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ASN Program FAQ

Nursing FAQ

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

  1. Must be C.N.A. certified and able to submit a copy of license by the April 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.
  2. Already be a student of the college, or have an application submitted to the Admissions office.
  3. Complete the general academic courses on the Nursing 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.
  4. The TEAS exam:
    1. No more than two attempts in an 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. 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 to request and pay for an official score report to be submitted to GA Highlands College.
      2. If a student takes multiple attempts at the TEAS exam (more than two), 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 both 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.

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

CNA classes/programs for the state of Georgia can be found at:

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.

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.

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. If an LPN/Paramedic applies for the ten year waiver then all graded attempts at these three courses within the past ten years will count.
  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 transferring from another college, how will my classes transfer?

Please see the Georgia Highlands College Registrar Transfer Equivalency Tool:

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 program, or complete their remaining prerequisite classes as a student at GHC in the spring semester they are planning to apply.

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

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. The letter must be on official letter head from their supervisor or HR office. 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.
  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. The linked spreadsheet allows students to calculate their nursing GPA: Nursing GPA Calculator

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.

For questions about how the schedule works, please reach out to the Assistant Director of Nursing Mrs. Walker at

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:

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:

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 for assistance. The student will also need to submit a letter to the director of the ASN program via mail or email, three months before the start of the semester they will be returning too. 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.

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:

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 extension waiver for the biology classes?

Working Paramedic’s and LPN’s can apply for the waiver to extend the age of their Anatomy & Physiology I, II, and Microbiology to ten years from the standard six years. To apply for the waiver working Paramedic’s and LPN’s need to submit an email or Word document to the Director of Associate Degree Nursing explaining how they use their knowledge in these classes in their everyday work. Please provide thorough explanations and examples within your letter. Letters can be submitted to Director of Nursing, Dr. Sheila Sutton, at and please copy the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Degree Nursing program, Chance Hooper, at

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.