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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN-BS Bridge Program

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RN-BS Bridge Program

The RN to BS Bridge program is designated for licensed Registered Nurses with an associate degree or nursing diploma to earn a Bachelorof Science with a major in nursing. The program is three semesters, 30 credit hours, online program. For the RN-BSN Bridge Program only, the 39 hour Residency Requirement, which is a requirement of all Bachelor degree programs at Georgia State University  is waived. Admission to this program is only once per year in the summer.


Admission requirements


Acceptance to Georgia State University with nursing as the designated major.

Graduation from an accredited associate degree or diploma program.

Current registration to practice as a registered professional nurse in Georgia.

Evidence of practice - a current resume must be submitted. 

Two letters of reference - one professional and one academic. Academic reference must come from school of nursing attended. Professional reference must come from an immediate supervisor. If a student has been out of school for more than 5yrs then a reference from a work colleague may take the place of the academic reference.

Grade point average minimum  2.5

Must have finished all of the Georgia State University Core requirements areas A-E  prior to acceptance to the nursing program

 No more than 4 prerequisite courses (13 credits) may be outstanding at time of admission.

 Full time students are expected to complete all courses both nursing and prerequisites within two years.

Part time students are expected to complete within three years

A minimum grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisites

Upon receipt of an acceptance letter from the School of Nursing, the student will be required to establish contact with the School of Nursing records office to complete required forms and health-related requirements prior to entry into the nursing sequence.


Program Requirements

The student must provide his or her current Registered Professional Nursing license number to the academic adviser no later than the time of registration for the first nursing courses. The license number will be recorded at that time.

For general questions about the RN-BS bridge program please contact the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-1000.


The following prerequisites must be completed prior to completing the program. A minimum grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisites.

Sequence of two science courses with labs from the following

  • CHEM 1151K - Survey of Chemistry I and
  • CHEM 1152K - Survey of Chemistry II w/ labs
  • BIOL 1103K - Introductory Biology I and
  • BIOL 1104K - Introductory Biology II w/ labs
  • PHYS 1111K - Introductory Physics I and
  • PHYS 1112K - Introductory Physics  II w/ labs

Following Courses Based on R.N. License

Credit is given for the following courses based on R.N. license, successful completion of 7 credit hours and successful completion of the NURS 3490 - Professional Nursing Concepts for RNs  bridge course:

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