Policies, Requirements, and Standards: Nursing
Pre-Licensure Admission Requirements. See “Limits on Admission” in the College of Health Professions section of this catalog. Applicants to the program must be regularly admitted to Armstrong State University prior to making application to the nursing major. Admission decisions are made by the nursing faculty.
Admission to the nursing major is competitive. Minimum requirements to be admitted include a grade of C or better in each course in Core Areas A, D, and F, completion of at least 54 hours of required core with an overall grade point average of 3.0 in all prerequisite course work attempted, and acceptable completion of the HESI A2 test with a grade of 75% or higher.
A grade of C or higher is required for all Area A, D, and F courses. Repeating any course in Areas A, D, and F in order to achieve a passing grade (at least a C) reduces the chance for admission to nursing. Repeating more than one course in each (Area A, D, and F) to earn a passing grade (at least a C) makes the student ineligible for admission to nursing.
Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. Those applicants who, in the judgment of the nursing faculty, present the strongest academic record and show the most promise of success in the nursing major will be accepted. Students are expected to meet the core performance standards for nursing posted on the SON web page (www.nursing.armstrong.edu).
Transfer applicants from another nursing program must meet the criteria established for admission to the nursing major and provide a letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program. Transfer credit will be awarded depending upon equivalency of courses. Decisions for course substitutions will be made by the nursing faculty using actual course syllabi with content outlines and descriptions supplied by the transfer student. Area F Sciences must be successfully completed within ten years of SON application. Repeat and failure rules apply. Post-baccalaureate applicants for the traditional pre-licensure BSN program must achieve an overall 3.0 minimum GPA in Area F and Statistics in order to be considered for admission.
Students who do not progress in a nursing program may be considered for readmission to Armstrong’s nursing program after a period of 3 years. Only one readmission into 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.
Application to the nursing major must be submitted by the published deadline. (Consult the nursing office for details.) Only completed applications will be considered. Students who are not admitted may reapply for the next admission cycle. Complete information regarding admission procedures is available in the School of Nursing.
Upon admission, students must pay a $350.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve a place in the program. This deposit is applied to first semester fees and liability insurance for two academic years.
Legal. The Georgia Board of Nursing has the authority to refuse to grant a license to an applicant upon a finding by the board that the applicant has been convicted of any felony, crime involving moral turpitude, or crime violating a federal or state law relating to controlled substances or dangerous drugs in the courts of this state, any other state, territory, or country, or in the courts of the United States, including but not limited to a plea of nolo contendere entered to the charge. Unlicensed students may be employed only as unlicensed personnel. They may not represent themselves or practice as nursing students except as part of a scheduled clinical learning activity in the curriculum. Students must meet all legal requirements for licensure.
Health and Insurance. Admitted students must submit complete health histories and evidence of health insurance, prior to admission and annually.
CPR. Admitted students must submit proof of CPR certification (adult, child and infant) prior to beginning nursing courses and annually. Current certification must be maintained during nursing course enrollment.
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing. Clinical agencies utilized by the School of Nursing require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into the clinical facility. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/ or drug test will be unable to attend clinical, and therefore will be unable to complete the clinical course requirements. Any fees or costs associated with background checks and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student.
Clinical Agencies. Students who are denied admission to a clinical facility for any reason may not be able to complete clinical course requirements, and thus may not be able to complete the required program of study.
Students are responsible for reading and abiding by the policies in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program Student Handbook, including the core performance standards.
Students must be admitted to the nursing program in order to enroll in any nursing course.
Students must complete the baccalaureate nursing program within four consecutive years from the date of their initial admission to the nursing major. Students who do not complete the program within this time limit must apply for readmission, meet current criteria for admission, and have their previous credits evaluated. Students who are granted readmission must meet course requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Any student not matriculating each semester, excluding summer semester, must apply for readmission to the program.
All pre-licensure nursing students will be required to participate in comprehensive testing while enrolled in the nursing program of study. Additional fees per semester will be applicable.
A grade of C or better is required in each nursing course (C = 75-79).
Grading Policy: Grades for all course assignments will be recorded as earned with no mathematical rounding. This policy allows the faculty of the School of Nursing to remove uncertainty and ensure integrity in the grading process for all students. Numerical averages will not be rounded up.
All nursing students must have on an annual, up-to-date basis: health history; physical examination by an M.D. or N.P.; tuberculin test or proof of negative chest x-ray; immunizations; CPR certification; health insurance. (Additional institutional requirements may exist or may change over time, depending on clinical agency policy.)
Pre-licensure students earning a grade lower than C in one nursing course or withdrawing from one nursing course (W, WF) must meet with their assigned advisor to review the student’s program of study. Before progressing in the program, the student must repeat the course at the next offering on a space available basis.
Pre-licensure students earning a grade lower than C in two nursing courses or withdrawing from two nursing courses (W, WF), or a combination of one grade lower than C and one withdrawal (W, WF) will be dismissed from the program.
Any academic work required to satisfy course requirements for grades of incomplete in prerequisite courses must be accomplished before enrollment in the successive nursing course.
Graduating nursing students are required to take a comprehensive exam prior to graduation.
Failure to comply with any of the above requirements while in the nursing program constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program.