ABSN Admission

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Admission Criteria to the Accelerated BSN program

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Admission to Georgia Southern University
  • A grade point average of 3.2 on grades earned in Math 2200, Biol 2081, Biol 2082, Biol 2275, Psyc 1101, and Psyc 2950 without repetition of failed science courses to achieve a passing grade
  • Must achieve a cumulative score of at least 75% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam that includes the following subject areas: anatomy & physiology, grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and general knowledge within the last year
  • Completion of a pre-admission interview (student will be contacted to schedule an interview)
  • Verification through signature that the student will not be employed at any time while enrolled in the accelerated program
  • Ability to meet all legal requirements for licensure
  • Post-baccalaureate students must complete Area D’s Math 2200 Elementary Statistics and Area F with a grade of C or higher
  • Post-baccalaureate students will be given credit for completion of Areas A, B, C, D, E, and PE, with the exception of MATH 2200 in Area D and US and Georgia History and Government
  • Sciences in Area F must have been completed within the past 10 years with a grade of C or higher
  • All core courses, including Georgia History, must be completed prior to starting the ABSN curriculum
  • Must be able to meet the Core Performance Standards
  • Clinical agencies utilized by the School of Nursing require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into clinical facilities. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug test will be unable to attend clinical courses and therefore will be unable to complete their program of study resulting in course failure. Any fees or cost associated with background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student
  • Students who fail out of any nursing program may be considered for readmission to Georgia Southern’s nursing program after a period of 3 years. Only one readmission in the nursing program per track is permitted. The student must meet all current entry requirements. Upon acceptance, the student will be required to complete all nursing courses from the beginning
  • If a student withdraws from the ABSN program, they are eligible to apply to the next fall admission cycle of the traditional BSN program.
  • A student who fails one ABSN course will need to meet with the ABSN program director to review their program of study.  The student may be given the opportunity to join the traditional BSN program on a space available basis.  A student who fails more than one ABSN course will be dismissed from the program.

State law requires proficiency in U.S. and Georgia History and Government. At Georgia Southern University, a student may demonstrate proficiency by examination or credit for political science and history. For further information about the SON rules, requirements, criteria and more, please refer to Georgia Southern’s course catalog.


Application Process and Deadlines (ABSN)

The School of Nursing offers a three-semester accelerated program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Georgia Southern’s nursing program admits students to the accelerated program fall semester with program completion scheduled for summer semester. Fall semester applications will be available on the School of Nursing (SON) website from the first Monday in January through the first Monday in February.

The completed Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing program application with an official transcript from Georgia Southern University, official transcript from any other college attended, unofficial HESI scores and application fee should be hand-delivered or mailed (with tracking) to the School of Nursing. An application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed if the student does not meet ABSN admission criteria and/or does not attach requested transcripts/scores.

Once the submitted applications have been reviewed, eligible students will be contacted by the School of Nursing to schedule their pre-admission interview.

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mail and/or student email after all applications have been reviewed.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Nursing of changes to their mailing address and phone number.

Reviewing applications is time-consuming.  It may take 3 to 4 weeks after the deadline for all applications to be reviewed.  The School of Nursing will begin notifying students after all applications have been reviewed. Calling to check the status of an application will delay the reviewing process.

It is important to remember that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.  Admission is competitive.  Accepted students may be assigned to clinical sites up to 100 miles outside the greater Savannah area.  Students accepted to the School of Nursing will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening.  Accepted students are required to submit a non-refundable money order and copy of a photo ID to hold their seat for the intended semester of entry.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

The School of Nursing uses clinical agencies that require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into clinical facilities. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug test will be unable to attend clinical courses and, therefore, will be unable to complete their program of study. Any fees or costs associated with background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student.

Last updated: 2/15/2018

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