2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog 
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2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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 the following courses once they pass NG 301R: NG 350, 360, 370, 380, 390, 444, 448 and 480. These 30 hours of nursing 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.

A.D.N. or Diploma graduates who did not graduate from a nationally accredited program or who graduated more than four years ago and have less than 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last three years will be required to validate previous nursing knowledge by passing the ACE exam. The student must achieve a decision score of 85 or above on each exam and may take each exam no more than two times. If the student does not pass the exams after two tries, the student must take and pass the equivalent undergraduate course in order to progress in the program.

The R.N. to B.S.N. program is offered on-line. The nursing major can be completed in three semesters. 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.

The R.N. to B.S.N. program requires a total of 120 credits to be taken at Brenau or other accredited schools. Non-nursing requirements vary depending upon whether or not the student has earned an associate or higher degree.

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. This exemption does not 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

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

Global and Civic Perspective

  • Demonstrate a global and civic perspective by applying ethical and social justice principles in decision making.

Global and Civic Perspective - 3 hours

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal


  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.


  • Demonstrate competency in a specific science curriculum and appraise the impact of that science in one’s life


  • Be able to think critically and solve problems effectively

Mathematics - 3 hours

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Fine Arts

  • Understand artistic concepts and traditions through the experience of artistic endeavors


  • Read and understand literature in its historical context.

Spirituality or Self-Awareness

  • Recognize spiritual traditions around the world or improve personal and social awareness.

Lifetime Fitness

  • Appraise one’s health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.

Communication & Language Fluency Portal


  • Compose effective and logical written communication.


  • Demonstrate effective oral communication.

Modern Language

  • Communicate in a non-native language.

Interpersonal Dynamics

  • Engage in the transfer of under-standing between people.

Information and Technology

  • Literacy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information technology.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

  • Students must have modern language competency through the 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 students communication elective, if needed.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.

Communication and Language Fluency Portal Elective - 3 hours

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education or choose from the courses below.

Note: Women’s College students may apply a 100 level language as a portal elective only for a language not used to meet the liberal education Modern Language requirement. Evening and Weekend and Online Studies students may use a 100 level language to satisfy the portal elective requirement.

Nursing Mandatory Prerequisite Requirements:

Note: Must earn a grade of “C” or better in all mandatory prerequisite, additional program requirements and major classes. See the program plan for courses that can be cross/dual used between the liberal education and the major.

Students must earn a cumulative 2.5 grade point average and a major 2.5 grade point average.

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

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