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BSN Admissions

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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  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 legislative requirements.
  4. Satisfactory completion of an entrance exam.
  5. Satisfactory evidence of overall health status consistent with the performance standards for nursing.
  6. Eligible for clearance on criminal background check and drug screening.
  7. Applicants participating in Clayton State University’s Honors Program are given priority if they meet all program admission standards.
  8. Applicants who have attended another nursing program are required to disclose on their application and submit 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.

Application Process

  • Admission to Clayton State University.
  • Attend Clayton State University's mandatory orientation prior to completing program application.
  • Completion of the BSN program application form and submission of supporting documentation to the School of Nursing.
  • Completion of an entrance exam administered by the Clayton State University Testing Center at (678) 466-4495.
  • The nursing program application is available on the School of Nursing website twice a year. All application materials must be submitted prior to the deadline posted by the School of Nursing.
  • The School of Nursing sends written notification of all admission decisions. Students may not enroll in nursing coursework until formally admitted into the BSN program (acceptance agreement will designate first semester of enrollment).

Program Prerequisites

AREA F – Lower Division Program Requirements (18 hours)

F1 BIOL 2251-2251L Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 hours)
F2 BIOL 2252-2252L Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 hours)
F3 BIOL 2260-2260L Microbiology with Lab (4 hours)
F4 PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development (3 hours)
F5* Approved Lower Division Elective(s) (3+ hours)

* MATH 1401-Introductory Statistics required unless satisfied in area D2; CHEM 1151-1151L-Survey of Chemistry I with Lab required unless satisfied in area D1.

Transition Course (3 hours)


HLTH 3201 Pathophysiology (3 hours)

* HLTH3201 is not offered at many schools; transfer students should plan on completing at Clayton State during first semester of enrollment prior to nursing program admission. Note that BIOL 2251-2251L and CHEM 1151-1151L or CHEM 1211-1211L is prerequisite and must be satisfied with grades of C or better prior to enrollment; BIOL 2252-2252L is a pre- or co-requisite.

Legislative Requirements

Clayton State students will satisfy United States and Georgia constitution and history requirements through completion of appropriate coursework in core curriculum. Alternate coursework and/or testing may be appropriate for transfer students. Refer to the Catalog for details; general information available through the Testing Center.

Course Sequence (PDF)

Electives (PDF)