Nursing RN to BSN Completion Program
RN to BSN Admission for Spring 2015
Applications being accepted July 15th – October 15th
Full-time & Part-time options now available
The RN to BSN Completion Program at Darton State College is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The RN to BSN program has been approved for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Information regarding nursing programs may be obtained by contacting the ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000 FAX (404) 975-5020.
The RN to BSN Completion program is a three semester online/hybrid program planned to expand on the Associate degree curriculum preparing the BSN graduate for roles across the life continuum to include leadership, health promotion, disease prevention, community health, and research. Student attendance will be required for testing, clinical requirements, and for a mandatory orientation session the first semester of the program. Graduates of the RN to BSN Completion program will have already successfully completed the NCLEX and obtained state licensure within the first semester of BSN coursework.
In addition to the application forms submitted for admission to the College in general, students applying for the first time and those returning to nursing courses after a break in nursing enrollment are required to submit a separate application for admission to the RN to BSN Completion program. Application forms should be completed and returned to the Nursing Office. To comply with the requirements of cooperating clinical facilities, the Nursing Division requires students to submit a completed health form, to complete a criminal background check, and a drug screen. These requirements and forms will be completed and submitted prior to enrollment in first semester.
The RN to BSN Completion program has limited enrollment and students are selected on the basis of the following: GPA of 2.7 or higher, completion of required nursing related coursework (with priority given to those with completed core classes), completion of Area D Science requirements, completion of requirements for Georgia articulation plan for associate or diploma level nursing course work, proof of state licensure prior to beginning second semester of RN to BSN course work, and possible interview.
Students who wish to be considered for admission to the RN to BSN Completion program must submit an application to the Nursing Office prior to the desired date of admission and date of deadline. Consideration for initial admission or re-admission to the program will be given after it has been determined that all admission requirements have been fulfilled. Readmissions are based on available space.
Additional Admission Requirements
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, unrestricted U.S. Registered Nurse license (unless new graduate in which proof is required prior to second semester of RN to BSN course work).
- 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 2.7 (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). 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. Waivers are valid for 12 months; students must reapply each year to avoid being charged 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. For more information regarding the student health insurance plan or to submit a waiver, see: https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/darton
- 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.
Advanced placement for the RN to BSN Completion program follows the articulation plan as described above. Credit will not be given for BSN level nursing coursework from other institutions.
The RN to BSN Completion program is not an accelerated program.
Students may elect to enroll in the RN to BSN Completion program in a full-time or part-time plan of study. The full-time plan of study will take three semesters to complete; the part-time plan of study will take five semesters. Part-time students are required to follow the sequencing of courses and meet all pre- and co-requisites for each course.
The RN to BSN Completion program models the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation plan for entry and progression through the program. The registered nurse articulating to the baccalaureate level will be awarded 30 semester hours accrued from their previous associate or diploma degree. These credits will be held in escrow until the baccalaureate candidate successfully completes seven semester hours of nursing credit. Credits held in escrow will then be added to the student’s transcript.
Admission into the RN to BSN Completion program will follow the RN-BSN Articulation Program prescribed by the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Plan (Effective December, 2003) as summarized below:
- Meet the program's admission requirements;
- Meet the program's general education entry requirements;
- Hold a current and valid license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the United States and be eligible for Georgia Licensure Professional Nurse license before beginning clinical classes;
- Meet testing requirements if applicable;
- For Associate Degree or Diploma Degree Graduates of ACEN-accredited nursing programs:
- 0-4 years after graduation requires no testing/no clinical practice.
- >4 years after graduation with 1000 hours of clinical practice in the prior 3 years requires no testing.
- >4 years after graduation with <1000 hours of clinical practice in the prior 3 years requires testing.
For associate degree and diploma degree nurses from Non-ACEN accredited programs, testing may be required. Contact the Darton State College Division of Nursing for more information at (229-317-6504).
Additional Costs and Fees
- All applicants must pay the application fee for the RN to BSN Completion program.
- Students not meeting the articulation plan requirements must pay challenge testing fees.
- Professional liability insurance is required prior to clinical rotations.
- The students must assume responsibility for his/her own health in the event of illness, accident, or exposure to communicable disease. Evidence of health insurance is required upon admission to the RN to BSN Completion program.
- All nursing students are required to meet the requirements of the facilities utilized for clinical experience which may include laboratory screenings and immunizations. All students are required to have a current tuberculin skin test and repeat the tuberculin skin test annually. Students with expired PPD will not be allowed into the clinical setting.
- All nursing students are required to have uniforms as required by the clinical agency, a Darton State College name tag, and a Darton State College lab jacket with Darton logo.
- All nursing students will be required to pay for a one-time criminal background check, which includes drug screening, on admission to the program. This information will be available to all clinical facilities. *If the student has a conviction in the criminal background check, the student may not be allowed in a particular practice setting. Reasonable accommodations will be made if possible.
- If drug abuse is suspected, the student will be dismissed from clinical and be required to be tested at the student’s expense. Students must obtain drug screening immediately after the request. Failure to complete testing immediately may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program. Darton State College reserves the right to request drug testing of any nursing student at any time during the program. A mandatory drug screen is required (at the expense of the student) after acceptance to the program and will also be required randomly throughout the course of the program.
To progress through the RN to BSN Completion program each student must attain a “C” (75%) or better to pass any nursing course and have a satisfactory clinical performance. A student not obtaining a passing grade of a “C” (75%) in a course, or receiving an unsatisfactory grade in clinical performance, may repeat that course at the next available offering. Students may repeat one failed nursing course (“C” = less than 75%), but may repeat it only once and will be dismissed from the program if there is a second failure.