Welcome to the School of Nursing


Georgia Southwestern State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program continues its proud tradition of strong academic preparation of nurses that began in 1953 with the establishment of its first associate degree nursing program.  

As nurses have assumed more complex and diverse responsibilities, the need for professional nurses with a BSN has become greater than ever. The School of Nursing is committed to developing qualified nurses and nurse leaders to embark on a health care career that is dynamic, challenging, and satisfying.  GSW students receive the foundation in theory, practice, and critical thinking skills necessary to become excellent health care providers. 

 In addition to receiving outstanding faculty instruction, our students are learning in a state of the art building in the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex which opened in fall of 2012.  The lecture hall and classrooms offer students the newest means of instruction.  The upstairs replica of a hospital floor complete with life like simulation lab, obstetrics and newborn unit, medical-surgical unit, critical care unit, pediatrics care, trauma center, and nurses stations give students the opportunity to practice in a health care setting before going to their off-site clinical assignments. 

Our four undergraduate program tracks offer students of varying educational backgrounds a pathway into the nursing profession or further through to a higher degree of the nursing profession.

  • The Traditional BSN Program is designed for students having no nursing background. 
  • The 2nd Degree Program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study. 
  • The LPN-BSN Program allows LPNs to further their education and become registered nurses with a BSN. 
  • The RN-BSN Program is an on-line program specifically designed to meet the needs of RNs who are completing the BSN degree.  (International students in the RN-BSN program must take classes on campus.)

The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a partnership between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University offering a master’s program in nursing.  The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) consists of three on-line programs of study: Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, and Nurse Informatics.

All elements combine to make the GSW School of Nursing one of the best and most highly respected teaching facilities in the area. Graduates of the program will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of health care settings. These individuals will be actively recruited by the best hospitals and healthcare agencies in the state.


We welcome students who are looking to meet the challenges in the nation’s health care and who are eager to learn.