BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
PRE-LICENSURE BSN PROGRAM
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Contact: Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, (912)279-5860
The Bachelor of Science in nursing is a four-year pre-licensure degree program that prepares a nurse generalist for leadership and practice in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for entry into practice in any state. This is a broad-based program built upon courses in the humanities, sciences and social and behavioral studies. The program will conform to standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. NLNAC can also be reached by phone at (404)975-500, or on line at www.NLNAC.org. The curriculum also provides graduates with the requirements to enter a master’s program of study in nursing.
Students who are interested in this nursing program must meet the college admissions requirements listed in the Admissions section of this catalog. The BSN program has limited enrollment and a selective program admission process, which involves deadlines for testing, academic coursework, and submission of application materials. During the freshman and sophomore years, candidates for the BSN program are required to take 62 total credit hours: 60 hours of the core curriculum in Areas A through F (listed in this section). Interested applicants may call the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences (912) 279-5860.
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 pleas 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 review these policies on the State of Georgia web site or call (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.
Students must meet with a nursing advisor and discuss the plan of study initially and prior to any changes to their schedule. Many core courses require prerequisite and co-requisite courses that must be met. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all core courses prior to entering the nursing track due to the workload inherent in nursing courses. Classes, laboratory, and clinical practice experiences in the BSN program require a commitment of approximately 20-30 hours per week; therefore, it may be difficult for a student to work. Students with two failures in nursing courses will not be considered for admission unless the failures occurred 5 or more years ago. Selective admission to the nursing program (junior and senior years) includes an evaluation of the number of core courses completed and grades, TEAS test scores, and successful completion of the Regents Examination. Many of the nursing courses are offered twice a year.
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 College Disability Service Director.
Program Admission Information and Requirements
Applicants must meet specific requirements to be considered for admission to the BSN Program. Enrollment is limited. Applications are due February 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester. To be considered for admission, the student must assure that all required documents (BSN program application, unofficial transcripts, TEAS Test scores) are in the Nursing and Health Science Office (prior to the application deadline). Applications will not be accepted for the current year after February 15 for fall or September 15 for spring. Applications will be considered based on qualifications and space availability (admissions decisions will be calculated on a point system based on TEAS test scores, required core courses, and GPA in those courses). Letters of program status (acceptance or denial) will be mailed to all candidates in late spring for fall semester admission and November for spring semester admission. Meeting minimal admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN Program.
College: Complete the College of Coastal Georgia admission application, available at www.ccga.edu Include official transcripts from all colleges attended, SAT or ACT scores (or take the Compass exam); immunization records, and declare the pre-nursing major. Submit application materials to the College Admissions Office.
Department of Nursing:
1. Complete the BSN application, available at
http://www.ccga.edu/divisions/HealthSciences/RN/BSN/PrelicensureBSNProgram/ by the published deadline above. Include all requested materials and submit to the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.
2. Transfer students: must submit unofficial transcript(s) for all college work attempted to the Department of Nursing.
3. Provide proof of passing the Regents' Reading and Writing Competency Examination.
4. Take the required TEAS test. See the college web site:
(http://www.ccga.edu/divisions/HealthSciences/RN/TEAS/index09.asp ) for test instructions.
5. Have a minimum grade of "C" in all Biology and English courses.
6. Have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in all required core academic courses.
7. Have completed the required science courses (BIOL 2111, BIOL 2112, BIOL 2215) within the previous 5 years. Science courses older than 5 years will be reviewed by the Department of Nursing Chair and the student may be required to retake.
8. If the applicant ever received a "D" or "F" in a nursing course in any nursing program, he or she will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Admission and Retention Committee.
9. Update application annually, if not admitted in a given term.
10. 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.
Once accepted into the Bachelor 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 for fall and January 4 for spring:
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 personal health insurance (strongly recommended)
4. Adhere to the student guidelines specific to the BSN Program as outlined in the nursing student handbook
5. Travel at own expense to clinical 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 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 uniform to wear at clinical sites unless otherwise directed
Continuation and Progression in the BSN Program
1. Continuation in the BSN Program requires a minimum grade of "C" in all Nursing, Biology and English courses.
2. A 2.5 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) in all courses must be maintained throughout the nursing program.
3. Clinical nursing courses will include medication calculation requirements that must be satisfied to progress to the next semester.
4. All nursing courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.
5. All pre-licensure nursing students will be required to participate in comprehensive assessment testing while enrolled in the nursing program. Additional fees per semester will be applicable.
6. Additional laboratory fees may be applied.
7. Letter grades for nursing courses (NURS) are computed as follows:
A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 75-79 D = 66-74 F = 65 and below
8. Students are expected to comply with the College’s code of conduct 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.
9. Leave of Absence from the program: 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 BSN Program
1. A student seeking to return to the BSN program after any period of non-attendance must re-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 Department of Nursing and Health Sciences Office. Readmission deadlines are:
March 15 for readmission to the Fall Semester
July 15 for readmission to the Spring Semester
4. A student may be re-admitted only once.
5. Readmission is not guaranteed and is contingent upon space available and the professional judgment of the Nursing Faculty. The applicant will be required to meet the current admissions and curriculum requirements in effect at the time of re-admission.
6. Readmission decisions are based on the following:
a. All core courses must be completed prior to re-entering any nursing courses.
b. The applicant must have an overall GPA of 2.5 with a GPA of 2.75 in required core academic courses.
c. All nursing courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry into the first nursing course.
7. Students who have been terminated from the program are ineligible for readmission (see Nursing Student Handbook).
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.