RN-to-BSN

Nursing Program Students

Applications Accepted

Acceptance Cohort Application Period Classes Begin
Spring June 2 - November 1  January 
Summer November 2 - 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.

Program Update!

Effective beginning the Spring 2022 semester, Albany State University's RN-to-BSN program will be joining a collaborative academic agreement, which allows our program to collaboratively deliver certain courses common to the RN-to-BSN program of study with other nursing programs in the University System of Georgia (USG). Fortunately, the only thing that will change for our students is the course numbers: We will still be offering the same great, low-cost online program with multiple acceptance cohorts, using 8-week course terms that are offered each semester for timely graduations. For more information regarding this initiative, please contact Dr. Deanna Howe, our Interim Post-Licensure Nursing Programs Director, at deanna.howe@asurams.edu

As a point of pride, our RN-to-BSN program was recently ranked #2 in the state by RegisteredNursing.org!

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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), 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 8-week course terms. 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 8 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/readmitted in good standing.
    • Graduates of Albany State University or Darton State College's associate nursing program (including the Healthcare-Professional-to-RN Bridge) must fill out an application for readmission to Albany State University.
  2. AFTER being accepted/readmitted as a student at Albany State University, submit the completed application, a copy of their professional RN license, 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, and provide a copy of this license with the admission application.
    • Pre-licensed ASN/ADN graduates applicants may register for up to 9 credit hours of the RN-to-BSN coursework prior to attaining licensure but must provide a copy of their licensure prior to reaching this credit hour limit in order to continue program progression. After successful completion of 8 credit hours of the RN-to-BSN program, 33 semester hours of equivalent credit for previous nursing courses will be awarded.
  5. Completion of MATH 2411 (Introduction to Statistics) and two sequential courses in an Area D science, satisfied only by completion of one of the following course sequences:
    • BIOL 1111K and 1112K (Introduction to Biological Sciences sequence)
    • BIOL 2107K and 2108K (Principles of Biology sequence)
    • CHEM 1151K and 1152K (Survey of Chemistry sequence)
    • CHEM 1211K and 1212K (Principles of Chemistry sequence)
  6. Have a minimum 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) overall GPA on all coursework attempted at all institutions attended.
  7. Applicants 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.
    • 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 3-year period has passed from the most recently-earned failure. Only one (1) nursing failure may be forgiven.
  8. Following admission to the nursing program, students may be required to submit documentation evidencing satisfaction (and/or maintenance) of the following requirements prior to the established pre-clinical deadline for each nursing course with a clinical/laboratory component:
    • Annual flu vaccinations
    • Complete criminal background check and 10-panel drug screening (via PreCheck)
      • 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 substances as a provision 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, and the student will 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.
    • Active health insurance (or enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan)
    • Immunization record documenting the following: measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, varicella, and any other immunization(s) deemed necessary by the University and/or the clinical site. Hepatitis B vaccination is also recommended for clinical settings but is not required.
    • Active malpractice insurance (University-provided)
    • Basic life support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers card (must be certified by the American Heart Association)
    • Tuberculosis screening

NOTE: While students may indicate their preference on the application, assignment to the full- or part-time RN-to-BSN program pathway is typically contingent upon the amount of baccalaureate Core still outstanding at the time of program admission. Moreover, depending on the semester of intended entry, completion of the RN-to-BSN program within 2 consecutive semesters (the “full-time” pathway) may additionally require the student to submit a “Request for Overload,” especially if the program of study would require Summer semester attendance (which generally reduces the maximum number of credit hours that can be taken in one semester). Students are recommended to contact a program representative to discuss these matters prior to application.

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 (2 Semesters)

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
A-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
B-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
A-Term NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
A-Term NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
B-Term NURS 3650: Health & Wellness of Aging 3.00
B-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
B-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 15.00

PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY (4 Semesters)

First Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
B-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 7.00

 

Second Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
B-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00

Full-Time Plan of Study (2 Semesters, With Overload)

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
A-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
B-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

Summer Semester (Overload Required)

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3650: Health & Wellness of Aging 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 15.00

 

Full-Time Plan of Study (3 Semesters, No Overload)

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
A-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
B-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 7.00

 

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3650: Health & Wellness of Aging 3.00
A-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
A-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00

 

PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY (4 Semesters)

First Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
B-Term NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
B-Term NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 7.00

 

Second Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
B-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00

Full-Time Plan of Study (2 Semesters)

Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
A-Term NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
A-Term NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
B-Term NURS 3650: Health & Wellness of Aging 3.00
B-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
B-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 15.00

 

Full-Time Plan of Study (3 Semesters)

Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
A-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
B-Term NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
B-Term NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 13.00

 

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3650: Health & Wellness of Aging 3.00
A-Term NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
A-Term NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00

PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY (4 Semesters)

First Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3197: Professional Nursing Practice 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 3620: Pathophysiology for RN's 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Fall Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3297: Nursing Research Application 3.00
B-Term NURS 3600: Nursing Informatics 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 6.00

 

Spring Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
A-Term NURS 3397: Health Assessment 3.00
B-Term NURS 4497: Community Health Nursing 3.00
B-Term NURS 4498: Community Health Nursing Practicum 1.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 7.00

 

Second Summer Semester

Term Course Credit Hours
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4510: Research in Nursing 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4597: Leadership & Management 3.00
Full Term (8-week) NURS 4598: Leadership & Management Practicum 2.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 8.00