Guaranteed Admission Program for Nursing
Mercer University offers a Guaranteed Admission Program for Pre-Nursing students (GAP-PNU) for first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) (College of Liberal Arts website) who intend to apply to the nursing program at Mercer's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (College of Nursing website). The GAP-PNU is offered through an agreement between Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Specific information for CLA pre-professional tracks can be found here: CLA Pre-Professional Tracks .
In order to participate in the GAP-PNU, students must complete ALL of their pre-nursing coursework within the colleges of Mercer University; students who take college courses at institutions other than Mercer after they graduate from high school are no longer eligible for the GAP-PNU. In order to meet the minimum requirements for admission to the GBCN Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN), a GAP-PNU student must complete all pre-nursing curriculum requirements, plus a University freshman seminar course (60 credit hours) at Mercer by the end of the spring semester of his/her second year AND comply with all guidelines set forth below.
Important note: Upon approval of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing’s Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program, dual enrollment credit (i.e., college courses taken by a student while still enrolled in high school) may be accepted to fulfill the pre-nursing requirements. However, no class in which a student earned a grade below a “C” will transfer to Mercer University. Similarly, AP or IB credits may be used to fulfill pre-nursing requirements. However, dual enrollment, AP, and IB credits do not count toward the 60 semester hours required in-residence. It should also be noted that physical education and military science courses cannot be used to satisfy the 60-hour requirement.
Request for Participation
Students interested in and eligible to participate in the GAP-PNU must submit a completed “Request for GAP-PNU Participation” to the Mercer University pre-professional advisor (in Macon) by November 15 of their first year at Mercer. This form is available from the pre-professional advisor in Penfield Hall, or can be found in Appendix A of the Student Handbook for the Pre-Nursing Tracks.
A GAP-PNU student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, as well as a 3.0 GPA in all math and science courses in the pre-nursing curriculum. Students may not elect to be graded on an “S/U” basis in those math and science courses required for the pre-nursing curriculum. The overall and math/science GPAs of all GAP-PNU students will be reviewed after their first year as undergraduates and after both the fall and spring semesters of their second year. If a student’s overall GPA or math/science GPA is below a 3.0 at any of these times, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in the GAP-PNU.
Starting in the fall of the student’s first year at Mercer, a GAP-PNU student must participate in the academic advising programs for pre-nursing students provided by the pre-professional advisor at the College of Liberal Arts. Included in these events are visits to the Macon campus by representatives from the GBCN, who provide specific guidelines and advice to all pre-nursing students planning to attend the GBCN.
Application to Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
GAP-PNU students are required to apply to the GBCN by January 15 of their second year. GAP-PNU students are required to submit scores for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with their application packet; the College requires a minimum composite TEAS score, which is based on a national average. Although the minimum score will change as national averages change, for version 5.0 the required score is 74% composite. Final acceptance into the nursing program is contingent upon a successful interview.