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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Description

The BSN degree prepares a nurse generalist with a liberal arts background who focuses upon treating human responses to actual or potential health programs. Graduates are expected to meet the program outcomes to function in entry-level nursing practice positions. After successful completion of required core coursework, students enter nursing courses in the fall of their junior year.  

CSU Nursing Facts:
  • There are more than 1,000 pre-nursing and nursing majors and the numbers continue to increase.
  • Our curriculum is nationally accredited by the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
  • Our students pass the NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam, at rates well above national average.
  • Our faculty provides hands-on experiences to our students. All of our professors are clinical experts in the area in which they teach.
  • Students get relevant, hands-on experience, in the classroom and in clinical settings.
  • Low instructor-to-student ratio.
  • The clinical nursing curriculum is offered over four semesters beginning in the junior year and is preceded by two years of pre-nursing (core) courses.
  • The PACE Office is the Advising Center for the School of Nursing.

RN to BSN - Online

Career Opportunities

Graduates are expected to meet the program outcomes to function in entry-level nursing practice positions.

Admission Requirements

The School of Nursing accepts one class of nursing students to its program to start each fall term. Admittance to the upper level clinical course sequence each fall is competitive.

Students can apply for the Nursing program once they have met the following requirements:
  • Completed AREA A, AREA D required sciences (CHEM 1151/1151L and CHEM 1152/1152L), AREA F, and have fewer than nine (9) remaining hours of CORE left to complete. Students must meet the terms of the School of Nursing Science Policy
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Pass the "A2 Assessment" test with 70% or greater on the three (3) sections (math, grammar and reading) with 75% average or better
  • During the application process, students will also be asked to provide three (3) professional recommendations

The application process begins in January each year for the upcoming fall nursing class.

Application deadlines are provided at

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the CSU BSN Program will:
  • provide safe, patient centered care in a variety of settings
  • communicate and collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team in a professional and effective manner, through verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic means to improve patient outcomes and teamwork
  • apply the quality improvement process to ensure patient safety and to meet desired clinical outcomes
  • use sound evidence to make appropriate clinical decisions about health care
  • integrate information technology into nursing practice in a variety of settings
  • function as a leader within the nursing roles to include provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession

Additional Program Requirements

Requirements for students to progress in clinical nursing course sequence include:
  • maintaining 2.00 overall GPA
  • successful completion of prerequisites not met before entry into program
  • successful completion of required nursing calculation proficiency exams
  • successful completion of required nursing achievement exams
  • annual evidence of required immunizations, TB screening, BCLS certification, and current professional liability insurance
  • eligibility to enter clinical agencies for clinical experiences

Requirements for students to graduate from BSN Program:
  • maintaining a 2.00 or higher overall GPA
  • successful completion of all university requirements
  • successful completion of all BSN program requirements, including passing the Nursing Exit Exam
  • students who fail to meet graduation requirements within seven years of their first admission to the nursing program are subject to having all credits reevaluated 

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour(s) will not be used as part of the Nursing (BSN) core.The Nursing (BSN) program only requires 4 credit hours in AreaB.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11

Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L

Select one of the following courses or an Area D science course:
ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
ENVS 1105 (no lab)
GEOG 2215
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1112/1112L
GEOL 1121 (lab included)
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1125

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
BIOL 2221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2225 Microbiology for Health Sciences
PSYC 1101 Intro to General Psychology
STAT 1127 Introductory Statistics

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 60

NURS 3111 Professional Development Perspectives I
NURS 3112 Professional Development Perspectives II
NURS 3175 Pharmacology in Nursing
NURS 3275 Professional Clinical Nursing I
NURS 3277 Professional Clinical Nursing II
NURS 3276 Intro to Health Assessment and Wellness
NURS 3279 Applied Pathophysiology
NURS 4111 Professional Development Perspectives III
NURS 4112 Professional Development Perspectives IV
NURS 4175 Evidence Based Practice
NURS 4279 Professional Clinical Nursing IV
NURS 4280 Professional Clinical Nursing III
NURS 4377 Senior Nursing Preceptorship
Total hours Required: 123
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