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Traditional ASN Program Admissions

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on April 1st each year (for fall semester start). Applications must be complete and include a copy of the applicant’s nursing assistant certification in order for the application to be accepted. The online application will be available under the Process of Admission tab from January 1st through April 1st. Early submission of the application is encouraged. Submission of the online application will still be due April 1st by 11:59 PM.  TEAS testing locations and nurse aide certification testing locations are beginning to reopen. The new deadline date for the TEAS exam is May 31st by midnight, official score reports must be received by this time. The new deadline date for student C.N.A. licenses is August 1st by midnight.

Nursing Information Sessions: Anyone considering applying to the associate degree nursing program is invited to attend one of four information sessions scheduled between now and March 2020. The sessions will prepare prospective students for acceptance in advance of the April 1, 2020 application deadline.

The sessions will include details on the application process, a tour of the classrooms and facilities, and time for questions and answers. Sessions will be held from 6 PM to 7 PM in classroom HA-101 in the Annex building classroom. The address for Heritage Hall is 415 E 3rd Ave, Rome, GA 30161. The entrance to the parking lot is behind the building on E 4th Ave.

Session dates:

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020

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 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 are exempt from this requirement. Paramedics applying to the traditional track are not 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
      • 213 on computer exam
    • 80 on Internet exam

Each student must take responsibility for making sure his/her records are current, complete and received prior to the application deadline.

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 ( 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 (

Students with a criminal record must see the nursing program director for advice before submitting an application regarding the licensure examination.

Admission to the nursing program is a two-step process:

  1. Admission to Georgia Highlands College
  2. Acceptance to the Nursing Program
    • Traditional ASN Program Application
      • Submission of the online application will still be due April 1st by 11:59 PM. Submission of TEAS results and nurse aid certifications will be due at a later date. TEAS testing locations and nurse aide certification testing locations are closing. When testing and certification will resume is not known. Once testing and certification resumes, we will post additional information and deadlines. 
    • High School Student/Graduate Program Application