SGSC School of Nursing

The SGSC School of Nursing  currently offers three tracks leading to a professional career in nursing and a new bachelor's degree program in Long-term Healthcare Management, a non-nursing degree.

Our LPN-RN Bridge program and ASN program prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The SGSC School of Nursing offers all ASN courses on the Douglas and Waycross campuses. The LPN-RN Bridge Course (NURS 1104) is offered at Douglas or Waycross on a rotational basis. 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. 

Our newest Bachelor's Degree program in Long-Term Healthcare Management (a non-nursing degree) will develop educational skills and knowledge for managers of long-term healthcare provided in patient residences and long-term care facilities.


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Long-term healthcare management program

Message from the Dean

Dear Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the South Georgia State College School of Nursing, I am pleased to welcome all new and returning students. We want your educational journey to be filled with new and exciting experiences. The School of Nursing Handbook listed below will provide you with valuable information and will help you chart your course for success in the ASN and RN-BSN programs of study. You have my best wishes for a wonderful and life changing career in the profession of Nursing.

Dr. Jaime Carter
Dean of Nursing


Application deadlines for the School of Nursing

The early decision deadline for the LPN-RN Bridge Program is January 15th.

The early decision deadline for the ASN Program is February 15th.

The early decision deadline for the RN-BSN Program is April 15th.

Additional qualified applicants will be reviewed following the early decision deadlines as stated above for all Nursing Programs on May 15th.

Long-Term Healthcare Management July 15th.

For more information, please contact the following:

 SON Administrative Assistant, Kim Sutliff at

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Student Achievement

School of Nursing FAQ's

1. Must be fully accepted to SGSC and complete the SGSC School of Nursing admission requirements.

2. Submit a completed SGSC School of Nursing Application Packet

   LPN-RN Bridge Program: October 1 – January 15 for early decision and May 15 for late decision
   ASN (Generic) Program: October 1 – February 15 for early decision and May 15 for late decision
   RN-BSN: October 1 – April 15 for early decision and May 15 for late decision

3. 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 the Admission Assessment (A2). Content Information: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar, critical thinking, anatomy and physiology. Each student has two opportunities to pass the HESI A2 examination during the application period. HESI A2 scores are not accepted from other school.

4. Submit Official Sealed College Transcripts from all educational institutions to SGSC Admissions and with the SON Application packet.

5. Have an earned overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher for the ASN program and a GPA of 2.50 for the RN-BSN program

6. Exit all credit level learning support courses.

HESI A2 Assessment Testing

ASN and LPN-RN Applicants Only

This score reflects a necessary reading, science, and math knowledge foundation to be successful in the nursing program. 
To be considered for admission to the ASN program, the exam may be taken a maximum of 2 times within the yearly 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.

When you will take the HESI (A2) exam: You will register and take the exam only during each years application cycle. The application cycle for the HESI A2 Exam begins on October 1st and ends on the noted application deadline.

The School of Nursing wants you to have a successful experience at SGSC. Please explore the performance requirements below and also find out more information about clinicals. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at and we will be glad to help!

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.

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, intramuscular, 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.)


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).


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.


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.


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.

Students in nursing obtain clinical experience in the campus skills laboratory, simulation laboratories and selected community clinical facilities. 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 background check and a drug screening 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. Students must meet the facilities’ requirements related to the PSI Background Check and Urine Drug Screen.

Once a student begins nursing courses in the ASN generic program, 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.

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

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)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

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