Degree Programs

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

  • Introduction

    The M.S. degree program in Criminal Justice offered by the Albany State University Criminal Justice Institute is designed to prepare students for professional careers within the criminal justice system. Theoretical, methodological and philosophical understanding of the criminal justice system is stressed during the matriculation process. As a result, students are well-prepared for careers in criminal justice. Those seeking advanced graduate education beyond the Master's degree level will be able to compete successfully with graduates from other schools and disciplines. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program requires a minimum of 36 hours of classroom study and thesis research. In addition, all students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination on core, statistics/methodology and a chosen specialty area.

  • Philosophy

    The philosophy and objectives embraced by the Institute are to educate students in such a way as to channel their talents and capabilities toward the enrichment of the community, state and the nation. Embracing this idea, the Institute strives toward the broad-based development of the individual to meet the technological and legal complexities of a modern democratic society.

  • Objectives
    1. To prepare students for professional careers within the criminal justice system;
    2. To provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical principles of law enforcement and punishment;
    3. To provide students with knowledge of the methods, application and implications of criminal justice research; and
    4. To provide students with the necessary skills for the efficient and effective management of criminal justice organizations and agencies.
  • Facility

    The Criminal Justice Institute is housed in Catherine Hartnett Hall, a three-story building with a mock court facility and forensic science laboratories. Hartnett Hall is located on the lower southwest campus in the historic area.

  • Admission Requirements

    All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, which include completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submission of official copies of transcripts forwarded from degree-granting institutions with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 out of the 4.0 quality points for all courses taken in the last degree program. Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not in criminal justice may be required to complete six semester hours in undergraduate criminal justice courses. Three semester hours must be completed in research or statistics and three hours in criminology or social theory.

    Students seeking admission to the Master of Criminal Justice program must submit the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and two letters of recommendation. An MAT score of 27 or GRE score of 700 is required for provisional admission, an MAT score of 44 or GRE score of 800 for regular admission. Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission because of grade-point average or standardized test score may be considered for provisional admission. Upon completion of the first nine semester hours of study with a grade of 'B' or better, the provisional student is granted full admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. Otherwise, the student's enrollment is terminated.

For more information, please visit Graduate Catalog


Master of Science in Math Education

  • Introduction

    The M.Ed. degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics leads to LEVEL 5 certification in mathematics. A student enrolling in this program is expected to hold a baccalaureate-level certification. This program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work and successful completion of a comprehensive examination in the area of mathematics. Students must confer with their advisor to design a planned program, which may include unde graduate courses, as needed, to remedy the lack of preparation in mathematics as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

    The objectives of the Master of Education program in Mathematics Education are: (1) to provide the students with in-depth knowledge of Mathematics in the areas of algebra, analysis and geometry and their applications; (2) to provide training in the use of technology and educational research in the teaching and learning of mathematics; and (3) to prepare students to use and promote logical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

  • Degree Requirements
    1. The Master of Education in Secondary Education with concentration in Mathematics requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 27 semester hours of which are taken at Albany State University.
    2. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination is a requirement in all Master’s degree programs.
    3. At least an overall average of 'B' in all the Mathematics courses in the graduate program is a prerequisite for taking the comprehensive examination in Mathematics.
  • Regular Admission

    Regular admission to the M.N. program with concentration in Mathematics requires that an applicant have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education and have satisfied the regular general admission requirements for admissions set by the College of Education at Albany State University. The student must have a 2.5 minimum overall undergraduate grade-point average, minimum standardized test score of 800 on the aptitude portion of the GRE, and initial teaching certification for secondary Mathematics in the state of Georgia. In addition, a student who lacks preparation in Mathematics is required, as a prerequisite to graduate admission, to take undergraduate Mathematics courses as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

  • Provisional Admission

    The student is admitted provisionally if some conditions are placed on their status because of grade-point average, standardized test scores or lack of academic preparation in the subject area. A student who lacks sufficient preparation in Mathematics is required as a prerequisite, to complete specific undergraduate Mathematics courses, as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics. No graduate credit is given for courses taken at the undergraduate level. A minimum of 3.0 grade-point average is required for the satisfactory completion of the prerequisite courses. Additionally, the student must complete 9 semester hours of study at the graduate level with an average of 'B' or better before he is granted regular admission to the program.

  • Non-Degree Admission

    Students may enroll with this status to complete course work for either certification renewal, add-on certification purposes or personal enrichment provided they satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the course. No more than 9 semester hours of credit earned in this category may subsequently be applied toward meeting the requirements of the Master’s degree.

  • Student Advisement and Program Planning

    A graduate advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science must approve in advance all courses taken through the teacher education program. Students evaluated by the department and found to be lacking sufficient preparation for the graduate courses in Mathematics are required to take the necessary prerequisites as determined by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

For more information, please visit Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Introduction

    The graduate program in Nursing is built on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is designed to prepare students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced clinical nursing and whose education will enable them to make significant contributions to health care. The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing. The purposes of the Master's program are to prepare students who are:

    1. Advanced practice nurses: family nurse practitioners or nurse educators.
    2. Beginning researchers.
    3. Highly knowledgeable individuals who are capable of influencing policy-making that impacts health care delivery.

    Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will be able to:

    1. Critically analyze health care data in order to promote optimal health.
    2. Participate as a researcher and a consumer of research in advancing nursing science and practice.
    3. Integrate synthesized knowledge of behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, technology and nursing science to perform advanced-practice nursing roles.
    4. Exhibit expertise in the advanced-practice nursing role of family nurse practitioner or nurse educator.
    5. Engage in professional and scholarly activities that promote the profession of nursing and indivdual development in advanced-practice nursing.
    6. Assume advanced leadership roles, including collaborating with members of interdisciplinary teams, and influencing policy-making that impacts positively on health care delivery.
  • Admission Requirements

    To enter the program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the student must meet the requirements established by the Graduate School of Albany State University. The prospective student should contact the Graduate School or the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program well in advance of the planned entry date. In addition, the applicant should have the following:

    1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing.
    2. An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
    3. A current RN license to practice in Georgia.
    4. A personal interview with the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program.
    5. 5. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 800 or better or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 44 or better.
    6. 6. Two letters of reference regarding professional accomplishments and academic potential.
    7. Completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, pathophysiology, nursing research and health assessment.

    Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program does not ensure admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program. The prospective FNP student should have at least one year of nursing experience and should send required items listed below to the Director of the FNP program well in advance of the planned entry date:

    1. Letter requesting admission to the FNP program.
    2. A personal statement of approximately 300 words describing the student's professional goals.
    3. A résumé.
  • Regular Admission

    For regular admission, the applicant must meet all admission requirements described above.

  • Provisional Admission

    Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission. The Graduate Nursing Admission Committee will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. In some instances, the applicant may be required to fulfill prerequisites prior to consideration of this status. An applicant admitted under provisional status is limited to nine (9) semester hours and must make a 'B' or better in each course attempted. An applicant who attains less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be withdrawn from the program. The applicant will be admitted to regular graduate status if he/she achieves a 'B' or higher in each course taken in provisional status.

  • Non-degree Admission

    This category is provided to accommodate the applicant who has the potential for graduate study, but at the time of the application does not intend to seek a graduate degree; or for the applicant who wishes to take a specific course for personal enrichment or job-related requirements. A student is admitted to this status at the option of the Department of Nursing on a space-available basis. A student seeking regular graduate admission status is given preference when the number of applicants to be admitted is limited. An Albany State University undergraduate Nursing student with senior standing may register for graduate courses if the following conditions are met:

    1. The student has a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average.
    2. The Vice President for Academic Affairs approves the academic department’s recommendation for the student to enroll in graduate courses.
    3. The student limits his/her graduate enrollment to a total of 9 semester hours-of study. No more than 6 semester hours of graduate credits may be undertaken in a given semester.
    4. During the semester in which graduate enrollment is allowed, the student's registration is limited to a total of 9 semester hours (combined graduate and/or undergraduate hours).

    5. An undergraduate student from another institution may not be admitted to graduate nursing courses at Albany State University. Admission to non-degree status does not warrant or secure admission to the Graduate Nursing Program.

  • RN to MSN-FNP Program of Study

    The RN to MSN concentration provides registered nurses (RNs) an opportunity to complete a graduate degree with two bridge semesters in which the student takes undergraduate and graduate courses following by the remaining semesters of graduate coursework. The two undergraduate courses specific to the RN-MSN concentration are NURS 4413 and NURS 4346.


    Graduates of associate degree programs who choose the RN-MSN concentration must complete required select core requirements of undergraduate course work prior to admission into the MSN program. The students must be eligible for Regular admission to the Graduate School. The minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. A minimum score of 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of 800, or a minimum score of 402 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required. The graduate will receive the MSN degree but will not also receive a BSN degree.

    Students who decide to not complete the MSN degree but want the BSN degree must then complete the courses/electives needed to obtain the BSN.

    The RN-MSN applicant submits an undergraduate application along with a one time application fee ($20) to Albany State University. The application is to be sent to the Admissions Office. The form is available online at, admissions, as well as at GA411. The student must check either: RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner or RN-MSN Nurse Educator.

    The applicant is to request that original transcripts from each school the student has previously attended be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the time of applying for admission to ASU.

    The student will submit a) a graduate application (available online through the Graduate School), b) copy of current Georgia nursing license; c) two professional letters of reference; and d) copy of current CPR card to the Department of Nursing. These materials will be maintained in the student’s folder in the Nursing Department until the student completes undergraduate courses. Upon receipt of these documents, the student will be contacted and a program of study will be prepared to ensure completion of required undergraduate courses.

    No later than midterm during the last semester of undergraduate coursework, the RN-MSN student must take and pass either the GRE (required score of 800) or the MAT (required score of at least 402).

  • Planned Program of Study

    Within the first nine semester hours of study, the student is required to complete a planned degree program of study with the advice and approval of the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program. Copies of this planned degree program will be filed with the Graduate School, the Department of Nursing and the Registrar’s office.

  • Comprehensive Examination Policy

    A comprehensive examination is required of the student who has completed all core course work and has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The examination is designed to test the ability of the student to articulate ideas in a scholarly manner in the core, research and major areas of concentration.

    In order to graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete the Comprehensive Exam, If, on the third attempt, a student fails to pass the examination, he/she will not be permitted to graduate. Each area of concentr ation in the graduate program will administer a content-specific comprehensive examination after the student has completed the specialty courses.

    The Final Comprehensive examination will be administered only once in any given semester. The date for the exam will be posted on the graduate nursing home page.

  • Degree Requirements

    To earn the Master of Science in Nursing degree, a student must meet the criteria identified below:

    1. Earn a 3.0 grade-point average calculated on all graduate work attempted, including transfer credits approved in advance of enrollment.
    2. Earn 27 of the 36 hours required for degree for Nurse Educator or 35 of the 44 hours required for degree for the Family Nurse Practitioner in residence at Albany State University.
    3. Pass a written comprehensive examination in area of concentration.
    4. Complete a thesis or major research project.
    5. Complete all requirements for the degree within six years of time of first enrollment in the Graduate Nursing Program.
For more information, please visit Graduate Catalog Top

BS in Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science and the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. These degree programs prepare students for professional employment in the criminal justice system, Forensic Science and/or for graduate studies in criminal justice, Forensic Science and law. The curriculum is both broad and flexible enough to permit students to pursue course work in a wide variety of criminal justice and Forensic Science topics cutting across law enforcement, courts, corrections, research, policy analysis, planning and operations and laboratory analysis/management.. Students are encouraged to take internships in criminal justice, Forensic Science labs, social service and/or human service agencies.

A minor in Criminal Justice studies, requiring 18 hours of designated study, is also offered with a concentration in the core curriculum.

The Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Department also has established 2+2 programs that permit students at selected area two-year colleges to transfer to the baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Albany State University without loss of credit.


BS in Forensic Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science is the only four-year degree program in Georgia and is housed in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. Forensic Science is the application of scientific methods to crime scene investigation and criminal prosecution. The program is interdisciplinary and is based on the natural sciences; chemistry, physics and biology. This program prepares students for professional careers in crime laboratories as criminalists, trace evidence specialists, serologists, DNA specialists, toxicologists, drug analysts, firearms and fingerprint examiners, staff photographers and evidence technicians.

The Academic requiements for Forensic Science program have been modified and specific admission criteria have been developed as recommended by the American Academy of Forensic Science's (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Programs Commision (FEPAC)

Requirements for Specific admission Critera for Forensic Science Majors:

  1. Completion of 32 hours of the core curriculum with a min grade of C in each course and institutional requirements.
  2. Completion of General Chemistry I and II (Chem 1211 and Chem 1212) and Organic Chem I, Intro/Prin of Physics I and II with a minimum grade of C.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  4. Students seeking admission into the forensic program must pass the Regents Exams with no more than two attempts on each component of the exams.

BS in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with emphasis in mathematics, Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with emphasis in business, the Bachelor of Applied Science with emphasis in Computer Information Systems and offers graduate courses to support the Master of Education degree with concentration in mathematics. The Department also provides courses in support of the curriculums of other departments at the University and minor programs in mathematics and computer science. The minor programs are designed for those students interested in pursuing graduate study or the wide variety of careers in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Students in computer science may choose to concentrate in business or mathematics. To be admitted to the department as a major, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher.

The major in mathematics provides course work that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. In addition to the general institutional requirements, the major in mathematics is required to complete 60 semester hours in major courses which include six (6) hours of foreign language, a computer science elective and general electives.


B.S. in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in computer science is for those students who want to combine mathematics and computer science. In addition to the general institutional requirements, the major completes 60 semester hours in major courses which include 30 hours in computer science and 18 hours in mathematics courses, including Calculus 1, Calculus II, and Calculus III and 12 hours in electives. The Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with business emphasis is for those students who want to combine computer science and business. In addition to the general institutional requirements, the major completes 60 semester hours in major courses, which include 31 hours in computer science courses and 15 hours in business courses. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is a cooperative program between Albany State University and Albany Technical College that allows qualified students to earn 99 quarter hours at Albany Technical College and then transfer to Albany State University to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree with emphasis in Computer Information Systems. While at Albany Technical College students will complete the Computer Information System Program or equivalent courses. Upon admission to Albany State University students will be granted 42 semester hours of credit for technical courses. Additionally, students may transfer up to 60 semester hours of credit to Albany State to satisfy Areas A, B, C, D, and E of the Core Curriculum.

All majors must complete a minimum of 125 semester hours. All majors and minors in the department must achieve a grade of 'C' or better in all mathematics, science, and computer science and business courses. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 is required for graduation. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE-Subject) is also required for graduation.


B.S. in Applied Science

We will replace this program by an online BS in Information Technology program. More details coming soon.


B.S. in Biology

The major in biology provides courses and course sequences leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in biology. The program prepares a student for professional careers and employment in biological sciences and teaching in the area of biology. Flexibility and design of the program aids in preparation for entrance into graduate, medical, pharmacy and dental schools, as well as other professional schools. Students interested in attending medical and dental schools choose from a select number of biology and chemistry courses and are advised by the Pre-Health Advisor. Students majoring in biology must complete a minimum of 32 hours in biology, including Biology 2111K, 2112K, 2211K, 2311K, 3101K, 3501K, 4001, 4222 and 4701K. Additionally, the Biology major must complete 13 hours of biology electives. The electives will be chosen by the student with the advisor from a list of approved electives. Biology majors and minors must make a 'C' or better in all biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses. Students must meet the requirements of the Core Curriculum and pass the Regents Exam. Students must also pass a Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT) in biology field during the senior year. Science Education Majors (Broad Field Biology Emphasis) must complete a minimum of 56 hours in science, including Biology 2111K, 2112K, 2311K, 3250K, and 3501K. Students must also meet the requirements of the Core Curriculum and pass the Regents and GACE I exams. Students are required to pass major field examinations (GACE II) during the senior year. A grade of 'C' or better is required in all science and mathematics courses and a science education major must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to graduate. (See teacher education advisor for additional requirements)


B.S. in Chemistry

The major in chemistry provides courses and sequences leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. The major program is designed to follow the criteria for baccalaureate degrees as set forth by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The program prepares the student for professional employment after graduation and also provides strong academic and laboratory experiences for those students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry or professional schools. Students must meet the requirements listed in the Core Curriculum and pass the Regents' examination. The major in chemistry must complete a minimum of 49 semester hours of chemistry. All students are required to earn at least a grade of 'C' in all chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics courses. All students are required to take the American Chemical Society standardized test in the area in which they are enrolled. Students must take a Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) during the senior year.


BS in Science Education

Coming soon ...



Albany State University offers two tracks of pre engineering programs that lead to a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology: (1) The Regents' Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) and (2) Dual Degree Program.

  • TRACK 1

    The Regents Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) is a cooperative program between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Albany State University that allows students to complete the first two years of the engineering program at Albany State University and then transfer to Georgia Tech to their chosen field of engineering to complete the requirements of B.S. degree in engineering. Student will be admitted to Georgia Tech upon completion of the prescribed courses at Albany State University provided (s)he maintains an overall GPA of 2.7 as well as 2.7 in science and mathematics courses at ASU. At times Georgia Tech may add certain requirements for admission to junior level, which will equally be applied to Georgia Tech students also for advancing to the junior level in that field.

    To be eligible for admission to the RETP at Albany State University one must be a resident of Georgia and must have minimum combined SAT scores of 1090 (including a minimum 560 on math and 440 on verbal portion) and a high school GPA of 'B' or better. Students who prefer to live and study in a smaller community may also transfer to Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program (GTREP) at coastal city of Savannah and receive the Georgia Tech engineering degree by completing their studies at Georgia Tech campus at Savannah.

  • TRACK 2

    The Dual Degree Program (3+2) is also a cooperative program between Georgia Tech and Albany State University that is designed for students who want to have a broad liberal arts background in addition to their chosen field of engineering. The student will complete approximately three years of study towards a program in Chemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics at Albany State University and then transfer to Georgia Tech for two additional years of study in his/her chosen field of engineering. Upon successful completion of the two programs, student will earn a B.A. degree from Albany State University and a B.S. degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech. The admission and transfer requirements for Dual Degree Program are the same as the RETP program.

    Students are advised to follow the customized list of courses for each engineering discipline in order to complete their degree goal in the most efficient manner. Non-resident of Georgia and international students also can join the engineering program at ASU though the transfer to Georgia Tech will require higher GPA. One may also apply for transfer to other engineering colleges in the region. In the past, students have transferred to the engineering programs at Auburn University, Florida A & M University, Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T State University and Mercer University.



Admission to medical school usually requires a minimum of three years of undergraduate study or, preferably, a Bachelor's degree. A Bachelor's degree with a major in Biology or Chemistry and minor in one of the sciences offers excellent preparation for admission to medical school. (Students interested in medicine are advised by the pre-med advisor.)


Pre-medical Technology

This is a two-year sequence offered by the Department of Chemistry with emphasis on the Core Curriculum and courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. At the end of the second year, students in the program transfer to a school offering a degree in Medical Technology.



Pre-pharmacy students are advised to take nine semesters of courses in the areas of chemistry and biology before transferring to a school of pharmacy


B.S. in Nursing

The BSN Program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and both the BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission(NLNAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The student who meets the criteria for general admission to Albany State University is enrolled in the core curriculum designated by the University. The student who has declared nursing as a major is admitted to the core each semester. The student is admitted to the professional nursing program during the fall semester of each year.


  1. Completion of approximately 30 hours of the core curriculum with a minimum grade of 'C' in each course and in institutional requirements.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 in core courses.
  3. Current enrollment in the last of (or completion of) all required basic science courses including anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and Area D science sequence with a grade of 'C' or higher in each course, and no more than one (1) failure in any one of the sciences courses. (Only one failure in science courses is allowed. If the science failure occurred more than 5 years ago, the student has the opportunity to repeat the course one time.)
  4. Generic nursing students considered for admission must have Anatomy and Physiology course(s) that are less than 6 years old at the time of potential admission into the nursing program. If the Anatomy and Physiology course(s) is/are older than 6 years, the student must retake the course(s) and pass with a 'C' or better. The student can elect to challenge the course(s) by passing a national standardized exam on the content at the national verage/percentile.
  5. Students seeking admission into the Nursing Program must have passed the Regents exams with no more than two (2) attempts on each component of the Exams.
  6. Completion of Standardized Nursing admissions diagnostics test with reading and math scores at the percentile approved by the Nursing Faculty. This exam is scheduled during the spring semester. The exam may also be scheduled once during the summer.
  7. A completed health record on file in the Student Health Services indicating that all current health policies in the Department of Nursing have been met.
  8. A current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation/basic cardiac life support (BCLS) card. All students must be certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) in Child and Adult BCLS for health care providers. This ertification must be maintained throughout the program (renewed every two years). An outdated CPR certification will prohibit the student from attending clinical practice experiences.


Students who do not meet the admission requirements or whose admission has been denied may request an interview (appeal) with the Nursing Admission Committee for a review of his/her entire collegiate academic record. All students should see their advisor prior to completing an application to the Nursing Program. Eligible students who do not meet admission criteria are encouraged to enroll in the Elective Foundations courses: For example, NURS 2112 ¨C Foundations of Professional Nursing or NURS 2121: Foundations of Pathophysiology while working to meet admission requirements. These courses will prepare students for progression in the nursing program once they have met the pre-requisites.



  1. A student transferring into the nursing curriculum from an accredited four-year institution will be required to meet the above admission criteria and will follow the generic curriculum pattern including completion of required courses prior to clinical nursing course entry. Credit for any nursing courses taken will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  2. A student transferring from another program with one failure in a nursing course may be considered for admission to upper level nursing, but must obtain a core GPA of 3.0 for 2 semesters in courses recommended by faculty, before admission. The failure will count as the first nursing failure.
  3. A student who has failed (D or less) two nursing courses, whether at a two-year institution or at a four-year institution, will be ineligible for admission.


Appeals must be made in writing to the Nursing Admissions Subcommittee and submitted to the Department at the time of admission or after the second failure.

This policy affects the student whose second failure in a nursing course is in NURS 4345/NURS 4344.

  1. Student's record will be reviewed for progression by the appropriate faculty committee.
  2. Student may be allowed to retake the course the next time that it is offered, pending decision by faculty committee.
  3. Approval must be supported by the Departmental Chair and Dean of the College.


Specific Admission Criteria to the RN-BSN Nursing Program

The Albany State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program follows the collaborative Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model forRegistered Nursing Students

  1. Nursing credits accepted as advanced standing from prior college credits include the following with a 'C' or better:
    • Nutrition
    • Pharmacology
    • The Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model is followed for RNs. No validation testing for prior nursing content is required for students who meet the appropriate criteria of the model.
    • During registration of RN students for NURS 4240 (Community Health Nursing) and NURS 4344 (Senior Seminar), the nursing faculty will verify the RN's original Georgia license and subsequently will sign a form indicating that the license is current. Student must also present a copy of the signed license during the admission process and each subsequent year of nursing education until graduation.
(Criteria of articulation model on file in the Department Chair's Office or at the Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858.) Website:



Each student must complete the Core Curriculum. The Core consists of 9 hours in Area A (Essential Skills), 5 hours in Area B (Institutional Options), 6 hours in Area C (Humanities/Fine Arts), 10-11 hours in Area D (Science, Mathematics and Technology), 12 hours in Area E (Social Science), 18 hours in Area F (Courses related to program of study), and 6 hours above the Core.

Area F courses:
COHP 2120 Human Growth and Development in the Health Professions 3 hours
BIOL 2411/2412 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 hours
BIOL 2211 Microbiology 4 hours
NURS 2601 Introduction to Geriatric Nursing 3 hours


Each student must maintain a 'C' average in order to progress in the nursing major. The minimum score for obtaining a 'C' is 75. A student who fails a nursing course will be allowed to repeat this nursing course one time when it is offered again in the curriculum; however, this failure means that the student will be unable to progress in the nursing program until the same course is satisfactorily completed. A second failure of a nursing course will constitute grounds for dismissal from the nursing program. (An appeal for readmission may be initiated after one year.)

Each student is responsible for an approved uniform, selected equipment, health and liability insurance, standardized testing (required with most nursing courses), transportation, yearly physical examinations, immunizations, chest X-rays and selected laboratory tests. The curriculum is designed for approximately four years of study. Courses in clinical nursing will begin in the sophomore year and continue through the remainder of the program Clinical experiences are provided in home/community settings, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, primary health care centers, community health and social agencies, schools, industries and other selected settings.



  1. Completion of 127 semester hours in the required program of study.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.