Application and Admission


Admission to the BSN program is a competitive process. To be considered for admission to the Pre-licensure BSN program students must complete all of the required core courses (refer to Program Core Curriculum). Prior to application the following courses must be completed with a cumulative 3.0 GPA: College Algebra, Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology for Health Sciences, and Area D Lab Science sequence. If the remaining core is not completed at the time of application, the student may be conditionally accepted based on completion of all core courses prior to enrollment in the first nursing courses, maintenance of an overall 2.75 GPA, and a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all required Sciences and Math courses. Students must meet the following criteria for admission consideration; however, this does not guarantee acceptance into the BSN program.

Applications for Fall 2021 BSN Cohort will be available online beginning December 1, 2020- January 15, 2021.


Applicants applying to the program must be accepted into Gordon State College by November 30th, 2020.

  1. Conditional/unconditional acceptance to Gordon State College
  2. Be in good standing at Gordon State College and/or at other institutions attended
  3. Minimum overall 2.75 GPA with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all required sciences and math with a grade of C or better in all other required core courses
    1. Students who have a D in one previous nursing course may apply to the program; however that grade will be added into the calculation of the overall GPA
    2. Course history, such as withdrawal and failures, will be evaluated in determining acceptance to the program
    3. Area F required science courses must be less than 5 years from time of admission (Spring 2017)
  4. Successfully complete the Kaplan admissions test (refer to Admission Test Requirements)
  5. Completion of all College Preparatory Courses and institutional requirements
  6. Submission of a recommendation form completed by a professor, instructor, and/or employer. This form will be available on the website with the admission application during the application period. 

Once a student has met the above requirements and been fully accepted to the BSN program, the student will submit updated clinical documents required by the School of Nursing, Health and Natural Sciences.

  1. Evidence of liability insurance and health insurance
  2. A completed medical/health/immunization form
  3. American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider card
  4. Criminal background check and drug screen

Only students who are admitted to the nursing major will be approved to register for upper division nursing courses. There is no overlap in courses between the ASN and BSN programs, and a student is not able to move between the two programs. Students in the BSN program cannot move into the ASN program at any time. If a student in the BSN program is unsuccessful in a course, the student may reapply to the program and, if accepted, must start with the first semester nursing courses.


Areas A-G




A.   Essential Skills:



                   9 Hours

ENGL 1101

ENGL 1102

MATH 1001, 1111, 1113

B.   Institutional Options


COLQ 2991, 2992, 2993, 2994, or 2995


4 Hours

C.   Humanities/

Fine Arts











(ONE from this list)

ARTS 1100, 1101, 1102

COMM 1100, 1110, 1500

ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121,2122, 2131, 2132

FREN 1001, 1002

HUMN 1501, 1502

MUSC 1100

PHIL 2010, 2020

SPAN 1001, 1002, 1060

THEA 1000, 1100


(ONE from this list)

ARTS 1100, 1101, 1102

COMM 1100, 1110, 1500

FREN 1001, 1002

HUMN 1501, 1502

MUSC 1100

SPAN 1001, 1002, 1060

THEA 1000, 1100

(ONE from this list)

ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121, 2122, 2131, 2132

PHIL 2010 PHIL 2020

6 Hours

D.   Health Professions




SAT Math < 450

ACT Math < 19


One of the following courses:

BIOL1111K, BIOL1107K, CHEM1151K, or CHEM1211K with a grade of ‘C’ or better.


                                                           0-4 Hours

Choose one SEQUENCE:

BIO 1111K, 1112K

BIO 1107K, 1108K

CHEM 1151K, 1152K

CHEM 1211K, 1212K

PHYS 1111K, 1112K

PLUS ONE additional Area D course –science, math, or computer science (CSCI not BUSA). *May move MATH 1401 here (see Area F)

11 Hours

E.   Social Sciences


HIST 2111, 2112 (choose 1)







3 Hours

HIST 1121, 1122 (choose ONE)

HIST 2111, 2112 (choose ONE)

Choose TWO:

ANTH 1102, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, HIST 1121, HIST 1122, HIST 2111, HIST 2112, POLS 1101, POLS 2301, POLS 2401, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101

                     12 Hours

F. Courses Appropriate to the Major


BIOL 2210K


BIOL 2250K


PSYC 2103



15 Hours

BIOL 2210K                         PSYC 2103

BIOL 2211K                        

BIOL 2250K                         MATH 1401*


*If moving MATH 1401 to Area D, choose ONE: PSYC 2101, SOCI 1160, SOCI 2293                  

                                                                       18 Hours

G. Institutional Requirements Outside the Core





PHED 1001 or 1010 plus any PHED one-hr activity course

4 hrs


PHED 1010 or

any PHED one-hr activity course (not 1001 or 1040)         1 hr