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:
- Integrate existing knowledge of liberal arts and sciences with the evolving body of nursing knowledge to facilitate the application of clinical judgment in the practice of nursing.
- Plan, deliver, and coordinate person-centered nursing care that is holistic, individualized, ethical, caring, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate.
- Deliver healthcare to diverse populations across the continuum, in collaboration with stakeholders and partners, with an emphasis on health policy, equity, and advocacy.
- Advance the scholarship of nursing by integrating best evidence into nursing practice, promoting ethical comportment in scholarly activity, and applying principles of the research process.
- Practice professional nursing within the dynamic health care system based on the principles of quality assurance, quality improvement, and a culture of safety related to the care of individuals, communities, providers, and the environment in health care.
- Intentionally and effectively collaborate with members of the intraprofessional and interprofessional team to engage stakeholders, individuals, and communities to optimize care, enhance the healthcare experience, and improve outcomes.
- Navigate the complexities of systems-based practice to promote an ethical practice environment that promotes innovation, recognizes the diverse needs of the individuals, communities, and populations served, and addresses inequities, such as racism and other forms of discrimination, that stem from systemic structures.
- Use information and communication technology tools to gather data, process information to deliver patient care, accurately document, thoroughly communicate, and maintain compliance.
- Integrate personal values and attributes into burgeoning professional identity that reflects a knowledge of self and the basic underpinnings of the profession of nursing.
- Engage in activities and self-reflection to mature as a healthy individual, self-aware professional, and competent leader.
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.