Course Catalog

Nursing - ND73 Degree

Program Description: The two-year associate level nursing program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for positions in the nursing profession. The curriculum is designed to produce highly trained, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as a beginning nurse generalist, in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. The nurse is viewed as a caring holistic person who possesses critical thinking/problem solving skills, integrity, accountability, a theoretical knowledge base, refined psychomotor skills, and a commitment to life-long learning. Program graduates receive an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates are then eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates are employed as registered nurses in a variety of settings.

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Registered Nursing program.
  • Enrollment in the ASN Program is limited and competitive, and meeting all admissions requirements does not guarantee admissions into a competitive program. Applicants must also be accepted to Wiregrass and graduate from the Nursing Technician Technical Certificate to be accepted into a competitive program.
  • The online competitive admissions application, official transcripts, HESI A2 scores, and any other required information must be on file with the College by the deadline listed on the program application.
  • The grades students want to use for competitive admissions must show in the students’ Degree Audit.
  • Students must meet with an ARC advisor prior to submitting the competitive application.
  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Registered Nursing program.
  • Applicants must be in "good academic standing" with Wiregrass. Applicants on academic warning, probation or suspension cannot be accepted into the program.
  • Applications can be submitted prior to completion of the Nursing Technician TCC; however priority selection will be given to applicants who are Nursing Technician TCC graduates by the application deadline.
  • The Nursing Technician TCC must be successfully completed prior to program entry.
  • The HESI A2 exam must be taken at Wiregrass. Scores from other institutions will not be accepted. Both the cumulative and critical thinking portion of the exam must be completed. HESI scores are valid for 2 years and must be valid at the application deadline date. Applicants have 3 attempts per 2 years to complete the HESI A2 exam.
  • All applicants should review the Allied Health Policy Packet.
  • A criminal background check and drug screen will be required if accepted into this competitive admissions program and prior to the clinical experience. Previous arrests and convictions, as well as a positive drug screen, may prohibit a student from completing the clinical portion of the program. An immunization record will also be required to be submitted. Certain vaccinations and immunizations may be required. It is encouraged to begin all vaccines prior to entering the program. These requirements are also required for completion of certain classes within the Nursing Technician, TCC: NAST 1100.
  • Students accepted into this program must provide proof of American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers.

Competitive Admission Rank Order:

  • Applicants will be ranked based on the following formula: Nursing Technician TCC GPA (40%) + HESI Critical Thinking Conversion Score (20%) + HESI Cumulative Score (40%)
    • Applicants must have a 2.75 or better GPA in the Nursing Technician Technical Certificate classes.
    • Applicants must have a 75.0 or better on the cumulative HESI A2 Exam.
    • Beginning with Spring 2021 Entry - Bonus Points: Students who have been licensed as a Practical Nurse or Certified Nurse Aid may be eligible for five (5) bonus points. The student must upload a copy of the license into the competitive program application to be considered for the five (5) bonus points.
  • The Spring 2021 application is open. The application deadline for Spring 2021 entry is August 1, 2020. The program accepts up to 40 students each spring.
    • Applicants who meet the criteria to receive bonus points must be prepared to upload a copy of the CNA license into the application portal.
    • If class capacity remains unfilled for a program, the deadlines and/or other requirements for that program can be extended/modified with the Dean of Allied Health’s approval.
    • All of the competitive admissions criteria are current as we know them. They may be modified with curriculum revisions. Please see the Advisement and Retention Center for the most current criteria.

Trend Data:

  • Valdosta Campus – Spring 2019 Entry
    • GPA: 3.80 average (low – 3.31)
    • HESI Cumulative: 87.94 average (low – 78)
    • HESI Critical Thinking: 87.04 average (low – 80)
    • Points: 90.61 average (low – 87.42)
    • A total of 40 students were selected, with an additional 11 on the waitlist. There were 100 students TCC complete by the application deadline who were ranked for priority acceptance. There was a grand total of 128 applicants.
  • Valdosta Campus - Spring 2020 Entry
    • GPA: 3.80 average (low – 3.38)
    • HESI Cumulative: 85.2 average (low – 76.4)
    • HESI Critical Thinking: 89.3 average (low – 79.0)
    • Points: 89.98 average (low – 86.74)
    • A total of 40 students were selected, with an additional 10 on the waitlist. There were 81 students TCC complete by the application deadline who were ranked for priority acceptance. There was a grand total of 117 applicants.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Spring semester on the Valdosta campus.

This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing - ACEN

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@nursing.org
Web: acenursing.org

Program Effectiveness Data for Nursing

Curriculum
General Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Area II - Social/Behavior Science - (3 Hours) 3
PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours 3
General Education Core Elective - Complete 3 Hours 3
Occupational Courses 51
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
RNSG 1350 Fundamentals of Nursing Care 6
RNSG 1355 Nursing Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations 3
RNSG 1360 Physical Examination and Health Assessment 2
RNSG 1365 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6
RNSG 2015 Obstetrics, Childbearing, and Peds Nursing 6
RNSG 2350 Mental Health Promotion and Restoration 4
RNSG 2355 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5
RNSG 2360 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 6
RNSG 2365 Essentials of Nursing Management and Leadership 1
Faculty & Staff
Advisor

Associate of Science Nursing Instructor

Advisor

Associate of Science Nursing Instructor

Advisor

Associate of Science Nursing Instructor, Valdosta Campus


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