Frequently Asked Questions for the RN-BSN

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Q.  How long does it take to get a BSN if I have an Associate Degree in Nursing?

A.  Because the program is designed for working Registered Nurses, it is recommended that you complete the program in 3-4 semesters, which is 1½ -2 years.  Individual circumstances may be considered if a faster or slower pace is desired.

Q.  How many hours is the RN-BSN Program:

A.  You will take a total of 8 nursing courses, which total 28* hours. Two courses are offered in the summer and all other courses are taken during the fall and spring semesters.

Q.  How important is my G.P.A. (grade point average)?

A.  The minimum cumulative GPA for regular admission to the program is 3.0.  Provisional admission is available for a GPA of 2.70-2.99. 

Q.  I am an RN in another state;  must I have a GA RN License to apply?

A.  Yes, a valid RN license with the State of Georgia is required.

Q.  How do I know what core classes will transfer to Georgia Southern University?

A.  We cannot determine if your courses will transfer until you have been accepted to Georgia Southern, so your first step is to apply.  Once you have been accepted to the university and have applied to the RN-BSN Program, we can evaluate your transcript.  In the meantime, you can determine if courses from your college have already been evaluated by looking at the transfer equivalency web site

Q.  What core classes must I take before I apply to the School of Nursing?

A.  Applicants must have the following courses completed before applying:

Pre-Requisites for Areas D, Area  F and Area A-2 Math:

Must have completed all sciences in Area D and Area A Math.  For Area F, must have completed all courses (including Statistics) except the Lifespan Development course, which is not a requirement as long as your Associate Degree Nursing Program included the content.  

There are two options to fulfill Area D for Transfer Courses

  • Option 1: Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and a general Biology course (all courses must have lab).
  • Option 2: Biology I, Biology II, and a general Chemistry course (all courses must have lab).

Depending on the option, you must have a two semester sequence of either Chemistry or Biology.

*It is acceptable to apply to the program with 8-10 hours of other core remaining.

Georgia Southern Core requirements and RN-BSN Program Pre-requisites

Q.  Where do I take core classes?

A.  Any system of Georgia College or University may offer the core courses you need.

Online core courses may be found at one of the following:

Q.  If I am finishing up my Associate Degree in Nursing and am scheduled to take the NCLEX before the application deadline, can I go ahead and apply?

A.  Yes, if you have completed the required core courses and are otherwise eligible to apply, you may do so.  Please note that in the event you are granted admission, it will be contingent upon verification of your RN License prior to the beginning of the semester.

Q.  How and when do I get credit for my Associate Degree nursing courses?

A.  After 6 hours of nursing courses are completed successfully at Georgia Southern University, nursing courses totaling 29 hours are approved and credited to you.

Q.  What is the tuition rate for the RN-BSN Program?

A.  Tuition as of 2017-2018 is $204.00 per credit hour for the online RN-BSN Program. Please refer to this link for more information:

Q.  Do I have to attend the SOAR orientation on campus?

A.  You must attend the nursing orientation, which substitutes for SOAR.  You should not register or pay for a SOAR session offered by the Office of Admissions.

Q.  Who do I contact if I have more questions?

  1. Melissia Deal, Secretary to School of Nursing Chair (912) 478-5479
  2. Dr. Sheri Carey, Program Director,

Last updated: 11/27/2017

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