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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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.

Second degree-seeking students have the option of applying for either the BSN program or the Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader program.

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.

Applications for the BSN program are submitted through NursingCAS. Application cycles open in August.

Application Requirements

The BSN program begins in the fall semester only. The fall 2022 application is open August 30, 2021 - February 15, 2022 for the Augusta and Athens campus.

Complete applications include: 

  • NursingCAS application including essays, ZeeMee recording, and application fee
  • All Official College Transcript received by NursingCAS
    • Effective for the 2020-21 application cycle, overall GPA is 3.0 or higher is required at point of application.
  • 2 references submitted electronically to NursingCAS
  • TEAS scores sent electronically to the Office of Academic Admissions (if exam was not taken at the Augusta University testing center)
    • Minimum total score of 75 or higher is required
  • Transfer students must complete the Augusta University supplemental application after the NursingCAS application is completed.
    • Current enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students do not need to submit the supplemental application.

Campus & Program Delivery

Individuals may apply for admission to the main campus in Augusta or the satellite campus in Athens.

The College of Nursing 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. CONAT does not offer any core courses to be used for the BSN.

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 2020-2021 academic year.

New freshmen or transfer students with less than 60 credits of core curriculum by the end of 2021-2022 academic year will need to apply as a Pre-Nursing major for the main campus through the Augusta University application.

Program Delivery: Traditional/On-Campus full-time

NursingCAS Application Requirements

$55 for all applicants.

Transfer students, who are not currently enrolled, are required to complete an Augusta University supplemental application and are subject to an additional $25 application fee.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. The average GPA for each incoming class is 3.5. GPA 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.

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.

Two essay questions are required for the NursingCAS application. Each response will be limited to 300 words or less. It will be evaluated for language and style, grammar and spelling, and logical flow of thought. Please address the following:

  • What is a pressing health care concern and how do you envision it personally playing a role in improving the public's health?
  • Explain the academic challenges, obstacles or successes in your life that impacted your ability to achieve your goals.

In addition to the application essay requirement, all applicants will provide a 30-second video statement reflecting their commitment to the nursing profession. The recording link will be entered on their NursingCAS application through ZeeMee. This free service helps students bring their application to life. As part of the holistic review process, we are committed to learning about the person behind the application. There are other features and questions that ZeeMee has available, but the College of Nursing admissions committee will only view the nursing profession statement recording.

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 NursingCAS. 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 electronically or mail to:
NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

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.

Recommendations from two individuals are required. Applicants must use two (2) college instructors (Teaching Assistant is accepted) OR one (1) college instructor and (1) one workplace supervisor. One (1) college athletic coach may be used.

  • Reference must have known applicant for at least three (3) months
  • Do not use family/personal friends, clergy or healthcare provider
Applicants will provide names and contact information for references in NursingCAS. Reference forms will be sent electronically to your selected individuals once your application has been submitted to NursingCAS. 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. The completed reference form submitted in NursingCAS will be forwarded to College of Nursing.


Additional Admission Requirements

Prior to matriculation in the nursing program, students must complete the required core curriculum. BSN core listing 2021-2022You may have courses in progress when you apply. However, 30 credits of core must be completed and you must have 3 of 8 courses from combined prerequisite core areas D and F completed at the time of application. All prerequisites must be complete and passed with a "C" or higher.

Accepted BSN program students must complete the Wellness and P.E. requirements as well as the US and GA History and Constitution requirements prior to entering the BSN major curriculum. See catalog for details.

Exemption to wellness exists only for those 2nd degree applicants or those transferring in 60 or more core semester hours.

Preference will be given to applicants with core completed by the end of the spring semester of the application year. Applicants competing core courses during summer term may apply and be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Successful completion of the TEST of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS for Nursing) exam within the last two years of application date. TEAS scores before August 1, 2019 will not be accepted.

  • Minimum score: at or above 75 (Adjusted Individual Total Score)
Official scores must be received directly from ATI prior to the application deadline to be considered. Information and study guides are available at www.ATItesting.com. Applicants may 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 within 7 days. If applicant tests at a non-Augusta University location, please order an official score report from ATI Testing, Inc to be sent to: Augusta University – Augusta.

Accepted applicants must be at least 18 by the first class day in the BSN program.

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

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

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
    • 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

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 core courses.


Admission Recommendations

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


To qualify for admission to, retention in, and graduation from the College of Nursing's BSN program an applicant 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. 

Application Process

Applications, official transcripts, and references are submitted in NursingCAS. Current AU and transfer students must submit all documents in NursingCAS.

The BSN program will have access to completed applicant’s files and documents after they have been processed by Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions.

Official college transcripts for nursing program applications are submitted to NursingCAS electronically or mailed to:
NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Official TEAS Scores must be submitted to Augusta University electronically from ATI Testing, Inc. or mailed to:
Augusta University, Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912 

Applicants can monitor NursingCAS receipt and processing of their application and application documents by logging in to the NursingCAS portal.

When the NursingCAS application achieves VERIFIED status, your Augusta University Admission Portal will be activated. An email will be sent to you.

The BSN program will review your application and supporting documents. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for study of nursing.

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.

Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.

Upon evaluation the BSN program will determine an official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission will come from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.

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

Please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to admissions@augusta.edu.
Mail to: Augusta University, Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, Georgia 30912

Admission to the BSN program is contingent upon a criminal background check/investigation and urine drug screens. State examining and licensing boards have the right to refuse to grant a license based on falsification of information, convictions, or other violations.

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.

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. 

 

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