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The LPN-BSN program is designed for LPNs who want to further their education and become registered nurses with a BSN.


This pre-licensure track program is built on a strong foundation of general studies that includes mathematics, sciences, language arts, social sciences, as well as current nursing practice.

Nursing students train in a wide variety of clinical settings-including hospitals, outpatient and community clinics, treatment centers and long-term care facilities- and work with patient populations diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, health status, socioeconomic background, and geographic distribution. Graduates of the program will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of health care settings.

The Nursing program has full approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858; 478-207-1300 or 1640.)  

The first step is to apply to GSW as LPN-BSN Nursing Track and be accepted by the University. Please see the Office of Admissions for more information.

Upon acceptance to GSW, students who wish to enter the College of Nursing and Health Sciences LPN-BSN Program must apply and be accepted at the upper division level. This generally occurs during the second year of full-time study at the University. Students are first enrolled at GSW as Pre-LPN Nursing Students. This allows the student to satisfy the Core curriculum requirements in the first two years of study. Pre-Nursing students are advised by a professional nursing advisor.

Once admitted to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the student may be eligible to take content and/or clinical proficiency examinations and credit may be awarded for the following courses: NURS 3003 Fundamentals of Nursing and NURS 3100 Nursing of Adults I. A student who wishes to take the proficiency examinations should request a meeting with the BSN chair to discuss eligibility and to review the student’s education and background. An examination date will be determined and the student will receive the necessary preparation tools to be successful on the examinations. The student is responsible for the cost of the examinations, test materials, and preparation for the examinations. The student will be given a maximum of thirty days to prepare for the examinations. The proficiency examinations will cover NURS 3003 and NURS 3100, and will cover content in both courses. NURS 3100 will also consist of three components: 1) medical-surgical content, 2) clinical proficiency via simulation, and 3) a dosage and calculation content requiring 100% correct. The student will receive credit to the separate courses based on their ability to be successful with each proficiency examination.

The student must take the proficiency examinations the semester prior to starting the nursing program. The student may elect not to take the proficiency examinations and may follow the traditional BSN course of study while still working toward the LPN-BSN degree.

All core curriculum requirements must be completed the semester before beginning the nursing program.  Transfer students must have their final official transcript received by Admissions before nursing classes begin.

LPN-BSN Program admission eligibility requirements

  1. Attain admission in good standing to the University.
  2. Return the completed application and required supporting documents to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the published deadlines.
  3. Complete all general education/ core curriculum courses the semester prior to entering the nursing program.  Admissions must have final transcripts for Transfer students before nursing classes begin.
  4. Must lack no more than a three hour elective in Area F.
  5. Must have a grade of C or higher in Area A, Area C English Literature course,  Area D, and Area F.
  6. Area F courses (excluding the elective) must be completed within 5 years of projected admission.
  7. Earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80/4.0. Admission is competitive. A GPA of 2.80 does not guarantee admission. Calculation of GPA is based on grades in Area A, Area C English Literature course,  Area D, and Area F (excluding the Area F elective). If any of the applicable courses have been repeated, all attempts within 5 years are included in this calculation.
  8. Must have completed 3 science courses required for the nursing major, Area A, and Area C Literature course prior to applying.
  9. Students applying to GSW beginning FALL 2017 are required to have an iPad or laptop for in-class use.
  10. Must take HESI A2 --two attempts within two years. Test scores & HESI transcripts should be printed out and included in the nursing application packet. Instructions to print transcripts can be found below under HESI information. 
  11. Must not have been excluded from any nursing program for any reason, including but not limited to, academic misconduct, disruptive behavior, or program failure within 5 years of the application date. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a failure in this institution.
  12. Must submit a copy of active unencumbered LPN license. 

It may not be possible to admit all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. 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 - greater than the minimum of 2.80 [using Area A, Area C English Literature course, Area D, and Area F (excluding elective in Area F) to determine GPA]
  • Grades in Science courses - minimum of B is preferred
  • HESI Admission Assessment A2 – minimum score of 75%---two attempts within two years.
  • Patterns of withdrawal from courses/schools
  • Grades of Ds and/or Fs
  • Written communication ability
  • Availability of space in clinical sites
  • Availability of faculty resources

Information about HESI A2 as well as study guides can be found here:

HESI Information and Study Guide

Additional HESI Information

How to Request a HESI Transcript

More information is available on the GSW campus at the Testing Center

TOEFL Exam Scores

The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for undergraduate students who complete courses equivalent to English Composition I and II at a regionally accredited United States college or university and earn at least a “C” on the courses.

Transfer students only

  • Upon applicant’s acceptance to GSW, a letter of acceptance and transcript evaluation will be available to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. These documents must be on file in GSW office of admissions and are required before the Admission & Progression Committee can review the SON application.
  • If applicant is taking or in progression of courses at other institutions during the admission process, applicants must make note of what courses they are taking on their nursing application.
  • Applicant must submit an official transcript verifying final course grades to Registrars office and an unofficial transcript verifying final course grades to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Services Coordinators office ASAP after completion.

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

1) Conditional acceptance is conferred until completion of the following:

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

2) Full acceptance is granted when all of the above requirements have been met.

After admission to the nursing program, the student must take all nursing courses at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Review of applications by the Admission Committee will take place shortly after the application deadline.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status approximately one month from the application deadline.

All College of Nursing and Health Sciences application materials should be sent together (including application form, sealed reference forms, resume, copy of active LPN license, and HESI score/transcript) by the application deadline. Incomplete application packets may delay review by the Admission & Progression Committee. If all application documents are not turned in by the published deadline, the application will not be reviewed.

Application Deadlines (excludes AECP military)

     FALL ADMISSION:  February 15th

     SPRING ADMISSION:  October 15th

Attention transfer students: Your College of Nursing and Health Sciences application will require a transcript evaluation so be sure to apply early to the university so that this document can be completed before the deadline.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences application form and the required support documents must be received by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences by the published application deadline via e-mail to, mail or personal delivery to:

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Student Services Coordinator
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
Fax: 229-931-2288

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*The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be communicating with applicants via email so please use personal email address instead of work place email address.

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