Policies Requirements and Standards Nursing
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Department of Nursing offers a three semester accelerated program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field. The nursing program of study is designed to prepare graduates with entry level nursing practice knowledge and skills upon which professional careers and additional study can be built. The baccalaureate nursing program emphasizes professional nursing practice and leadership skills.
Accelerated BSN Program Admission Requirements
- A bachelors degree from an accredited university
- Grade point average of 3.2 in statistics and area F courses without repetition of science courses to achieve a passing grade
- A score at the 75% on the HESI A2 test.
- Admission to Armstrong State University.
- Ability to meet the Core Performance Standards (See website for details)
- Post baccalaureate students will be given credit for completion of Areas A, B. C. D and E 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.
- Post-baccalaureate students must complete Area D MATH 2200 Elementary Statistics and all courses in Area F with a grade of C or higher, and US and GA History and Constitution prior to admission.
- All required core courses and graduation requirements must be completed before beginning the final semester of the nursing program.
- Completion of a preadmission interview
- Verification through signature that the student will not be employed at any time while enrolled in the accelerated program
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.