Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may do so in a full-time LPN-BSN Program. The baccalaureate degree in nursing/masters degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing/and post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE-accreditation).
Credit by Proficiency Examination Policy
LPN-BSN students wishing to earn credit by proficiency exam must meet the following requirements:
- Graduated from an accredited LPN program
- Currently licensed as an LPN in the state of Georgia
- Meet all current admission criteria
- Be admitted into the prelicensure program
After admission to the School of Nursing, licensed practical nurses are eligible to take proficiency examinations for NURS 3121, 3160, and 3211. In addition to the proficiency examinations the eligible student may petition to have a previous successfully completed health assessment course accepted as proficiency credit for NURS 3230. Permission is granted on an individual basis.
- The student who wishes to take a proficiency examination should request a meeting with the BSN program director immediately after acceptance into the prelicensure BSN program to discuss eligibility. After a review of the student’s education and background, if it is appropriate, the program director will refer the student to the lead teacher in the designated course that the student is eligible to challenge. Some of the challenge examination procedures will be arranged by the BSN program director.
- The lead teacher will discuss the testing procedure with the student and give the student the dates of the examination. It is expected that the student will buy the appropriate course syllabus from the bookstore and prepare for the scheduled examination. It is the student’s responsibility to prepare for the examination.
- Once a student has met with the program director and the lead teacher in the course to be challenged, the student may request to receive credit by examination. The student is referred to the Georgia Southern University Catalog and is advised to follow the procedure for securing proficiency examination credit as stated below:
- Student must obtain a Proficiency Examination Form from the Registrar’s Office and secure the approval of the appropriate program director.
- The student must pay a fee for each test in the Cashier’s Office before the test will be ordered. A receipt will be issued which will allow the student to take the test. Be aware that adequate time must be allowed for testing to be arranged.
- If successful, the student will be awarded a grade of “K” showing credit by proficiency examination.
- Accepted School of Nursing applicants who have attended any fully accredited degree-granting college or university may petition to receive proficiency credit for a previously completed 3000 level health assessment course equal in nature to NURS 3230: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan. The amount of proficiency credit granted may not exceed the credit hours of NURS 3230.
Course Specific Requirements:
- For Nursing 3211: Pharmacology and Integrative Therapeutics I the student will be given the opportunity to take a comprehensive examination. The student will have one opportunity to take the examination and must pass with a (minimum) score of 75% (“C”) or better. If the student is unsuccessful in obtaining credit by examination, the student will be required to enroll in the course.
- For Nursing 3160; Introduction to Professional Practice, the student will be expected to take an exam selected by the Curriculum Committee before the practicum part of the proficiency examination is given. Successful completion of the selected exam with a minimum decision score of 75% or better entitles the student to take the practicum portion of the examination. The proficiency test for the practicum portion of NURS 3160 is graded on a pass-fail basis and all safety criteria must be met with 100% accuracy in order to receive a passing grade. (The safety criteria are indicated on the Summative Clinical Evaluation Tool for NURS 3160 with an asterisk.)The practicum exam for NURS 3160 will consist of the following components:
- The student will complete a nursing assessment on a client or patient simulator, using the NURS 3160 assessment tool as a guide. The student will prepare a nursing care plan based on the assessment. The course textbook or other appropriate resources may be used in completing this assignment. The student will be evaluated using the Summative Clinical Evaluation Tool for NURS 3160 (see course syllabus).
- The student should report to the clinical test site as arranged with the faculty examiner. The student should wear an appropriate nursing uniform, but should not wear a name badge indicating the student’s professional credentials or affiliation.
- For Nursing 3121: Professional Practice Competencies and Medical Terminology the student will be given the opportunity to take a skills test involving successful completion of a representative set of nursing skills as covered in NURS 3121; for example, these skills may include a Foley catheter insertion, medication administration, and patient transfer procedure. Skills check lists may be found in the NURS 3121 syllabus, and outlines of the recommended procedures may be obtained from the lead faculty member or designated faculty examiner.
- To petition proficiency credit for Nursing 3230: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan the student will be asked to submit the course syllabus for a previously completed health assessment course. The syllabus will be reviewed by the BSN Program Director and NURS 3230 course faculty. A decision will be made by both the BSN Program Director and School of Nursing faculty member as to acceptance of the previously completed health assessment course.
(Approved 5/11/1998; Updated 11/1999, 9/2008, 11/2013, 11/2014)
Last updated: 9/19/2016