Academic Programs

IPE Nursing students and Physical Therapy StudentsThe undergraduate program is comprised of two tracks, both culminating in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and preparing graduates to continue their education at the master's level. Which track a student pursues is determined by her or his previous academic preparation. All undergraduate students are able to utilize a variety of agencies for clinical experiences.

Interested in reviewing the Catalog? 2015-2016 Nursing Catalog.

NOTE:  At this time, the College of Nursing is located on the Atlanta campus only. Pre-Nursing coursework is offered on the Mercer-Macon campus.  Consider applying for Fall Semester 2016 to Mercer- Macon pre-nursing!

The undergraduate program consists of the BSN prelicensure track and is suited for prelicensure students who are not yet recognized nurses and who are pursuing initial professional nursing education. Satisfactory completion of the generic track entitles the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) and, with a successful exam score, become a registered nurse prepared for general practice in hospitals, community agencies, and other health care environments.  View the Curriculum for Undergraduate (pre-licensure) Students.

The RN-BSN Completion track is for registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program, who have successfully completed the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN), and who are currently licensed to practice nursing in the state of Georgia.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is for registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program, are currently licensed to practice as a registered nurse in Georgia, and have a minimum of one year work experience as a registered nurse. The MSN program is currently accepting applications for one MSN specialty; the family nurse practitioner.  The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty maintains >96% pass rate on the certification examination on first attempt! 

Nursing students

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is offered in a hybrid online format.  The purpose of the DNP degree program of study is too build upon the foundation of advanced practice management, to prepare nurses for clinical and organizational leadership in health care delivery, and to propose solutions for the improvement of health care outcomes for individuals and for society.

The Ph.D. in Nursing program combines the flexibility of online hybrid instruction.  This rigorous program prepares nurses at the Ph.D. level to educate the next generation of nurses and assume leadership positions in administrative, research, clinical and entrepreneurial settings. Students are able to tailor their coursework and individualize their research to focus on an area of concentration: ethics, clinical scholarship, or education.

The College of Nursing utilizes various settings for clinical experiences, including Atlanta area hospitals and community-based facilities. The College is committed to providing quality education in both theory and clinical areas.