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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.

The traditional ASN program can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. Related to the rigor of the nursing program, most students elect to follow the part-time plan of study by completing all or most of the general education courses prior to applying to the nursing program.

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

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

  • BIOL 2121K – 4hrs – 1st 8wks
  • BIOL 2122K – 4hrs – 2nd 8wks
  • COMM 1100 – 3hrs
  • HIST 2111 or 2112 OR POLS 1101 – 3hrs
Summer

  • BIOL 2161K – 4hrs
  • Humanities Elective – 3hrs
  • 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

*Until the Full Time Plan of Study starts in Summer 2020, NURS 1000 is only being offered as part of Semester 4 once students are accepted into the nursing program.

GHC Nursing Plans of Study Downloadable PDF

Beginning with the summer 2020 admission, students may choose to apply for the new full-time plan of study. It should be noted that there are different admission criteria for students choosing to apply for direct admission into the nursing program.

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

GHC Nursing Plans of Study Downloadable PDF

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.

Bridge Plan of Study