Generic BSN Program (Old Format)

Nursing students

Notice: Program Format Discontinued Fall 2018

Please be aware that this format and its related criteria/information is currently in the process of being taught out and is thus no longer accepting students. The last acceptance cohort for this program format was the Fall 2018 semester. If you are applying to the nursing program for the Fall 2019 semester (and/or later) or began at Albany State University as a new freshman during the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the Generic BSN’s 2+2 Format page. 

This page will be archived following the conclusion of the Spring 2021 semester.


The Generic BSN Program is designed for students desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and, as such, is an ideal program for high school, transfer, and change-of-major students who want that “classic” college experience. Currently, students are only admitted into this program during the Fall semester. Courses within this program are primarily taken on-campus (that is, on Albany State University’s East and West Campuses) with the potential for some courses to be offered as online or hybridized, but please be aware that this is not guaranteed. Clinical experiences are held in our clinical skills lab(s), Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, and other facilities in the surrounding area as needed.

Program Format

Freshmen desiring to attend this program will enter ASU as a Health and Human Performance major with a “Pre-Nursing” attribute, which MUST be specified upon application to the University. During their first academic year (that is, their freshman year), students will complete (at a minimum) the nine (9) courses necessary to become eligible to apply for the nursing program beginning in the following Fall semester. After being accepted into the nursing program, this track comprises six (6) additional semesters of alternating Fall and Spring semesters with Core curriculum courses incorporated into the curriculum pattern.

Throughout the nursing curriculum, students are exposed to the various fields and specializations within the field, including Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and many others. This program culminates with the student earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which, following successful completion of the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses (the NCLEX-RN), prepares students with the knowledge and clinical skills to function as a beginning nurse, nurse manager, or leader within various healthcare settings. Additionally, our BSN graduates are prepared to enter graduate nursing programs in order to advance their careers, two of which are offered at this institution!

 Admission Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. FIRST, submit an application to Albany State University and be admitted in good standing.
  2. AFTER being accepted as a student at Albany State University, submit the completed application, the $20.00 application fee money order, and an official copy of their TEAS exam scores by the application deadline.
    • Applicants who take the TEAS exam at Albany State University’s West Campus Testing Center may submit a printed copy of their results page with the application and money order.
    • Applicants who take the TEAS exam at a testing site other than ASU’s West Campus Testing Center will need to purchase the “TEAS transcript” through ATI Testing’s online store and indicate that they wish to have their scores transferred to Albany State University.
  3. Successfully complete and exit all learning support courses.
  4. Complete 31 hours of the baccalaureate Core Curriculum prior to the Fall admission with a minimum grade of “C” in the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology, two (2) sequential courses in an Area D science (which can be either Biology I & II or Chemistry I & II), English Composition I & II, Human Growth & Development, and Pre-Nursing Seminar.
    • Pre-Nursing Seminar is an ASU-exclusive course. Applicants transferring from other institutions who have taken a medical terminology course at a non-ASU institution may be able to waive the Pre-Nursing seminar requirement; however, this waiver is given on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative Nursing Grade Point Average (NGPA) of 2.8 in the nine (9) core courses listed above. Please note that only the grades from the above courses will be used to compute the student’s NGPA. Passing, failing, and repeated course grades in the above courses will be computed to obtain the GPA.
  6. Complete all required science courses with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Only one (1) science course failure is allowed, and this course must be repeated prior to entry into the nursing program. If the science failure(s) occurred more than 5 years ago, the student has the opportunity to repeat the course(s) one (1) time.
  7. Successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology course(s) that are less than 6 years old at the time of potential admission to the nursing program. If the Anatomy and Physiology course(s) is/are older than 6 years, the student must retake the course(s) and pass with a “C” or better.
  8. Must have passed the standardized entrance exam for admission to nursing at or above the established percentage rate within no more than two (2) attempts within the past 12-month period. Students who have taken the entrance exam within the last year must present official scores to the admission committee prior to being admitted to the program. Currently, the entrance exam is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and the minimum qualifying score is 70.0.
  9. Following acceptance into the nursing program, students must submit the following documentation prior to the last date to add courses for the semester (“Schedule Adjustment Days”). Students who do not meet this requirement will be dropped from the clinical nursing course.
    • Certificate of immunization: Must be on file in Student Health Services indicating that all immunizations are current based on his/her age. Immunizations include Hepatitis B (or waiver), MMR, tetanus, varicella, flu, tuberculosis, and any other immunization(s) deemed necessary by the University and/or the clinical site.
    • BLS card: A current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) basic life support (BLS) card. All students must be certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) in child and adult BLS for health care providers. This certification must be maintained throughout the program (renewed every 2 years). An outdated CPR certification will prohibit the student from attending clinical practice experiences.
  10. Following admission to the nursing program, students must submit the following documentation prior to the course’s established pre-clinical deadline: malpractice insurance, proof of active health insurance (or enrollment into the student health insurance plan), a complete criminal background check, and a drug test at the expense of the student. The criminal background check will be completed utilizing
    • Students are subjected to compulsory background checks per clinical agency requirements and may also be required to submit to random tests for illegal use of controlled substance as a provided by the law or regulations of the contracting agency. If the site refuses to allow a student to attend clinical experiences, the nursing program is not obligated to find another clinical site. The student may not be able to complete the nursing program at ASU. Therefore, it is important to conduct personal record checks prior to admission to the nursing program.
  11. NOTE: A student who has failed (D, F, or WF) two (2) nursing courses, whether at a 2-year or 4-year institution (including ASU) will not be eligible for admission or continuation in the nursing program at ASU. Students with no more than two (2) nursing failures may be considered for entry (or reentry) into the nursing program on a case-by-case basis only after a 5-year period has passed from the most recently-earned failure. Only one (1) nursing failure may be forgiven.

 Program of Study

  • *NOTE: Regarding the Core curriculum, please be aware of the following:
    • Area A2: For this Area, only MATH 1001 (Quantitative Reasoning) or MATH 1111 (College Algebra) will satisfy this Area for Nursing majors, with College Algebra being the recommended course
    • Area D: For the sequential science portion of this Area, only BIOL 1111K & 1112K (Intro to Biological Science), BIOL 2107K & 2108K (Principles of Biology), CHEM 1151K & 1152K (Survey of Chemistry), or CHEM 1211K & 1212K (Principles of Chemistry) will satisfy this Area for Nursing major. PHYS courses will not satisfy this area.
    • Area D: For the math/computer science elective portion of this Area, only MATH 2411 (Introduction to Statistics) will satisfy this area for Nursing majors.
    • Area E: For the social science elective portion of this Area (which includes various ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, and SOCI courses), one of the electives taken must be PSYC 1101 (General Psychology) for Nursing majors, with SOCI 1101 (Introduction to Sociology) being the recommended second elective.

 Curriculum Pattern Example


Fall Semester - Freshman Year

Course Credit Hours
Area D Science/Lab I 4.00
ASU 1101: First Year Experience 1.00
BIOL 2411K: Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.00
ENGL 1101: English Composition I 3.00
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar 2.00


Spring Semester - Freshman Year

Course Credit Hours
Area D Science/Lab II 4.00
BIOL 2412K: Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.00
ENGL 1102: English Composition II 3.00
PSYC 1101: General Psychology 3.00


Summer Semester - Freshman Year

Course Credit Hours
BIOL 2211K: Microbiology 4.00
PSYC 2103 or COHP 2120: Growth and Development 3.00



Fall Semester - Sophomore Year

Course Credit Hours
HEDP/WELL #### Health/Wellness Elective 1.00 or 2.00
MATH 1001 (Quantitative Reasoning) or MATH 1111 (College Algebra) 3.00
NURS 2210: Pharmacology 3.00
NURS 2231: Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing 5.00
NURS 3510: Assessment in Health Care 3.00


Spring Semester - Sophomore Year

Course Credit Hours
Area E Social Science Elective (ECON/GEOG/HIST/POLS/SOCI) 3.00
COMM 1100 (Human Communication) or COMM 1110 (Public Speaking) 3.00
HEDP/WELL ####: Health/Wellness Elective (if applicable) 0.00 or 1.00
NURS 2331: Adult Health Nursing I 5.00
NURS 3320: Pathophysiology 3.00



Fall Semester - Junior Year

Course Credit Hours
MATH 2411: Introduction to Statistics 3.00
NURS 4131: Research 3.00
NURS 4342: Adult Health Nursing II 5.00
POLS 1101: American Government 3.00


Spring Semester - Junior Year

Course Credit Hours
Area C Elective (Foreign Language/Appreciation) 3.00
Area E Elective (World/U.S. History) 3.00
NURS 3134: Pediatric Nursing 5.00
NURS 3136: Women's Health Nursing 5.00



Fall Semester - Senior Year

Course Credit Hours
Area B Elective (COMM 1000 / HIST 1002 / POLS 1105) 2.00
Area C Elective (Literature) 3.00
NURS 2601: Introduction to Geriatric Nursing 3.00
NURS 3335: Mental Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 4140: Principles of Leadership and Management 2.00


Spring Semester - Senior Year

Course Credit Hours
NURS 4111: Directed Study (NCLEX Prep) 3.00
NURS 4240: Community Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 4345: Senior Comprehensive Nursing 5.00