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 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 MATH 2411 (Introduction to 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 coursework 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

  • *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 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