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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. 

The School of Nursing is located in the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex which opened in fall of 2012.  The lecture hall and computer 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 skills in a technology enhanced 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. These programs are accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

These are two year programs, but students can elect to follow an extended track of study adding one to two semesters beyond the usual two years. 

The Traditional, 2nd Degree, and LPN-BSN programs meet the requirements for the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP/ARMY Nurse Corps).

All students wishing to apply to the School of Nursing must first apply and be accepted to the university.  Students interested in the BSN are first classified as “pre-nursing”.  Once the pre-nursing criteria have been met, a student may apply to  the School of Nursing

Application deadlines for the Traditional, 2nd Degree, and LPN-BSN:

 Summer Entry                         Fall Entry
     January 15                              February 15 

  Attention transfer students:  Your nursing application will require a transcript evaluation so be sure to apply early to the university so that this document can be completed before the nursing application deadline.

  • The RN-BSN Program is a TOTALLY ONLINE program specifically designed to meet the needs of RNs who are completing the BSN degree.

  • Students in this program are allowed to progress at their own rate but most complete the degree in 1-2 years.Students can elect to finish in three years, and under special circumstances have up to five years from the start of their nursing courses to complete the degree requirements.

  • International students in the RN-BSN program must take classes on campus.

Application deadlines for the RN-BSN program only:

Spring Entry              Summer Entry           Fall Entry
October 15                 March 15 preferred       June 15      
  April 15 final

GSW Distance Education Programs

Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Georgia Southwestern State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Georgia Southwestern State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. States in which GSW is authorized to offer online programs may be found at

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GOVIEW online platform. Delivery will be both synchronous and asynchronous.

The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program – all TOTALLY ONLINE programs of study.  The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educations, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a consortium between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University offering the master’s programs in nursing.  These programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The consortium allows students to enjoy resources from both schools.

States in which GSW is authorized to offer online programs may be found at

  •   Nursing Educator
  •   Nursing Leadership/Management
  •   Nursing  Informatics
  •   Certificate in Nursing Education
  •   Certificate in Nursing Informatics

Application deadlines for MSN degree tracks and certificates (excludes FNP):

Spring Admission              Fall Admission

                                                               Preferred: October 15           Preferred: March 15          
                                                               Final: November 15               Final: April 15                   

  •  Family Nurse Practitioner Program 

                      FNP - Fall admission only: Preferred deadline- MARCH 15  Final deadline - APRIL 15

The FNP program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.  Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is in progress. 

The Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP) for high school seniors is unique to Georgia Southwestern and the School of Nursing .  Seniors from all over Georgia meeting the criteria for entrance to the program have the opportunity to enter the university as freshmen, and after the pre-nursing core curriculum requirements are met, be assured of acceptance to the School of Nursing .  Our GAP students have priority of acceptance over other applicants in the highly competitive application process.

Application deadlines for the GAP program only: (preferred February 1) deadline April 1

 Why should you consider Georgia Southwestern School of Nursing as your educational  choice? In addition to our state-of-the-art educational facility:

  • Our outstanding faculty are experts in the area in which they teach providing hands-on experience in the classroom and clinical settings.
  • Low student to faculty ratio.
  • Students immediately get hands-on experience in the classroom and clinical settings.
  • Our students are well prepared for the national nursing licensure exam (NCLEX) and have a passing rate well above the national average.
  • Our programs encompass diversity in culture, age, and gender in a nurturing environment.
  • After completion of required core coursework, students enter nursing courses in their junior year following the clinical nursing curriculum offered as a regular time or extended time track.
  • Our SURGE center for academic advising, success planning, and career counseling begins with our pre-nursing students and continues to graduation.
  • GAP - our unique opportunity for high school seniors.
  • Georgia Southwestern’s excellent education is rated one of the most affordable among highly ranked universities.
  • Georgia Southwestern is ranked as one of the safest universities in the United States.
  • Our MSN degrees allow our graduates to flow from the BSN directly into the MSN programs. 

Mission Statement of School of Nursing

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society.

Our Student Services Coordinator, Jo Ann Davis, is available at or to quickly respond to your inquiries. While only the Registrar’s Office can do transcript evaluations, she is available to discuss your curriculum progress and guide you through the application process.  As you explore our website, we welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions.

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.

Join us at Southwestern!   





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