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Nursing (RN) Degree


Nursing’s foundation consists of compassionate nursing care and exemplifies current standards of practice and current scientific /technological knowledge. Nursing involves holistic care that is concerned with improving the quality of life, psychosocial needs, promoting, maintaining, and restoring health or a peaceful dignified death. This is accomplished by collaborating with individuals, families, groups, communities and other healthcare team members. Nursing is a rational activity that encompasses the nursing process, problem solving, clinical decision-making, critical thinking, standards and ethics to find therapeutic, safe, accurate, interventions that support health promotion, restoration, maintenance and reduce healthcare risks and complications. These therapeutic nursing interventions are planned and informed actions that move individuals, families, groups and communities toward achievement of expected outcomes. The nurse manages care by using factors of caring, compassion, the nursing process, communication, ethical principles, scientific principles, standards of care, critical thinking, accountability, teaching and learning activities, and healthcare technology. Nursing manages healthcare resources efficiently and effectively through responsible management of nursing care and through collaboration with other health care team members.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a 71 semester hour program that offers a bridge option for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The curriculum is designed to prepare highly educated, technically competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are required to make a minimum grade of (C) in all courses each term for progression.

Program graduates who meet graduation requirements are eligible to apply to the Georgia Board of Nursing to write the national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses (RNs). The faculty believes Associate Degree Nursing Education prepares students for entry into professional nursing practice and the ability to provide care in a variety of settings. This education provides a foundation for continued learning in formal and informal settings.Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced nursing programs in neighboring university systems. The ADN curriculum has been accepted by both Columbus State University and Troy University RN - BSN Bridge Program for advanced degrees.

The program has Full Approval by the

Georgia Board of Nursing,

237 Coliseum Drive,

Macon, Georgia 31217-3858(912) 207-1640.

The program is accredited by

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850,

Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000.

Columbus Technical College is accredited by the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, 404-679-4501.

Program Contacts:

Allison Thorne

Program Administrative Assistant

School of Nursing

Phone Number: 706.225-0536

E-mail address:


Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is competitive and the number of students admitted is directly related to clinical space availability. After meeting the admission requirements, applicants are ranked ordered using a point system. Applicant’s points are derived from GPA, Compass scores, Pre-NLN test score and the interview.

Competitive admission criteria

Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office

1) Be at least 18 years old.

2) No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.

3) Must have minimum Reading (79) and Writing (62) COMPASS scores and these scores cannot be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete.

4) Accumulative GPA of 2.5 in designated competitive admission courses is required to compete for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program.

5) Overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 in designated general education courses is required to compete for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program.

6) Must be enrolled as a Columbus Technical College student.

7) Submit packet containing the following:

 Letter of Intent

 Personal Data Form.

 After completing the pre-NLN Exam, the minimum total overall score must be in the 75TH percentile (115) or above for the competitive admissions process.

8) Provide current physical exam (medical form)/immunization record and current CPR card after program acceptance.

9) Entrance into any healthcare program is contingent upon completion of a Background Check/Drug Screen from H.I.R.E. which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program.

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3100 by August 21, 2014 for Spring semester 2015 admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date.

Curriculum Outline

All general education courses must be successfully completed with a C or better.

( 71 Semester hours)

General Core Courses (28 semester hours)





First Semester Seminar


BIOL 2113*

Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 2113L*

Anatomy and Physiology Lab I


ENGL 1101*

Composition and Rhetoric I


BIOL 2114*

Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 2114L*

Anatomy and Physiology Lab II


MATH 1111*

College Algebra


PSYC 1101

Introductory Psychology


BIOL 2117*

Introductory Microbiology


BIOL 2117L*

Introductory Microbiology Lab


SPCH 1101

Public Speaking


HUMN 1101

Introduction to Humanities





(*The red asterisk denotes the courses that will be utilized for the accumulative competitive admission GPA of 2.5.)

(#denotes all courses must be completed prior to program admission)

Pre-requisite courses have changed Microbiology is required for admission instead of PSY

(45 Semester Hours)




RNSG 1110

Medical Surgical I : Foundations of Health Promotion, maintenance and Restoration across the lifespan


RNSG 1120

Psychiatric Nursing : Mental Health promotion, maintenance and restoration across the lifespan


RNSG 2100

Maternal Nursing Health promotion, maintenance and restoration


RNSG 2120

Medical Surgical II Health Promotion, maintenance and Restoration across the lifespan


RNSG 2130

Medical Surgical III : Complex care , health promotion, maintenance and restoration across the life span


RNSG 2140

Role Transition for Professional Nursing



Total Nursing Course Hours



Total Program Hours





New Co Requisites change for RNSG 1110-Co Req RNSG 1130, RNSG 1140, and PSY 1101

LPN to RN Mobility

The LPN to RN mobility student will have the option to validate the content and skills required in RNSG 1110 Medical Surgical I: Foundations of Health Promotion, maintenance and Restoration across the lifespan (class/clinical/lab) (12-8-4). If the student is able to achieve a 70% on the standardized HESI Fundamental exam and is able to validate the skills required in the course, the student will receive credit for RNSG 1110 Medical Surgical I: Foundations of Health Promotion, maintenance and Restoration across the lifespan (class/clinical/lab) (12-8-4). If unable to validate both content and skills, the mobility student will be required to enroll in the course.

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