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Students may declare the intent to pursue a nursing major at any time. However, application foradmission to the upper-division program is made during the sophomore year. Nursing studies begin at the junior level with the exception of Nutrition (NURS 3305) which may be completed prior to admission to the nursing program. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • A completed Application for Admission to Nursing. An application form is available from the College Admissions office and in the office of the Department of Nursing.

  • Completion of a sufficient number of credits in Common Core and other required courses to permit an uninterrupted progression in the nursing major.

  • All applicants will be administered the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Skills (TEAS) as part of the screening process for admission. The TEAS is an exam of academic preparedness that covers Reading, Math, Science and English Language Usage.

  • A grade of C or higher is required in Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development and the English Composition courses. A student is allowed one attempt to repeat one of these courses. A subsequent failure in this course or any other of these prerequisite courses will render the student ineligible to enter the nursing program. A limit of five years applies to completion of Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology courses.

  • A cumulative overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required at the time of entry into the nursing program, including all courses completed or attempted at any institution.

  • An interview with a member of the nursing faculty will be required. Acceptance into the LaGrange College Nursing Program is based upon an Admission Score that ranks applicants based on GPA, TEAS Score, grades in science courses, English and psychological science with preference given to those who have been at LaGrange College since they were first year students.

  • An applicant who has completed any program of study leading to licensed employment in the health care area (such as registered or practical nursing, emergency medical technician) must present the license in person.

  • Unlicensed students enrolled in the nursing program may not be employed by any health care agency in the capacity of licensed nursing personnel. They shall not represent themselves in any practice setting as nursing students unless engaged in planned programmatic learning activities which are part of the nursing curriculum.

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The BSN Completion Option is open to Registered Nurses who have graduated from an Associate Degree or Diploma program in Nursing and who hold a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse. Current Georgia RN licensure is required prior to entering a clinical nursing course.

In addition to RN licensure, the general admission requirements above apply to RN applicants, with the following exceptions:

  • RN students who enter the nursing sequence on a full-time basis must have completed all Common Core requirements and all required non-nursing courses through the junior level.

  • No time limit applies to the completion of anatomy, physiology, or microbiology courses.

  • Thirty-six (36) previously earned Associate or Diploma nursing semester credits may be accepted toward the BSN degree, subject to the terms of the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Agreement (the complete Agreement is available in the office of the Department of Nursing). These 36 semester credit hours represent previously completed nursing courses in Adult Health, Child Health, Maternal Health, and Mental Health and are not intended to equal the actual number of previously earned nursing credits.

  • Twenty-five (25) additional nursing course credits must be earned at the upper division level (3000 and 4000 courses). Up to 9 of these credits may be earned through challenge examinations on a one-attempt basis. A minimum of one year of nursing practice experience is required for eligibility for challenge examinations.



  • An accepted student must possess a level of physical and emotional health sufficient to enable him/her to meet nursing program requirements and the standards of professional nursing practice.

  • Prior to beginning the first clinical nursing course, a medical examination is required which documents the student's level of health and immunization including current documentation of the Hepatitis B series and TB skin test.

  • Students are required to provide a current 11 panel urine drug screen and a criminal background check after acceptance. (Drug Screen Criteria to include: Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opiates, Oxycodone, Phencyclidine (PCP), Barbiturates, Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Propoxyphene, and Methaqualone)

  • Professional liability insurance (purchased on a group basis through the College) and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for healthcare professionals certification is required prior to beginning the first nursing course and must be continued throughout all clinical nursing courses.