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Welcome to the Georgia College & State University School of Nursing!

At the Georgia College School of Nursing, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional nursing education that combines a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences and sciences with undergraduate and graduate courses that prepare the entry-level and experienced nurse for excellence in patient care, leadership, and innovation in healthcare. Whether you're just beginning your journey in nursing or seeking to advance your career, our programs are designed to meet your needs and prepare you for success in the dynamic field of healthcare.

Our undergraduate nursing program is built upon a comprehensive two-year core curriculum in liberal arts and sciences, providing students with a well-rounded education that forms the basis for professional nursing practice. Upon successful completion of our program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse by examination

For those looking to pursue advanced practice or specialize in a particular area of nursing, we offer a range of master's degree concentrations, including:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nurse Educator

Additionally, post-master’s certificates are available for all MSN concentrations, allowing experienced nurses to further enhance their expertise in specific areas of interest. 

Our DNP program is designed for nurses who seek the highest level of education and practice in the field. We offer multiple entry points to accommodate students at various stages of their professional journey:

Post-Baccalaureate BSN to DNP: This pathway is tailored for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) who aspire to become advanced practice nurses or nurse leaders. The program provides a seamless transition from undergraduate to doctoral study, allowing students to earn their DNP while acquiring specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen area of concentration.

Post-Master's MSN to DNP: For experienced nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, our MSN to DNP pathway offers an opportunity to further expand their expertise and advance their career to the highest level. Whether you're interested in advanced practice, leadership, or academia, our DNP program equips you with the knowledge and competencies needed to excel in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

At Georgia College School of Nursing, we are committed to providing a supportive learning environment, experienced faculty, and hands-on clinical experiences that prepare our students to excel in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. We invite you to explore our programs and discover how we can help you achieve your goals in nursing. Welcome to the future of healthcare.

Fall 2023 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The undergraduate nursing program at Georgia College & State University has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217-3858; Phone: 478-207-2440).  The BSN, MSN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791).  The nursing program at Georgia College & State University was previously accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The midwifery specialty program was granted a 5-year initial accreditation in July 2023 by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) 2000 Duke Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314,, Phone: 240-485-1803 - 


In concert with the Georgia College liberal arts mission, the School of Nursing is committed to the formation of nurse leaders to engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and civic participation in a health information-intensive environment through the development and mastery of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and values. The BSN program prepares nursing professionals who are lifelong learners and have the knowledge and skills to support the healthcare needs of diverse populations.


The Georgia College School of Nursing aspires to be recognized as a national leader in nursing education. Georgia College nurses will serve at the forefront of the changing healthcare delivery system.


Georgia College’s School of Nursing builds the philosophy by defining the basic concepts that comprise the discipline and science of nursing. These concepts are health, nursing, environment, education, and person.

Health is the dynamic integration of the physical, psychological, spiritual, cognitive, and sociocultural well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The meaning of health varies between individuals and cultures, and is universally accepted as more than being free of disease or infirmity. Health beliefs and practices are impacted by the affordability and accessibility of health care.

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response to actual or potential health problems for health promotion, disease prevention, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (American Nurses’ Association, 2010a, p. 1). 

The environment is the accumulation of physical, physiological, social, cultural, spiritual, economic, and political conditions that interact with and influence the human experience. The interaction is constant and the environment can be altered to influence health outcomes. Nursing can create and sustain a culture of safety and quality health care that can transform the environment by creating a safe workplace that produces optimal patient outcomes.

Nursing education is an active process where the student develops and masters clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and values that enable graduates to thrive in a health information-intensive
environment. The minimal level of education for entry to professional nursing practice occurs at the baccalaureate level and mastery occurs through graduate education and life-long learning.

    •  Clinical reasoning is a cognitive process of thinking where data is reviewed and analyzed to improve
health outcomes.
    •  Professional nursing skills are developed through the integration of theoretical knowledge and guided
clinical practice.
    •  Professional nursing values are the consistent demonstration of altruism, autonomy, human dignity,
integrity, and social justice.

Person is a complex, unique, holistic individual with inherent worth and dignity. The meanings a person
attaches to life experiences are influenced by the environment, developmental level, group membership,
culture, and ethnicity. The person has the power to identify their own life choices.

Approved NFO, last updated 4/4/2011

Contact Us

BSN Program Information

Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks

Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Programs
235 Parks Memorial Building


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Beverly Waller

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Programs
209 Parks Memorial Building
(478) 445-8669