Admissions


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

OVERVIEW

Nursing is a profession that is rewarding and challenging. Using research and evidence-based practice, nurses organize and supervise care and provide education and support for individuals and their families. 

Augusta University’s (Augusta University) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program builds on the foundation of concepts learned in the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences. The program provides students the opportunity to apply didactic knowledge in a variety of hands-on and simulated clinical settings, and lays the groundwork for continuing one’s professional education at the graduate level. The BSN graduate will be prepared to provide safe, effective care to individuals across the lifespan at various stages of wellness and illness. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The BSN program is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall Entry Only (no spring entry)   

    • January 15: Nursing CAS application including essay and application fee 
    • January 31: 
      • Official College Transcripts received by NursingCAS
      • 2 References electronically received by NursingCAS
      • TEAS scores sent electronically to Office of Academic Admissions (if exam was not taken at Augusta University testing center.)
      • All transfer students need to complete the Augusta University Nursing Supplemental application. Current enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students do not need to submit the supplemental application.
       

NOTE: Applications deferred to the next year are subject to all admission requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

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.

NOTE: You may still have courses in progress when you apply. However, 30 credits of core must be completed and you must have 3 of 8 courses from prerequisite core areas D and F completed at the time of applications. All prerequisites must be complete and passed with a “C” or higher before you may begin the upper division curriculum. Those accepted into the BSN Program for Fall 2017 must submit all final, official transcripts to the Office of Academic Admissions by close of business on August 10, 2017.
Change for Fall 2018: Those planning to apply for the BSN Program for Fall 2018 and beyond need all core and Wellness/PE courses complete by July 18, 2018. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

CAMPUS AND PROGRAM DELIVERY

Campus: Main-Augusta and Athens

Individuals may apply for admission to the main campus in Augusta or the satellite campus in Athens. The Augusta University main Augusta campus offers the entire 4 year (124 credit) BSN program of study. 

The College of Nursing at Athens (CONAT) campus offers the last 4 semesters (60 credits) of the Bachelor of Science Degree, and the Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader. CONAT does not offer any core courses to be used for the BSN or any other undergraduate degree.

 This BSN upper-division application is only for current Augusta University students or transfer students who will have completed the 60 credit core curriculum by the end of Summer Term 2017. The application is offered through a centralized application service, Nursing CAS.

New freshman or transfer students with less than 60 credits of core curriculum by the end of Summer Term 2017 will need to apply as a Pre-Nursing major for the main campus through the Augusta University application.

Freshmen or transfer students who need to take core courses at Augusta University.

Program Delivery: Traditional/On-Campus full-time

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

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.80 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. The average GPA for each incoming class is 3.45. 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 . Multiple attempts of courses are all calculated in the GPA.*Please note that 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. Transcripts received that are “Issued to Student” will not be accepted by NursingCAS.

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.

References:  Recommendations from two individuals are required. Nursing applicants must use two (2) college instructors (Teaching Assistant is accepted) OR one (1) college instructor and (1) one workplace supervisor. Reference must have known applicant for at least three (3) months. Do not use family/personal friends, clergy or healthcare provider for references. One (1) coach may be used. 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:

  • TEAS: Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam within the last two years of application date. TEAS scores before August 1, 2014 will not be accepted
    • Minimum score: at or above 75 (Adjusted Individual Total Score)
      • Official scores must be received directly from ATI BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE to be considered. Information and study guide are available at www.ATItesting.com. Applicants can take the test at a variety of locations, including the testing center at Augusta University, Summerville Campus. . If applicant takes TEAS at Augusta University, the scores are sent to Augusta University Office of Academic Admissions and the BSN Program Office within 7 days. If you test at a non-Augusta University location, please order an official score report from ATI Testing, Inc to be sent to: Augusta University – Augusta. ATI will submit the score electronically to Augusta University
  • 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.

 

Prior to matriculation into the nursing program, students must complete the required core curriculum. A minimum of three (3) courses from the 8 courses in Areas D and F must be completed at the point of application.

NOTE: All accepted BSN program students must complete the Wellness and P.E., requirements as well as the US and GA History and Constitution legislative requirements before entering the last four semesters of the BSN major curriculum. See catalog for details: http://catalog.augusta.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=27&poid=3945&returnto=3340

Core Curriculum Requirements

http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate/index.php

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. State examining and licensing boards have the right to refuse to grant a license based on falsification of information, convictions, or other violations.

NOTE: Applicants formerly enrolled in a nursing program: You may apply, and must submit a letter from the dean/director of your former program. If you earned less than a "C" in two or more nursing courses, you will not be considered for admission. If accepted to the program, you will not be given transfer credit for prior nursing courses, only transfer core courses.

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 2017 so it will be valid the entire two years that you are enrolled in the BSN major coursework.

Nurse Shadowing is highly recommended. There is not a minimum number of shadowing hours required. You will have the opportunity to share what healthcare experience and other leadership experience that you have on the Nursing CAS application.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications, official transcripts 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:

NursingCAS 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 NursingCAS 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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