2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (B.S.N.) R.N. to B.S.N. Program

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Advanced Placement for RN Students Brenau participates in the Georgia R.N./B.S.N. Articulation Plan. According to this plan, validation of previous nursing knowledge is not required for A.D.N. or Diploma graduates from a nationally accredited program who have at least 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last 3 years or who graduated within the last 4 years.

Individuals who meet these requirements will be given credit for a block of coursework that equates to 43 credit hours of coursework in the standard BSN program. These course credits are held in escrow until the R.N.-B.S.N. student successfully completes NG 301R-RN Bridge: Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing, which is a 3 hour course. This course introduces the R.N. student to the theoretical model, organizing framework and outcomes of the B.S.N. curriculum. This course is designed to assist the R.N. with socialization into higher education in nursing.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete all non-nursing requirements prior to registration in courses in the nursing major.

Students in the RN-BSN program must have a valid RN license as a registered nurse in Georgia or in the state in which the clinical experiences will be conducted. A copy of the current RN license will be maintained in the student’s file.



Liberal Education Requirements

Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.

This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.

  • World Understanding Learning
  • Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
  • Artistic and Creative Imagination
  • Communication and Language Fluency

Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.

Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements for Brenau’s bachelor degree programs (does not include Brenau’s A.A. degree). This exemption does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.

World Understanding Learning Portal

Historical Perspective - 3 hours

Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal

Mathematics - 3 hours

Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours

Appreciate ones health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.

  • Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
  • Non-Women’s College students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau.
  • Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.

Communication & Language Fluency Portal

Writing - 6 hours

Compose effective and logical written communication.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

Communicate in a modern language other than English.

  • Students must have modern language competency through the high beginner (102 or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the communication requirement, if needed, or as a general elective.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 527 (paper based) or its equivalent.

Communication - 3 hours

Apply communication skills in a given context.

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education, or choose from the courses below. If a student takes 101 and 102 of the same language to satisfy the modern language requirement, the 101 course may satisfy the communication elective.


A minimum of 123 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 123 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.

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