ASSOCIATE of SCIENCE in NURSING

General Description
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN NURSING
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Contact: Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, (912) 279-5860


The Associate of Science in Nursing curriculum is a 70-72 semester credit hour program which prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings. The purpose of the Associate of Science Nursing Program is to prepare graduates who can successfully enter the practice of professional nursing. Graduates of the ASN Program are prepared to take the national examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. Refer to the Accreditation, Approvals, & Membership in the General Information section of this catalog.

Students who are interested in the ASN Program must meet the college admissions requirements listed in the Admissions section of this catalog. This is a limited enrollment program and has a selective program admission process. Interested students may call the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences (912) 279-5860 for further information.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
NOTE: The Georgia Board of Nursing requires criminal background checks for licensure and has the authority to refuse to grant a license to an applicant upon a finding by the board that the applicant has been convicted of any felony, crime involving moral turpitude, or crime violating a federal or state law relating to controlled substances or dangerous drugs in the courts of this state, any other state, territory, or country, or in the courts of the United States, including, but not limited to, a plea of nolo contendere entered to the charge; or any licensing board or agency in Georgia or any other state denied the applicant’s license application, renewal or reinstatement; or revoked, suspended, restricted, or prohibited the applicant’s license; or requested or accepted surrender of the applicant’s license, or reprimanded, fined or disciplined the applicant. If you have questions you may contact the Georgia Board of Nursing at (478) 207-1640.

The Georgia Board of Nursing requires a social security number to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Georgia.

All new graduates must submit to a background check process required by §46-26-7-(4). Please refer to Georgia Board of Nursing website www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn for additional information. Each graduate will need to register with COGENT via the internet in order to obtain a registration I.D. This I.D. will be used for the fingerprint process. The COGENT website at www.ga.cogentid.com will provide detailed instructions as to where the applicant can go to be fingerprinted. The fingerprint should be obtained prior to submission of the application for licensure.

General Information
1. Students must meet with a nursing advisor to develop their plan of study and prior to any changes in their schedule.
2. Students may begin taking core academic courses any semester.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all non-nursing academic courses prior to entering the nursing program.
4. Learning Support courses, if required, must be completed prior to applying for the ASN Program.
5. The ASN Program sequence begins every fall semester.
6. Classes, laboratory, and clinical practice experiences in the ASN Program require a commitment of approximately 20-30 hours per week; therefore, it may be difficult for a student to work, other than on weekends.
7. Students with two failures in nursing courses will not be considered for admission unless the failures occurred 5 or more years ago.

Program Admission Information and Requirements
Applicants must meet specific requirements to be considered for admission to the ASN program. Enrollment is limited. Application due date is April 15. No applications will be accepted for the current year after April 15. Applications will be evaluated based on qualifications and space availability (admissions decisions will be calculated on a point system based on TEAS test scores, required academic courses completed and GPA in those courses). Successful completion of the Regents Reading and Writing Compentency Exam is required to be considered for program admission. Meeting minimal admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the ASN program. Letters of program status (acceptance or denial) will be mailed to all candidates in June/July.

Applicants must:
1. College: Complete the CCGA admissions application, available at www.ccga.edu. Include official transcripts, placement testing ACT or SAT or Compass), immunization records, and declare the pre-nursing major. Submit application materials to Admissions Office.
2. For transfer students; official transcript(s) for all college work attempted must be received in the Admissions Office by the announced deadline.
3. Department of Nursing: Complete the ASN application, available at http://www.ccga.edu/divisions/HealthSciences/RN/ . Include all required materials and submit to the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.
4. Successfully complete Biology 2110, English 1101 and Psychology 1101 to be considered as a program applicant.
5. Have a minimum grade of "C" in all Biology and English courses.
6. Have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all core academic courses required for nursing.
7. Provide proof of passing the Regents' Reading and Writing Competency Exam to be considered for admission.
8. Take the required TEAS test. See the college web site for test instructions. (http://www.ccga.edu/divisions/HealthSciences/RN/)
9. Update the application annually, if not admitted in a given year.
10. Will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Admission and Retention Committee, based on if an applicant has ever received a "D" or "F" in a nursing course in any nursing program.
11. Meet/perform the Core Performance Standards for nursing as listed below:
a. Critical thinking -- Critical-thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment
b. Interpersonal -- Interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families and groups, from various social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
c. Communication -- Communications abilities sufficient for verbal and written interaction with others.
d. Mobility -- Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room in small spaces.
e. Motor Skills -- Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care.
f. Hearing -- Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs.
g. Visual -- Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
h. Tactile -- Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

CCGA does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Students who would like to receive accommodations on the basis of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Rehabilitation Act of 1973, must self-identify, must provide documentation of the disability, and must request accommodations through the Disability Service Director on campus.

Nursing Program Requirements
Once accepted in the Associate of Science Nursing program, students are required to:
1. Participate in a nursing orientation session.
2. Submit proof (form provided upon acceptance) of the following prior to August 1:
a. Yearly TB skin (PPD) test or TB screening;
b. Current physical and emotional health examination by a physician or nurse practitioner;
c. Additional immunizations required by the program or clinical agencies;
d. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification (the student must keep this certification current throughout the program);
e. Professional liability insurance (included in tuition and fees).
3. Purchase of personal health insurance is strongly recommended.
4. Adhere to the student guidelines specific to the ASN Program as outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.
5. Travel at own expense to clinical practice sites. Note: Some clinical experiences may be distances up to 100 miles.
6. Plan for clinical practice experiences that may be scheduled during days, evenings, nights and or weekends.
7. Undergo criminal background checks and/or drug testing as required by individual agencies. The cost will be the responsibility of the student.
Background checks could result in denial to the clinical site and inability to pass a course or the program.
8. Purchase nursing student uniforms (addressed in nursing orientation) to wear at clinical sites unless otherwise directed.

Continuation and Progression in the ASN Program
1. Continuation in the ASN Program requires a minimum grade of "C" in all Nursing, Biology and English courses.
2. A 2.0 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) must be maintained in all courses required in the nursing curriculum.
3. All non-nursing academic courses should be completed before the student enters NURS 2112, the last nursing course.
4. All nursing courses include a medication calculation requirement that must be satisfied to progress to the next semester.
5. Letter grades for nursing courses are computed as follows: A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C=75-79 D = 66-74 F = 65 and below
6. All nursing courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.
7. All pre-licensure nursing students will be required to participate in comprehensive testing while enrolled in the nursing program. Additional fees per semester will be applicable.
8. Additional laboratory fees may be applied.
9. Students are expected to comply with the college’s conduct code as outlined in the College of Coastal Georgia Student Handbook/Orientation Guide. Students who violate the conduct code in any manner are subject to disciplinary sanctions as listed in the Student Handbook/Orientation Guide.
10. Leave of Absence: Under catastrophic circumstances, a student may request a Leave of Absence from the Department Chair for Nursing and Health Sciences. See Nursing Student Handbook for specific guidelines.

Readmission to the ASN Program
1. A student seeking to return to the ASN program after any period of non-attendance must apply to the college and nursing program for readmission.
2. College readmission applications are available from the Admissions Office.
3. Program readmission applications are available from the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences office. Readmission application deadlines are:
a. March 15 for readmission to the Fall Semester
b. July 15 for readmission to the Spring Semester
4. The readmission applicant will be required to meet the current admissions and curriculum requirements in effect at the time of re-admission.
5. A student may be re-admitted only once.
6. Readmission is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the professional judgment of the Nursing Faculty, completion of all core academic courses, an overall GPA of 2.0 with a GPA of 2.5 in required core academic courses, and space available.
7. All nursing courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.
8. Students who have been terminated from the program are ineligible for readmission (see Nursing Student Handbook).

Advanced Placement Option (APO) for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
This option is designed to provide educational advancement opportunities for the LPN. The applicant must have graduated from an LPN program within the past 5 years, be licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Georgia as an LPN and must have work experience within the past 5 years in a structured health care setting (acute care, long term care). LPNs who graduated more than 5 years ago will be evaluated by the Admission/Retention Committee to determine eligibility.

LPN applicants who are accepted into the ASN Program and successfully complete the validation requirements (listed below) will be eligible to enter the second semester of the first year (spring semester) of the nursing curriculum. In catastrophic circumstances, an applicant unable to begin in the nursing program may request a one-year admission extension. The Admission/Retention Committee will consider documented extension requests on an individual basis. Escrow credit for Nursing 1111 will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Admission Requirements for LPN Advanced Placement:
1. Apply to the ASN program and meet the same admission requirements as for prelicensure nursing students (See ASN program admission requirements).
2. Submit documentation of required work experience.
3. Validate cognitive and clinical competency through written and demonstration testing processes. (Written and skills competency testing may only be taken one time.)
4. Enter Nursing II in the January (spring semester) following passing validation testing the previous summer.


NOTICE: CCGA 1101, the College Success Seminar, is a 2 credit hour requirement for all first-time, full-time, degree seeking students, but is suggested for all CCGA students. Those students must enroll in CCGA 1101 during their first semester at the college. Credit for this course is institutional credit only and does not apply toward graduation.

Program Curriculum
Area A - Essential Skills
Course
Description
3 Credit Hours
English Composition I
3
Mathematics
Course
Description
3 Credit Hours
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
3
College Algebra
3
Area C - Humanities and Fine Arts
Course
Description
3 Credit Hours
Art Appreciation
3
World Literature I
3
World Literature II
3
Art History I
3
Art History II
3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
3
French
3
German
3
Music Appreciation
3
Introduction to Philosophy
3
Introduction to Ethics
3
Spanish
3
Theatre Appreciation
3
Area E - Social Science
Course
Description
6 Credit Hours
American Government
3
Introduction to General Psychology
3
Area E - Social Science continued
Course
Description
3 Credit Hours
U.S. History I
3
U.S. History II
3
Area F - Sciences
Course
Description
15 Credit Hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
4
Microbiology
4
Introduction to Human Development
3
Major Area of Study
Course
Description
37 Credit Hours
Nursing 1
8
Nursing 2
8
Nursing 3
9
Nursing 4
12
College Success Seminar
College Success Seminar
2
Total Required for Graduation
70