Macon State College Nursing Program Review
Macon State College (MSC), which began as a two-year college in 1965, has an emphasis on preparing students for careers, particularly for careers that are vital to the South. Now it is a four-year college, but it has kept its commitment to career development. While not overlooking the importance of core liberal arts classes, Macon State College focuses on professional programs, and is proud of its emphasis on technological developments.
Among these professional programs are three in the nursing field, offered through the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which has accreditation through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Below is a review of the three available nursing programs at Macon State College:
Associate of Science in Nursing
To earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, students must commit to at least two years of study, not including all the core classes required by Macon State College. The program begins in both the fall (at the Macon campus) and the spring (at the Warner Robins campus). To apply for this program, a student must already be enrolled at Macon State College and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all previous classes. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a required part of the application process.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a traditional four-year course of study. Students in this program spend the first two years taking common core classes. After completing these core classes, maintaining a GPA of 2.5, students officially apply to the BSN program. If accepted, they spend the third and fourth year learning nursing skills. Unlike the ASN program, the BSN program only begins once a year, in the fall, on the Macon campus. The program also welcomes students who have already earned a degree in a different field. They are invited to transfer as many classes as possible, and then continue on with the rest of the required core classes and all of the nursing coursework. At the end of the BSN program, a student can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) and, if she passes successfully, begin working right away as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
An experienced RN who has an associate degree or diploma in nursing can complete his baccalaureate degree through Macon State College’s RN to BSN program. Completing a baccalaureate degree is an important step toward opening up new professional paths and advancing in the nursing career. The RN-BSN program at Macon State College requires sixty credit hours of both core classes and nursing classes. However, there are prerequisite classes as well. If an RN did not complete all of these prerequisites in the course of earning his associate degree or diploma, he must take them before beginning the RN-BSN program. As with the traditional BSN program, the RN to BSN program begins in the fall at the Macon campus.
Macon State College
100 College Station Drive
Macon, GA 31206