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ASN Program FAQ

Nursing FAQ

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the Nursing program?

  1. Already be a student of the college, or have an application submitted to the Georgia Highlands College Admissions office.
    1. High School option students should apply for summer semester.
    2. Traditional program students should apply for fall semester.
    3. LPN/Paramedic Bridge program students should apply for spring semester.
  2. Traditional ASN Program applicants must be C.N.A. certified and able to submit a copy of the C.N.A. license by the April 1st deadline. Bridge Program applicants must hold either an LPN or Paramedic license with the state of Georgia and able to submit a copy of their license by the August 1st deadline.
    1. Your C.N.A. license can be active in any state, but it must be active through the April 1st deadline.
    2. Your C.N.A. license can expire after the April 1st deadline, however, many nursing students keep an active license so they can work as Nurse Techs.
    3. A C.M.A. license will not take the place of the C.N.A. license. The two licenses train students for different skills, C.N.A.’s are taught more patient care skills that are necessary for nursing.
    4. For Bridge Program applicants your LPN or Paramedic license must be a Georgia state license and active through the August 1st deadline.
  3. Complete the general academic courses listed on the Traditional ASN Pathway sheet or the LPN-Paramedic Bridge Pathway sheet.
    1. If you are taking any prerequisite classes at GHC during the spring semester that you will be applying to the program, your admission score will be configured after spring grades are available.
    2. Transfer students should plan to have any required courses transferred in by the fall semester before applying to the program. Only GHC spring semester grades will be calculated into admission scores.
    3. For LPN/Paramedic Bridge students, classes completed through the summer semester will count in your nursing admission score.
      1. For Bridge students transferring summer courses in from another institution, the official transcript with summer grades must be submitted to the GHC Admissions Office by August 15th.
  4. The TEAS exam:
    1. No more than two attempts in each application cycle (the application cycle runs from April 2nd – April 1st each year for the traditional program, and from August 2nd – August 1st each year for the LPN/Paramedic bridge program).
      1. TEAS scores are good for two application cycles.
        1. A total of four attempts, two per application cycle, are now eligible. Applicants must have no more than two attempts per application cycle, otherwise only the first two attempts from each application cycle will be accepted.
      2. If you take the the TEAS exam through the Georgia Highlands Testing Center we have access to your score report(s). However, if you take the exam at another testing center you will need to log into your account at www.atitesting.com to request and pay for an official score report to be submitted to GA Highlands College.
      3. If a student takes multiple attempts at the TEAS exam (more than two per application cycle), only the first two attempts in the application cycle will be permitted.
    2. An overall composite/total score of at least 70.
    3. If you score an overall 70 or higher on all attempts, then the highest section scores from each attempt will be used in the scoring process.
    4. The Nursing department does not have a set amount of time that students must wait between attempts at the exam. This rule would only come from the testing locations and the Nursing department has no control in this situation.

What is the Keys to Success Nursing Orientation?

Keys to Success is a MANDATORY orientation session for students accepted into the nursing program June 23rd, 2022 9:00am – 3:00pm. Students who fail to attend Keys to Success will not be allowed to start the program and must reapply in the future. During the session, the faculty will go through the nursing student handbook, policies, dress code, clinical supplies, credentialing requirements, and academic and professional standards. Students will also learn how to access D2L and all learning resources required in the program. A valid excuse with documentation is required for anyone unable to attend the session.

How can I find a CNA class/program that is convenient to me?

CNA classes/programs for the state of Georgia can be found by doing a Google search near your location or at the state website: https://www.mmis.georgia.gov/portal/ResourceProxy.aspx?iCProxyTo=MS0uL1Byb2dyYW1TZWFyY2guYXNweA==

Just be sure that you can complete the CNA class/program with enough time to sit for the state licensing exam and submit a copy of your CNA license by the April 1st deadline.

I’ll be taking my CNA state licensing exam near the March 1st (High School option)/April 1st (Traditional) deadline. How do I make sure I’m still eligible for the program without my actual license?

Applicants who have a state licensing test date for the CNA that puts them at risk of not being eligible for the program can submit a picture showing they have passed both the Written and Skills portions of the CNA licensing exam. For students who are waiting for their physical CNA license from the state can visit the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry website and submit a picture or pdf copy of their license information: https://www.mmis.georgia.gov/portal/ResourceProxy.aspx?iCProxyTo=MS1OdXJzZUFpZGVTZWFyY2guYXNweA%3D%3D

What are the prerequisite classes for the Nursing program?

  1. BIOL 2121K – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. BIOL 2122K – Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  3. BIOL 2161K – Intro Medical Microbiology
  4. ENGL 1101 – English Composition I
  5. HIST 2111 or 2112 – American History I or II
  6. POLS 1101 – American Government
  7. MATH 1001 or higher – Quantitative Reasoning or higher
  8. COMM 1100 or 1110 – Human Communications or Public Speaking
  9. Humanities Elective – Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Literature, Foreign Language, etc.

I’m transferring from another college, how will my classes transfer?

Please see the Georgia Highlands College Registrar Transfer Equivalency Tool: https://ghcservices.highlands.edu:9986/SCORE/zwsktrna.P_find_location

Please note, nursing classes from other institutions will not transfer into the nursing program here at GHC.

Due to the varying end dates of different college semesters, and the requirement of transfer courses needing to be evaluated and updated into the system for the nursing admissions committee to review, transfer courses are not accepted for the admission scoring process from the spring semester of applying to the program. Transfer applicants should complete all prerequisites at their institution the fall semester before applying to the Traditional ASN program, or complete their remaining prerequisite classes as a student at GHC in the spring semester they are planning to apply.

How is the nursing admission score determined?

The nursing admission score is determined by the grades in the prerequisite classes and the subsection scores within the ATI TEAS exam. All prerequisites must be completed in order to have a truly competitive admission score. Any classes completed AFTER the application semester (Spring/Traditional or Summer/Bridge) cannot be included in the admission score. A points worksheet is no longer available due to the amount of different subsections that are now included in the score.

  1. 50% of your score comes from all graded attempts at BIOL 2121K, 2122K, and 2161K taken within the past six years.
    1. All graded attempts include A, B, C, D, or F.
      1. Classes marked as W (Withdraw) or WF (Withdraw Failing) are not counted in the admission score as attempts.
    2. For LPN/Paramedic applicants, the age of the biology classes has changed from six to ten years. All graded attempts at the biology classes from the last ten years will count in the admission score.
  2. 50% of your score comes from the highest grade attempt at the remaining prerequisite classes and the many subsection scores within the ATI TEAS exam.

I’m an LPN/Paramedic, what is the required letter of 1,000 hours?

Please note, the LPN/Paramedic work hours verification letter is only required for those who graduated from an LPN/Paramedic program more than two years before applying to the nursing program. For those applicants with less than two years since graduation from an LPN/Paramedic program, this requirement is satisfied by uploading an unofficial transcript in place of the letter showing your graduation date within the last two years. These applicants will also need to be sure that an official transcript showing the graduation date has been submitted and received by the GHC Admissions Office.

LPN’s/Paramedics are required to submit a letter with their nursing application that states they have worked over 1,000 hours as either an LPN/Paramedic. Please be sure to include the specific total number of hours worked in the last two years. Generalized statements such as “has exceeded” or “more than exceeds” the minimum 1000 hours will not be accepted. This is an eligibility requirement and failure to submit a correct letter by the 11:59pm August 1st deadline will result in the applicant being automatically marked as ineligible. The letter must be on official letter head from their supervisor or HR office.  The individual filling out the template must include all information as noted in the [brackets]. Here is an example of the letter: LPN-Paramedic-Hours-Letter-Template

What are the important deadlines for the nursing program?

  1. March 1st for High School students/Graduates that start each summer semester.
  2. April 1st for the traditional program that starts each fall semester.
  3. August 1st for the LPN/Paramedic bridge program that starts each spring semester.

How is my nursing GPA calculated?

A student’s nursing GPA is different from their cumulative GPA. The nursing GPA is calculated using the highest grade attempt at each of the prerequisite general education classes listed on the Nursing Pathway sheet.

How are applicants notified of acceptance or denial to the nursing program?

For both programs the notification letter will be sent to the email provided on your nursing application. Traditional program letters are typically sent out in early to mid June, LPN/Paramedic bridge program letters are typically sent out in mid to late October.

What is the typical nursing schedule like each week?

Typical Class Week

For the High School and Traditional programs students can expect to be on campus for classes, campus lab, and simulation lab activities at least 2-3 days per week in the fall and spring semesters of the program. These do not include clinical days, which are scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

LPN/Paramedic Bridge program students start the program in the spring semester with classes taught online and approximately six visits to campus for campus lab and simulation lab activities. In the last two semesters of the program bridge students merge with the traditional and high school program students to finish out as one class. It is in these last two semesters where bridge students can expect to be on campus at least 2-3 days per week.

What campuses are the nursing classes taught on? What about clinical sites?

The nursing classes are taught at the James D. Maddox Heritage Hall campus located at 415 East 3rd Avenue Rome, GA 30161. With clinical locations in Floyd, Polk, Bartow, Paulding, and Cobb counties.

What will I need to purchase for Nursing school?

There is an approximately $1,500 resource bundle that is required at the beginning of the program. This bundle includes all of the books that will be needed throughout the program. Lab kits are also required and are approximately $110 each.

Can I use financial aid to cover the cost of the C.N.A. class?

Please contact the office of Continuing Education, they are responsible for the C.N.A. program and will be able to assist you with any questions. You can reach their office at 1-800-332-2406 or via their website: https://sites.highlands.edu/ccpe/

Does GHC have tutors to help students prepare for the TEAS exam?

Please contact the GHC Testing Center, they will be able to assist you. You can reach their office at 706-204-2110 or via their website: https://sites.highlands.edu/testing/

What should I do if I want to readmit to the program?

Students wanting to readmit to the nursing program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 across all courses in order to be eligible. If a student’s cumulative GPA is below 2.5, please reach out to the Nursing Department at chooper@highlands.edu for assistance. The student will also need to submit a letter to the Assistant Director of Nursing (swalker@highlands.edu) program via email and copy the Administrative Assistant (chooper@highlands.edu). In the letter, students will need to explain what issues led to them being unsuccessful, and what steps they have taken to correct these issues.

Readmission Letter Deadlines:

Fall Semester – April 1st

Spring Semester – August 1st

How much is tuition for the associate degree nursing program?

Nursing courses cost the same per credit hour as general education courses. The traditional program is 36 credit hours total across four semesters. The LPN/Paramedic bridge program is 26 credit hours total across three semesters. For updated tuition & fees please visit: https://www.highlands.edu/tuition-and-fees/

Can I CLEP or test out of any of the prerequisite courses?

Yes, this is a possibility. However, please note that completing a CLEP test for a course only demonstrates that a student has passed a course and does not indicate a specific grade. Because of this, students can only be awarded a C for admission scoring and nursing GPA purposes.

What is the age of the biology classes for LPN/Paramedic applicants?

Starting with the Spring 2023 application (May 1, 2022 – August 1, 2022), the default age of the three biology classes for LPN/Paramedic applicants has changed from six to ten years. The waiver letter is no longer required or offered. Students should be aware that all graded attempts at the three biology classes from the last ten years will count in the admission score.

I was accepted into the nursing program but declined my spot and would like to apply for the next admission cycle. What do I need to do?
Any student accepted into the nursing program who chooses to decline their spot will need to go through the application process for the next admission cycle. Acceptance is not deferred and applicants will need to follow the same application steps and meet the same eligibility requirements. Students will need to make sure that their CNA/LPN/Paramedic license is still active through the next application deadline. The TEAS exam will also need to be retaken, no more than two attempts, and the minimum composite score of 70 is still required for eligibility.

My LPN/Paramedic license is not with the state of Georgia, what should I do?

For LPN applicants applying to the program from out of state you will need to transfer your license to the Georgia state license before you will be eligible for the program. LPN’s and Paramedics  must  apply for a Georgia license using the state application.

For LPN’s: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45/licensure_as_a_practical_nurse

For Paramedics: https://dph.georgia.gov/ems-personnel-licensure

Why do I need the US & Georgia Constitution and US & Georgia History requirements to graduate?

Please see Georgia law 20-3-68