Admissions


RN to BSN (Bridge Program)

OVERVIEW

The Augusta University RN-BSN Program is our answer to the growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses employed at magnet facilities across the region. This program is the first installation of a multi-tiered initiative to provide targeted educational opportunities for registered nurses with associate degrees. Our newly redesigned RN-BSN features a modern and dynamic curriculum that builds on your existing nursing expertise and experience.

The RN-BSN program is a degree bridge program that requires completion of the core curriculum courses prior to matriculation. Students enter the program in January or August of each year and complete eight courses of didactic and clinical study toward achieving a bachelor's degree.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall or Spring Entry:   

    • Spring Entry Deadline - October 31
    • Fall Entry Deadline - February 1

NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised. The College of Nursing reserves the right to admit a percentage of competitive applicants before the published deadline.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Web-based (Augusta or Athens)

Program Delivery: Web-enhanced (online) instruction with clinical experiences and limited on-campus requirements

REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

Completed Online Nursing CAS Application

Application Fee: $45 for all applicants; plus an additional $45 fee and Augusta University supplemental application required for transfer students who are not currently Augusta University enrolled, degree-seeking students

RN License and Degree Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing associate or diploma program
  • 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last four years OR have graduated within the last four years
  • Valid and unencumbered GA license as a registered nurse

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.80 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. This does not guarantee admission, but ensures that the applicant's file will be reviewed, provided all other admission criteria are met. The overall GPA is calculated on all attempted academic courses and on completion of the required core.

*Please note that the Augusta University does not use a plus/minus grading system. For the admissions process, applicants' GPAs are re-calculated to align with the grading system at Augusta University.

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Nursing CAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution.

Send Transcripts to:
NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students

References:  Recommendations from two individuals are required. References should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential, as an undergraduate student in the field/program selected. Undergraduate reference forms and letters must be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide contact information for two individuals as references during the on line application process. Once the application is received by our office, each reference will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Augusta University College of Nursing via the online application system, Nursing CAS. Please note: Reference forms will be sent electronically to your selected individuals once your application has been submitted to Nursing CAS. Please be sure to allow enough time for reference forms to be sent AND returned. Applications submitted the last week of the application deadline may not allow enough time for this process.

Standardized Tests:

  • TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.
    • Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 internet-based.
    • The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who:
      • Complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and earn at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on the two courses, with neither grade below a "C"
      • Submit a score of at least 430 on the Verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I)
      • Take and pass both the Reading and Essay portions of the University System of Georgia’s Regents Exam
      • Submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at which English is the language of instruction

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to admissions@augusta.edu.

NOTE: While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

 

  • Completion of the prerequisite course requirements
  • Minimum of an Associate's Degree with a major in respiratory therapy from a program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
  • Interviews are scheduled by the department after all application materials have been received and reviewed.

If you would like information on the program listed above, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences website.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Personal essay: (within the application) is an integral component of your application. It is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee of personal or professional influences and experiences that have led you to pursue a career in nursing. The essay should reflect your own writing ability. It will be evaluated for language and style, grammar and spelling, and logical flow of thought. Please address in 1000 words or less the following:

  • Your life experiences which have influenced your interest in nursing;
  • Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and aptitude will contribute to your success in nursing school and a career in nursing (community service, leadership experiences, healthcare experiences);
  • Explain the academic challenges, successes, or obstacles in your life that impacted your ability to achieve your goals.

NOTE: If offered admission to the BSN program, a criminal background check/investigation and urine drug screens are required. 

NOTE: To qualify for admission to, retention in, and graduation from academic nursing programs in the College of Nursing, applicants must have the abilities and skills to meet the essential functions for safe nursing practice: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Student Policies

CPR requirement: Submission of a valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for Health Care Provider Card is required after acceptance into the BSN program. CPR proof is not required at the point of application. It is recommended that you obtain this training between May and July 2016, so it will be valid the entire two years that you are enrolled in the BSN major coursework.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications and references are submitted via NursingCAS. See Augusta University NursingCAS Webpage for additional details. http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/apply.php

Completed applications will be transferred from Nursing CAS to Augusta University’s College of Nursing and Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.  Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system. 

Official college transcripts for nursing program applications are submitted to Nursing CAS:

Nursing CAS Transcript Processing Center

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471 Official TEAS Scores must be submitted to Augusta University – Augusta electronically from ATI Testing, Inc. or mailed to:

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions  
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912  

Applicants can monitor NursinCAS’ receipt and processing of their application and application documents by logging in to the Nursing CAS portal 

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your application and supporting documents. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.

Upon evaluation the program/academic college will determine an official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu

Augusta University
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, Georgia 30912 

Immunizations must be submitted to Student Health prior to enrollment but after acceptance. Make sure that you submit the correct form for College of Nursing new students

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