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The nursing program at Piedmont University maintains accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program is also approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
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Piedmont's bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree prepares nurse generalists to work with individuals, families, and communities in a variety of health care settings. Students receive one-on-one personal attention and work with faculty with real-world experience in the nursing profession.
The program includes a clinical practice component that gives students the opportunity to apply their nursing theory and skills in multiple health care settings with over 200 clinical hours prior to graduation. All students have the opportunity to work with under-served populations as a part of their clinical practice. This experience leads to strong clinical graduates who are ready for their nursing career. Piedmont has roughly an 80% critical care placement rate and most nurses are placed locally with some choosing regional or national opportunities.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be completed in four academic years for students entering at the freshman level. All required nursing courses must be completed within four years. While this may sound challenging, Piedmont nursing students receive personal attention preparing them for success and helping you find balance throughout the program. Non-traditional students, student athletes, students pursuing evening nursing classes on our Athens campus and first generation students all can find success in Piedmont's BSN program.
Graduates of the four-year BSN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this exam is required to practice as a professional registered nurse. Piedmont students currently have a 95% first time pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam.
The Application Process
The BSN nursing program begins in the summer on both the Demorest and Athens campuses. Candidates must be 18 by the start of the program in order to be considered for admission to the program. The application cycle opens on September 1.
Piedmont University offers an Early Decision option for BSN program applicants who have a competitive GPA and TEAS or HESI score. The candidate must meet all other admission criteria.
The deadline for submission of all required documents for Early Decision is November 15. Applicants will be notified by December 22. If an applicant does not meet early decision criteria, the application will be evaluated during the general admission cycle.
Candidates should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a TEAS that is competitive with the national average (the current national average is around 70), or at least an 80 in each area of the HESI. Candidates must be 18 prior to starting the program in order to apply.
The deadline for submission of all required documents for general admission is April 10.
Admission is competitive and meeting application requirements does not guarantee an offer to the program. All applicants are also encouraged to apply early as the program slots may fill quickly.
|1. Apply to Piedmont University. Acceptance is required in order to apply to the BSN program if not currently a student—we cannot process any application until accepted into the university. Currently Piedmont does not charge an application fee.|
|2. All students must have their Piedmont University student ID number in order to complete their nursing application.|
|3. Students admitted to the BSN program must have no more than 2 outstanding Gen Ed courses PRIOR to beginning the program. These outstanding credits may not include those in the following required areas: Sciences, Math, Statistics, Human Growth and Development, and English. Students who have not met nor are in progress to complete these requirements will not be considered. Due to the rigor of the nursing program, missing more than two general education credits is difficult to accomplish in that all general education must be completed PRIOR to Fall of the last year in the nursing program. Students who fail to complete required general education by Fall of their senior year will be delayed with their graduation.|
|4. Apply to the BSN program HERE when applications open each September. Currently Piedmont does not charge an application fee for the nursing program. In order to submit your application, you will need ALL of the following ready to upload. Please read these instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
|5. Choose a Campus: The nursing program is consistent across both campuses with faculty involved in team teaching, clinical sites, and lab/simulation learning. Faculty travel to both campuses to deliver the program. Only the Demorest campus offers on-site housing with a meal-plan. From an accreditation standpoint, we are required to track students across the campus of admission, therefore once a student begins on a campus; it is not possible to transfer to the other site. It is important for you to indicate your campus preference on the application. If you are willing to accept placement at either campus, select that option. Applications for each campus fluctuate yearly and your chances of acceptance may be less if you are only able to choose one site. Once you accept the placement, you are committed to that campus for the duration of the program.|
|6. Application Deadlines
|7. Acceptance Notification—Please note that the application process is competitive.
|8. Next Steps
Summary aggregate data for our program on NCLEX performance, program completion/graduation rate, and job placement for the last three years.
|Required Program Outcome||Expected Level of Achievement||Actual Level of Achievement|
|NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam First Time Pass Rate||85%||95.5%|
Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN
Piedmont University wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:00pm on Tuesday, September 26, in Camp Younts of the library located at 1021 Central Avenue, Demorest, GA 30535.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Nell Ard, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 10, 2023.
ACEN Contact information
Address: 3390 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
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