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Fast-Track BSN Program

Athens State Nursing
Calhoun Nursing
Drake State Community & Technical College

Athens State University (ATSU), Calhoun Community College (CCC), and Drake State Technical and Community College (DRAKE) have partnered together to offer the Fast-Track BSN Program. The Fast-Track program is for motivated students who are eligible to enroll at both Athens State and either CCC or DRAKE and concurrently earn an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Upon completion of the program of study, both degrees will be awarded by the respective college. 

Fast-Track BSN Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Criteria:

  1. Be unconditionally admitted to Athens State University and respective Community College.
  2. Students must be in good standing with Athens State University and their respective Community College.
  3. Receipt of complete nursing application by the posted deadline.  
  4. Meet eligibility criteria for nursing.


  1. All academic courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum of 2.5 Cumulative GPA on all College Work (Calhoun), Minimum of 2.0 Cumulative GPA on all College Work (Drake) 
  3. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for nursing required academic core courses

Program Overview

  • 9 Semesters Total; other progression options available
  • Full-time enrollment status between respective Community College and and Athens State University courses in semesters 5-9 if concurrent completion; other progression options are available for semesters 6-9
  • Community College courses are face-to-face and include class, lab and clinical
    • RN License eligibility earned with A.D.N. program completion
  • Athens State University courses are 100% online in the BSN program
    • RN license requirement is waived for enrollment
    • Most affordable BSN program in the state
  • Eligible for Scholarships at both institutions
  • Participate in Graduation and Pinning Ceremonies at both institutions. 

Calhoun Community College Contact



Drake State Community and Technical College Contact



Athens State Contact

Dr. Mark Reynolds, Chief Nurse Administrator