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FALL 2017 APPLICATION - DEADLINES EXTENDED

IMPORTANT DATES

MARCH 6, 2017 - Deadline to submit the application for the fall 2017 nursing program.
*Must be received electronically by the PACE Office by 5:00pm.

MARCH 6, 2017 - Deadline to complete the RN Admission Assessment (required for admission to the CSU School of Nursing)
https://testing.columbusstate.edu/admission_assessment_for_nursing.php 
*The CSU Testing Center will send your test scores to the PACE Office.
**RN Admissions Assessment must be taken at the CSU Testing Center OR coordinated through the CSU Testing Center (testing_center@columbusstate.edu). Scores reported from entities other than the CSU Testing Center will not be accepted as official.

March 31, 2017 - Deadline for Professional/Academic recommendations.
*Must be received electronically by the PACE Office by 5:00pm
**Additional instructions regarding the professional/academic recommendations are provided on the nursing program application.

June 1, 2017 - Applicants will be informed via Columbus State University email as to whether they have been:

  • Accepted to the Program
  • Conditionally Accepted to the program
  • Placed on the Wait List
  • Not accepted to the program.

To request an application:

Interested students are required to speak with an advisor to review the criteria of eligibility. Phone and in-office advising is available. Current students may schedule an appointment via EAB.

New and/or transfer students may contact PACE at 706.507.8560 or via email ( pace_office@columbusstate.edu) to request more information and/or to schedule an advising appointment.

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

February 24, 2017 - Individuals interested in applying to the fall 2017 program must submit an application to the university by this deadline.

March 31, 2017 - Those who apply to the university by Feb. 24, 2017, must be accepted to the university by this deadline to be eligible for the application process for the fall 2017 nursing program.

*Transfer students are required to speak with a PACE advisor to request an application. The deadline for ALL applications, to include transfer students, is March 6, 2017.

How are students selected for the program?

To be eligible for the program, students will need to:

Submit a complete application to include references by the deadline

  1. Have satisfactory progress in the required course progression (AREA A, AREA D sciences, and AREA F sciences)
  2. Have fewer than 9 elective (non-science) courses remaining in course progression
  3. Have a minimum program GPA of 2.75
  4. Pass the RN Admissions Assessment Exam

Students who complete all of the above required steps will be considered eligible for the program. Eligible students are evaluated and ranked based on:

  1. Complete application to include references
  2. Review of Nursing Disposition Policy to include review of University BART evaluation
  3. Program GPA/Average score of Evolve Reach A2 Assessment Test

What is the program GPA and how is it used during the selection process?

The program GPA is calculated using the pre-nursing course requirements. The course requirements include AREA A, B, C, D, E and F of the BSN degree. Please see the university catalog for more information.

To calculate your program GPA, please use the Program GPA Calculator provided by your academic advisor.

1.       I want to be in the nursing program.  How do I get started?

The first step is to be accepted to Columbus State University and have official sealed copies of all previous transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office.  When you are accepted to CSU, you will receive an acceptance letter instructing you to call the School of Nursing and make an advising appointment.  You may contact our main office at 706-507-8560 or via email at pace_office@columbusstate.edu.

2.       Do you offer phone advising appointments?

Yes, we have phone advising available. When you schedule your appointment in Advisortrac, please indicate that you are scheduling for “phone” advising.

At the time of your appointment, call into the main office at 706.507.8560, and you will be connected to your advisor. 

3.       How do I get an application for Columbus State University? 

Apply online to Columbus State University.  Here, you will also find information about housing, financial aid, admissions, student accounts, Veterans Affairs and many other topics.  If you do not find what you are looking, you may call the Admissions Office at 706-507-8800.

4.       Is there a separate application for the School of Nursing?  If so, when is the deadline?

Yes, there is a separate application for the nursing program. 

The application process begins in January each year for the upcoming fall nursing class.

Application deadlines are provided on the “How Do I Apply” website: http://nursing.columbusstate.edu/bsn/index.php

5.       How do I get an application to the School of Nursing?

All prospective students must meet with the nursing advisor to determine eligibility for the program.  Please schedule an appointment via Advisortrac. The deadline to request an application is provided on the “How to Apply” tab of this web page.

6.       Do you require references?

Yes.  You must furnish three professional and/or academic references for admission.  We prefer recent academic and/or employment references.  Recommendations submitted by “friends” or “family” will not be accepted.

7.       How often do you accept students into the School of Nursing?

We accept students once a year for the fall semester.

8.       How many students do you accept every year?

We currently accept 110 - 120 students each fall semester.

9.       What are the requirements for admission into the School of Nursing?

  • Been admitted to Columbus State University
  • Earned a minimal nursing GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (calculated by the School of Nursing advisors using only those courses required for a nursing degree)
  • Passed the Admission Assessment Exam (A2)
  • Earned a grade of “C” or higher in all required science classes and labs
  • Not failed more than one pre-requisite science course within 5 years of anticipated admission into upper level nursing courses
  • Completed all science classes within seven (7) years prior to anticipated date of admission to upper level nursing courses
  • Completed all courses required for progression into the junior level nursing courses – see an advisor for a complete list
  • Submitted a timely application form, including all references

10.   What if I took US/American History and American Government in a college outside of Georgia?

The US history and US Constitution legislative requirements will be satisfied, however, the Georgia history and Georgia Constitution legislative requirements will not be.  These can be satisfied by exam after enrollment at CSU. 

11.   How do you select the class each year?

CRITERIA OF ELIGIBILITY

Students are evaluated on the following criteria to determine eligibility and to be selected for the CSU nursing program.

Please meet with an advisor to review these criteria and formally request an application for each eligible year.

Criteria #1 – PROGRAM GPA

Require a 2.75 "program" GPA to request application (to be met by the end of the fall term before acceptance to program)

COMPETITIVE PROGRAM GPA: During the selection process, students are competitively ranked by their program GPA. This criteria is impacted by the competitiveness of the applicant pool, and meeting the recommended program GPA does not guarantee selection into the program.

  • Undergraduate students: The program GPA is comprised of 63 hours of "pre-nursing" courses.
    *Please see the University Catalog for a list of these pre-nursing courses or refer to your individual GPA worksheet.
  • Post-baccalaureate students: The program GPA is comprised of 26 hours of “pre-nursing” courses.
    *These hours include – CHEM 1151/1151L (Survey of Chemistry I), CHEM 1152/1152L (Survey of Chemistry II), BIOL 2221K (Human and Physiology I), BIOL 2222K (Human and Physiology II), BIOL 2225K (Microbiology), PSYC 1101 (Introduction to General Psychology) and STAT 1127 (Introductory Statistics). You may refer to your Individual GPA worksheet.

Criteria #2 – DEGREE PROGRESSION (to be completed by the summer term before acceptance to program)

  • Undergraduate Students:
    • AREA A courses, AREA D lab sciences, and AREA F sciences
    •       Have fewer than 9 remaining hours of CORE left to complete
    •       Meet the terms of the School of Nursing Science Policy
  • Post-baccalaureate students: AREA D lab sciences and AREA F sciences. Meet the terms of the School of Nursing Science Policy.

Criteria #3 – EVOLVE REACH A2 ASSESSMENT TEST

  • 3 Required sections - Math, Reading, Grammar
  • Minimum of 70% required on each of the 3 tests; minimum of 75% average of 3 tests required. Scoring 75% or better does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. The scores are considered along with the program GPA. Note: In line with CSU School of Nursing policy, grades are not rounded.

Criteria #4 – NURSING DISPOSITION EVALUATION

Working with the Dean of Students, we will review any issues of academic misconduct or criminal history self-reported by students or reported to the university.

12.   Do I have to complete all of my prerequisites before I can apply to the School of Nursing? 

No.  We will consider your application before you have completed all prerequisite courses if:

You will have completed all the science courses and Introductory Psychology with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the summer before you wish to enter the program,

You have completed both English courses and the math requirement in Area A and

You have no more than approximately 9 hours of other course work to complete (which you may take the summer between your junior and senior year.

Only grades posted or submitted by official transcript at the time of the selection process are considered.

13.   When will I know if I am accepted into the School of Nursing?

Letters of acceptance are provided the first business day of June via email to applicant’s CSU email addresses. A printed letter will be sent to the address provided on the application. 

14.   Can I attend the School of Nursing part-time?

No.   At this time we only have a full-time program for upper level nursing courses.

15.   Can I work full-time while attending your program?

We strongly advise students not to try and work full-time while in the program.  You should consider your studies in the nursing program to be a full-time commitment.  The program is very challenging and requires a significant amount of homework and study outside of class.  Most students find it extremely difficult to work more than 12 hours per week without jeopardizing their grades.

16.   What is the lowest GPA you accept?

Advisors provide applicants with information related to the competitive window recommended for the “program GPA” that is used in selecting the class. The GPA is subject to change on a yearly basis. Therefore, we recommend you work directly with an advisor when examining  your program GPA.

17.   What is the usual average GPA for acceptance into the Nursing Program?

We do not have a “usual” GPA.  Each year the lowest GPA is driven by the applicant pool.  we recommend you work directly with an advisor when examining  your program GPA.

18.   I had to retake some of my science courses because I failed the first time.  Will this hurt my chances of selection?

It could. Please review the School of Nursing “Science Policy:”

  • Students may only FAIL (D or F) or WITHDRAW FAILING (WF) from one Area D/F science course and be allowed to repeat it within five years of acceptance into the Nursing Program.  Failing two science courses (D, F, or WF) will make a student ineligible to apply for five years.
  • A science course that was taken more than seven years prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program MUST be repeated and ONLY the grade earned for the repeated course will be used in the nursing GPA.
  • Science courses: CHEM 1151/1151L (Survey of Chemistry I), CHEM 1152/1152L (Survey of Chemistry II), BIOL 2221K (Human and Physiology I), BIOL 2222K (Human and Physiology II), BIOL 2225K (Microbiology)

19.   How many students apply each year?

We generally have 200+ applicants each year.

20.   Do you have a waiting list?

Yes. We do generate a wait list of 5 – 10 students per application process.

21.   Can I find out where I am on the waiting list?  What are my chances of getting in the program?  How long is the list?

Notification will be provided via email by the first business day of June for individuals who are placed on the “wait list” for the current application process.

Several factors impact the wait list, and there are no standard factors that impact the “chances” of getting into the program.

Yes. We do generate a wait list of 5 – 10 students per application process.

22.   How can I improve my position on the waiting list?

Once applicant status has been set, no additional factors will impact their ranking/place on the wait list.

23.   Since there is such a nursing shortage, why do you only accept 110-120 students?

Nursing students must have both classroom and clinical instruction.  The number of students we can admit is limited by number of full-time and part-time nursing faculty, campus classroom/lab space, and availability of clinical sites for clinical experience.

24.   I have taken different courses than are listed in areas of the core.  Can any of these be substituted for the courses required at Columbus State?

Each course must be evaluated by the advisor, and substitutions often must be reviewed by the specific department chair over that area.  That department chair’s decision is final. 

25.   I have taken some nursing courses at another institution.  Will they transfer into your nursing program?

Clinical nursing courses do not transfer from one institution to another because every nursing program has a different curriculum design and course sequence. 

Selected non-clinical nursing courses (e.g., Nutrition, Pathophysiology) may be approved for transfer, but must be evaluated on an individual basis by the advisor and approved by the by the School of Nursing Director. 

26.   I took my science courses several years ago.  Will they be accepted by your program? 

All Area F science courses must be less than 7 years old at the time you begin nursing courses.  For example, if a student plans to enter nursing fall 2006 and took BIOL 2221 in fall 1997, the biology course will have to be repeated because the period between fall 2006 and fall 1997 is greater than 7 years.

27.   How will you reach me if I move or change my address, phone number or email address?

It is your responsibility to provide current contact information to the School of Nursing.  Any changes in contact information should be emailed to the administrative secretary ( pace_office@columbusstate.edu) as soon as possible.

28.   I am an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) applicant and need a letter of acceptance into the program before your selection deadline.  How can I comply?

We provide a packet of information to individuals applying to the AMEDD program. However, a letter of acceptance cannot be provided until the end of the application process.  Please schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss the content of the packet provided.

29.   Do you accept ROTC Scholarship students?  Do they have any preference in your program?

The CSU BSN program is a Partner in Education (PNE) with the Army ROTC.  This means there are two positions in each class reserved for qualified ROTC Scholarship students.  These scholarship students must meet all minimum requirements but do NOT compete with other students for a position in the class.  If there are more than two qualified applicants for the ROTC Scholarship positions, they then compete with each other for the two positions.  If there are less than two qualified ROTC applicants, the student is placed in the ROTC position and the rest of the spots are released for the other students competing for positions. 

Degree Info

Prepares a nurse generalist with a liberal arts background who focuses upon treating human responses to actual or potential health problems. Students interested in the 4-year BSN program are first classified as “pre-nursing.” Once the pre-nursing criteria have been met, a student may apply to the “Nursing” program.

Admission to the Nursing Program

Pre-Nursing Major

Upon entering CSU, students interested in the BSN program are classified as “pre-nursing” majors. We require that students complete around 63 hours of pre-nursing classes which include the university's CORE curriculum. You can review the course requirements here:

Nursing Major

Students can request an application for the Nursing program from the PACE office to apply to the Nursing program once they have met the following requirements:

  • Completed AREA A, AREA D required sciences (CHEM 1151/1151L and CHEM 1152/1152L), AREA F, and have fewer than 9 remaining hours of CORE left to complete.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75

It is also required that applicants for the Nursing program pass the "A2 Assessment" test with 70% or greater on the three sections (math, grammar and reading) with 75% average or better.

During the application process, students will also be asked to provide 3 professional recommendations.

Applications are available for students who have met the pre-nursing criteria on January 7, 2012, for the fall 2013 class selection process. The School of Nursing accepts an average of 100 students to participate in a 2-year sequence of nursing classes each fall term.

Additional Information

SmarterMeasure Survey

This survey is required before you can register for any online classes. You can complete this survey by visiting the CSU Online site (linked below):

Science Policy

  • Students may only FAIL (D or F) or WITHDRAW FAILING (WF) from one Area D/F science course and be allowed to repeat it within five years of acceptance into the Nursing Program. Failing two science courses (D, F, or WF) will make a student ineligible to apply for five years.
  • A science course that was taken more than seven years prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program MUST be repeated and ONLY the grade earned for the repeated course will be used in the nursing GPA.
  • Science courses: CHEM 1151/1151L, CHEM 1152/1152L, BIOL 2221K, BIOL 2222K and BIOL 2225K.

For additional advising, you can make an appointment via Advisortrac in your CougarNet portal. Click on the “Enrollment Services” tab and locate “Advisortrac.” Follow the instructions and/or tutorial provided.

How to Apply

How do I Apply to the Nursing Program?

The School of Nursing accepts one class of nursing students to its program to start each fall term. Admittance to the upper level clinical course sequence each fall is competitive.

Students can request an application for the Nursing program from the PACE Office to apply to the nursing program once they have met the following requirements:

  • Completed AREA A, AREA D required sciences (CHEM 1151/1151L and CHEM 1152/1152L), AREA F, and have fewer than nine (9) remaining hours of CORE left to complete. Students must meet the terms of the School of Nursing Science Policy.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • It is also required that applicants for the Nursing program pass the "A2 Assessment" test with 75% or greater on the three (3) sections (math, grammar and reading) with 75% average or better.
  • During the application process, students will also be asked to provide three (3) professional recommendations.

Application Dates

January 11, 2016 - Applications sent to eligible applicants via Columbus State University email.
*Those interested in applying for the fall 2016 nursing program are required to meet with an advisor to request an application.  Interested students may begin requesting applications for the fall 2016 selection process in a scheduled advising appointment on September 1, 2015.  To schedule an appointment, please see instructions for AdvisorTrac. 

February 10, 2016 - Individuals interested in applying for the fall 2015 program must submit an application to the university by this deadline. Please see the university's Admissions page for more information.
*Those who apply to the university by February 9, 2015, must be accepted to the university by March 9, 2015, to be eligible for the application process.

February 26, 2016 - Deadline for applications for the fall 2016 Nursing Program.
*Must be received electronically by the PACE Office by 5:00pm.

February 26, 2016 - Last day to take the Evolve Reach A2 Assessment Test
*The CSU Testing Center will send your test scores to the PACE Office.

March 11, 2016 - Deadline for Professional/Academic recommendations.
*Must be received electronically by the PACE Office by 5:00pm

June 1, 2016 - Applicants will be informed via Columbus State University email as to whether they have been:

  1. Accepted to the Program
  2. Conditionally Accepted to the program
  3. Placed on the Wait List
  4. Not accepted to the program.

*Formal letters will follow.

What is the program GPA and how is it used during the selection process?

The program GPA is calculated using the pre-nursing course requirements. The course requirements include AREA A, B, C, D, E and F of the BSN degree. Please see the university catalog for more information.

To calculate your program GPA, please use the Program GPA Calculator

How are students selected for the program?

To be eligible for the program, students will need to:

  1. Submit a complete application to include references by the deadline
  2. Have satisfactory progress in the required course progression (AREA A, AREA D sciences, and AREA F sciences)
  3. Have fewer than 9 elective (non-science) courses remaining in course progression
  4. Have a minimum program GPA of 2.75
  5. Pass the A2 Assessment Test

Students who complete all of the above required steps will be considered eligible for the program. Eligible students are evaluated and ranked based on:

  1. Complete application to include references
  2. Review of Nursing Disposition Policy to include review of University BART evaluation
  3. Program GPA/Average score of Evolve Reach A2 Assessment Test

Advising Center

PACE” stands for Preceptorship, Advising, and Clinical Experience. The PACE Office is the advising center for pre-nursing and nursing students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and RN-BSN (online) programs at CSU.

The PACE office employs professional advisors with years of advising experience. We will partner with you as you complete your pre-nursing requirements, and we will assist you with applying to the Nursing program.

The PACE staff are dedicated to your success. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you as you pursue a degree at Columbus State University.

Who is my Pre-Nursing Advisor?

FRESHMAN – Kelly Koch in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is the freshman, pre-nursing advisor. Her office is located in the Schuster Student Success Center, room 207.

SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR AND SENIOR – The PACE Office will assign an advisor to students falling into these classifications. Please look at your Academic Advising Record to confirm your PACE advisor.

*Upon entering the nursing program, you will continue to be advised for registration purposes through the PACE office.

How do I schedule an Advising Appointment?

All advisors use the online scheduling program Advisortrac. Please see the Instructions for Advisortrac for more information. Advising is conducted by “appointment only” or “walk-in.” Please note that all advising centers have designated times of the year for appointments and walk-in.

Pre-Nursing (BSN) Advising Dates for Spring 2015

  • August 18 - October 31: by appointment only (Spring 2015 advising)
  • November 3 - November 7 (Early Registration begins): walk-in appointments only during designated times
  • November 10 - December 12 Early Registration (continued): by appointment only

*Please note that this information may be subject to change.

How do I Apply to the Nursing Program?

Application Instructions >>

How do I Calculate my Program GPA?

Please see the GPA Worksheet to calculate your program GPA. The program GPA will be used during the selection process. See our How to Apply page for more information.

Contact Us

BSN Contact Information

PACE Advising Center: 706.507.8560

PACE Office / School of Nursing
Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue / Frank Brown Hall Room 2026
Columbus, GA 31907

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