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2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Career Information

Nursing is one of the oldest and most trusted health professions. Nurses provide care to persons at various levels of wellness and illness across the lifespan. Nurses organize and supervise care, provide education and support for patients and their families, and improve care through research and evidence-based practices.

MCG’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to function effectively in all areas of nursing practice. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the foundation for masters’ and doctoral degrees in nursing.

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, and the MCG School of Nursing is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Skills and Interests Suited for a Career in Nursing

Nurses are compassionate, honest and caring. Nursing have the ability to make rational decisions, use good judgment, organize, plan and evaluate. Nurses must work well with people and establish and maintain effective professional relationships. Physical and mental stamina is essential. Nurses practice in a variety of specialty areas in hospitals, communities and other health care settings.

Career Opportunities

Due to the national shortage of registered nurses, career opportunities exist in a variety of public and private settings. Advancement and leadership opportunities are greater for the registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree.

Salary Information

Starting salaries range from $41,000-$55,000. Salaries for experienced staff nurses can exceed $60,000, while directors of nursing can earn in excess of $100,000 nationally. Many employers pay a salary differential for R.N.s with a B.S.N. degree.

About the Program

MCG’s program prepares professional nurses as generalists in clinical practice. Graduates are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Our professional program builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines. Students transfer to MCG after completing prenursing core courses at another college. Students apply for admission to the main campus in Augusta or our satellite campus in Athens, Georgia.

The program consists of 66 credit hours over five semesters. Students transfer in during the Summer session before the Junior year. The program is full time with classes Monday-Friday. Clinicals are scheduled during day, evening, and possibly weekend hours.

Themes include:

  • Promotion of health and well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities
  • The science of health and illness of persons across the lifespan
  • Patient- and family-centered care
  • Clinical judgment and decision-making in the provision of empathetic, therapeutic care
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership and management of care
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Health policy and responsible use of health care resources.

Clinicals occur in a wide variety of hospital and community settings, serving diverse populations where role development, critical thinking and leadership are emphasized. Our curriculum is innovative and technologically sophisticated. Faculty are experienced and committed to quality.

Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: December 1 (early application encouraged - October 15) Summer entry
    Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will not be considered.

  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements: Admission is based on an overall grade point average on all attempted academic courses (minimum 2.80 GPA required for consideration) and on completion of the required core curriculum. The mean GPA of recent classes has exceeded 3.50.

  • Official Transcripts /Credential Evaluation for Foreign Students: An official transcript is required from each college and university attended (in individually sealed envelopes). Transcripts must reflect completed or a plan to complete the core curriculum of the University System of Georgia prior to your MCG enrollment. The Medical College of Georgia does not offer freshman or sophomore courses. 
    Transcripts should be mailed to MCG’s OAA directly from the Registrar’s office of the institution.  Applicants may also deliver or mail official \ transcripts to MCG’s OAA if the transcript remains in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office at the institution.  

    An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation 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). 

  • 2 References: All applicants must submit two completed Admission Reference Forms for Undergraduate Programs.  The forms should be completed by individuals who can speak to the applicants academic, clinical, and/or employment experiences and have known the applicant for six months or more.

  • SAT/ACT Requirements: SAT or ACT scores must be submitted and should either be requested from Educational Testing Service or  ACT , or should appear on the student’s high school or college transcript (or other document submitted) for undergraduate applicants. A score of at least 450 on the SAT verbal section, or at least 18 on the English section of the ACT, is required. 

  •  TOEFL Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official  TOEFL scores.  A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam or 550 on the paper exam is required for admission consideration.

  • Essay: Applicants must submit an essay detailing why they have chosen to pursue a career in nursing.

Admission Recommendations

  • GPA - Applicants should make sure that their GPA is at least a 2.80. Although a GPA of 2.80 will not    guarantee admission, it will assure applicants that their file will be reviewed (if all other admission requirements are met). The average GPA of accepted students is 3.5.
  • Essay - Applicants are asked to write an essay to explain why they have decided to pursue a career in nursing. Applicants should make sure their essay addresses the questions being asked. The essay should not contain any grammatical errors. Nursing is about caring and compassion for others so applicants should use their strengths in these areas to enhance their essay.
  • Prior experience - Applicants should acquire some experience in the field - do some job shadowing and/or volunteering.
  • Job Shadowing – Applicants should seek opportunities to shadow a nurse.
  • References – Applicants should make sure that they use the quality of references that the application specifies. Using references that are not specified can have a negative impact on their chances of being accepted.

  • Supporting documents:Applicants should make every effort to submit their supporting documents (ACT/SAT scores). Official transcripts, and letters of recommendation) immediately after submitting their online application. Applicants not submitting all of their supporting documents in a timely manner take the risk of not being considered for admission. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to submit all documents prior to October 15th.


How to Apply

Apply online at, or contact:

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912

Telephone: 706-721-2725


For further information about MCG’s nursing programs, visit

Courses to Take the First Two Years

The courses in our curriculum build on a strong foundation in the sciences and humanities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to practice nursing. All prerequisite core courses must be completed before beginning our nursing program during the summer session. These pre-requisite courses must be approved for transfer by the Office of Academic Admissions.

A. Essential Skills

9 semester hours


English Composition I

3 hours


English Composition II

3 hours





College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling,
Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or Calculus

3 hours



B. Institutional Options*

4-5 semester hours


Introduction to Computers
Critical Thinking
Creative Writing
Health and Wellness
Medical Terminology
Any approved guided elective from Area F


C. Humanities and Fine Arts*

6 semester hours


Foreign Language
Speech, Oral Communications
Drama, Art or Music Appreciation
Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts


D. Science, Mathematics and Technology

10-11 semester hours


One eight-hour laboratory course sequence in biology, chemistry or physics and an additional course in science, mathematics or technology.


E. Social Science*

12 semester hours


U.S. History
U.S. Government
Other History
Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Lower-division electives in Psychology and Sociology



F. Courses Appropriate to the Major

18 semester hours


Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/labs

8 hours



4 hours



3 hours


Human Growth and Development+

3 hours


Guided electives

0-6 hours


Sociology, Psychology



+ If this is taken in another area of the core, the hours would be taken in additional guided electives.

* If a student planning to transfer to MCG from another school in the University System of Georgia has completed this area with courses taken at that institution or at another institution from which MCG accepts transfer credit, MCG will accept the area as satisfied. A student planning to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should choose from the list of courses.

CPR certification for the health care provider from the American Heart Association is required.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Curriculum

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Program Hours: 66

Total Programs Clinical/Lab Hours: 990

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