Enrollment

Enrollment Requirements

All students (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) accepted to the College of Nursing need to complete enrollment requirements.  General information is listed below and detailed information will be provided by the Admissions Office, program coordinators, and Associate Deans.

Immunization and Health Documents

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University requires nursing students to submit health information and maintain updated immunization records.  Entering students will receive information from the Admissions Office and College regarding requirements.  Information can also be found in the Student Handbook

Nursing Clinical Credentialing Documents

The College of Nursing requires students to submit additional credentialing documents as part of enrollment.  Entering students will receive information from the Admissions Office and College regarding requirements.  Information can also be found in the Student Handbook. Students may visit the Core Benefits web site to learn more about student health coverage and/or waive the coverage if needed.  

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.  OSHA training is listed in the CANVAS orientation course. 

NURSING LICENSE:

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD programs must submit a copy of an unencumbered 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.

Orientation and Registration

Pre-licensure BSN students are admitted in the Fall Semester of each academic year.  Orientation dates are provided by the nursing Admissions Office.  Initial (on program entry) registration for BSN students will be completed by the Admissions Office.

RN-BSN students - There is a mandatory on campus 2-day RN-BSN orientation.  Information regarding this orientation will be provided by the nursing Admissions Office.  Initial (on program entry) registration for RN-BSN students will be completed by the Coordinator or the nursing Admissions Office.

MSN students - Initial (on program entry) registration for MSN students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico or the Graduate Administrative Secretary. Advisement questions should be directed to her. MSN students admitted for Fall and Spring semesters will attend an orientation session on campus; MSN students admitted in the Summer semester 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.

BSN - DNP and DNP students - Initial (on program entry) registration for DNP students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico or the Graduate Administrative Secretary. 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 - Initial (on program entry) registration for PhD students will be completed by Dr. Dare Domico or the Graduate Administrative Secretary. 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, Drug Screen, OSHA, and HIPAA

Once accepted students submit are accepted, they are provided information regarding completion of required background check, drug screen, OSHA, and HIPAA.  All information is located in the Student Handbook.

SOFTWARE requirement for entering undergraduate students

Classroom/Clinical Software Requirement

All students admitted to the undergraduate prelicensure 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 – Android devices (phones and tablets) running on an operating system of 4.4 or higher and iOs Apple devices (phones and iPads) running 8.0 and higher.
    • The system no longer supports windows phone or tablet (in an app form) or blackberry.
  • Nursing Central currently needs approximately 196 MB of space to be installed and function

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. 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, and Taber&#’;s/ExamSoft), virtual simulation (SofTest), academic electronic health record (vSim), and application of other software and technology products.

NOTE: Tablets are not supported by the Docucare testing package [and other select products] being used by the College of Nursing.

RN-BSN Technology Requirement. Distance learning courses are delivered through the Canvas ExamSoft. High-speed LMS access is highly recommended for all distance learning students to engage in teaching and learning activities using software and various technologies. Some courses will require that students have access to headphones, speakers, microphones, and/or internet.

Graduate Coursework: Distance learning courses are delivered through the Canvas webcams. High-speed LMS access is highly recommended for all distance learning students to engage in teaching and learning activities using software and various technologies. Some courses will require that students have access to headphones, speakers, microphones, and/or internet. Some graduate courses require students use their laptops for learning and evaluation activities that include online testing in the classroom (webcams/ExamSoft).

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. General information about housing can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Contact Richard Stilley for more information related to student housing on the Atlanta campus or call the Housing Office at (678) 547-6823.