Associate of Science in Nursing

Program Description 

The two-year associate-level nursing program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for positions in the nursing profession. The curriculum is designed to produce highly-trained, technically advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to practice competently and safely as a beginning nurse generalist in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. The nurse is viewed as a caring, holistic person who possesses critical thinking/ problem-solving skills, integrity, accountability, a theoretical knowledge base, refined psychomotor skills, and a commitment to life-long learning.

Program graduates receive an Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN). Graduates are then eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates are employable as registered nurses in a variety of settings.

Program Details

  • Major Code: NG73
  • Award Level: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Location: Henry Center (as of Spring 2019)
  • Program Entrance Term: Spring
  • Minimum Length of Program: 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 69

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet general admission requirement as well as the following minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

The student must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements (a minimum TEAS score of 66 is required)
  • Submit an ASN Program application (this application is separate from the college’s application and there is no fee for this application). Applications are accepted August 1st - August 31st at 4:00pm.
  • Have completed all prerequisite classes as listed below.
  • Have successfully completed (or transferred in) ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, and PSYC 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better). Have also completed the following courses: (MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1103), BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117, and BIOL 2117L (with a grade of "B" or better) and must have completed and passed at least one of the following courses (with a "C" or better): ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, HUMN1101, MUSC 1101, or THEA 1101.

Applicants must meet general admission requirements, as well as the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Submit current Nationalized test scores (a minimum score of 66 on the TEAS)
  • Be responsible for notifying the ASN program faculty of his/her intent to compete for admission, by turning in an ASN Program application on or before the assigned date.
  1. If transfer credits are involved, the student will be responsible for making sure that all of the transcripts are received by the college and evaluated by the College Registrar by the assigned deadline.
  2. Program faculty will NOT accept late submissions of applications to the ASN Program.
  3. If the student is not accepted and wishes to reapply for the next class, the student must re-submit a new ASN Program application and test score to the ASN Program.
  4. There is no waiting list!

Note: Grading standards for the ASN Program are very stringent. For students to progress to the next course of study, a minimum grade of  "C" must be achieved in every ASN course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to remain in the program.

Candidate Selection and Prerequisite Requirements

Should there be more qualified students applying than available spaces, candidates are admitted based on a competitive admission process using the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA for core classes
  • Nationalized test score (TEAS V)
  • Program application date

Classroom spaces will be filled using the highest scores downward until the maximum enrollment total is reached.

The student’s application date will break any tie.

  • Application date is defined as the date when the student has their second major listed as ASN in Banner.
  • All applicants will be notified of their program acceptance status by mail 3-4 weeks after the ASN Program application acceptance deadline.
If a student changes his/her declared major from ASN Program to a different diploma or degree program, and then back to the ASN program, the latest program application date will be used to determine placement.

Check with program advisors for more information.

Readmission Policy

If a student withdraws for any reason, the student may be allowed to re-enter the program the following year at the point in which the next class begins based on space availability.  The student must reapply for program admission and compete with other Nursing program applicants.  THIS COURTESY IS EXTENDED ONLY ONCE.

The student must:

  • Submit a new application to the ASN program.
  • Submit a plan of action for success upon returning to the ASN program.
  • Successfully complete written comprehensive examinations for each previously completed ASN course with a minimum of 80 percent.
  • Successfully complete drug calculations examination with a minimum competency of 90 percent.
  • Successfully complete skill check offs.  Deficiencies will result in the student repeating appropriate course/courses.
  • Complete another criminal background check, drug screen and health screen as designated by participating clinical sites.
  • Students who do not successfully complete the ASN program after two attempts, will not be readmitted into the program again.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Liability Insurance$25.00
NCLEX-RN Exam$200.00
ATI$612.50 per semester
Background/Drug Screening$78.50 or higher
Graduation fees$35.00

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Semester
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective - Choose One3
MATH 1101 --- Mathematical ModelingOR
MATH 1103 --- Quantitative Skills and ReasoningOR
MATH 1111 --- College Algebra
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology3
BIOL 2113Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL 2113LA&P I lab1
Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective - Choose One3
MATH 1111, MATH 1100*, MATH 1101*, OR MATH 1103
Second Semester
BIOL 2114Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL 2114LA&P II lab1
BIOL 2117Microbiology3
BIOL 2117LMicro lab1
ENGL 1102Literature & Comp3
Humanities/Fine Arts elective - Choose One3
ARTS1101, ENGL 2130, HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, OR THEA 1101
Third Semester
PSYC 2103Human Growth & Development3
RNSG 1025EMR Documentation2
RNSG 1026Nursing Fundamentals 6
Fourth Semester
RNSG 1027Nursing Pharmacology3
RNSG 1028Nursing Concepts I7
Fifth Semester
RNSG 2025Family Nursing6
RNSG 2026Mental Health Concepts3
Sixth Semester
RNSG 2027Nursing Concepts II7
RNSG 2028Nursing Leadership 5

Note: If necessary, Learning Support courses should be completed during the first semester

Nurse talking with a patient.

Program Faculty

Angie Ballard, M.S.N., RN
Program Coordinator, Nursing Department Chair
Henry B, 113P

Samantha Bell, M.S.N., RN
Henry B, 113L

Stephanie Hammack, MSN Ed., RN
Henry B, 113U

Career and Academic Planning

Annita White
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107