the course requirements or you will be required to pass the Legislative Exams.
  • If you have not already met the Legislative requirements in US & GA Constitution and US & GA History, satisfying these graduation requirements can be met in the following ways:
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students enrolled at Augusta University must take and pass with a “C” grade or higher; the equivalency of the Augusta courses: POLS 1101 and HIST 2111 or POLS 1101 and HIST 2112.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at another public University System of Georgia institution, must satisfy the legislative graduation requirements for your transfer College/University. The requirements must be marked “satisfied” or “OK” on the final transcript and be submitted. See your current college Registrar for more information.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at any Georgia technical college, out of state college or private college must satisfy these requirements by passing the Legislative Exams offered by Augusta University Testing Services. For study information or test dates visit: For additional information, call Testing Services:  706.737.1469
  • The College of Nursing deadline for satisfying legislative requirements is more restrictive than the rest of Augusta University. Due to the BSN student’s rigorous 15 credit hour schedule junior and senior years, there is no additional time to fulfill these requirements while completing Upper Division courses. You must meet the annual deadline prior to the beginning of Fall semester of the BSN program (in the junior year).

Transfer Students

  • If a student has completed Pre-Nursing or Nursing core areas from another school in the University System of Georgia, then Augusta University will accept the areas as satisfied.
  • A student who plans to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should complete courses that are equivalent to the Augusta University list of core courses.
  • Upper division nursing courses from another nursing program cannot be transferred into the Augusta University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Transfer equivalency table:

Also visit: College of Nursing BSN webpage

Frequently Asked Questions section (FAQs)


Core Curriculum Areas A‑E: 42 Hours

For more information on Core Curriculum Areas A-E, see Core Requirements .

Wellness Graduation Requirement: 4 Hours

  • Activity Course: 1
  • Activity Course: 1
  • Augusta University current students must complete the WELL 1000 Wellness course (2 hrs.) and the two physical activity wellness courses (1 hr. each) in their freshman or sophomore years or while a declared Pre-Nursing major. All BSN students must fulfill this requirement before enrolling in BSN nursing courses (NURS prefix courses). Due to the BSN student’s rigorous 15 credit hour per semester schedule junior and senior years, there is no additional time to fulfill the wellness graduation requirements. Rising Juniors or transfer student will not be allow to progress into the NURS prefix courses unless the wellness requirement is met.

Required Lower Division Courses: 6 Hours

These courses may be used in the Core Curriculum.

(Grade of C or better is required in all these courses)

Total Hours for the Degree: 124

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