Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions of Transfer and Undergraduate Degree - Atlanta Campus (Prelicensure) Students
1. What kind of undergraduate degree will I earn from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University (GBCN of Mercer)?
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree.
2. Do I need to apply to Mercer University before applying to the nursing program in Atlanta?
No, students interested in pursuing a degree in nursing should complete the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University application to be considered for admission to the nursing program. If you are a Mercer University prenursing student, you must apply to the nursing program. There is no "automatic" acceptance into the nursing program. Each applicant application is reviewed for competitiveness in meeting/exceeding admission criteria.
3. Can I apply online?
Yes! An online BSN application may be submitted by prelicensure students only. Apply Now
If you are currently a registered nurse, you need to complete a different application. For applicants who are licensed Registered Nurses seeking the BSN degree please submit the RN-BSN Completion Track Application.
4. If I applied to GBCN last year, am I required to submit a new application to apply again?
Applications documents are kept on file for two years. Reactivation applicants need to complete a new application and provide admissions with their updated transcripts, as well as any new information to meet criteria for admissions. You are only allowed to reactivate complete applications. (Previous applicants, who were denied admission, are not encouraged to reapply unless their application materials have become more competitive, such as significant increase in science GPA, cumulative GPA, and TEAS score)
5. What documents are required to complete my admissions file?
- Completed GBCN of Mercer application (listed under #3 above)
- Application fee ($50 check or money order) made payable to Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University (mail to the Nursing Admissions Office)
- Official transcripts from any college, university, or technical college ever attended. (Documents must be postmarked by the admission deadline).
- For International student applicants get more information. Click here.
6. Does GBCN of Mercer University require an entrance examination for prelicensure students?
Yes, GBCN requires that students sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), which is a nationally normed exam that assesses the applicant's potential for success in a nursing curriculum. Get additional information about the TEAS on this website. Click Here
7. What are the deadlines?
Prelicensure BSN Track (fall semester entry only):
April 1 priority deadline; final deadline for international applicants
May 1 final deadline for students who are not international students
RN-BSN Completion Track (For licensed professional RNs ONLY; multiple entry semesters):
- Fall semester Entry
July 1, priority and international student deadline
July 15, final deadline
- Spring semester Entry
November 1 priority and international student deadline
December 1, final deadline
- Summer semester entry
March 1, priority and international student deadline
April 1, final deadline
8. How long is the nursing program?
The prelicensure BSN Track requires four semesters to complete the program. Prelicensure students graduate in two years since they must enter the program with core prerequisites. (see #11 below)
RN-BSN Completion Track student (for licensed Registered Nurses ONLY) who enroll full-time can complete the degree in as few as three semesters. Part-time options are available for RN-BSN students, which will lengthen the program to 5 semesters or longer.
9. Do you have an accelerated program for students who have already earned a degree in another area of study?
There is no accelerated program. Full-time prelicensure BSN Track students are able to complete the curriculum plan in four semesters. Many students enrolled at GBCN on the Atlanta campus, have earned undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in other majors. These students enter the nursing program as transfer students and complete the program in four semesters.
10. What factors are considered in the admission process for prelicensure BSN Track applicants?
- The completion of the prerequisites for the program.
- A cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher (this includes all coursework that has been attempted except for health, PE, orientation, and learning support courses).
- A transfer GPA of a 3.0 or higher (this includes courses that will transfer into the nursing program).
- A science GPA of a 3.0 or higher (this includes transferable science courses, such as Anatomy and Physiology I and II; and Microbiology)
- Quality of the admissions essay.
- Community service and work experience.
*Applicants may be considered for admission if they do not have the minimum 3.0 GPA or the minimum TEAS composite score (76%) on a case by case basis.*
11. What are the prerequisites? (Completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee admission)
Prelicensure BSN Track:
NOTE: Are you interested in common local course equivalencies? CLICK HERE
- Anatomy & Physiology I (lecture and lab) 4 hrs
- Anatomy & Physiology II (lecture and lab) 4hrs
- English Composition I 3 hrs
- English Composition II 3 hrs
- Introduction to Psychology 3 hrs
- Political Science or Economics 3hrs
- Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology 3 hrs
- Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology 3hrs
- Statistics 3hrs
- Cultural Appreciation 3 hrs
- Fundamentals of Microbiology (lecture and lab) 4 hrs
- Nutrition 3hrs
- General Education Elective 3hrs
- Speech or Communications 3hrs
- Fine Arts/Humanities Elective 3hrs
- Philosophy or Ethics 3hrs
- Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 3hrs
- Religion or other elective 3hrs
RN-BSN Completion Track
The pre-requistes for RN-BSN Completion Track applicants are different. Review the applicant checklist, which includes pre-requisites, by clicking here.
12. What are the average GPAs of the transfer pre-licensure BSN Track class most recently accepted in the program? Admission to the nursing program is competitive, and students are not guaranteed admission based on the GPAs. The GPAs listed below are reflective of GPAs which are often competitive. However, there is no guarantee that meeting/exceeding these GPAs will result in admission to the program.
- Overall GPA 3.37
- Transfer GPA 3.52
- Science GPA 3.39
13. Does GBCN of Mercer offer night courses or part-time options?
Prelicensure BSN Track students should be prepared to enter a full-time program with the majority of the courses and clinical experiences taking place during the weekdays. There is no part-time program for prelicensure students. RN-BSN Completion Track students complete all coursework asynchronously online.
14. Can I enter the program in the summer?
The only students who can enter the program during the summer are Registered Nurses (RNs) who are seeking a BSN degree.
15. Do you have a bridge program for LPNs?
16. Will I receive credit for working as a certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, surgical tech, LPN?
No, transfer credit is not awarded for certificate or diploma programs (RNs with diploma credit could be awarded escrow credit for diploma courses). The only credit considered for transfer credit must be earned at an accredited college or university and the course must be applicable towards an associate's or bachelor's degree.
17. I have a prior bachelor's degree. Will this count towards my degree in nursing at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing?
The Admissions Office reviews transcripts and determines if coursework from a previous degree is acceptable for transfer into the nursing program. Many accepted students have prior degrees.