Nursing Associate Degree Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to the associate degree nursing program? When do you start each program track?

Students must complete the TEAS exam prior to applying to the nursing program. To register for the TEAS exam, students should create an account at the ATI website (https://www.atitesting.com/home.aspx) and select “Register for TEAS”. Students must print their results from the ATI website and submit with their application. Students must score a minimum Overall score of 65 to apply to the program. Students are accepted into the associate degree nursing program:

  • Albany generic track three times each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Albany Evening/Hybrid generic tracks once every odd year: Spring (odd years)
  • Albany & Cordele Professional Healthcare Bridge tracks once per year: every 5 semesters

Applications are available online at https://www.asurams.edu/Academics/dchealthprof/dchp-home/programs/nursing-home/nursing-program-applications/ and are available only during application periods for each semester.

What are the requirements to apply to the nursing program? I have a 2.1 GPA can I apply to the program anyway?

In addition to the application forms submitted for admission to the College in general, students applying for the first time and those returning to nursing courses after a break in nursing enrollment are required to submit a separate application for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Application forms are available only on the web site under the nursing tab.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has limited enrollment, and students are selected based on college course grades, completion of required nursing related coursework, pre-admission test score, and other qualifications related to academic and professional potential.

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the nursing program must submit a nursing program application to the Nursing Office by the published deadlines. Students must complete the TEAS exam prior to applying to the nursing program. To register for the TEAS exam, students should create an account at the ATI website (https://www.atitesting.com/home.aspx) and select “Register for TEAS”. Students must print their results from the ATI website and submit with their application. Students must score a minimum overall score of 65 to apply to the program. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TEAS score (or grade point average) will not be allowed to apply.

Consideration for initial admission or re-admission to the program will be given after it has been determined that all admission requirements have been fulfilled. Readmissions are based on available space.

Applicants accepted for a designated beginning nursing class who do not enroll in that class must re-submit an application to the Nursing Office to be considered for a subsequent class. Accepted applicants who fail to maintain admission standards will be dropped before beginning the nursing program.

Additional Admissions Requirements:

  1. ADN applicants must have completed required Learning Support courses.
  2. ADN applicants must complete the pre-admission test [the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V] and must earn a minimum overall score of 65. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TEAS score (or grade point average) will not be allowed to apply. Pre-admission cut-off scores for admission vary each semester of testing based on candidates who test.
  3. ADN applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 with a minimum of 3-5 of the core classes. The 3-5 core classes include Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, English 1101, and Math 1001 / Math 1111.
    1. Only core courses required for the associate degree nursing program will be used to calculate the grade point average. Grades achieved in each attempt will be used in the calculation of this grade point average.
    2. Students must have a grade of “C” or better in all nursing core courses.
    3. Grades in core courses applicable to the nursing program older than ten years may not be calculated in the admission GPA.
  4. When faculty/student ratio limits the acceptance of all qualified students, preference may be given to students with the highest GPA and nursing pre-admission test score, and who have completed all required core classes. In addition, other factors may contribute to acceptance/denial in situations where the admission criteria are highly competitive (such as previous nursing attempts, etc.)
  5. Applicants formerly enrolled in a nursing program may apply; however, they must submit a letter from the dean/director of their former program verifying the student left his/her program in good standing. Applicants who earned less than a “C” in two or more nursing courses while enrolled in a previous nursing program must wait a period of five calendar years before they will be considered for admission to Darton State College’s nursing program. If accepted to Darton’s program no transfer credit will be given for prior nursing courses.
  6. Science courses taken more than five years prior to enrolling in the nursing program will be evaluated by the Nursing Department Dean.
    1. BIOL 2115K will not have to be repeated.
    2. All Biology 2111K and 2112K will need to be repeated if greater than five years if person is not an active healthcare professional (LPN or Paramedic). Active healthcare professional students (LPNs or Paramedics) may elect to take both of these courses or BIOL 2112K as a refresher to meet the science requirements.
    3. Students in active healthcare practice do not need to re-take the sciences unless it has been eight years or more since the courses were completed.
  7. ADN students who have completed an LPN Nursing Program or the Advanced Naval Corpsman Hospitalman Course (NER-HN-001) and have one year of active practice within the past two years may challenge NURS 1101 and NURS 1111 for credit. Appointments to challenge these courses will be made after the application, a copy of PNE transcript and a copy of current Georgia license have been submitted.
  8. ADN students wishing to repeat NURS 1101/1301 must submit a new application for admission to the nursing program. Readmission will be on a space-available basis and adhere to admission requirements.
  9. LPNs and paramedics who have been practicing as an LPN or a paramedic for at least one year may be eligible for the Healthcare Professional to RN bridge program provided all other admission criteria have been met.

Where do I find the nursing application?

Application forms are available only on the web site under the nursing tab.

What is the deadline to apply to the program?

Program Start Dates and the corresponding Application period
Program Start Application Period
Summer (classes start in May): November 1 through March 1
Fall (classes start in August): January 5 through May 1
Spring (classes start in January): June 1 through October 1
Healthcare Professional to RN bridge program: TBA

I want to apply to the nursing program but I do not see the applications, can I apply now?

Applications are only available during application periods for each semester. If the application is not available, it is not an application period, thus you cannot apply. Application periods are:

Program Start Application Period
Summer (classes start in May): November 1 through March 1
Fall (classes start in August): January 5 through May 1
Spring (classes start in January): June 1 through October 1
Healthcare Professional to RN bridge program: January 5 – July 1

When do I apply to the university?

Students must apply to the college and be accepted prior to applying to the nursing program.

Can I apply to the university and the program at the same time?

No, students must apply to the college and be accepted prior to applying to the nursing program.

When is the program offered?

Students are accepted into the associate degree nursing program:

  • Albany generic track three times each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Albany Evening/Hybrid generic tracks once every odd year: Spring (odd years)
  • Albany Professional Healthcare to RN Bridge tracks once per year: Fall semester only
  • Cordele generic track once per year: Fall semester only

How long is the program?

The generic associate degree nursing program is five semesters; the Professional Healthcare to RN Bridge program is 3 ½ semesters.

What classes are required to be accepted into the program?

What classes do you use to calculate my GPA?

Only core courses required for the associate degree nursing program will be used to calculate the grade point average. Grades achieved in each attempt will be used in the calculation of this grade point average. Students must have a grade of “C” or better in all nursing core courses.

**Note** Grades in core courses applicable to the nursing program older than ten years may not be calculated in the admission GPA.

I have not taken A&P I and II can I apply to the program anyway?

No, students must complete A&P I (BIOL 2111K) prior to applying. We strongly recommend completing both A&P I and II (BIOL 2111K/2112K) prior to applying because the entrance exam (TEAS test) will include information from both BIOL 2111K and 2112K.

Do classes I have taken previously expire?

Science courses taken more than five years prior to enrolling in the nursing program will be evaluated by the Nursing Department Dean.

  • BIOL 2115K will not have to be repeated.
  • All Biology 2111K and 2112K will need to be repeated if greater than five years if person is not an active healthcare professional (LPN or Paramedic). Active healthcare professional students (LPNs or Paramedics) may elect to take both of these courses or BIOL 2112K as a refresher to meet the science requirements.
  • Students in active healthcare practice do not need to re-take the sciences unless it has been eight years or more since the courses were completed.

Are the classes I am currently enrolled in counted in my GPA calculation?

Only nursing core classes which are completed at the time of application will be used to calculate the grade point average. Grades achieved in each attempt will be used in the calculation of this grade point average. Grades in core courses applicable to the nursing program older than ten years may not be calculated in the admission GPA.

How old can my A&P classes be?

  • All Biology 2111K and 2112K will need to be repeated if greater than five years if person is not an active healthcare professional (LPN or Paramedic). Active healthcare professional students (LPNs or Paramedics) may elect to take both of these courses or BIOL 2112K as a refresher to meet the science requirements.
  • Students in active healthcare practice do not need to re-take the sciences unless it has been eight years or more since the courses were completed.

Is there an age limit on Microbiology?

No.

I was in another nursing program; will those nursing classes transfer?

Students transferring from another nursing program will not receive transfer credit for prior nursing courses.

I have not applied to ASU but want someone to look at my transcripts and tell me what my GPA is and which classes I have taken that will transfer.

See your Nursing advisor or visit the Nursing advising center.

I took classes at another institution – will they transfer to Albany State?

Albany State University will accept transfer credit from other regionally accredited colleges and universities. A grade of “C” or better is required, and credit is issued for equivalent courses in the student’s curriculum at Albany State University. A maximum of 42 semester hours of academic work may be transferred to Albany State University. A limited number of credits earned by correspondence may be transferred if they carry satisfactory grades and meet curricular requirements. An evaluation of credits accepted in transfer will be furnished to the students as soon as all transcripts are received by the University.

Credit earned by Albany State University students attending other colleges or universities as transient students will be treated in the same manner as described above.

Students transferring from another nursing program will not receive transfer credit for prior nursing courses.

Where do I take the TEAS test? Is the TEAS score required at the time of application? Can I take the TEAS in another location? How do I submit my TEAS score to you? What is the minimum score you will accept for the TEAS? Is there a study guide for the TEAS test?

You may take the TEAS test at any official ATI Testing Center. To find an official ATI Testing Center and register for the TEAS test, students should create an account at the ATI website (https://www.atitesting.com/home.aspx) and select “Register for TEAS”. After testing, students must print their overall test score from the ATI website and submit with their application to the nursing program. A minimum Overall score of 65 on the TEAS test is required to apply to the nursing program. TEAS scores are valid for 12 months; after this time frame, students must retest. The TEAS V Study Manual is available for purchase in the Darton State College Bookstore and online at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/

What is the TEAS test? How do I register for the TEAS?

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V is required for admission into Darton State College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. The exam is a test of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. All ASN applicants must include a copy of the TEAS score report with their nursing application packet. Applicants are expected to earn a minimum score of 65%. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TEAS score (or grade point average) will not be allowed to apply. TEAS scores are valid for one year. Tests taken after the application deadline will not be used for the current admissions cycle.

Retakes: Only two attempts in a 12 month period are permitted.

How to Register for the TEAS:

Go to ATI testing website

On the application, the deadline to apply is before the TEAS sign up dates, do I have to wait until next semester to apply?

Yes, the TEAS test must be completed and results submitted with your application. Students who do not score an overall test score of 65 cannot apply to the nursing program. In order to avoid missing the deadline to apply, plan ahead and take the TEAS in advance of the deadline. Remember you can test at any official ATI Testing Center so check online for dates that may work for you.

Is the hybrid program offered at any other satellite location?

No, the Hybrid program is only offered at the Albany campus.

Is the Bridge program the Hybrid program? Is the Hybrid program a bridge program? I want to apply to the Hybrid program – can I do my clinical in other locations besides Albany?

The Healthcare Professional to RN Bridge program is an accelerated Associate Degree Nursing program for paramedics and LPNs. Applicants must:

  • Be eligible for admission to Albany State University and the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Hold a valid Paramedic certification or LPN license with a minimum of one year of experience.
  • All nursing core classes need to be completed prior to applying to the program

The Hybrid nursing program is part of the generic nursing program and is not an accelerated program. It is designed for students who are not able to attend class Monday-Friday during the day, such as individuals who work during the week. Persons interested in applying to the January hybrid track will need to meet the same requirements as other students seeking admission to ASU Nursing. Additionally, students wishing to enter the on-line (hybrid) track will need the following:

  • Priority will be given to students who have completed all core classes required for nursing;
  • A minimum overall college GPA of 2.8, regardless of SAT/ACT scores;
  • Evidence of prior learning experience in an on-line format
  • No previous failing grades in other nursing programs.

Students who are accepted into the hybrid track will have to meet all of the same theory and clinical requirements as traditional classroom students. Students will be expected to complete on-line assignments and actively participate in on-line discussion forums. All testing will be performed on the ASU campus under the supervision of an ASU Nursing faculty member. Likewise, all clinical assignments will be completed in the Albany area healthcare facilities under direct supervision of ASU clinical faculty. Students will be required to travel to Albany during the semester to complete these requirements. There is no guarantee that clinicals will be performed on certain days or during specific hours. Some clinical assignments will occur during the weekdays while others may require weekend participation.

How much does the program cost?

The cost to complete all courses required for graduation from the associate degree nursing program is approximately $22,000.

I do not live in Albany but will drive to Albany for class; can I do my clinical in my area?

No, all clinical assignments will be completed in the Albany area healthcare facilities under direct supervision of Albany State University clinical faculty.

When will I know if I am accepted into the program?

All applicants will be notified via mail whether they are accepted into the nursing program. Notification letters will be sent prior to pre-registration for the semester in which you will begin the nursing program. The exact date that letters will be sent can be found at the bottom of the nursing program application.

I have taken all of my core classes and am waiting to get in the program. What do I do now?

Students who are pre-nursing majors are also transfer nursing majors and may take core classes that will count towards a BSN degree. Talk with your advisor for more information on the dual transfer/pre-nursing major and the course options you may choose.

Do I need to take all of my core classes prior to applying to the program?

It is not required that all nursing core classes be completed prior to applying to the nursing program. However, students must complete a minimum of 3-5 of the core classes (including Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, English 1101, and Math 1001 / Math 1111) before applying to the nursing program. We recommend completing most, if not all, core classes prior to applying to allow students to focus their full attention on succeeding in the nursing program.

How much do the books cost?

Approximately $200-500 per semester. Some books can be used during multiple semesters.

Once admitted into the nursing program, what grade does the student have to achieve to stay in the program?

Students must have a grade of C or better in all nursing courses. More than one D and/or F in nursing courses will result in dismissal from the program for a period of five calendar years

  • After waiting for this period of time, students will be allowed to reapply for admission to Darton’s nursing program (traditional track). Upon acceptance, the student will be required to begin the program in NURS 1101.
  • Students who are dismissed from the nursing program due to excessive Ds and/or Fs may return to the nursing program (traditional track) after completing a LPN or paramedic program and working for a minimum of one year.

The grading scale for nursing courses differs from other college courses:

ADN Grading Scale:
90 – 100 = A
80 – 89 = B
75 – 79 = C
60 – 74 = D
59 or Less = F

All grades (assignments, quizzes, exams, etc.) will be computed with no rounding of grades.

I applied to the nursing program and was denied. Why was I not accepted? What are the most common reason(s) an applicant is not accepted into the nursing program?

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has limited enrollment, and students are selected based on nursing core course grades (GPA), completion of required nursing related coursework, pre-admission test score, and other qualifications related to academic and professional potential. Applicants to the nursing program who are denied acceptance into the program are notified of the reason(s) for the denial in the notification letter. Common reasons for denial into the nursing program include low grade point average (a minimum GPA of 2.80 is required) and low TEAS score (a minimum overall TEAS score of 65 is required).

I was formerly enrolled in a nursing program; can I apply to Albany State University’s nursing program? If I failed out of another nursing program, am I eligible to apply to Albany State University’s nursing program?

Applicants formerly enrolled in a nursing program may apply; however, they must submit a letter from the dean/director of their former program verifying the student left his/her program in good standing. Applicants who earned less than a “C” in two or more nursing courses while enrolled in a previous nursing program must wait a period of five calendar years before they will be considered for admission to Albany State University’s nursing program. If accepted to ASU’s program no transfer credit will be given for prior nursing courses.