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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the nursing requirements?
When is the deadline to apply for admission into the nursing program?
What do I have to submit with my application?
Iíve only attended Georgia Highlands College. Do I have to submit an official transcript from Georgia Highlands College?
Do I need to have a physical before I apply to the nursing program?
I have not taken an SAT or my SAT is below 830. Is there any way I can still get into the program?
I have some general education classes to complete, am I still eligible for admission into the nursing program?
Are there certain courses that are best to take before I apply to the nursing program?
What if I have an SAT of 830 and a GPA of 2.5, am I assured of getting into the nursing program?
Do I have to have an SAT?
If I took the ACT, can my score be converted to the SAT?
My friend has a bachelorís degree and said that she does not have to take the SAT to apply. Is this true?
Is Fall the only time you can enter the nursing program?
I am hoping to get my BSN in the future. Does this make a difference as to which classes I should take?

If you have additional questions regarding the nursing program that are not addressed here, please contact the nursing department or you can email the Director of the Nursing Program at rmaddox@highlands.edu. †

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What are the nursing requirements?

Please refer to the Admissions link on the left side of this page. Nursing brochures with all requirements listed can be found through this link.†

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When is the deadline to apply for admission into the nursing program?

The deadline for applying depends on your program of study. The deadline for the RN program is April 1st each year. The deadline for the Career Mobility Programs (LPN-RN bridge and Paramedic-RN bridge) is September 1st each year.†††

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What do I have to submit with my application?

There is a $20 application fee that must be submitted with your application. There is a checklist of items on the nursing application itself. The items include submitting proof of all SAT or ACT scores and all attempts of the TEAS V test within one year of the application deadline, if not already submitted to the college. Students applying for the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN bridge programs must also inlcude a copy of their Georgia LPN license or paramedic certification. If it has been more than two years since LPNs and paramedics have completed their training, they must submit a letter documenting that they have worked at least 1000 hours as an LPN or paramedic in the two years prior to the

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I've only attended Georgia Highlands College. Do I have to submit an official transcript from Georgia Highlands College?

No, the Nursing Department has access to information on your studies at Georgia Highlands College.

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I submitted my transcripts to admissions when I applied to the college. Do I still need to send official copies of the transcripts to the nursing department?

No, the Nursing Department has access to transcripts submitted to the college. However, if you have completed additional courses at other institutions since you applied to GHC, you must submit updated official transcripts to the college.

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Do I need to have a physical before I apply to the nursing program?

No, not at the point of application. However, it is important that you review the Nursing Program ADA Essential Functions as stated in the Georgia Highlands College Catalog and indicate on the application whether or not you consider yourself in satisfactory health to perform the classroom/clinical duties outlined. Once you are accepted into the nursing program you will need to get a physical before you enter the program and register for the first nursing course.

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I have not taken an SAT or my SAT is below 830. Is there any way I can still get into the program.

Applicants must have SAT combined, re-centered scores of 830 if taken before March 2005 OR a total of 830 on the Critical Reading and Math sections taken after March 2005 in order to be considered for admission. The only exception is that if an applicant has a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the US, an SAT is not required.

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I have some general education classes to complete, am I still eligible for admission into the nursing program?

Yes. Students can complete their general education courses while in the program. The nursing program is a time consuming, challenging program with both theory and clinical components. Students can find it challenging to schedule classes unless they are at night or online. For that reason, many students wish to complete all general education courses prior to starting the nursing program. If students have† courses left, they often find the best time to take these are during the summer between the first and second year of the nursing program. At the present time, students must complete all general academic courses prior to entering NURS 2204.


For students not completing their general education courses prior to starting the nursing program, attention should be paid to which courses and how many courses remain. The English, Math, Biology and PSYC 2103 courses should be completed prior to starting the nursing courses.† Related to the rigor of the program, it is recommended that students take no more than 12 hours a semester.

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Are there certain courses that are best to take before I apply to the nursing program?

It is best to have the English, Math, Biologies and PSYC 2103 completed, since these courses lay a necessary foundation for the material covered in the nursing classes. Remember, the more courses you have completed, the better prepared you are for the nursing program and the more competitive you are for admission into the program. Please refer to "I have some general education classes to complete, am I still eligible for admission into the nursing program?" for additional information.

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What if I have an SAT of 830 and a GPA of 2.5, am I assured of getting into the nursing program?

No. These are the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants are accepted depending on the available number of spaces in the program. Application to the Nursing Program is highly competitive. Students with the higher GPAs and SATs stand a better chance of getting in than students with lower ones.

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Do I have to have an SAT?

Yes. The only exception is if the student currently has a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the US.

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If I took the ACT, can my score be converted to the SAT?

Yes. The ACT Math and English scores can be converted to SAT Math and Critical Reading scores. The two scores must still add up to at least 830 in order to be considered for admission.

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My friend has a bachelorís degree and said that she does not have to take the SAT to apply. Is this true?

It is true. If you have a bachelorís degree from an accredited college in the US, you are not required to have an SAT.

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Is Fall the only time you can enter the nursing program?

Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, there will only be a fall admission for the RN program. Other program admissions are changing as well. Admission to the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN Bridge programs will be in the spring semester each year.

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I am hoping to get my BSN in the future. Does this make a difference as to which classes I should take?

Yes it does. You should take classes that will also apply toward a BSN program. It would be better for you to take HIST 2111 or 2112 and POLS 1100 instead of HIST 1000. It would also be better to take BIOL 2190 instead of PHED 2202. You can also consider taking CHEM 1151K or CHEM 1211K instead of FCCS 1100 and Nutrition. BIOL 2190 and CHEM 1151K or CHEM 1211K will give you one course in a required science sequence for a BSN.

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I heard there is a hybrid option for the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN Bridge Programs in addition to the on-campus bridge courses.

There have been two options for the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN bridge programs, but that is changing with the 2014-2015 academic year. The program remains a three semester program. The LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN bridge programs will start in the spring semester with an 85% online transition course. Other than skills check-offs and clinical, content and testing will be done online. Then the LPN-RN and Paramedic-RN students will join the other RN students for the following fall and spring semesters.

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Do you still have a nursing program in Marietta?

The RN program is offered on the Rome/Heritage Hall campus. That may change in the future, but slots in Marietta would be very limited. The courses being offered in Marietta are in conjuntion with the WellStar Health System and are held at the WellStar Development Center. Vacant slots can be filled with Rome students. Students are given an opportunity to indicate whether they are interested in the Marietta teaching site, but should plan on attending in Rome at Heritage Hall. The limited number of slots are usually offered first to interested students who live the furthest from the Heritage Hall campus.

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If I have taken core curriculum courses at another institution, when do I need to apply to Georgia Highlands College?

If you are not already attending Georgia Highlands College, you need to apply for the semester that the nursing program will start, should you be accepted. Students applying for the RN program would apply for the fall semester. Students applying for the LPN-RN or Paramedic-RN programs would apply for the spring semester.

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What if I applied to the college for the wrong semester?

If you applied to GHC for a semester other than the semester the program will start and did not take any courses that semester, you must complete the GHC application for Admission Update form in order to move your application to a future term.

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What if I have taken courses at GHC in the past? Do I need to reapply to the college?

If you have not taken courses for over a calendar year from the semester the program will start, you will need to complete a Readmission form.

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Page last updated: June 30, 2014