School of Health Sciences

A student who completes the program is certified by the director of nursing and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®). Graduates of this program who have passed the NCLEX-RN® licensing examination are eligible for articulation with a bachelor or master’s program in nursing.

Once admitted, students can complete the nursing program in two calendar years. Licensed practical nurses and paramedics who meet all admission criteria of the College and the nursing program will be eligible for advanced placement; therefore, LPNs and paramedic- bridge students may be able to complete the program in three semesters.


The associate degree nursing program at Georgia Highlands College located in Rome, GA is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:

The associate degree nursing program is approved by the:
Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217

Status: Full approval through December 2024.

Estimated Costs

In addition to the general college fees listed in this catalog, nursing students have the following additional expenses:

  • Books and electronic resources (approximately $1500 the first semester, will be used the entire program)
  • Uniforms (approximately $325 – two uniforms and a pair of shoes)
  • Liability insurance (approximately $17.00 annually)1
  • Required clinical supplies (approximately $110/semester)
  • Course fee of $198.00/semester (supplemental learning resources, standardized testing fee, NCLEX review)
  • Health Insurance (approximately $1100 per semester)2

All students in the nursing sequence are required to have professional liability insurance purchased through the school.


All students in the nursing sequence are required to have health insurance. If the student has a personal health insurance policy, proof of insurance must be provided and a waiver request can be completed to have the health insurance fee removed.

Professional Bridge Program for LPNs and Paramedics

Licensed practical nurses and paramedics may exempt the first five nursing courses (NURS 1000 Introduction to Nursing, NURS 1001 Health Assessment, NURS 1002 Pharmacology, NURS 1100 Conceptual Fndns of Nursing and NURS 1200 Nurs Practice/Common Hlth Issu) and reduce the length of their program to three semesters. The LPNs and paramedics must take the bridge courses (NURS 1300 Bridge to Professional Nursing and NURS 1400 Concept Nurs Paramedics & LPNs) designed specifically to assist in the transition to the RN program. These courses are offered as hybrid courses starting in the spring semester. After successful completion of NURS 1300 Bridge to Professional Nursing and NURS 1400 Concept Nurs Paramedics & LPNs students receive a grade of K for NURS 1000 Introduction to Nursing, NURS 1001 Health Assessment, NURS 1002 Pharmacology, NURS 1100 Conceptual Fndns of Nursing and NURS 1200 Nurs Practice/Common Hlth Issu.

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be licensed as an LPN or paramedic in the state of Georgia
  • Have been a practicing LPN or paramedic with at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last two years or have graduated from an LPN or paramedic program within the last two years
  • Meet the basic requirements for admission to Georgia Highlands College
  • Meet all criteria for admission into the nursing program
  • For practicing LPNs, if the required biology courses are over six years old but less than ten years old an applicant may submit a waiver request to have the age of the biology courses extended to 10 years. Any biology courses considered for waiver must be courses recognized by GHC as equivalent to BIOL 2251K Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2252K Anatomy & Physiology II and/or BIOL 2260 Foundations of Microbiology/ BIOL 2260L Foundations of Microbiology La. Waivers are granted on an individual basis based on credits on official transcripts and documented clinical experience. Waiver requests are to be addressed to the nursing program director.

Required for Transfer Students

Transfer students will be accepted on an individual basis. Placement in the nursing curriculum will be determined by the director of the nursing program. Since campus and clinical laboratory skill requirements vary from one nursing program to another, the student will be held responsible for completion of any deficiency in the areas specified in the Georgia Highlands College nursing program. The student must complete all deficient campus and clinical laboratory skills by the end of the term in which he/she enrolls in the nursing program at Georgia Highlands College. A transfer student who fails to complete any of these deficiencies will not be allowed to progress in the nursing sequence.

The Extended Program in Nursing

The extended program in nursing involves students who for personal reasons lengthen their program beyond the required four semesters. The student who requires remediation in mathematics, English or reading will not be admitted directly into the nursing program. Students must pass all remedial courses with a minimum grade of C. On a 4.0 scale, the student must maintain an overall 2.5 average in the required general education courses and meet all other requirements in order to be considered for placement in the nursing sequence.

Additional Information

There are specific student policies that apply to nursing students (i.e., uniform regulations, confidentiality, etc.) The policies are maintained in the ASN Nursing Student Handbook which is available online.