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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. 

Furthering our commitment to nursing education, in June of 2013, Georgia Southwestern joined a consortium recognized by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia offering the Master of Science in Nursing with tracks in nursing education, nursing leadership, and nursing informatics in partnership with Columbus State University as The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE).  In fall of 2014, the Family Nurse Practitioner program was created by the consortium.

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).  (Please see the Public Announcement below for more accreditation information.)

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 program tracks meet the requirements for the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP/ARMY Nurse Corps).

Application deadlines for the Traditional, 2nd Degree, and LPN-BSN:
Summer Entry Fall Entry
January 15 February 15

The RN-BSN Program track is TOTALLY ONLINE and specifically designed to meet the needs of RNs who are completing the BSN degree.  Most students complete the degree in 1-2 years, but can elect to finish in three years.  Under special circumstances, students can 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 track only
Spring Entry Summer Entry Fall Entry
October 15 March 15 preferred
April 15 final
June 15 preferred
July 15 final

GSW Distance Education Programs (Applies to RN-BSN and MSN)

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 https://gsw.edu/Assets/DistanceLearning/GSW%20State%20Authorization%20Statement.pdf.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program. It is a TOTALLY ONLINE degree.  The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a consortium between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University offering the MSN.  The degree tracks are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The FNP program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accreditation by the CCNE is in progress.

  •   Nursing Educator
  •   Nursing Leadership/Management
  •   Nursing  Informatics
  •   Certificate in Nursing Education
  •   Certificate in Nursing Informatics
Application deadlines for the MSN degree tracks and certificates (excludes FNP):
Spring Admission Fall Admission
Preferred: October 15
Final: November 15
Preferred: March 15
Final: April 15
  •  Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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

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 degree allows our graduates to flow from the BSN directly into MSN study. 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Georgia Southwestern State University baccalaureate degree in nursing program is seeking initial national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with an on-site evaluation visit scheduled September 21 – 23, 2015.  We invite you to provide written and signed comments to CCNE before August 31, 2015.  Comments should be directed to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Attn:  Third-Party Comments, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC  20036  -or- ThirdPartyComments@aacn.nche.edu

Our Student Services Coordinator, Jo Ann Davis, is available at joann.davis@gsw.edu to quickly respond to your inquiries. She is available to 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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