1. Admission to the college
Submit the following materials to the admissions office:
- Completed Georgia Highlands College application
- Copy of high school transcript
- Official copy of transcripts from all colleges previously attended
2. Acceptance to the Nursing Program
Submit materials that document the following requirements by the application deadline to ensure consideration for acceptance:
- A completed Professional Bridge Programs Application
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the required general core courses and a grade of C or better in BIOL 2121K, 2122K, and BIOL 2161K; ENGL 1101; and MATH 1001 or MATH 1111. The C or better in the biology courses includes both class and lab.
- It is the policy of the GHC nursing program to require students to retake biology courses if these courses were taken more than six years before the application deadline for the nursing program. For practicing LPNs, if the required biology courses are over six years old, but less than ten years old, an applicant may submit a waiver request to the Director of Associate Degree Nursing to have the age of the biology courses extended to 10 years.
- Minimum of a 70 composite score on the ATI TEAS test. Official transcript for the ATI TEAS is required. The ATI TEAS must have been taken within one year of the application deadline. ATI TEAS tests greater than one year old must be taken again. Only two attempts will be allowed per application cycle.
- Proof of nursing assistant certification (CNA certificate). Licensed practical nurses and paramedics are exempt from this requirement.
- If English is the student’s second language, proof of the following achievement on the TOEFL is also required:
- 550 on paper-based exam
- 80 on Internet exam
- LPNs and paramedics must also meet the following admission requirements:
- Be licensed as an LPN or paramedic in the state of Georgia
- Have been a practicing LPN or paramedic with at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last two years or have graduated from an LPN or paramedic program within the last two years
Criminal background checks and drug screenings are required for clinical practice by institutions used by the nursing program for the clinical experiences associated with the nursing courses. A student will be required to participate in these checks upon acceptance to the program and at least annually while in the program. All criminal background checks and drug screenings will be at the expense of the student. Criminal background checks and drug screening are to be performed through AdvantageStudents (www.advantagestudents.com) as required by many of the clinical facilities. Clinical experience is a component of all required nursing courses. A course cannot be satisfactorily completed without completing the clinical component of the course. Should a student be denied placement by a clinical facility related to results on a criminal background check or drug screening, the student will be dismissed from the program with no opportunity for readmission.
A student who has been arrested or convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation may not be permitted to take the RN licensure examination. This decision rests with the Georgia Board of Nursing (www.sos.state.ga.us).
Students with a criminal record must see the nursing program director for advice before submitting an application regarding the licensure examination.