FAQ Macon Pre-Nursing / Nursing  

Common Questions Received for the Macon
Pre-Nursing / Nursing Program Offering*

1.    Who receives priority for entry into Mercer nursing courses?

Answer:  Priority for entry into Mercer nursing courses is given to the Mercer – Macon pre-nursing student. 

2.    Since the nursing courses will not begin until fall semester 2013, how can I best prepare myself for acceptance into the Mercer-Macon nursing program?

Answer:  A current high school student should submit an application to the Mercer-Macon pre-nursing program.  Students who meet admission criteria for Mercer have a high acceptance rate into the nursing program. 

3.    I am interested in applying to the Mercer University – Macon pre-nursing program as a freshman.  Who should I contact if I have questions? 

Answer:  All interested freshman applicants should contact Mercer-Macon Undergraduate Admissions by email:
Admissions@Mercer.edu or by phone: 478.301.2650 or 1.800.840.8577.  Nursing education is in strong demand!

4.    What does it mean to be accepted to the Mercer University Macon pre-nursing program?

Answer:  Mercer University undergraduate freshmen students (Macon campus), planning to pursue a career in nursing, are considered to be on the “pre-nursing track.”  This enrollment designation is made to ensure students receive specific advising associated with requirements and protocols for a nursing career path.  Students entering Mercer University (Macon campus) are noted as pre-nursing (PNU).  The PNU designation is not a major offered by Mercer University and there is no degree or certificate offered for successful completion of the PNU curriculum.  However, completion of the Mercer–Macon pre-nursing curriculum, followed by acceptance and completion of the nursing curriculum plan at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. 

5.    I have been accepted to the Mercer-Macon University pre-nursing program as a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) student.  If I meet the admission qualifications to enter nursing courses, can I apply to either campus?

Answer: Congratulations on your acceptance into Mercer University!  Yes, CLA pre-nursing students may apply to either the Macon or Atlanta campus for nursing courses.  Mercer-Macon students, who are projected to complete all nursing prerequisites, may apply to the nursing program in fall semester 2012 for fall semester 2013 entry consideration.


6.   If I am accepted to the Mercer-Macon pre-nursing program as a CLA student, why do I apply to enter nursing coursework beginning fall semester 2013?
Answer: The College of Nursing adheres to admission criteria associated with success in nursing.  Therefore, all applicants must meet the admission criteria to be considered for entry the nursing program.

7.    I understand Mercer has a Guaranteed Admissions Program for students who complete all necessary pre-requisites on the Macon campus.  When can I apply?

Answer:  The Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) is available for five different degree programs at Mercer.  The nursing GAP is only available to Mercer-Macon pre-nursing students (PNU students).  It is very important for students to understand participation requirements for this program.  Need more information? GO>

8.    I am a Mercer student who was not admitted to pre-nursing.  Can I apply to the Mercer-Macon nursing program for when it begins in fall semester 2013?

Answer:  Yes, applications will not be limited to pre-nursing students.  Other qualified Mercer students and transfer students will be considered on a space-available basis.  The inability to transfer institutional aid towards financial support in the nursing program, as indicated in item #9 below, applies to all Mercer students receiving institutional scholarships /aid.  Mercer applicants should also review item #10 and #11.

9.    If I am a pre-nursing student currently receiving Mercer University academic scholarship/aid, will these same awards continue when I begin nursing courses?

Answer:  Mercer University associated scholarships/aid are not continued when a student enters into the nursing program.  Mercer-based scholarships are associated with enrollment and coursework in other Mercer University degree programs, which do not include nursing.  The nursing program offers select and highly-competitive scholarships to undergraduate nursing students.  Accepted nursing students do not apply for nursing scholarships offered by the College of Nursing; award decisions are made by College faculty and Admission Staff.  If a student receives scholarships, grants, or other aid (HOPE, Federal Pell Grant, etc), apart from Mercer aid, the student is strongly encouraged to ensure that this aid will apply to expenses associated with nursing tuition and fees.  Please give careful attention to this matter.

10. What is the tuition for nursing coursework?

Answer:  The College of Nursing establishes a tuition rate specific for nursing degree programs.  The tuition rate for undergraduate coursework is listed on the College of Nursing web site and in the Catalog.

11. Once I am accepted into the nursing program, am I eligible to apply for nursing scholarships outside of Mercer and the nursing program?

Answer:  Yes, following acceptance to the nursing program students can and should apply for outside scholarships.  Due diligence regarding financial expenses is the student’s responsibility.  If you are considering nursing as your major, begin searching now for financial aid to cover program costs.  You should not assume that you will receive a scholarship from the College of Nursing or that you will be awarded assistance from the College for payment of tuition.  Suggestions for financial aid support for nursing students include (but are not limited to) the following:  hometown hospital scholarships, foundations, national organizations, etc.  Consider reviewing these web sites as your beginning search for financial support:  AfterCollege, AACN, Mercer-Macon Financial Aid, Georgia Nurses Association, Georgia Scholarships, Additional Georgia Scholarships, etc.  Nursing is a long-standing profession.  There are numerous sources of support for nursing students.  It is important to note that you are responsible for payment of your nursing education and that you are also responsible for seeking outside scholarships to support payment of your tuition and fees.

12. Do I still need to complete FASFA and the Mercer Financial Aid Application each year?

Answer:  Yes, you are strongly encouraged to complete both FASFA and the Mercer Financial Aid applications by published deadlines.  Both academic and most outside scholarship support often require these applications to be on file.

13. What kind of undergraduate nursing degree will I earn at Mercer University?

Answer: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

14. When will you have more information regarding application to the nursing program in Macon?

Answer:  Applications for Macon nursing fall semester 2013 coursework will be available early in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Visit the nursing web site often for updates.

15. Once I am accepted to the pre-nursing Mercer-Macon program of study, who is my resource for information and discussion concerning the nursing program?

Answer:  The Pre-Health Professions Advisor in the Office of Academic and Advising serves as the primary nursing advisor for all pre-nursing students on the Macon campus.  This advisor works closely with nursing admissions and the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program to support pre-nursing students.

16. When will you have more information regarding application information for transfer students who plan to apply to the Macon nursing program for 2013 admission consideration?

Answer:  Information related to transfer students seeking admission to the Mercer-Macon nursing program will not be available until December 2012.

17. Why are there pending approvals to the nursing program offering in Macon?

Answer:  When a new location for coursework, or any substantive change, occurs in an existing accredited degree program or degree granting institution, each accreditation and regulatory agency is informed of the change.  Mercer University and the College of Nursing have informed all associated accrediting and regulatory agencies regarding the Mercer-Macon addition of nursing courses beginning fall semester 2013.  As each agency reviews information and subsequently approves the addition of the nursing curriculum plan for the Macon campus, information on the web site (and all updated printed materials) will reflect approval from these agencies. Current accreditations can be found by clicking here.   

*Approval received from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Pending the following approvals:  Georgia Board of Nursing; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
has a long established reputation for preparing the best and the brightest nurses in the country.  If you are caring, motivated, hard-working, and academically competitive this may be the right program for you!


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