What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is 123 credit hours designed for four years – nine semesters.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

Nursing, B.S.

Undergraduate students learn the essentials of nursing care in the classroom and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. They practice skills learned in a wide range of facilities, including hospitals, community settings and clinics, caring for patients after surgery, providing health screenings for pre-school children, administering flu vaccines to adults and caring for new mothers and their babies.

The bachelor’s degree program is designed for first-time nurses. Students transferring from another nursing program must contact the undergraduate nursing program director as enrollment from another program is highly individualized. For practicing registered nurses with either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, the RN to BS option is the ideal way to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The College of Nursing is fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency for schools of nursing. See the CCNE website or the Georgia Board of Nursing website for more information.

The ACE track is no longer offered.

Program Details

Students must apply and be accepted to the university as exploratory nursing students first. Once accepted student must:

  • Complete the nursing professional program application.
  • Write a two-page, double-spaced position paper (essay) on a healthcare or social issue. Attached to the online application and be sure to include the full name on the first page and add a work citation page.
  • Supply two letters of recommendation (submitted before the application deadline).

1. Each letter of recommendation submitted must be on an official letterhead providing the complete address of the company or affiliated organization.
2. One letter must be academic (preferably college level); the other may be academic or professional.
3. Letters must include full name, title/position, telephone number and organization affiliated.
4. Each letter should be signed with an authentic recommender’s handwritten signature or electronic digital signature, dated and in the appropriate letter format. No computer signatures will be accepted unless using software to allow a digital signature.
5. All academic references must be placed on letterhead to avoid a reduction in application points.

Take the Test Essential Academic Skills-TEAS. Students must create an online profile with atitesting.com to register for the TEAS exam at GSU and other testing locations.

  • The minimum science and program GPA needed to apply is 3.30.
  • A person may only apply to the program twice.
  • If you repeat any science prerequisites, please note that the first and second attempts only will be calculated into the science GPA.

(Definitions: program GPA = Georgia State core curriculum plus prerequisites, state institutional GPA = only courses taken at Georgia State University)

Prerequisite Courses

A- F:

Area A: Engl 1101, Engl 1102, Math 1111 or 1401
Area B: Phil 1010, Scom 1000, Pers 2001, 2002 or 2003 (2 courses)
Area C: Humanities (1 course) and Fine Arts (1 course)
Area D1: COMPLETED Sci sequence: Chem 1151K/Chem 1152K preferred
Area E: Hist 2110, Pols 1101, World History and Social Science
Area F: Biol 2110K**, Biol 2120K**(Course cannot be older than five years old), Biol 2300 & 2310 & Nurs 2010

Chemistry is the preferred course but any of the science sequences listed in the GSU course catalog are accepted.

Go to the Academics and Admissions page to apply.

Bachelor of Science Nursing Student:
The bachelor’s program is for undergraduate students who are new to the field of nursing. This program takes three years after completing all prerequisite coursework.

View Full Curriculum Requirements

Upon the completion of the bachelor’s degree, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement by the Georgia Board of Nursing to become a registered professional nurse.

The School of Nursing offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships to enrolled students. Students can search for scholarships offered through Georgia State University and external scholarship websites by accessing the Scholarship Resource Center.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship
The largest scholarship in the Lewis College is available to a number of undergraduate and graduate female students in any Lewis College major. It is awarded in spring and fall of each year. Visit the university scholarship website to complete the online application. Students in exploratory (pre-nursing, etc.) are not eligible.



As one of the oldest and largest professions in health care, nursing is a critical component of patient care. Nurses are patients’ primary caregivers and represent independent and collaborative care of individuals, families, and communities. Nurses are lifelong caregivers seeing patients throughout their lifespan in illness and health. In an evolving health care system, the role of nurses has become more exciting, challenging, and demanding.

Nurses can work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, agencies and schools, and our nursing students rotate through many of these settings during the degree program. Nursing students graduate with many contacts in healthcare organizations, and many even find employment before graduation.


Office of Academic Assistance
Kelsey Francis, MS
Academic Advisor II | Undergraduate Nursing

Silas Manais

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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