Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University began its rich heritage with a vision for the future. Just after the turn of the century, in 1901, the Tabernacle Infirmary and Training School for Christian Nurses opened in a five-room cottage in downtown Atlanta. The Tabernacle Infirmary Training School for Christian Nurses was begun in 1902.
The school began with a simple vision of educating students to "heal the needy sick." In 1989, the school became a college which has shaped a nationally-recognized model for nursing education.
In 2001, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing merged with Mercer University. The merger of these two outstanding institutions of higher education is based upon the mutual growth and enhancement of the missions and core values of both entities. In January 2002, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University moved into a new academic building on the Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.
The considerable experience of the College's first century of educational excellence strengthens the program as professors, administrators, and students boldly embrace a future filled with promise. Students attending Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University become part of a living legacy. The vision still in sight, the College of Nursing invites today's students to enjoy the rewards of a career in nursing that begins with acceptance to a College with rich heritage and a future bright with promise.
Mercer University was founded in 1833 under the leadership of prominent Georgia Baptist Jesse Mercer. The second largest Baptist-affiliated institution in the world, Mercer is the only independent university of its size in the country to offer comprehensive programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, theology, physician assistant, physical therapy, and law. Over 8,000 students are enrolled at the University's Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah campuses and four regional academic centers. Mercer also operates the Mercer Engineering Center (MERC) in Warner Robins and the Mercer University Press in Macon. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Mercer among the top ranked colleges and universities in the South.