Georgia Health Sciences University (known as Medical College of Georgia until February 1, 2011) has a School of Nursing with many graduate degree options as well as the bachelor of science in nursing program for undergraduates. It is one of the oldest nursing programs in Georgia. Graduates of this school are eligible to take the NCLEX to earn their RN license.
Students may study at either the Athens or Augusta campus. In 2010, proposed budget cuts at the state legislature level threatened the Athens campus’ nursing program. However, it was announced on March 12, 2010 that no academic programs would be eliminated for 2011. In the past, the school of nursing accepted up to 150 students combined at both campuses. During 2010, they have only accepted 50 students per campus.
Admissions Requirements for Medical College of Georgia / Georgia Health Sciences University Nursing Program
In order to apply to the baccalaureate nursing program, there are several requirements that need to be met. They include:
- Minimum GPA of 2.80 is required in order to review the applicant’s file, but this is not sufficient for admissions for most students. Overall GPA is calculated in all academic courses as well on completion of the required core curriculum. The mean GPA has been 3.50 in the recent past. Note that the university does not use a plus/minus grading system, so your GPA will be calculated as if there is no pluses or minuses. For example, a B+ will go down from 3.3 grade points to 3.0 grade points. On the other hand, a B- will go from 2.7 grade points to 3.0 grade points.
- Minimum verbal (critical reading) SAT score of 450 or an ACT English score of 18.
- Completion of prerequisite course requirements (which will be covered below)
- Applicants whose first language in not English must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet). Scores must be less than two years old.
- Personal essay that reflects on why the applicant is pursuing a career in nursing. There should be no spelling or grammatical errors.
- Healthcare experience via paid or volunteer positions is recommended.
- Time shadowing a Registered Nurse is recommended.
Prerequisite Courses for Georgia Health Sciences University BSN Nusing Program
Here are the courses that should be taken during the first two years of college in order to gain admission to the BSN program. Students must complete the core curriculum in all six categories (A-F) which include prerequisite courses specific to the major. The courses required are:
- Area A: English Composition (3 hours)
- Area A: English Composition II (3 hours)
- Area A: College Algebra, Trig, Mathematical Modeling, Pre-Calculus or Calculus (3 hours)
- Area B: 4-5 semester hours in Institutional Options (eg. intro to computers, critical thinking, creative writing, economics, speech, medical terminology, etc.)
- Area C: 6 semester hours in Humanities and Fine Arts (eg. foreign language, ethics, drama, philosophy, literature, logic, etc.)
- Area D: 10-11 semester hours in science, math, and technology (one 8 hour laboatory course sequence in chemistry, biology, or physics, as well as an additional course in science, math, or technology.)
- Area E: 12 semester hours in social science (eg. US History, US Government, economics, sociology, psychology, etc.)
- Area F: Courses Appropriate to the major (8 hours of Anatomy I and II with lab, 4 hours of microbiology with lab, 3 hours of statistics, 3 hours of human growth and development).
Students transferring to GHSU/MCG from another school in the University System or Georgia who completed area A-E will be considered to have satisfied the requirement at GHSU/MCG.
Tuition and Fees at Georgia Health Sciences University / Medical College of Georgia
As of 2010-2011, the tuition rate per semester fori n-state is $3,535 while those out-of-state pay $12,640. There are numerous fees such as health insurance ($600-$900 per term) and mandatory campus fees.
Unfortunately, there is no other information available with regards to admissions. In particular, it is unknown how much healthcare experience and the SAT/ACT scores count with regards to nursing school admissions. There has been anecdotal stories where a TA in an anatomy class ended up on the waitlist while the student in the class was accepted. Very little is known about how the department chooses students beyond the minimum requirements.
The only thing that is known is that high grades are needed due to the mean 3,50 GPA in recent nursing classes.