There is a good number of universities and colleges in the State of Georgia that offer nursing programs. The nursing programs offered in the state aim to provide solution to the nagging problem of significant shortage of nurses in the hospital setting, especially in the area of gerontology because of the expanding elderly population, both statewide and nationwide.
Students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing have many options in choosing their school. There are several nursing schools in the Atlanta area and more schools in the different cities of the state. Most of these nursing schools offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, with some of them also offering doctoral degrees. The nursing schools in the State of Georgia operate with the approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Based on rankings and program information, the following are the top nursing schools in Georgia:
1. Emory University
1520 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States
Emory University, a Methodist university founded in 1836, is a privately owned research university that is both coeducational and nonsectarian. It is a research university based in Atlanta, Georgia. The university has its beginning as Emory College in the city of Oxford. It moved to the metropolitan Atlanta are in 1915 and was renamed and re-chartered as the Emory University.
Emory University has an enrollment of around 7,500 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students. It is ranked among the best universities in the U.S. by several reputable publications such as Forbes Magazine, Newsweek, and Princeton Review. The 3,000 faculty and staff of Emory University are among the most recognized and qualified professionals in the nation with some of them receiving Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Price, and Fulbright Fellowship.
Emory University, through its Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, offers nursing programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for second degree students, a bachelor’s to Master of Science in Nursing segue. The nursing school also offers accelerated programs for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. It also offers a number of postgraduate certificates for nursing specializations.
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is recognized in the nation for its nursing research. It is ranked 21st for U.S. graduate nursing programs in 2011 and is also ranked 20th among U.S. universities in 2013. The nursing school charges the following tuition and fees:
Undergraduate Students: $42,980
Graduate Students: $38,014
2. Georgia State University
Georgia State University
33 Gilmer Street SE Atlanta, GA
Georgia State University is part of the University System of Georgia that is made up of 4 research institutions. Georgia State University was designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Research University/Very High Activity (RU/VH). Georgia State University has an approximate 32,000 enrollment, 75% of them taking up undergraduate courses. GSU has over 3,000 faculty and staff, around 70% of whom are tenured. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Georgia State University, through its Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The nursing programs include the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the fast-paced Achieving the Curriculum Expeditiously (ACE) program that offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students who have already completed the core curriculum and are able to attend a fast-paced, full time program. There is also a transfer track for students from other nursing programs. The school of nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree, a post-graduate certificate in nursing, a program for RN to MS in Nursing degree, and a Ph.D. in nursing.
The Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing is ranked 79th for graduate nursing programs in 2011, nationwide. The Board of Nursing statistics showed 96% student passing in the 2012 NCLEX-RN.
Georgia State University charges the following tuition and fees:
Undergraduate Students: $8,157 (in-state); $22,725 (out-of-state)
Graduate Students: $8,176 (in-state); $23,738 (out-of-state)
Georgia State University offers several scholarship opportunities to its students.
3. Kennesaw State University
Prillaman Hall, Kennesaw State University
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
Kennesaw State University, originally located in Kennesaw, Georgia, is one of the largest schools in the University System of Georgia. Kennesaw State’s Department of Continuing Education is the largest school in such category in the whole country.
Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive university that is nationally acknowledged for its global engagement, sense of community, and entrepreneurial spirit. It is the third largest university in the State of Georgia and is one of the top largest universities in the whole United States.
Beginning in January 2015, Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University will merge into one unit, keeping the name Kennesaw State University. The merger will start operating the fully-consolidated institution in the fall of 2015. The consolidated institution will maintain its campuses in the original campus in Kennesaw and Southern Polytechnic State University’s old campus in Marietta. The consolidated Kennesaw State University will comprise 13 academic colleges that offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs as follows:
- Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
- College of Architecture and Construction Management
- College of the Arts
- College of Continuing and Professional Education
- College of Computing and Software Engineering
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Science and Mathematics
- Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education
- Michael J. Coles College of Business
- WellStar College of Health and Human Services
- Graduate College
- Honors College
- University College
KSU expects enrollment to top 32,000 in fall 2015 as a result of the merger. Kennesaw State University has accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
KSU’s Wellstar School of Nursing offers both traditional and accelerated degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing bridge program. The nursing school also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree in nursing primary care, and advanced care management and leadership. Wellstar School of Nursing also offers a doctoral program in nursing. Wellstar School of Nursing is ranked 193rd in 2011 for graduate nursing programs, nationwide. It has a 95% passing rate in the 2012 NCLEX-RN.
KSU’s Wellstar School of Nursing started a project that aims to educate the Hispanic community on diabetes and its prevention.
Kennesaw State University charges the following tuition and fees:
Undergraduate Students: $5,522 (in-state); $15,338 (out-of-state)
Graduate Students: $7,834 (in-state); $24,024 (out-of-state)
4. Brenau University
1001 Chestnut St SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
In 1878, Brenau University was established as a private, non-profit institution in Gainesville, State of Georgia. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in its multiple campuses. It also offers online courses and degree programs. Brenau University is composed of four colleges, Education, Health and Science, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Mass Communication. Brenau University also has an educational unit exclusively for women – the Brenau Women’s College.
Brenau University, with its approximately 2,000 enrollment was rated in 2012 as one of the top fifteen universities in the Southeast. The Princeton Review considers Brenau University as one of the best universities in the Southeast.
The Brenau University Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing program that started in 1978 with the merger of Brenau University and the Hall School of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
In addition to the bachelor’s program in nursing, Brenau University also offers a part-time BSN degree program that allows students to attend classes evenings and weekend. The school’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing bridge program caters to professional nurses who want to enhance their position in the field of nursing.
5. Georgia Regents University College of Nursing
Georgia Regents University
1120 15th Street Augusta GA 30912
The Medical College of Georgia is the only public school of medicine in the State of Georgia. It is also the oldest school of the Georgia Regents University. MCG was established as the Medical Academy of Georgia in 1828, making it one of the oldest medical schools in the nation.
Georgia Regents University, of which Medical College of Georgia is the founding school, is a comprehensive research university that includes nine schools and colleges, enrolling approximately 9,000 students in its 125 educational programs. It has its main campus in Augusta with regional campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Athens, Rome, and Savannah/Brunswick.
The College of Nursing of the Georgia Regents University offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. The College of Nursing programs in the undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The College of Nursing started in 1943 as the Department of Nursing Education of the University Of Georgia College Of Education in its Atlanta center for graduate courses. In 1956, it moved to the Medical College of Georgia to become its School of Nursing. The School of Nursing was renamed Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing in 2011. The Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing merged with Augusta State University Nursing Department to become the Georgia Regents University College of Nursing. The Georgia Regents University College of Nursing is the top producer of nurses in the State of Georgia on a yearly basis.