- The RN to BSN Completion Program at Darton State College is endorsed by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The RN to BSN program has been permitted for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
- The RN to BSN Completion program is a three semester (full-time) or five semesters (part-time) online program for licensed RN’s who live in Georgia. This program develops on the Associate degree curriculum, preparing the BSN graduate for roles across the life continuum to include health promotion, leadership, community health, disease prevention and research.
- The RN to BSN Completion program has limited enrollment and students are carefully chosen on the following basis:
- A GPA of 2.8 or higher,
- The Completion of required nursing related coursework (with priority given to those with completed core classes),
- The Completion of Area D Science requirements and completion of requirements for Georgia articulation plan for associate or diploma level nursing course work,
- Proof of state licensure before beginning the second semester of RN to BSN course work, and possible interview.
About the school
- Albany State University West campus (formerly Darton State College) 2400 Gillionville Rd. Albany, Georgia 31707 is situated on 186 acres in West Albany, GA.
- It has 16 buildings and five sports
- Albany State University is a four-year, state-supported, historically black university (HBCU) and one of three HBCUs in the University System of Georgia.
- Joseph Winthrop Holley, born in 1874 established the institution in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute.
Total estimated cost of attendance is approximate $23,520
Following are the minimum requirements for BSN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
The admission to the RN-BSN is a competitive admission. Students will be granted admission according to their qualifications and completeness of their application packet.
- Be a graduate of an ACEN-accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing.
- Have a current Georgia RN license and be a legal resident of the State of Georgia (unless new graduate), in the case of which proof is required prior to second semester of RN to BSN course work). Please attach copy of professional license WITH admission application.
- Obtain a Georgia Board of Nursing registered nurse license prior to enrollment into any clinical nursing courses (offered the 2nd semester).
- Meet all admission criteria for Darton College and be admitted in “good” standing with the College prior to applying to the RN to BSN Completion program.
- Have a minimum transfer core GPA of 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for admission. (Note: Grades in Nursing and Science courses will be examined as part of the competitive application process) Lower division nursing course work may be utilized to configure GPA.
- Earn a grade of C or better in all nursing core courses
- Complete and sign the “Application for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program”. (Note: Applications will not be considered complete unless all materials are received by the deadline printed on the application form. These materials are described on the application and include: letters of reference, essay, and your signature). Upon acceptance into the RN to BSN Completion program, a criminal background check will be required by the School of Nursing prior to any clinical courses. The student will be responsible for the expense of the background check.
- Print and use the recommendation form supplied by Darton State College (found on the Darton State College nursing website). Ask the person writing the recommendation to place the completed form in an envelope with his/her signature on the back seal. Please return the envelopes with your application packet.
- Not have been excluded/dismissed from any other nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic misconduct, disruptive/unprofessional behavior, or program failure. A nursing course failure in another institution counts as a failure in this institution.
- Be available for a potential interview after all application materials have been received. The interview may be used in the selection process of RN to BSN applicants. This interview is not a guarantee of admission into the RN to BSN Completion program.
- Meet health requirements: After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to starting any clinical courses in the nursing program the following are required:
- health history and physical examination;
- immunization requirements including measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B;
- tuberculosis screening;
- current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers’ certification;
- health professions student liability insurance;
- personal health insurance (proof required upon admission to RN to BSN Completion program). All students in the Darton State College nursing program must have health insurance. Students who do not have health insurance must purchase a USG student health insurance policy (SHIP). Fees for the USG SHIP will be added to student tuition each semester. Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e., through parent plans, family plans, or employer-sponsored plans) can easily opt out of the plan by applying for a waiver though a secure online process. Once the information has been verified and approved, a waiver will be processed and posted to the student’s Darton State College student account. The waiver is only available for a specific time frame; therefore, students must apply in a timely fashion or they will be billed for the USG SHIP. Students who fail to submit credible health insurance and opt out online will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the system-wide student health insurance plan. This charge will post to the Darton State College student account. Professional liability insurance is also required and is included in student fees. For more information regarding the student health insurance plan or to submit a waiver, see: Insurance Waivers (opens new window) new window
- Successfully complete 61 semester hours of core curriculum prior to acceptance into the program. After successful completion of seven semester hours of the RN to BSN Completion program, 30 semester hours of equivalent credit for previous nursing courses will be awarded.
- Submit scores, not more than two years old, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant’s native language is not English. NOTE: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
Address: 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707
Phone: (229) 317-6000
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