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2011-2012 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2011-2012 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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About the Program

GHSU’s program prepares professional nurses as generalists in clinical practice. Graduates are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Our professional program builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines. Students transfer to GHSU after completing prenursing core courses at another college. Students apply for admission to the main campus in Augusta or our satellite campus in Athens, Georgia.

The program consists of 66 credit hours over five semesters. Students transfer in during the Summer session before the Junior year. The program is full time with classes Monday-Friday. Clinicals are scheduled during day, evening, and possibly weekend hours.

Themes include:

  • Promotion of health and well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities
  • The science of health and illness of persons across the lifespan
  • Patient- and family-centered care
  • Clinical judgment and decision-making in the provision of empathetic, therapeutic care
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership and management of care
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Health policy and responsible use of healthcare resources.

Clinicals occur in a wide variety of hospital and community settings, serving diverse populations where role development, critical thinking and leadership are emphasized. Our curriculum is innovative and technologically sophisticated. Faculty are experienced and committed to quality.

Career Opportunities

Nursing is one of the oldest and most trusted health professions. Nurses provide care to persons at various levels of wellness and illness across the lifespan. Nurses organize and supervise care, provide education and support for patients and their families, and improve care through research and evidence-based practices.

GHSU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to function effectively in all areas of nursing practice. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the foundation for masters’ and doctoral degrees in nursing. Due to the national shortage of registered nurses, career opportunities exist in a variety of public and private settings. Advancement and leadership opportunities are greater for the registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree.

Skills and Interests Suited for a Career in Nursing

Nurses are compassionate, honest and caring. Nursing have the ability to make rational decisions, use good judgment, organize, plan and evaluate. Nurses must work well with people and establish and maintain effective professional relationships. Physical and mental stamina is essential. Nurses practice in a variety of specialty areas in hospitals, communities and other healthcare settings.

Salary Information

Starting salaries range from $41,000-$55,000. Salaries for experienced staff nurses can exceed $60,000, while directors of nursing can earn in excess of $100,000 nationally. Many employers pay a salary differential for R.N.s with a B.S.N. degree.



The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, and the GHSU College of Nursing is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: December 1. Early application by October 15 is encouraged. Only the most highly-qualified applicants will be offered early admission. If not selected for early admission, your application will remain active during the admission cycle. Applications and supporting documentation received after the published deadline will not be considered.

  •  Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement: A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for consideration. Overall GPA is calculated on all attempted academic courses and on completion of the required core curriculum.

  • Official Transcripts: Request an official, sealed copy of the transcript from each college or university attended. All transcripts must be sent to the applicant in a sealed envelope. Unopened transcripts and references are to be mailed in one packet to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions.

  • Credential Evaluation for Foreign Students: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts by one of the following: Josef Silney & Associates, World Education Services, or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

  • References: Two Admission Reference Forms for Undergraduate Programs must be submitted. The references should be completed by individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths and abilities. Signed and sealed references and unopened transcripts are to be mailed in one packet to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions.
  • SAT/ACT Scores: SAT/ACT scores are to be requested and sent to GHSU directly from the testing company.  A minimum score of 450 is required on the verbal SAT, and minimum score of 18 is required on the English section of the ACT. SAT:  ACT:

  • TOEFL Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit office TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam or 550 on the paper exam is required for admission consideration.

  • Personal Essay: A personal essay, detailing why the applicant has chosen to pursue a career in nursing.

Admission Recommendations

  • GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required. This does not guarantee admission, but ensures that the applicant’s file will be reviewed, provided all other admission criteria are met. The mean GPA of recent classes has been 3.50. *Please note that Georgia Health Sciences University does not use a plus/minus grading system. For the admissions process, applicants’ GPAs are re-calculated to match the grading system at GHSU.
  • Personal Essay: The personal essay should reflect why the applicant has chosen to pursue a career in nursing. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all questions are answered, and that there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Applicants should emphasize their strengths, as well as address any academic challenges they have incurred while taking their pre-requisite courses.
  • Prior experience: It is recommended that some type of healthcare experience be obtained. This may reflect volunteer or paid positions, and include the length of time in each.
  • Job Shadowing: It is recommended that the applicant spend time shadowing a Registered Nurse. Investigate opportunities at local hospitals and outpatient clinics.
  • References: The references should be completed by individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths and abilities. Utilizing references that are non-academic may have a negative impact on the decision-making process. While non-academic references are accepted, utilizing academic references is preferred for the decision-making process.
  • Supporting Documents: Request SAT/ACT scores be sent directly from the testing company and make sure that enough time is allowed for the information to be sent by the published deadline. Collect all official transcripts and recommendation forms and submit in one packet to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions. Apply electronically, then forward the supporting document packet. Applications and supporting documentation received after the published deadline will not be considered.


How to Apply

Apply online at, or contact:

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725

For further information about GHSU’s nursing programs, visit

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.


 The courses in our curriculum build on a strong foundation in the sciences and humanities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to practice nursing. All prerequisite core courses must be completed before beginning our nursing program during the summer session. These pre-requisite courses must be approved for transfer by the Office of Academic Admissions.

A. Essential Skills

9 semester hours


English Composition I

3 hours


English Composition II  (literature-based)

3 hours


College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling,
Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus

3 hours



B. Institutional Options*

4-5 semester hours


Introduction to Computers
Critical Thinking
Creative Writing
Health and Wellness
Medical Terminology


C. Humanities and Fine Arts*

6 semester hours


Foreign Language
Speech, Oral Communications
Drama, Art, or Music Appreciation
Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts


D. Science, Mathematics and Technology

10-11 semester hours


One eight-hour laboratory course sequence in Chemistry, Biology or Physics AND an additional course in Science, Mathematics, or Technology.


E. Social Science*

12 semester hours


United States History
United States Government
Other History
Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Lower-division electives in Psychology and Sociology



F. Courses Appropriate to the Major

18 semester hours


Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/ labs

8 hours


Microbiology w/ lab

4 hours



3 hours


Human Growth & Development

3 hours


* If a student planning to transfer to GHSU from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken at that institution or at another institution from which GHSU accepts transfer credit, GHSU will accept the area as satisfied. A student planning to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should choose from the list of courses.

CPR certification for the healthcare provider from the American Heart Association is required.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Curriculum

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Program Hours: 66

Total Program Clinical/Lab Hours: 990

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