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Curriculum and Plans of Study

The associate of science in nursing (ASN) program is a 66 semester hour program that consists of 30 credit hours of general education courses and 36 credit hours of nursing courses. In addition to the traditional ASN program, Georgia Highlands College offers career mobility options for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics.

Below is the plan of study for a student choosing to complete all general education courses prior to starting the nursing courses. This is the most popular pathway. Once in the nursing program, even though the credit hours are considered part-time, the workload of the nursing courses is closer to full-time related to the clinical component of the courses. By completing the general education courses first, students can focus on the nursing courses once accepted in the program.

This is also the pathway for students with prior college credit. Students coming in with prior college credit are encouraged to meet with an advisor to customize an academic plan. While continuing to take the remaining general education courses for the ASN program, the student with prior college credit can possibly include some of the additional general education courses that will be required for the RN-BSN completion program.

Traditional Pathway
Semester 1
11 hrs
Semester 2
14 hrs
Semester 3
10 hrs
Semester 4
8 hrs
Semester 5
10 hrs
Semester 6
9 hrs
Semester 7
8 hrs
Fall

  • ENGL 1101 – 3hrs
  • MATH 1001 or MATH 1111 – 3hrs
  • COMM 1100 – 3hrs
  • Area D Science – 4hrs (for students taking BIOL 2121K at GHC)
  • * NURS 1000 – Introduction to Professional Nursing – 1hr
Spring

  • BIOL 2121K – 4hrs – 1st 8wks
  • BIOL 2122K – 4hrs – 2nd 8wks
  • Humanities Elective – 3hrs
  • HIST 2111 or 2112 OR POLS 1101 – 3hrs
Summer

  • BIOL 2161K – 4hrs
  • HIST 2111 or 2112 OR POLS 1101 – 3hrs
Fall

  • NURS 1100 – Conceptual Foundations of Nursing – 6hrs
  • NURS 1001 – Health Assessment – 2hrs
Spring

  • NURS 1200 – Nursing Practice for Common Health Issues – 8hrs
  • NURS 1002 – Pharmacology – 2hrs
Fall

  • NURS 2500 – Nursing Practice for Complicated Health Concerns – 9hrs
Spring

  • NURS 2600 – Nursing Practice for Complex Health Problems – 5hrs
  • NURS 2650 – Transition to Professional Nursing – 3hrs

* NURS 1000 can be taken prior to being admitted to the nursing program (Semesters 1-3 in the plan above) or during the first semester of the nursing program (Semester 4).

GHC Nursing Traditional Option Plan of Study Downloadable PDF

Dual Enrollment Students

Dual enrollment students have the opportunity to complete the core curriculum courses for the ASN program while still in high school. Students are encouraged to work with their high school counselors and a nursing advisor to create a plan of study. It is possible for a dual enrollment student to be ready to apply to the traditional program by April 1st of their senior year provided the student will be at least 18 years of age by August 1st of that year and meets the criteria below. Once dual enrollment students have graduated from high school, they can continue to work with the nursing advisor to stay on track for early completion of RN-BSN core curriculum courses. Students have the opportunity to position themselves to complete the RN-BSN program within two (2) semesters following graduation from the ASN program.

Steps for admission into the nursing program:

  1. Admission to the college

Submit the following materials to the admissions office:

    • Completed Dual Enrollment Update form
    • Copy of final high school transcript including graduation date
  1. Acceptance to the Nursing Program

Submit materials that document the following requirements by the application deadline to ensure consideration for acceptance:

    • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the required general core courses and a grade of C or better in BIOL 2121K, BIOL 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.
    • 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

 

Full-time Plan of Study

The full-time plan of study is an option that allows high school students who meet the criteria below to apply to the traditional program by March 1st of their senior year. In the full-time plan of study, students take their core curriculum courses along with their nursing courses. Students following the full time plan of study can graduate with their associate degree in nursing within five (5) semesters. The full-time plan of study starts with courses in the summer semester following graduation from high school. The course load for the summer semester will be 8 semester hours followed by four semesters (fall-spring-fall-spring) with course loads of 14-17 semester hours.

Steps for admission into the nursing program:

  1. Admission to the college

Submit the following materials to the admissions office:

    • Completed Georgia Highlands College application
    • Copy of high school transcript
  1. Acceptance to the Nursing Program

Submit materials that document the following requirements by the application deadline to ensure consideration for acceptance:

    • A high school academic / HOPE GPA of 3.0
    • An ACT composite score of at least 24 with an English score of at least 22 and a Math score of at least 20
    • Proof of nursing assistant certification
    • CASPer Test scores
Full-time ASN Program Plan of Study
Semester 1
8 hrs
Semester 2
16 hrs
Semester 3
17 hrs
Semester 4
15 hrs
Semester 5
14 hrs
Summer
  • NURS 1000 – Introduction to Professional Nursing – 1hr
  • MATH 1001 – 3hrs
  • Area D Science – 4hrs (for students taking BIOL 2121K at GHC)
Fall
  • NURS 1100 – Conceptual Foundations of Nursing – 6hrs
  • NURS 1001 – Health Assessment – 2hrs
  • BIOL 2121K – 1st 8 wks – 4hrs
  • BIOL 2122K – 2nd 8 wks – 4hrs
Spring
  • NURS 1200 – Nursing Practice for Common Health Issues – 8hrs
  • NURS 1002 – Pharmacology – 2hrs
  • ENGL 1101 – 3hrs
  • BIOL 2161K – 4hrs
Fall
  • NURS 2500 – Nursing Practice for Complicated Health Concerns – 9hrs
  • COMM 1100 – 3hrs
  • HIST 2111 or 2112 OR POLS 1101 – 3hrs
Spring
  • NURS 2600 – Nursing Practice for Complex Health Problems – 5hrs
  • NURS 2650 – Transition to Professional Nursing – 3hrs
  • Humanities elective – 3hrs
  • HIST 2111 or 2112 OR POLS 1101 – 3hrs

 

Part-time Plan of Study

The part-time plan of study is the Traditional ASN Program in which students complete their ASN core curriculum courses prior to starting their nursing courses. The part-time plan of study consists of seven (7) semesters with an average course load of 10 semester hours per semester. Students following the part-time plan of study will not apply to the nursing program until they are nearing completion of their core curriculum courses. Students seeking acceptance to nursing program must meet the criteria listed under the Admission Criteria tab.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics have an opportunity to be awarded credit for prior learning and exempt the first five nursing courses (NURS 1000, NURS 1001, NURS 1002, NURS 1100 and NURS 1200). Those LPNs and paramedics who wish to be awarded credit apply for the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN Bridge programs. Applicants accepted to the bridge tracks take NURS 1300 and NURS 1400 in the spring semester followed by the final two semesters of the part-time plan of study. Upon successful completion of NURS 1300 and NURS 1400, students receive a grade of K for NURS 1000, NURS 1001, NURS 1002, NURS 1100 and NURS 1200. LPNs and Paramedics have one opportunity to successfully complete NURS 1300 and NURS 1400. Should a student not be successful in both NURS 1300 and NURS 1400, the student cannot continue in the professional bridge program. However, the student would be eligible to apply to the traditional ASN program and complete the courses in the part-time plan of study for which K credit was not received.

Professional Bridge Program for LPNs and Paramedics
Potential applicants need to apply to the college and have their transcripts evaluated.
Once transfer credit has been awarded, students need to ensure that they have credit for all of the courses listed below.
Semester 1
9 hrs
Semester 2
9 hrs
Semester 3
8 hrs
Students should have completed or almost completed all of their core
curriculum courses by the application deadline.

  • ENGL 1101
  • MATH 1001 or MATH 1111
  • COMM 1100
  • A Humanities Elective
  • POLS 1011
  • HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
  • BIOL 2121K
  • BIOL 2122K
  • BIOL 2161K

Note: The age of the biology courses can be no older than six years.
Working LPNs may apply for a waiver to extend the age of the biology courses to 10 years.

Spring

  • NURS 1300 – Bridge to Professional Nursing – 3hrs
  • NURS 1400 – Conceptual Nursing for Paramedics and LPNs – 6hrs
Fall

  • NURS 2500 – Nursing Practice for Complicated Health Concerns – 9hrs
  • NURS 2600 – Nursing Practice for Complex Health Problems – 5hrs
  • NURS 2650 – Transition to Professional Nursing – 3hrs

Bridge Option Plan of Study Downloadable PDF