South Georgia State College

Nursing Pathways and School of Nursing Application

We currently offer three tracks leading to a professional career in Nursing. Our LPN-RN Bridge program and ASN program prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Successful completion entitles one to practice nursing and use the title, Registered Nurse (RN). We also offer a hybrid RN-BSN program for students who are licensed as a Registered Nurse.

LPN-RN Pathway

ASN Pathway

RN-BSN Pathway

2017-2018 School of Nursing Application 

Georgia Board of Nursing
The South Georgia State College School of Nursing continues full approval for the ASN and RN-BSN programs
Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
478-207-1640

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
South Georgia State College's School of Nursing ASN and RN-BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

For more information on the: LPN-RN Bridge Program, ASN program and the RN-BSN program please contact us at:
nursinginformation@sgsc.edu

Application Dates
LPN-RN Bridge Program: October 1 – January 15
ASN (Generic) Program: October 1 – February 15
RN-BSN: October 1 – April 15


SOUTH GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE (SGSC)
SCHOOL OF NURSING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

1. How do I know which nursing track is right for my degree program?

The LPN-RN Bridge program is for LPN graduates who have completed their technical/vocational college degree and are currently licensed in Georgia to practice as an LPN. This pathway allows students to complete the nursing courses and earn their ASN with three semesters of nursing courses. In addition to the nursing courses students must complete the general education courses. A total of 27 general education hours are required before starting the LPN Bridge program including BIOL 2210K, BIOL 2211K, and PSYC 1101. Completion of all general education courses is strongly advised before enrolling in Nursing 1104 LPN-RN Career Mobility.

The ASN program is designed for individuals who want to earn an Associate of Science in Nursing and take the NCLEX-RN to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

The RN-BSN program is designed for graduates of Associate of Science in Nursing degree programs who wish to complete additional courses in order to earn the Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.

2. What do I need to do to be accepted to the SGSC School of Nursing?

Must be fully accepted to SGSC and complete the SGSC School of Nursing admission requirements.
_____Submit a completed SGSC School of Nursing Application Packet
_____ LPN-RN and ASN applicants must self-register and take the SGSC HESI A2 Exam at a Prometric Testing Center (Department ID: 199898) and earn a minimum score 75on each section of the HESI Admission Assessment (A2). Content Information: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar, critical thinking, anatomy and physiology. Each student has two opportunities to score a 75 or higher on each section of the HESI A2 examination during the application period. HESI A2 scores are not accepted from other school.
_____Submit Official Sealed College Transcripts from all educational institutions (colleges, university and technical schools) to SGSC Admissions and with the SON Application packet.
_____Have an earned overall cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher for the ASN program or a GPA of 2.50 for the RN-BSN program.
_____Exit all credit level learning support courses (foundation and corequisite classes).
_____Submit official Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores to SGSC Admissions and in the SGSC School of Nursing Application Packet.
_____Students must earn grades of “C” or better in all required general education courses for the School of Nursing.


3. Is there a minimum SAT/ACT requirement?

Admission:  To be eligible to complete the nursing program in 2 years and be considered for admission, students must have a combined minimum verbal and math SAT score of 920 or minimum ACT composite score of 20.

Prospective students without college work must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0. A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.80 is required on all college work attempted.  The non-traditional student with a GED and combined minimum verbal and math SAT of 920 or a minimum composite ACT score of 20 will be eligible to be considered for admission.

Alternative admission:  Alternative admission criteria will be evaluated for students’ whose combined verbal and math SAT falls below 920, ACT composite score is less than 20, or high school GPA is less than 2.0. Students may be considered for admission upon the completion of 21 semester hours of the required general education requirements for the School of Nursing. Eight of these hours must include BIOL 2210K and BIOL 2211K.  A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.80 is required to be considered for nursing admission

4. Can I transfer from another nursing program into the SGSC School of Nursing programs?

Students must be in good standing with their previous institution and meet the current SGSC and the School of Nursing admission requirements. Applicants are evaluated on a case by case basis. However, students who make less than a grade of “C” in two Biology classes (Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II or Microbiology) are ineligible to make application to the nursing program. Students who have a Transcripted grade of less than a “C” in any NURSING course are also ineligible for the SON ASN program.

5. What does the HESI A2 Test Include?

HESI A2 Assessment Testing
ASN and LPN-RN Applicants Only (SGSC HESI CODE 199898)

To be considered for admission to the ASN program, the exam may be taken a maximum of 2 times within the annual application cycle. The student has two opportunities to score 75 or higher on each section. When considering applicants for admission to the ASN program, the highest score in each category will be utilized.  HESI A2 exam scores from other schools will not be accepted.
Admission Assessment (A2) Content Information: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar, critical thinking, anatomy and physiology.

SGSC Nursing Program Delivery

The SGSC School of Nursing offers all ASN courses on the Douglas and Waycross campuses. The LPN-RN Bridge Course (NURS 1104) is offered Summer Semester at Douglas on even years and Waycross on odd years.  The SGSC School of Nursing offers the RN-BSN program in a Hybrid format on the Douglas campus. Students are required to meet on the campus each semester.

ASN SCIENCE/GENERAL EDUCATION PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all science and general education courses included in the curriculum for nursing A student who makes less than a “C” in more than one required science course (Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II or Microbiology), including a repeated course, will not be eligible for admission to, or progression in, the nursing program. Grades of less than “C” in the required science courses taken at another institution will be considered the same as if taken at South Georgia State College.

Required Nursing Orientation Advisement and Registration (NOAR)
After receiving a letter of conditional acceptance, the will student attend a mandatory Nursing Orientation Advisement and Registration (NOAR). The student will be required to submit additional paperwork including but not limited to Physical Examination, Proof or Health Insurance, CPR: Adult, Child and Infant (American Red Cross or American Heart Association), PPD or Past Positive PPD with follow-up per protocol, PSI Background Check and Urine Drug Screen. Additional requirements include a host of immunizations including but not limited to: MMR, Varicella, TDAP, Hepatitis B Vaccine injections and titer. Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 shot series and blood titer. Influenza Vaccine is required per clinical agency annually.

Performance Standards for Admission to and Retention in the Associate of Science in Nursing and RN-BSN Degree Programs

A candidate for the Associate of Science in Nursing and RN-BSN degree programs must have abilities and skills of four varieties: observation, communication, motor, and behavioral.  Reasonable accommodations may be made on an individual basis as directed by the Disabilities Coordinator; however, a candidate is expected to perform in an independent manner.  Please read the performance standards for admission and progression in the nursing program.  Sign one copy and return to the SGSC School of Nursing.  If you have concerns or needs, please comment in the provided space.
Motor Skills:  Candidates should have sufficient motor function so that they are able to execute movements required to provide general care and treatment to clients in all health care settings.  (For example: For the safety and protection of the clients, the candidate must be able to administer intravenous, intramusucular, subcutaneous and oral medications; apply pressure to stop bleeding; open obstructed airway; and provide patient/client daily hygiene care; perform basic life support, including CPR, and function in an emergency situation.  The candidate must have the ability to safely assist a client in moving, for example, from a chair to a bed, or from a wheelchair to a commode.)
Sensory/Observation: A candidate must be able to acquire the information presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic and nursing sciences.  He or she must be able to observe a client accurately, at a distance and close at hand, and observe and appreciate non-verbal communications when performing nursing assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.  The candidate must be capable of perceiving the signs of disease and infection as manifested through physical examination.  Such information is derived from images of the body surfaces, palpable changes in various organs and tissues, and auditory information (client voice, heart tones, bowel and lung sounds).
Communication:  The candidate must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, clients, family, and other professionals.  He or she must express his or her ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.  A candidate must be able to: convey or exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems presented; explain alternative solutions; and provide education.  The candidate must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.  The candidate must be able to process and communicate information on the client’s status with accuracy in a timely manner to members of the health care team.  The appropriate communication may also rely on the candidate’s ability to make a correct judgment in seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.
Cognitive: A candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize in the context of undergraduate nursing study.  The candidate must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written material.  He or she must also be able to evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting.
Behavioral/Emotional: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for the full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients and families.  In addition, s/he must be able to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with clients, students, family, staff and other professionals under all circumstances including highly stressful situations.  The candidate must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways. The candidate must be able to experience empathy for the situations and circumstances of others and effectively communicate that empathy.  The candidate must know that his or her values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect his or her perceptions and relationships with others.  The candidate must be able and willing to examine and change his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual or team relationships.  The candidate must possess skills and experience necessary for effective and harmonious relationships in diverse academic and working environments.
Professional Conduct:  Candidates must possess the ability to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethical manner.  Candidates must be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice and of the South Georgia State College’s School of Nursing policies.  S/he must possess attributes that include compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance.  Candidates must be able to engage in client care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care to all client populations including but not limited to children, adolescents, adults, developmentally disabled persons, medically compromised clients, and vulnerable adults.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES
Students in nursing obtain clinical experience in the campus skills laboratory, simulation laboratories and selected community clinical agencies. The student must assume responsibility for travel to clinical agencies. Students will provide care to assigned clients regardless of diagnosis, age, sex, race, creed, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin. Major clinical facilities utilized by South Georgia State College require a PSI Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, Physical Examination, Laboratory Testing, Immunizations, Proof or Health Insurance, CPR: Adult, Child and Infant (American Red Cross or American Heart Association) prior to attending clinical. Based on the results of these screenings, the agencies may choose to disallow a student to attend clinical at these sites. To complete the nursing curriculum, students must be able to attend clinical at these sites. Failure to do so would result in the inability of the student to complete the program of study. The student is responsible for the cost of these clinical requirements.
 

PROGRAM COMPLETION
Once a student begins nursing courses, he/she has a maximum of 36 months to complete the program and meet requirements for graduation. Once a student begins Nursing 1104 (Career Mobility for LPNs to RNs), he/she has a maximum of 24 months to complete the program and meet requirements for graduation. The College reserves the right to certify that courses presented for program completion are current. Students may be required to retake courses to update their skills and/or their knowledge in the field. Additional NCLEX review may be required before program completion.

For additional information please contact: nursinginformation@sgsc.edu