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Associate of Science in Nursing (BRIDGE)

Program Description: The Associate of Science in Nursing program supports Southwest Georgia Technical College’s commitment to serve the citizens of Grady, Mitchell, and Thomas counties, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region. The A.S.N. nursing program accepts the challenge to respond to societal health care needs by offering two options leading to the associate of science in nursing degree: the Generic Option and the L.P.N.-A.S.N. Bridge Option. 

The A.S.N. program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for culturally diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The A.S.N. program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes:
•  Students will maintain a sterile field throughout a procedure.
•  Students will start an IV and hang IV piggy back medications.
•  Students will respond to changes in the health assessment of the client with proper nursing care actions.

Length of Program: 3 semester of prerequisite courses, 3 semesters of general education and occupational courses.

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/Competitive Admissions courses (which are listed as follows) must be successfully completed prior to competitive program admission deadline.  To apply for entry into the program, students must complete the A.S.N. Program Admissions Requirement Booklet.  Please click here for Information regarding the A.S.N. Pre-Admission HESI exam dates, times, and study materials.

Bridge Option: BIOL 2113 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIOL 2114 – Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, BIOL 2117 - Introductory Microbiology, BIOL 2117L - Introductory Microbiology Lab, ENGL 1101 – Composition & Rhetoric, MATH 1111 – College Algebra, PSYC 1101 - Introductory Psychology, COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers, one Humanities Elective, and one additional General Education Elective.

Bridge Option Admission: Spring.

All materials to be considered for the Spring Admission must be completed by the end of Summer semester. 

Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program is based on competitive admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program.  Click for Entrance Scores.  This bridge option must be completed within 2 years of successful completion of RNSG 1960.  To apply for entry into the program, students must complete the A.S.N. Program Admissions Requirement Booklet.

General Information: Students who are unsuccessful in RNSG 1960 must apply for the Generic Option and are not eligible for the Bridge Option. 

Students will not be eligible to apply for admission to the Generic A.D.N. program if they have failed out of any A.S.N., A.D.N., or B.S.N. program at another institution. Students will be considered for admission to the Generic A.S.N. program five (5) years after the last nursing course failure. However, the student who completes a P.N. program does not have to wait five (5) years before applying for the L.P.N. Bridge Option.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. All pre-requisite and co-requisite courses in math and science must have been taken within five (5) years of program start/re-entry date.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: All students, both Generic and Bridge option, will be required to take and achieve minimum required scores on standardized and program-generated achievement tests. Physical Exam, dental exam, Immunization record, drug toxicology screening tests, and Criminal Background Check are required upon start of the program. The student must also hold a current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare provider CPR card upon entry into and throughout the program.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not have access to clinical sites. If clinical placement is not available, the student may be withdrawn from the A.S.N. program. Successful completion of all program requirements does not guarantee student will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination and/or receive a registered nursing license.

Note: Upon successful completion of RNSG 1960, 11 additional semester credit hours will be granted for RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940, and RNSG 1950.

Program Policies and Procedures: Students are provided a copy of the A.S.N. Student Handbook during their first semester.  The A.S.N. Student Handbook is to be used in conjunction with the College Catalog and Student Handbook and serves as a means of informing the students of specific policies and procedures as they relate to the A.S.N. program.  The policies and procedures of the A.S.N. program may change during a student's period of enrollment in the program and students are expected to be proactive in obtaining information regarding these changes.  The most current version of the A.S.N. can be obtained on the College website under Other Resources/Policies & Procedures or the A.S.N. program pages.  The most recent changes to the A.S.N. Handbook can be found in the A.S.N. Addendum.

Program Final Exit Point: Associate of Science in Nursing, A.S.N. Upon successful completion of all program requirements including passage of a standardized final exit exam, the student will be awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to submit application to the Georgia Board of Nursing to register for NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 72 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation


Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 15
  Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3
    Required Course(s):
    ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric  
  Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
    Required Course(s):
    PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology  
  Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
    Required Course(s):
    MATH 1111 College Algebra  
  Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor) 3
  General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.  
2. Occupational Courses (57 hours)
  BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
  BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
  BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
  BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
  BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology 3
  BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  RNSG 1911* Health Assessment Through the Lifespan 3
  RNSG 1931** Introduction to Nursing Principles of Pharmacy 3
  RNSG 1960 Transition to Associate Degree Nursing 5
  RNSG 2910 Life Transitions III: Obstetrics 4
  RNSG 2920 Life Transitions IV: Pediatrics 4
  RNSG 2930 Life Transitions V: Medical Surgical 2 6
  RNSG 2941*** Life Transitions VI: Clinical Decision Making (Virtual Hospital Experience) 6
      *RNSG 1910 Health Assessment Through the Lifespan can substitute for RNSG 1911  
      **RNSG 1930 Introduction to Nursing Principles of Pharmacy can substitute for RNSG 1931  
      ***RNSG 2940 Life Transitions VI: Clinical Decision Making (Virtual Hospital Experience) can substitute for RNSG 2941  
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