Student Immigration Status and NCLEX-RN®

Students in the United States who are undocumented immigrants, qualified alien status, or are out of status with Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration Department and who are accepted to the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University must comply with requirements of the Georgia Board of Nursing to become eligible for the NCLEX-RN®. The Board of Nursing makes the decision whether a nursing graduate is eligible for licensure, not the College of Nursing.

Students who are in undocumented status, qualified alien status, or are out of status with immigration should be advised that although a degree can be achieved at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, there is no guarantee that the Board of Nursing will approve the student for testing for licensure or that they will be hired by any healthcare institution. Any student who has concerns with this should contact the Georgia Board of Nursing for more information regarding the requirements necessary to obtain licensure.

United States immigration regulations require all international students on both F-1 and J-1 study visas to maintain a full load of courses. International students are not permitted to drop to a ‘part-time’ load without prior consent from the Office of International Programs. Please ask your academic advisor to contact the Office of International Programs on either campus if you feel you are in academic difficulty and must drop below a full-time load. This action will avoid placing you, as an international student, in an ‘out-of-status’ classification with either the U. S. Customs and Immigration Services or the U. S. Department of State.

For more information, please contact:

  • Atlanta Campus: (678) 547-6109
  • Macon Campus: (478) 301-2573

Please note: DACA status has no bearing on the admissions decision.