Enrollment

Enrollment Requirements

All students (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) accepted to the College of Nursing need to complete enrollment requirements.  Please read carefully the instructions below to prepare for class and clinical.

Immunization and Health Documents

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University requires nursing students to submit health information and maintain updated immunization records. The following two documents should be reviewed carefully to ensure compliance with immunization and credentialing (click on title of each document).  Complying with these requirements safeguards the health and safety of nursing students in the classroom and clients in the classroom.

NOTE:  Proof of Negative PPD date/tested May 1- August 15. (Complete Immunization Record and ATTACH actual test results.)

Please note: receiving the Flu/Seasonal Influenza vaccine is very important and is a requirement for all Mercer University nursing students (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN and DNP), regardless of whether a student is enrolled in clinical courses. Students MUST have proof of current flu vaccine on file with either the undergraduate or graduate programs administrative office. Flu vaccines must be documented on program entry and annually renewed AFTER September 1st. The deadline date for submitting proof of flu immunization is September 15, 2016.

All Mercer University nursing students must submit the completed Nursing Student Immunization Record and copies of supporting documents (including actual lab results: serology reports for Titer, PPD/TB skin test results, and proof of flu vaccination after September 1) to be considered ‘immunization compliant’ and allowed to complete further enrollment and registration requirements. Failure to comply with submission of health documents will result in removal from all nursing coursework. The College of Nursing is contracted with agencies which require compliance with immunization requirements.

Nursing Clinical Credentialing Documents

The College of Nursing requires students to submit additional credentialing documents as part of enrollment. Credentialing guidelines include:

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Card (and course information): 
To participate in clinical education, students are required to complete the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification.  Students must submit the CPR card as evidence of completion.  Certification should be done through the American Heart Association to meet requirements of clinical agencies, some of which accept only American Heart Association certification.  Please note:  the College cannot accept the Family and Friends or Heart Saver courses as substitutions for the Health Care Provider certification  (no exceptions).

The Health Care Provider certification includes Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), adult, child, and infant, one and two person CPR.  This level of certification also includes adult, child, and infant, conscious and unconscious foreign body airway obstruction. 

For those students needing a CPR course, the College of Nursing offers CPR courses for Fall newly admitted students and for continuing nursing students. CPR courses will be offered this summer on August 5th and August 12th at the College of Nursing building.

  • CPR classes fill up quickly, and students must pre-register for the course; NO "drop-in's" will be allowed for the class.
  • Payment for the course is $75.00 and is payable on the date of the course.  Cash or a check (made to: Instructional Services) will be acceptable as payment for the course.

Health Insurance:

Mercer University nursing students in BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, DNP programs, both new and returning students, are required to have personal health insurance. To ensure that all students have insurance coverage, students are automatically enrolled in and billed for health insurance with Core Management. If a student has an active health insurance policy, other than Mercer University’s policy, the student can exempt this charge by waiving the student insurance coverage. Otherwise, the student is responsible for the insurance charge if a waiver for coverage is not made through this website prior to posted deadline. Proof of personal health insurance MUST be on file.  UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (Prelicensure and RN-BSN) submit to: Ms. Deb Bailey (Office 219); GRADUATE STUDENTS (MSN, DNP) submit to: Ms. Anitra Moorer (Office 218). If accepting Mercer’s health insurance, the temporary print ID is acceptable until the card arrives.

Students may visit the Core Benefits web site to learn more about student health coverage and/or waive the coverage if needed.  

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Statement):

All nursing students (graduate and undergraduate) must submit a printout indicating completion of Mercer University’s HIPAA online training. The printout must include the date completed and the score received. Read information below regarding completion of training.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration): 

All pre-licensure and non-actively practicing nurses must submit a printout indicating completion of Mercer’s OSHA online training. The printout must include the date completed and the score received. Read information below regarding completion of training.  

NURSING LICENSE:

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD programs must submit a copy of a nursing license card from current state of residence.  Printouts from the Georgia Board website are not acceptable to meet this requirement, although a "pocket card" printed from the Georgia Board site is acceptable.  The College will monitor the student's license for renewal.  Upon each renewal, students should continue to submit the renewed licensure card.

All information can either be faxed to 678.547.6777 or submitted in person to the College of Nursing, second floor Undergraduate or Graduate Programs Administrative Secretaries office (Pre-licensure ATTN #218; All Graduate Students label ATTN #219), or mailed to:

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
ATTN: Administrative Secretary (Student Records)
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

Or FAX to: Attention-Admin #218 for Pre-licensure and RN-BSN; Attention Admin #219 for all Graduate Students at (678) 547-6777
Failure to submit these documents prior to beginning coursework can delay or prevent further enrollment and/or registration.

Declaration of Disability- Information forthcoming.

Orientation and Registration

Pre-licensure BSN students

BSN students are admitted in the Fall Semester of each academic year.   Reservations are required and orientation is mandatory.

Course registration and advisement questions for the first semester should be directed to the Admissions Office. The academic schedule for the College of Nursing can be found here. The Catalog for the College of Nursing can be found here. Courses are located on the Registrar-Atlanta Website.

RN-BSN students

Registration for entering licensed nurses completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing will be completed by a faculty advisor.   Prior to registration, students must be in compliance with all health requirements;  health forms and immunization documents must be on file in the College RN-BSN students beginning the curriculum in the Spring or Summer Semesters complete a self-paced orientation.

MSN students

Registration for MSN students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico. Advisement questions should be directed to her. MSN students admitted for Fall semester will attend an orientation session on campus; MSN students admitted to other semesters will complete a self-paced orientation. Students must be in compliance with all health requirements;  health forms and immunization documents must be on file in the College prior to registration.

DNP students

Registration for DNP students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico. Advisement questions should be directed to her. DNP students will have mandatory orientation and will also attend Formation of Scholars session in August (NO need to make a reservation). Students must be in compliance with all health requirements; health forms and immunization documents  before Dr. Domico can register students for classes.

PhD students

Registration for PhD students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico. Advisement questions should be directed to her. PhD students will have mandatory orientation and will also attend Formation of Scholars session in August (NO need to make a reservation). Students must be in compliance with all health requirements; health forms and immunization documents are required before Dr.Domico can register students for classes.

Background Check and Drug Screen

Clinical facilities require that students complete a background check and drug screen. All pre-licensure, RN-BSN Degree Completion,  MSN, and DNP students must complete the criminal background check and drug screening in Advantage Students. The process is initiated by logging on to Advantage students. Students must initiate the process no earlier than (30) days before the first day of class of entry semester.The background check costs from $78.50-$133.50, depending on whether the student has resided in more than one state. For drug screening, Advantage Students will provide the location of designated labs for the student to have the test completed. Students are not permitted to attend any clinical experiences without the background check and drug screen being completed.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996


Two training programs, OSHA and HIPAA must be completed online after registration and prior to the start of classes; students should print documentation that the courses have been completed.
This documentation is submitted in person to the College of Nursing, 2nd floor Undergraduate or Graduate Programs Administrative Secretaries office, or  mailed to:

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
ATTN: Administrative Secretary (Student Records)
3001 Mercer University Drive, Attention
Atlanta, GA 30341

Or FAX to: Attention-Admin 218 at (678) 547-6777

OSHA and HIPAA can be completed after the student is compliant with all health requirements.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is the primary federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation. The College of Nursing requires each student, with the exception of practicing registered nurses, to comply with OSHA training. (Note: Practicing Registered Nurses are exempt from completing OSHA).

TIPS:

  • OSHA must be completed prior to the first day of class.
  • Remember to print off copies of your test results. Provide a copy to your clinical faculty person, and submit in person to the College of Nursing, 2ndfloor Undergraduate or Graduate Programs Administrative Secretaries office, or mail to:

    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
    ATTN: Administrative Secretary (Student Records)
    3001 Mercer University Drive, Attention: Administrative Secretary
    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Or FAX to: Attention-Admin 218 at (678) 547-6777
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HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

All students must complete HIPAA compliance training PRIOR to the FIRST day of class.

SOFTWARE requirement for entering undergraduate students

Classroom/Clinical Software Requirement

All students admitted to the undergraduate prelicensure, MSN, or DNP programs are required to incorporate the Nursing Central® software from Unbound Medicine onto a handheld device, such as a personal digital assistant (PDA). This technology provides a direct link to medical reference materials. Research supports the use of medical-based software to facilitate safe care of patients.  Course fees include a subscription to the required software. Students may choose either:

  • Palm device – OS 5 or later (PDA/smartphone)
  • Windows Mobile / Pocket PC (PDA/smartphone)
  • BlackBerry smartphone
  • iPhone / iPod Touch

Please visit: Unbound Medicine for specific requirements. DO NOT purchase software from this site but take time to review application download requirements and mobile web requirements. The Nursing Central® software requires approximately 42 MB of space. Memory cards (i.e. SD card) can be added to most devices that do not meet the memory requirement. Students will initially register for this program on campus after classes begin. [ONLY students enrolling in designated courses (see tuition/fee page) will be able to register for this software.] Following the initial registration process, students will download and update their device from their own computer.

The Nursing Central® software includes a drug handbook, lab handbook, disease manual, 5-minute clinical consult, and Taber’s Medical Dictionary. By purchasing this software, students eliminate the need to purchase some previously required textbooks. This also allows students to update their materials while in college and avoid purchasing an updated textbook. In a nutshell, the software will replace “five pounds of books and eight inches of shelf space. 

Preparing to Access Nursing Courses in "Moodle"

All nursing courses use Moodle as a "platform" for student coursework. It is the student's responsibility to access course information using this system.  Some undergraduate and graduate courses utilize an online learning system called Blackboard Collaborate (formerly called Elluminate). Students are responsible for viewing the online training session PRIOR to the start of classes. Begin your training now.
 

Although you do not need to have a username or default password to enter the training session, you will need this information to access course information. Your username and default password in both Moodle and Elluminate is your MUID; change your password after your initial log-in. Moodle and Elluminate guides can be downloaded from the links below:  

Student Housing on the Cecil B. Day Atlanta Campus

Any student who desires on-campus student housing must complete housing forms as soon as possible. Please contact Richard Stilley for information related to student housing on the Atlanta campus or call the Housing Office at (678) 547-6823 for more information.