About the College

Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing began its rich heritage with a vision for the future.

old black and white photo of nursesIts roots go back to 1902 when the Baptist Tabernacle Infirmary Training School for Nurses opened in Atlanta as a two-year diploma program with a simple vision of educating students to “heal the needy sick.” The school changed to a three-year program a few years later, and by 1913, it was known as the Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing to reflect the hospital’s change in ownership. It transitioned to the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in 1989, merged with Mercer in 2001, and in 2002 moved into a new academic building on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.

All that history makes the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer the longest established nursing program in Georgia.

The considerable experience of the College of Nursing’s first century of educational excellence strengthens the program as professors, administrators, and students boldly embrace a future filled with promise. Students attending the College of Nursing become part of a living legacy. The vision is still in sight, and 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.

present day photo of students in white coats in front of school of nursing sign