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Associate of Science in Nursing

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have graduated from high school or received a GED. All students must have a completed admissions file in the Gordon State College Office of Admissions and have received an acceptance letter from Gordon State College by the deadline for the application period for which you are applying. Students must also submit a separate application for the nursing program. Application periods and required paperwork is listed online at www.gordonstate.edu/nursing/home.

To be considered for acceptance into the nursing program, students must have:

  1. Formal acceptance to Gordon State College.
  2. Exemption from or completion of all supplemental Math and/or English courses.
  3. Nursing core classes MUST be completed with a minimum GRADE of C or better. A grade of D in any core class is not accepted by the Nursing department.
  4. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply
  5. Completion of the Kaplan Admission Test.
  6. BIOL 2210, 2211, and 2250 must all be LESS than 5 years old at the time of admission. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  7. Not failed two (2) or more nursing courses in any unsuccessful attempt at a nursing program, including LPN. A grade of D is considered failing in a nursing program.
  8. Not failed any nursing course with a grade of F in any unsuccessful attempt in a nursing program, including LPN.
  9. Ability to meet Technical Standards                               

It is strongly suggested that 75% of the core course requirements be completed prior to applying to the nursing program. Generally, the first year of study is spent on campus taking core course requirements for the nursing curriculum.

Self-managed nursing applications are available ONLINE ONLY during selective periods from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences website at www.gordonstate.edu/nursing/home. Application deadlines are posted online. Admission to the Nursing Program is selective and competitive. Applicants are ranked from highest to lowest and the applicants with the strongest credentials will be accepted first. A student must receive a letter of acceptance from the Nursing Program to be admitted for classes. There is NO WAITING LIST for the Nursing Program. Applicants who are not accepted must reapply during the next application period. The Nursing Program reserves the right to end the application period once enough qualified applications have been received.

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Re-Admit Policy

Re-admit policy is outlined in the Student Nursing Handbook.

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Appeals Process for Academic Petition Decisisons

A student has the right to appeal to the Provost or designee and to the President of the College. Failure of the student to adhere to the time deadlines described below will result in forfeiture of all rights to appeal the grade in question. If deadlines cannot be met due to legitimate reasons, the student can appeal to the office of Academic Affairs for an extension.

1.  The appeal of a decision on an academic petition must be based on substantial new evidence or sufficient grounds for good cause. Substantial new evidence constitutes that which was not available during the original review process and which has a direct bearing on the decision.

2.  On this basis, the student may appeal in writing to the Provost and must do so within five working days after the petition decision has been communicated to the student. The Provost will determine the merit of the appeal. If the appeal is determined to have merit, the Provost will consider all relevant information and render a decision.

3.  If the student is dissatisfied with the Provost’s decision, the student must appeal in writing to the President of the College within five working days after the Provost’s decision has been communicated to the student. The President will appoint a committee to review the facts and report those to the President. After consideration of the committee’s report, the President will make a decision that is final.

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General Degree Requirements

For graduation with an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, these requirements must be completed in accordance with the academic regulations stated in this catalog and in the Gordon State College Nursing Student Handbook:

  1. Complete the prescribed curriculum with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required for each core course and for each nursing course in the curriculum. A minimum 2.0 Gordon State and nursing program GPA is needed to graduate.
  2. Complete all nursing courses at Gordon State and be registered at the College during the semester that all graduation requirements are satisfied.
  3. Complete the Constitution and history requirements described in Area E as required by the State of Georgia.

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Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval

The Gordon State College Nursing Program has had full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing since 1972. The program has had continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing since 1976.

Information about approval and/or accreditation may be obtained from the following:

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
(478) 207-2440

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
(404) 975-5000

Core Curriculum

Course Prerequisites Course Title
MATH 1001 or *MATH 1111 which is preferred   Quantitative Skills and Reasoning or College Algebra
BIOL 2210** One of the following courses: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1107, CHEM 1151K or CHEM 1211K with the grade of C or better, or SAT Math score of 450 or higher or ACT Math score of 19 or higher Anatomy & Physiology - Part I
BIOL 2211** BIOL 2210 Anatomy & Physiology - Part II
BIOL 2250** BIOL 2210 Microbiology for Health Sciences
ENGL 1101   English Composition I
ENGL 1102 ENGL 1101 English Composition II
PSYC 2103   Human Growth & Development
HIST 2111/2112   American History –
part I or part II
Approved Humanities Elective [varies]

Art Appreciation, Survey of Art History I or II, World
Literature, British Literature,
American Literature, Humanities I or II, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics or Theatre Appreciation

Required High School Curriculum requirements do not apply to students in two-year terminal degree or one-year certificate programs. However, students in these programs who transfer into programs leading to the baccalaureate degree will be required to meet RHSC requirements if they have not completed 30 semester hours.


Nursing Curriculum

Course Prerequisites Course Title
NURS 1910 Acceptance to nursing program Foundations in Nursing
NURS 1905 Acceptance to nursing program Foundations in Pharmacology
NURS 1912 NURS 1905, 1910 and MATH 1001 or MATH 1111, BIOL 2210K, ENGL 1101 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of BIOL 2211K, ENGL 1102 and PSYC 2103* Mental Health Nursing
NURS 1911 NURS 1905, NURS 1910 and MATH 1001 or MATH 1111, BIOL 2210K, ENGL 1101 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of BIOL 2211K, ENGL 1102 and PSYC 2103* Introduction to Adult Health Nursing
NURS 1906 Concurrent enrollment in
NURS 1911, NURS 1912
Applied Pharmacology
NURS 2910 NURS 1911 and NURS 1912, NURS 1906, BIOL 2211K, ENGL 1102, PSYC 2103 and concurrent enrollment or completionof BIOL 2250 and HIST 2111/2112 Acute Adult Health Nursing
NURS 2911 Concurrent enrollment in
NURS 2910
Maternal-Child Nursing

NURS 2912

HIST 2111 or HIST 2112,
NURS 2910, NURS 2911, BIOL 2250

Pre- or Corequisite elective

Complex Adult Health Nursing

NURS 2907

Concurrent enrollment in NURS 2912

Transition to Professional Practice

* Students must complete all courses in the nursing curriculum and the core curriculum with a grade of C or better. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00 and an overall nursing course GPA of 2.00 to remain in the program and meet graduation requirements.

Nursing Schema

Year One
Semester 1
Foundations in Nursing (4-9-7) 7 hours
Foundations in Pharmacology (2-0-2) 2 hours
Total hours: 9 hours
Semester 2
Mental Health Nursing (2-3-5) 3 hours
Introduction to Adult Health Care (3-6-5) 5 hours
Applied Pharmacology (3-0-3) 3 hours
Total hours: 11 hours
Year Two
Semester 3
Acute Adult Health Nursing (3-6-5) 5 hours
Maternal-Child Nursing (4-3-5) 5 hours
Total hours: 10 hours
Semester 4
Complex Adult Health (3-15-8) 8 hours
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (2-0-2) 2 hours
Total hours: 10 hours
Total hours for degree: 40 hours

The numbers in the second column indicate the hours per week in lecture and laboratory, and the total credit allocation for that course. For example, if a class is listed as 3-9-6, students meet for three (3) hours per week for general lecture and nine (9) hours per week in laboratory, seminar, or clinical experience. Students earn six (6) credits upon completion of the course.

Gordon State College - School of Nursing and Health Sciences Technical Standards

All potential and enrolled students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences must meet intellectual, physical, and social competencies required to provide safe client care.

Source: Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (1993) and National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.: Guidelines for Using Results of Functional Abilities Studies and Other Resources (1999).

Issues Standard Examples of Activities
Critical Thinking Ability/Clinical Judgement Critical-thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment and decision making.

(1) Use short and long term memory
(2) Tranmsfer knowledge from one situation to another
(3)  Process information, evaluate outcomes, problem- solve and prioritize care
(4) Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations
(5) Exhibit competency in reading, understanding, and performing calculations for computing medication dosages
(6) Develop nursing care plans, evaluate the plan of care and revise as appropriate

Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

(1)  Negotiate successful conflict resolution
(2) Respect cultural diversity and the right of others
(3) Establish rapport with patients and colleagues
(4) Maintain therapeutic relationships with patients/colleagues
(5) Work effectively in small groups
(6) Demonstrate verbal and non-verbal therapeutic communication

Communication Ability Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal, written, and electronic form.

(1)  Write and speak English effectively so as to be understood by the general public
(2) Explain health conditions, diagnostic and treatment procedures and initiate health teaching based on assessed needs, available resources, age, lifestyle and cultural considerations
(3)  Interpret and document patient responses to health status through verbal communication, along with nonverbal cues and behaviors
(4) Document patient information accurately, completely, and legibly through written, oral, and electronic reports
(5) Understand and accurately use medical terminology

Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces and maintain physical tolerance for repetitive movements and demands of the work shift.

(1)  Move within confined spaces
(2) Sit or stand and maintain balance
(3) Reach above shoulders and below waist
(4) Twist, bend, stoop, climb on stool or stairs, and move quickly in response to potential emergencies
(5) Push, pull, lift or support up to 50  pounds. Use upper body strength.
(6) Administer rescue procedure, i.e, cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Motor Skills Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe, effective nursing care.

(1)  Grasp small objects with hands
(2) Manipulate small objects with fingers (IV tubing, pencil/pen) – Pinch/pick (manipulate a syringe, eyedropper, etc), twist (turn objects)
(3) Perform physical activities necessary to do basic nursing skills such as putting on sterile gloves, donning mask and gown, operating a manual and/or electronic blood pressure cuff and other essential skills
(4) Provide or assist patient with activities of daily living
(5) Manipulate instruments, supplies, and equipment with speed, dexterity, precision, and adequate eye-hand coordination
(6) Perform electronic keyboarding/documentation and/or extensive writing with a pen
(7) Calibrate and use equipment (syringes, vials, ampoules, medication packages, manual blood pressure cuff, etc.)
(8) Position patients correctly and efficiently

Hearing Ability Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

(1)  Hear auditory alarms such as monitors, fire alarms, and call bells
(2) Ability to discern auscultation sounds and cries for help
(3) Ability to accurately take orders over the telephone

Visual Skills Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for safe patient care.

(1)  Perform  basic nursing skills such as inserting an IV, counting respirations, preparing and administering medications
(2) Observe patient’s condition and responses to treatment
(3) Read small print, gauges, thermometers, measuring cups, syringes, and other equipment
(4) Discriminate colors, changes in color, size, and continuity of body parts (skin color changes, color of drainage)
(5) Identify, prepare, and administer medications accurately
(6) Identify hazards in the environment
(7) visualize written words and information on paper and on a computer screen correctly

Tactile Ability Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

(1)  Feel vibrations to detect pulses, etc.
(2) Detect temperature
(3) Feel differences in sizes and shapes and detect surface characteristics

Emotional Stability Emotional stability sufficient to tolerate rapidly changing conditions and environmental stress.

(1)  Establish therapeutic interpersonal boundaries
(2) Provide clients with emotional support
(3) Adapt to changing environment and stress while maintaining professional conduct and standards
(4) Focus attention on task
(5) Perform multiple tasks concurrently
(6) Handle strong emotions
(7) Use appropriate coping strategies

Professional Behavior Respect the nursing profession and behave in a respectful, ethical, and professional manner with others in the class, laboratory, or clinical area.

(1)  Interact respectfully and appropriately with peers, faculty/facility staff, and patients
(2) Engage in self-evaluation of behaviors and practice performance
(3) Collaborate effectively with patients/families, interdisciplinary teams
(4) Integrate ethical behavior in nursing practice
(5) Incorporate the standards of the profession into behaviors and actions
(6) Respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and clinical agencies

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Clinical Assignments

All clinical agencies will require criminal background checks and drug screens. If a student is denied a clinical experience at one clinical agency because of findings in the student’s criminal background check or drug screen, the clinical requirements for that course cannot be met. The student would then not be able to successfully complete the course; therefore, withdrawal from the program would be required. Gordon State College has no way of knowing or controlling who will be permitted to have clinical experiences in the agencies.

Students must comply with obtaining required immunizations, background checks, and drug screens to be eligible to attend clinical. The clinical facilities have specific requirements that the students/program needs to complete prior to the facility allowing the student to accomplish clinical experiences at that facility.

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Licensing Examination

Admission to the nursing program and completion of course requirements do not guarantee students the right to take the licensing examination for registered nurses. In order to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses, graduation with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree is required. Students must submit an application for licensure to a state board of nursing.

An applicant who has been indicted or convicted of an offense other than a minor traffic violation, who is under investigation for possible violation of the Nurse Practice Act, or who has been issued a license which has been encumbered (denied, revoked, suspended, surrendered, restricted or placed on probation) by any state board may be permitted to take the licensing examination at the discretion of the Georgia Board of Nursing. The license may not be issued until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of the Board. If charges are substantiated, the license may be denied or sanctioned despite the applicant’s meeting all other criteria for licensure.

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Students are encouraged to join the Gordon State College Association of Nursing Students (GSCANS). Membership provides opportunities for interaction with peers, participation in community service activities, and transition to professional practice.

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Student Representatives

Each nursing class will elect representatives who may attend the Student Focus Committee meetings, present the general concerns of their classmates, and participate in discussion of non-confidential topics. Student representatives are not eligible to vote.

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LPN to RN Bridge Program

This is a program for LPN’s who wish to further their education to become an RN. The classes will begin in the fall semester (August) each year and continue in Spring and the following Fall. No summer semester nursing courses for this program are provided.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the LPN Bridge Program, a student must meet the admission criteria for both Section A and Section B as listed below. Application deadline for the August class occurs the December prior to the August term start. Check the nursing website for exact details: www.gordonstate.edu/nursing/home. Conditional acceptance will be granted before the ATI LPN STEP Test, Dosage Calculation Test, and Skills Test will be scheduled. Final acceptance will occur after successful completion of all three tests.

Section A

  1. Formal acceptance letter from Gordon State College.
  2. Exemption from or completion of all Learning Support classes.
  3. Completion of Nursing Program application.
  4. Nursing core classes MUST be completed with a minimum GRADE OF C or better. A grade of D in any core class is not accepted by the Nursing department. Prerequisites for the first semester of the program (NURS 1905 and NURS 1910) and the second semester, NURS 1906, NURS 1911, and NURS 1912, must be completed with a grade of C or better. See nursing curriculum for details.
  5. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply.
  6. Completion of the Kaplan Admission Test.
  7. BIOL 2210, 2211, and 2250 must all be LESS than 5 years old at the time of admission to the program. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  8. Not failed two (2) or more nursing courses in any unsuccessful attempt at a nursing program, including LPN. A grade of D is considered failing in a nursing program.
  9. Not failed any nursing course with a grade of F in any unsuccessful attempt in a nursing program, including LPN.
  10. Have a minimum of one year of practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  11. Hold a current valid Georgia license as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  12. Ability to meet Technical Standards.

Section B

  1. Successful completion of validation exam
  2. Successful completion of Dosage Calculation Test
  3. Successful completion of Skills (lab) Test

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LPN-RN Program Policies

Any student who was previously in the Gordon State College Nursing Program who was not successful after the first attempt but has subsequently become a LPN and meets the above criteria is eligible to apply for this program. A student who has failed no more than two nursing courses in any prelicensure RN program can apply (or reapply) to the associate degree nursing program if the student meets all admission criteria as well as the following: applicant has graduated from an LPN program with all nursing courses having a grade of “C” or better, has an active LPN license in Georgia, has completed ALL core courses for the associate degree program, and will sign a detailed contract with the Dean of the School of Nursing if admitted to the program. The contract will include that the applicant is aware that he/she must have an overall and nursing program GPA of 2.0 by graduation and a statement indicating how he/she will be successful in the program.

Students who successfully complete the validation exam, Dosage Calculation Test, and Skills Test will have those scores leading to validation of Nursing 1910 and 1905 held in escrow until Nursing 1906, 1911, and 1912 have been successfully completed.

If the student withdraws passing from Nursing 1906, 1911, and/or 1912 and remains out for one year or more, the scores for the validation exam, Dosage Calculation Test, and Skills Test are no longer valid.

No one is allowed to attempt the LPN Bridge Program validation testing more than two times. If the student withdraws from the program passing, that student may apply for re-entry one time. If a student has attempted the LPN Bridge Program admission testing twice and has not been successful, that student is not eligible to apply to the regular program or reapply to the LPN Bridge Program.

Any LPN who enters the program through Nursing 1910 and 1905 and is not successful in any nursing class will not be eligible to enter the LPN Bridge Program.

LPN-RN Planned Classes
LPN-RN Classes begin in August ONLY
Semester I – Fall Semester
Nursing 1906 (3-0-3) 3 hours
Nursing 1911 (3-6-5) 5 hours
Nursing 1912 (2-3-3) 3 hours
Total hours 11 hours
Semester II – Spring Semester
Nursing 2910 (3-6-5) 5 hours
Nursing 2911 (4-3-5) 5 hours
Total hours 10 hours
Semester III – Fall Semester
Nursing 2912 (3-15-8) 8 hours
Nursing 2907 (2-0-2) 2 hours
Total hours 10 hours
Degree Total 31 semester hours

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