Associate of Science in Nursing - Traditional Option (NA73)  Degree


Campus Locations: Vidalia

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to produce technically-advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum will provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as an entry-level nurse in acute, long-term, and community healthcare settings.

The ASN Program consists of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as preparation for the nursing program. The curriculum combines general and nursing education courses to provide the student with a foundation for scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, critical thinking training, and ethical nursing care. Upon entrance into the program, the student will receive didactic and clinical components necessary for successful completion of the Program. Clinical experiences are selected to provide the student with a broad range of learning opportunities. The program graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

After completion of all core classes and the competitive admission process, students will be eligible to begin the Nursing (RNSG) courses. One class will be accepted into the ASN program each year, beginning Fall semester. The Traditional option is offered on the Vidalia campus. The Traditional ASN option courses consist of 41 credit hours and will span over four semesters. Fundamental nursing concepts and skills will be taught before moving into more advanced classes. Students will receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients at local hospitals and community agencies under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Prior to program completion, students will successfully complete a practicum experience and must pass an end-of-program comprehensive nursing exit examination.

*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook at: https://catalog.southeasterntech.edu/.

Entrance Requirements

  • Prospective students seeking admission into the Associate of Science in Nursing Program will initially enroll in the Healthcare Management (HCM) Degree or Healthcare Professional Certificate - Associate of Science in Nursing option. Students will submit an application for the nursing program, before the appropriate deadline as noted on the checklist below. The Program-specific application can be obtained from the admissions office.
  • Please be aware that some clinical sites mandate the COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with CMS guidelines.
  • Submit a completed application & application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age (at the time the student begins the program (RNSG courses);
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript or high school equivalent scores;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable; • All prerequisite courses (courses without an RNSG prefix) must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score is utilized in the nursing entry process. An adjusted individual total score of 66% or greater on the TEAS is required to be considered for admission into the ASN Program. It is recommended students complete MATH 1111, BIOL 2113/2113L, BIOL2114/2114L and ENGL 1011 prior to taking the TEAS exam. Study materials for the TEAS exam are available through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) at www.ATItesting.com. It is the student's responsibility to contact the admissions office to schedule a time for testing. The TEAS testing dates and instructions for scheduling can be found at https://www.southeasterntech.edu/events/.
  • The student will be allowed three (3) attempts to score the required adjusted individual score of 66% or greater on the TEAS exam. The student is responsible for securing appropriate TEAS exam study resources. It is recommended the student wait a minimum of 30 days between each attempt. In the event that there is one seat available and students possess the same grade point average (GPA), then the TEAS score will be used as the tiebreaker.
  • The attempts will apply to the admission criteria of both the practical nursing diploma and associate degree nursing programs. Therefore, the student is allowed three (3) total exam attempts regardless of program choice.
  • TEAS scores will be valid for three (3) calendar years and must not be expired by the deadline for admission for Fall cohorts.
  • The student’s GPA will be calculated based on the grade earned in all pre-requisite courses required for the nursing curriculum (ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, PSYC 1101, ENGL 2130, GEN ED ELECTIVE, BIOL 2113/2113L and BIOL 2114/2114L); this will include transfer and repeated classes (taken within the last five (5) years/60 months). COLL 1040 and ALMA 1000 are not used in the calculation for competitive admission; however, these courses must be completed with at least a “C” before the student can begin RNSG courses; failure to do so will result in the student forfeiting their seat. Students should take COLL 1040 the first semester enrolled at the college.
  • The higher a student’s GPA, the higher the student will rank in the competitive portion of the admission process. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to qualify.
  • BIOL 2113/2113L, BIOL 2114/2114L should be completed within the last five years.
  • An ASN Program cohort is accepted each Fall semester. Up to 10% of the total admission cohort may include readmit applicants. If a cohort is not full, additional readmission students may be accepted. 31
  • Application Deadline for Fall cohorts is the 1st Thursday of March. All other supporting documentation deadline for admission of Fall cohorts is the 1st Thursday of May. Transfer students should reach out to the Admissions office to ensure that all documentation is received by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Transfer students should also ensure they are registered for COLL 1040 and ALMA 1000 prior to the start of Summer semester.

Click here to download the Nursing Application.

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Program Progression and Readmission

Progression

In order to continue in the nursing Program, the student must:

  • Maintain a grade of C or better in all RNSG courses.
  • Achieve a passing score (100%) on the required calculation exams (may take the calculation exam a maximum of three (3) attempts).
  • Be accepted by clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
  • Demonstrate safe practice in care of clients and exercise appropriate judgment as beginning-level practitioners.
  • Maintain compliance with technical standards, clinical site acceptance and American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification.
  • Satisfy drug screen, background check, and immunization requirements. A student who has an unsuccessful attempt in an ASN course (W, D, or F) cannot progress. Withdrawal and/or a D or F in one or more nursing courses (RNSG) is considered one unsuccessful attempt, including attempts at outside colleges.

Readmission to the Nursing Program

Based on space availability, readmission may be considered for the following:

  1. Students who withdraw.
  2. Students who fail to complete a course with a grade of C or better.
  3. Students can only be readmitted ONCE.

Any student requesting readmission must reapply to the Office of Admissions by the deadline noted on the website.

The student must submit the program’s required documents to verify proof of a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification, immunizations, criminal background check, and drug screen. Criminal background check and drug screen must be up to date and meet clinical site requirements.

Students applying for re-entry beyond the first semester of RNSG courses must take:

  • Course challenge exam(s) on all course content prior to the course of readmission
  • Calculation exam, and
  • Clinical competency evaluation (Student will complete Department of Nursing Skills Checklist)

Students applying beyond the first semester must request reinstatement within one year from the term of withdrawal or failure.

Students must score 80 or better on the challenge exams and score 100 on the calculation exam. Students will progress through the challenge exams in the same order as the program. For instance (and depending on pathway), students who wish to enroll beyond the second semester will take challenge exams for RNSG 1019B, 1018/1018B, 1005, first semester calculation exam and clinical competency before progressing to second semester exams. Students are allowed one attempt for course challenge exam(s), calculation exam and clinical 35 competency evaluation skills. The challenge exam(s), calculation exam and clinical competency evaluation will be completed the semester prior to the semester the student is seeking readmission.

Readmission to the nursing program is not guaranteed. Selection for reinstatement is based on the student’s GPA at the current institution and space availability. Reinstatement may be denied due to, but not limited to, any of the following circumstances:

  • Grade point average is less than 2.0 from RNSG courses completed at the current institution,
  • Refusal by clinical agencies to accept the student for clinical experiences,
  • Twelve months have elapsed since the student was enrolled in a nursing course, and
  • Students dismissed from the previous program for disciplinary reasons and/or unsafe/unsatisfactory client care in the clinical area will not be allowed readmission to the nursing program.

In the event more than one student meets the requirements for re-admission beyond the first semester of RNSG courses, the following criteria will be utilized to determine the best candidate for re-admission:

  • TEAS test scores will count 20%
  • Course challenge exams(s) scores will be averaged and count 45%, and
  • Health Care Management Degree core course GPA will count 35%.

A student who earns a D or F in any two nursing semesters will be dismissed from the ASN Program and will not be eligible for readmission, including attempts at outside colleges.

Transfer

The ASN Program does not accept transfers directly into RNSG courses.

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: Traditional: $9,000.00 and Bridge Pathway: $7,000.00 (tuition $100 per credit hour; fees $319 each semester)
  • Textbooks (approximately $1,000.00 for entire program)
  • Assessment Technology Institute fee ranges between $550.00-$700.00 each semester. There may be additional costs assessed by ATI if students are unsuccessful on comprehensive predictor
  • Skills laboratory fee (RNSG 1005/1019B): $100.00
  • Bandage Scissors $5-$20
  • Penlight $7-$15
  • Full Face Goggles $5-$15
  • Stethoscope $20-$150
  • Aneroid Sphygmomanometer $15-$50
  • Graduation Application Fee $40 (if student participates); Print diploma fee $10 and cover is $10.
  • STC Nursing Pin for pinning ceremony ($10)
  • Uniform Costs (up to $300) detailed information regarding uniforms will be given at program-specific mandatory orientation
  • Castlebranch ($50 annually) (vendor subject to change due to clinical facility requirements)
  • Background check, drug screen and immunization tracker (approximately $127.95; paid to PreCheck)
  • American Heart Association BLS Provider certification (must cover 1-person, 2-person, infant, child and adult CPR and AED. $50 (Credential must remain current throughout the program.)
  • Respiratory N95 /Fittest Mask $25.00 (Includes initial masks and masks for duration of program)
  • Liability Insurance ($12 per year)
  • Immunizations/Laboratory Tests
    • MMR vaccination: $64
    • Measles titer: $20
    • Mumps titer: $20
    • Rubella titer: $20
    • Varicella titer: $20
    • Hepatitis B titer: $20
    • Varicella vaccination: $117
    • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)/PPD- Two-step: $25 per step
    • Tdap: $40
    • Tetanus vaccination: $20
    • Hepatitis B Series: $264
    • Hepatitis A and B: $163 for 3 shot series (this option may be chosen instead of the Hepatitis B series)
    • Seasonal Influenza vaccination ($25)
    • COVID-19 Vaccination-Vaccine may be a requirement for some clinical sites

• There are additional charges upon graduation to sit for Professional Licensure. These prices can be found on the Georgia Board of Nursing Website: https://sos.ga.gov/how-to-guide/how-guide-registered-nurse

  • Special Note: A single charge may apply to more than one titer being drawn at the same time.

• Please note expenses related to Program courses will NOT be refunded if the student is unable, unwilling, or ineligible to complete the clinical component of any course. Fees are due as noted on syllabus. Failure to pay the fees by the deadline may result in the student not being allowed to return to class and being issued an occurrence.

Some clinical sites require a current (within 6 months) physical exam and/or proof of unexpired health insurance. Failure to supply all required (unexpired) documentation may prohibit the student from attending clinical, resulting in an occurrence. A student who cannot complete program clinical requirements may not continue in the program.

Fees are to be paid on or before the deadline established by the Program Faculty.

Laptops will be required. Specifications should include:

  • Processor i5 or i7
  • Memory 8GB or higher
  • Hard drive 250GB or larger
  • DVD Drive, either internal or external
  • Webcam with microphone
  • Reliable Internet Connection required (Mobile Hotspots are not allowed)
  • ATI Internet Requirements: A minimum internet speed of 5 Mbps is required (10 Mbps or more is recommended).
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For more detailed program information, click here to view the Department of Nursing Student Handbook

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Click here to view EOPSLO and Program Outcomes

Southeastern Technical College Associate of Science in Nursing has been granted full approval by the:

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive Macon
Georgia 31217-2858
(478) 207-2440 / (844) 753-7825
https://sos.ga.gov/

The Associate of Science in Nursing program was granted full approval through May 31, 2025 by The Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON), 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, (478) 207-2440.

The associate nursing program at Southeastern Technical College at the Vidalia and Swainsboro campus located in Vidalia and Swainsboro, Georgia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

ACEN Accredited

Curriculum Outline (67 hours)
General Core (18 hours) 18
ALMA 1000

(Prerequisites: MATH 1012) (Co-requisites: MATH 1111) Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses. The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.

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COLL 1040

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

3
Area I: Language Arts/Communication
ENGL 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate English Placement Test Score AND Appropriate Reading Placement Test Score) Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores) Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on critical thinking and fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111

(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

3
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts
ENGL 2130

(Prerequisite: ENGL 1101) Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.

3
General Education Elective
Choose One (3 hours)
ECON 1101

(Prerequisites: Regular Admission) Provides a description and analysis of economic operations in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of economic concepts and policies as they apply to everyday life. Topics include basic economic principles; economic forces and indicators; capital and labor; price, competition, and monopoly; money and banking; government expenditures, federal and local; fluctuations in production, employment, and income; and United States economy in perspective.

3
SPCH 1101

(Prerequisites: ENGL 1101- Institutional Requirement) Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. L Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.

3
SOCI 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Scores) Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.

3
Non-General Education Courses (8 hours) 8
BIOL 2113

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101) Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

3
BIOL 2113 L

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

1
BIOL 2114

(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114L) Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

3
BIOL 2114 L

(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

1
Occupational Curriculum (41 hours) 41
RNSG 1005

(Pre-requisite:  Program Admission) (Co-requisite:  RNSG 1018) This course provides an introduction to nursing and roles of the nurse, as well as profession related and client care concepts. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. The theoretical foundation for basic assessment and nursing skills is presented, and the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. An introduction to the nursing process provides a decision-making framework to assist students in developing effective clinical judgment skills. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. The clinical experience will introduce the student to the application of theoretical concepts and implementation of safe client care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

7
RNSG 1018

(Prerequisites: Program Admission)(Co-requisites: RNSG 1005) This course provides an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, including: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication interactions and potential adverse medication reactions. This course also enhances the basic mathematical concepts utilized in calculating medication dosages for safe administration to clients throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on drug classifications and nursing care related to the safe administration of medications.

4
RNSG 1020

(Pre-requisite:  Program Admission, RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018) (Co-requisite:  RNSG 1030) This course focuses on the care of adult clients with basic health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with basic alterations within selected body concepts and will enhance concepts taught in previous nursing courses. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership.  The clinical experience will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

7
RNSG 1030

(Pre-requisite:  Program Admission, RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018) (Co-requisite:  RNSG 1020) This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of women, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on normal and high-risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, family dynamics, common pediatric disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors in clients. Management and planning of the nursing process will include concepts from a variety of culturally diverse settings and nursing in the community and acute care setting. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to women, newborns, and children in selected settings.

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RNSG 2000

(Pre-requisite:  Program Admission, RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018, RNSG 1020, RNSG 1030) (Co-requisite:  RNSG 2005) This course focuses on the care of adult clients with complex, multisystem health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with complex, multisystem alterations within selected body systems and will enhance concepts taught in previous nursing courses. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. The clinical experience will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

4
RNSG 2005

(Pre-requisite: RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018, RNSG 1020, RNSG 1030) (Co-requisite:  RNSG 2000) This course focuses on the care of clients experiencing mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on management of clients facing emotional and psychological stressors, as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to clients experiencing mental disorders.

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RNSG 2020

(Pre-requisite: Program Admission, RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018, RNSG 1020, RNSG 1030, RNSG 2000, RNSG 2005) (Co-requisite: RNSG 2030) This course focuses on complex concepts of nursing care as they relate to clients with complex, multisystem alterations in health requiring medical and/or surgical intervention Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with complex, multisystem alterations within selected body systems and will enhance concepts taught in previous nursing courses. Complex clinical skills, as well client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership are integrated throughout the course. A clinical experience, the practicum, provides the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to clients and selected groups in a variety of settings as a transition into professional nursing practice.

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RNSG 2030

(Pre-requisite: Program Admission, RNSG 1005, RNSG 1018, RNSG 1020, RNSG 1030, RNSG 2000, RNSG 2005) (Co-requisite: RNSG 2020) This non-clinical course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of a professional nurse in the microsystem of a work unit. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues, work ethics, and management concepts, as well as developing the skills of delegation, conflict management, and leadership. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed.

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Faculty
Advisor

Associate of Science in Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 732

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Director, Associate of Science in Nursing & Practical Nursing
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 724

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Associate of Science in Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 840

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Associate of Science In Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 707

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Health Science Administrative Assistant/Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 722

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Associate of Science in Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 715

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