Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing’s undergraduate program includes three tracks, all culminating in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and preparing graduates to continue their education at the master’s level. An applicant’s academic education will determine BSN track options.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the student will effectively demonstrate the following outcomes from a baccalaureate perspective:
- Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts and sciences with nursing theory as a basis for professional nursing practice within the context of a diverse global population.
- Practice professional nursing within the dynamic healthcare system based on principles of quality assurance, safety, and leadership.
- Integrate principles of the research process in the provision of care based on best evidence, sound clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preference.
- Design nursing care which is informed by the integration of clinical data from all relevant sources of technology.
- Articulate how economic trends and policies currently influence heath care delivery.
- Collaborate effectively as a member of interprofessional teams to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care.
- Analyze evidence-based practice which promotes health and prevents disease to diverse populations.
- Function as a nurse generalist by integrating Judeo-Christian principles of holism, caring, and professional values.
- Practice comprehensive, holistic, knowledge-based professional nursing care with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Traditional Prelicensure Track
The traditional prelicensure BSN track is designed for the student who is not licensed as a registered nurse. This pathway is designed to facilitate the completion of the BSN degree over two years (four semesters) with traditional in-person classroom learning, as well as in-person skills lab and clinical practice. This track is offered on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. Satisfactory completion of the prelicensure track and approval from a state board of nursing entitles the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.
Second Degree Accelerated Track
The second degree accelerated BSN track is designed for students who have an earned non-nursing bachelor’s degree and seek to pursue the BSN degree. This pathway is designed to facilitate the completion of the BSN degree over 3-semesters and includes exclusive (only) asynchronous online classroom learning, as well as in-person skills lab and clinical practice
RN to BSN Completion Track
The RN to BSN Completion track is for designed for registered nurses (RNs) who graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program and met the following conditions:
- Successfully completed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
- Proof of current unencumbered Georgia license to practice as a Registered Nurse
Applicants with RN licensure and/or residency outside of Georgia may be considered for admission on an individual basis in accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Mercer University College of Nursing participates in the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model.