Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the College of Coastal Georgia. All applicants must already be admitted to the College of Coastal Georgia prior to filling out a nursing application. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program or the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree program is competitive and is based on requirements in place at the time of application. In order to be considered for either program for the fall admission cycle, applicants must meet the admission requirements set forth in the College of Coastal Georgia Academic Catalog


Application Process

1. Complete the online application (located under "Student Forms" in your CCGA portal). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. Submit supporting documents (HESI Scores) to the School of Nursing and Health Science. If you did not take your HESI test at the College of Coastal Georgia, then you will need to request an official transcript to be sent to nursing@ccga.edu.

3. The School of Nursing and Health Science sends notification of all admission decisions.

It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission.

Admission is competitive and space is limited. If there are more qualified applicants than positions available in a nursing class, selection for admission will be based upon the following:

  • Grade Point Average
  • HESI Admission Assessment A2 score

There are two types of admission in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Full acceptance is granted when all of the following requirements have been met. Conditional acceptance is granted until completion of the following:

  • Students taking core classes the semester prior to the beginning of nursing classes must submit final grades to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences immediately at end of semester showing the core has been satisfactorily completed and student GPA maintained.
  • Students must also return the Reservation Form along with required signed documents that they will receive in their School of Nursing and Health Sciences acceptance packet by the indicated deadline.
  • The background check, drug screen, and immunization package described in that packet must also be purchased and the required documents uploaded and approved by the indicated deadline.

(Failure to do any of the above will result in the conditional acceptance status being revoked and student will have to reapply for admission during another cycle.)


Background Checks/Drug Screenings

The School of Nursing contracts with many clinical agencies for nursing clinical experiences. Increasingly clinical facilities are requiring criminal background checks and drug screening for all students involved in direct patient care. Each clinical experience is requires by the Georgia Board of Nursing for program completion; consequently, all students must complete both a background check and drug screen through the approved vendor PSI Background Screening. Admitted students are responsible for the associated background and drug screen expenses.

Results from the background and drug screens are made available to the respective clinical facilities. Based upon results, the clinical facility will determine if a student is eligible for clinical placement. If a student is denied the opportunity to participate in the clinical experience due to a less than satisfactory background check or drug screen, the student will not be allowed to participate or continue in the nursing program.

Students are required to complete a background check and drug screen each year in the nursing program. Students who withdraw and/or are dismissed from the School of Nursing during an academic semester are required to complete another background check and drug screen prior to returning the subsequent semester. Due to the nature of the clinical experiences in the nursing program, students may be required to submit to drug testing if there is a reason to believe, from a reliable source, that the student is under the influence of a substance that has impaired judgement and/or ability to care for patients. Any substance, whether prescribed or not, that impairs the student's ability to fully function in the care of vulnerable populations should not be used prior to or during clinical experiences.

Georgia Board of Nursing

In Georgia, applications for licensure received from individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude, a crime violating federal law involving controlled substances or dangerous drugs, or a DUI or DWI will be reviewed by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The Board has the authority and responsibility to determine who will be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Georgia.


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