RN-to-BSN

Nursing Program Students

Applications Accepted

Acceptance Cohort Application Period Classes Begin
Spring June 1 - November 1  January 
Summer December 1 - April 1 May 
Fall January 1 - June 1 August 

NOTE: It is strongly advised that new applicants apply to the University AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR to submitting an application for the program. This will allow the University time to fully evaluate the student’s application/supporting documentation and perform any necessary transfer articulations.

Background

The RN-to-BSN completion program is designed for students and working professionals who have already attained an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) from an accredited program and have subsequently earned their licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) but who ultimately desire to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students are admitted into this program each semester. Courses within this program are taken wholly online (that is, utilizing Albany State University’s GeorgiaView via the Online/Distance Learning Division). Please be aware, however, that should a student enter the program with outstanding Core curriculum requirements, these course may need to be taken on-campus or online, as determined by the departments in which these courses originate.

Program Format

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a graduate of Albany State University's or the former Darton State College’s associate nursing programs (including the Healthcare-Professional-to-RN Bridge) and have not been actively enrolled in courses for one or more non-Summer semesters following graduation, you will need to fill out an application for readmission to Albany State University via of Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

The RN-to-BSN Completion program is a 2 consecutive semester (full-time) or 4 consecutive semester (part-time) comprising both A- and B-term courses. This program is for licensed RN’s, and the nursing courses for this program are conveniently hosted in online format. This program expands on the associate degree curriculum, preparing the BSN graduate for roles across the life continuum to include leadership, health promotion, disease prevention, community health, and research. Albany State University’s Department of Nursing follows the collaborative Georgia RN-to-BSN Articulation Model for Registered Nursing Students.

The registered nurse articulating to the baccalaureate level will be awarded up to 33 semester hours accrued from their previous associate or diploma degree. These credits will be held in escrow until the baccalaureate candidate successfully completes at least 7 semester hours of nursing credit. Credits held in escrow will then be added to the student’s transcript. This program culminates with the student earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which 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 for admission/readmission to Albany State University and be admitted in good standing.
  2. AFTER being accepted/readmitted as a student at Albany State University, submit the completed application and the $20.00 application fee money order by the application deadline.
  3. Be a graduate of an accredited associate nursing degree program.
  4. Have a current, unrestricted U.S. Registered Nurse license. The new pre-licensed graduate associate degree nurse may register for the first semester of the RN-to-BSN program. These are the only nursing courses the pre-licensed associate degree graduate nurse may take in the nursing major prior to licensure. Please attach a copy of your professional license WITH the admission application.
    • After successful completion of 8 semester hours of the RN-to-BSN Nursing program, 33 semester hours of equivalent credit for previous nursing courses will be awarded.
  5. Core curriculum requirements:
    • For completion of the RN-to-BSN program in 2 consecutive semesters of full-time matriculation after acceptance into the program, a student must have no more than 0 to 12 hours of core to complete.
    • For completion of the RN-to-BSN program in 4 consecutive semesters of part-time matriculation after acceptance into the program, a student must have no more than 0 to 24 hours of core to complete.
    • Have completed prerequisites of MATH 2411 (Math Statistics) and a sequence of one of the following Area D science classes:
      • BIOL 1111K/1112K or 2107K/2108K
      • CHEM 1151K/1152K or 1211K/1212K
  6. Have a minimum 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) overall GPA on all course work attempted at all institutions attended. Admission is based on a competitive application process.
  7. Applicant must not have been excluded/dismissed from any other nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive/unprofessional behavior, or program failure.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 PreCheck.com.
    • 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.
  10. 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

Course Credit Hours
AREA A1: Communication Skills* 6.00 (total)
ENGL 1101: English Composition I (or ENGL 1101H) 3.00
ENGL 1102: English Composition II (or ENGL 1102H) 3.00
* Minimum grade of "C" required in each course.
AREA A2: Quantitative Skills* 3.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
MATH 1001: Quantitative Reasoning 3.00
MATH 1111: College Algebra 3.00
* STEM majors who take four (4) credit hours in Area A2 may apply the additional one (1) credit hour in Area F
AREA B: Institution Options 5.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
COMM 1000: Cultural Diversity in Communication 2.00
HIST 1002: Intro to African Diaspora 2.00
POLS 1105: Current World Problems 2.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
COMM 1100: Human Communication 3.00
COMM 1110: Public Speaking 3.00
AREA C: Humanities/Fine Arts 6.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
ENGL 2111: World Literature I (or ENGL 2111H) 3.00
ENGL 2112: World Literature II (or ENGL 2112H) 3.00
ENGL 2121: British Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2122: British Literature II 3.00
ENGL 2131: American Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2132: American Literature II 3.00
ENGL 2141: African American Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2142: African American Literature II 3.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
ARTS 1100: Art Appreciation 3.00
FREN 1001: Elementary French I 3.00
FREN 1002: Elementary French II 3.00
FREN 2001: Intermediate French I 3.00
FREN 2002: Intermediate French II 3.00
LATN 1001: Elementary Latin I 3.00
LATN 1002: Elementary Latin II 3.00
LATN 2001: Intermediate Latin I 3.00
LATN 2002: Intermediate Latin II 3.00
MUSC 1100: Music Appreciation 3.00
JAPN 1001: Elementary Japanese I 3.00
JAPN 1002: Elementary Japanese II 3.00
JAPN 2001: Intermediate Japanese I 3.00
JAPN 2002: Intermediate Japanese II 3.00
SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish I 3.00
SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish II 3.00
SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish I 3.00
SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish II 3.00
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation 3.00
AREA D: Science, Math, Technology 11.00 (total)
SELECT TWO (2) COURSES BELOW (MUST BE IN-SEQUENCE)
BIOL 1111K: Intro to Biological Science I, AND 4.00
BIOL 1112K: Intro to Biological Science II 4.00 
BIOL 2107K: Principles of Biology I, AND 4.00
BIOL 2108K: Principles of Biology II 4.00
CHEM 1151K: Survey of Chemistry I, AND 4.00
CHEM 1152K: Survey of Chemistry II 4.00
CHEM 1211K: Principles of Chemistry I, AND 4.00
CHEM 1211K: Principles of Chemistry II 4.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
MATH 2411: Introduction to Statistics (REQUIRED ELECTIVE) 3.00
AREA E: Social Sciences 12.00 (total)
POLS 1101: American Government* 3.00
* This course meets the legislative requirement that students complete coursework in the history of GA and the United States.
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
HIST 1111: Survey of World History I 3.00
HIST 1112: Survey of World History II 3.00
HIST 2111: Survey of U.S. History I 3.00
HIST 2112: Survey of U.S. History II 3.00
SELECT TWO (2) COURSES BELOW
ECON 2105: Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
GEOG 1101: Intro to Human Geography 3.00
HIST 1111: Survey of World History I 3.00
HIST 1112: Survey of World History II 3.00
HIST 2111: Survey of U.S. History I 3.00
HIST 2112: Survey of U.S. History II 3.00
POLS 2101: Introduction to Political Science 3.00
PSYC 1101: General Psychology (REQUIRED ELECTIVE) 3.00
SOCI 1101: Introduction to Sociology 3.00
SOCI 2031: Introduction to Anthropology 3.00
ABOVE THE CORE 2.00 (total)
ASU 1101: First Year Experience N/A
HEDP, WELL: Health & Wellness Requirement 2.00
* The Health & Wellness Requirement may be fulfilled by taking one (1) 2-credit-hour heath or wellness course OR two (2) 1-credit-hour health or wellness activity courses.
AREA F: Course Related to Major 15.00 (total)
BIOL 2211K: Microbiology 4.00
BIOL 2411K: Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4.00 
BIOL 2412K: Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4.00 
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar N/A
PSYC 2103: Human Growth and Development, OR 3.00
COHP 2120: Growth and Development for Health Professions 3.00 
AREA G: Professional Nursing Courses 60.00 (total)
NURS 2210: Pharmacology 3.00 (Validated)
NURS 2231: Fundamental Concepts of Fundamental Nursing  5.00 (Validated)
NURS 2331: Adult Health Nursing I 5.00 (Validated)
NURS 3134: Pediatric Nursing  5.00 (Validated)
NURS 3136: Women's Health Nursing 5.00 (Validated)
NURS 3335: Mental Health Nursing 5.00 (Validated)
NURS 4342: Adult Health Nursing II 5.00 (Validated)
NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
NURS 3630: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing 3.00
NURS 3640: Health Assessment 3.00
NURS 3650: Health and Wellness of Aging 3.00
NURS 4500: Community/Public Health Nursing 4.00
NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
NURS 4520: Principles of Leadership and Nursing Ethics 5.00
ELECTIVES Varies
ALHE 1120: Medical Terminology 2.00
COHP 2110: Nutrition 3.00
NURS 3010: Junior Nursing Externship 3.00
NURS 4010: Senior Nursing Externship 3.00
NURS 4111: Directed Study 1.00 to 5.00

 Curriculum Patterns

FULL-TIME PLAN OF STUDY

FIRST SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
A-Term NURS 3630: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
B-Term NURS 3640: Health Assessment 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3650: Health and Wellness of Aging 3.00
A-Term NURS 4500: Community/Public Health Nursing 4.00
B-Term NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4520: Principles of Leadership and Nursing Ethics 5.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 15.00

PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY

FIRST SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3630: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
B-Term NURS 3640: Health Assessment 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

THIRD SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3650: Health and Wellness of Aging 3.00
B-Term NURS 4500: Community/Public Health Nursing 4.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 7.00

 

FOURTH SEMESTER

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4520: Principles of Leadership and Nursing Ethics 5.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00