Nursing, BSN

Basic Licensure Track

Students with an interest in nursing are admitted to Clayton State University as a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences major with a concentration of pre-nursing. Refer to the Bachelor of Health Sciences section of this Catalog for details. Separate application to this competitive admission program is required upon completion of 60 hours of lower division requirements and transition course HLTH 3200 Pathophysiology for RNs. Students not admitted to this competitive admission program may continue with the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in consultation with academic advisor to determine appropriate concentration and career path.


The basic licensure BSN track is available to recent high school graduates, non-traditional students, current Clayton State students, and transfer students who meet University admission requirements. Graduates are prepared for initial licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Nursing application is separate from University application and admission. Admission is competitive and space is limited. Students are admitted each fall and spring semester into a full-time four semester program (excluding intervening summers).

Minimum admission requirements include (details on the School of Nursing website):

  1. College grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 on 4.00 scale.
  2. Completion of 45 semester hours of BSN core curriculum with grades of C (or K or S) or better in all natural and behavioral science, math and Area F courses at the time of application and 60 semesters hours at the time of enrollment in nursing program.
  3. Successful completion of the USG system legislative requirements.
  4. Satisfactory completion of designated nursing program entrance exam.
  5. Satisfactory evidence of overall health status consistent with the performance standards for nursing and verified by a licensed health care professional.
  6. Eligible for clearance on criminal background check and drug screening.
  7. Applicants participating in Clayton State University’s Honors Program are guaranteed admission if they meet all program admission standards.
  8. Applicants who have attended another nursing program are required to disclose on their application and submit a letter of good standing from the program administrator. Applicants who have been dismissed from another nursing program are ineligible for admission to the Clayton State program. Applicants who have been suspended from another program due to academic or clinical performance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
Additional Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Area D1 Recommended Courses
Select one of the following groups:
Group 1:
Survey of Chemistry I 1
Survey of Chemistry Lab I
Group 2:
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry Lab I
Area D2 Recommended Courses
Elementary Statistics
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
BIOL 1151Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 1151LHuman Anatomy & Phys. Lab I1
BIOL 1152Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL 1152LHuman Anatomy & Phys Lab II1
BIOL 2250Microbiology for Health Sci.3
BIOL 2250LMicrobiology for Hlth. Sci.Lab1
PSYC 2103Intro to Human Development3
Lower division elective 13
Transition Course3
HLTH 3201Pathophysiology3
Major Requirements54
NURS 3110Interactive Communication3
NURS 3200Health Assessment3
NURS 3301Health Promotions3
NURS 3301LHealth Promotions Practicum1
NURS 3383Clinical Nursing Pharmacology3
NURS 3401Health Illness Transitions I3
NURS 3401LHealth Illness Trans I Pract.2
NURS 3501Psychosocial Transitions3
NURS 3501LPsychosocial Transitions Prac.2
NURS 3701Health Illness Transitions II3
NURS 3701LHealth Illness Trans. II Prac.2
NURS 4000Developmental Transitions I3
NURS 4000LDevelopmental Transitions I Pr2
NURS 4100Nursing Research3
NURS 4201Developmental Transitions II3
NURS 4201LDev. Transitions II Practicum2
NURS 4401Health Illness Transitions III3
NURS 4401LHlth Illness Transitions IIIP3
NURS 4500Role Transitions2
NURS 4601Organizational Transitions4
NURS 4601LOrganizational Transitions P1
Major Specific Elective3
Choose any NURS, HLTH, HCMG, HFMG, or HSCI 3000/4000 level course (or appropriate upper division statistics course).
Total Credit Hours120

Academic Standards

Nursing students must maintain a semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C”) to progress in the program. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all upper division and major courses. Students who receive a "D", "F", "WF", or "U" in any nursing course may repeat that course one time only on a space available basis. Students who receive any two of the following: "D", "F", "WF", or "U" in any two nursing courses may not continue in the program. Reference BSN Student Handbook for details.