School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Nursing Advanced Placement Track LPN/LVN-BSN Overview & Admissions

Program Links



The School of Nursing offers an innovative program, the Advanced Placement Track, whereby the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is eligible to earn college credit for education advancement. The faculty recognize that LPNs have knowledge and skills which support the opportunity for advanced placement.

Eligibility for advanced placement is based on academic transcripts, licensed verification, basic nursing skills verification and a minimum score of at least 75 percent on each subject on the HESI admission Assessment (A2) Exam. Students have the opportunity to challenge by examination a total of 25 hours of nursing course credit.

In order to be considered for the BSN Program for the Fall/Spring admission cycle, applicants must have met regular admission requirements before the application deadlines of the first Monday in February for the fall admission and the first Monday in August for the spring admission. Applicants must meet all current BSN admission criteria and follow the same application process.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is competitive. Requirements for admission into the School of Nursing are based on requirements in place at the time of application to the BSN Program.

After admission to Georgia Southern University, the student will make an appointment with their advisor.  The student will need to bring any previous higher education transcripts to the advisement appointment. The student’s transcript will be evaluated and must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the BSN program:

  1. Complete 54 semester hours of core curriculum with grades of “C” or better in areas A, D, and F*
  2. All applicants must achieve a score of at least 75 percent on each subject on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam in each of the following areas:  Anatomy and Physiology, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, General Knowledge, and Math
  3. An overall GPA of 2.7 in all courses

The student will have the opportunity to challenge up to four nursing courses (NURS 3101: Skills and Essentials of Nursing Practice, NURS 3107: Adult Health Nursing I, NURS 3108: Mental Health Nursing, NURS 4109: Women’s and Children’s Nursing) for a total of 25 credit hours.  Upon acceptance into the Nursing program, the student must meet with their advisor to review challenge options. Students must meet all of the legal requirements for licensure.

LPN students wishing to earn credit by proficiency examination should request a meeting with the BSN program director immediately after admission to the prelicensure program to discuss eligibility.  Permission to earn proficiency credit is granted on an individual basis.

*Please note that science course credits in Core Area F may not have been earned longer than five years before the time of admission. 

*A grade of C or higher is required for areas A, D, and F courses. Repeating any course in areas A, D, and F in order to achieve a passing grade of at least a C, reduces the student’s chance for admission to the School of Nursing.  Repeating more than one course in each (area A, D, and F) to earn a passing grade of at least C makes the student ineligible for admission to nursing.



 Tuition and Fees

Institutional Fee



Last updated: 12/11/2018

School of Nursing • Georgia Southern University