What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The R.N. to B.S. program is three semesters, 30 credit hours, online.

Where will I take classes?

All required coursework to earn a degree can be completed online.

Prerequisites may require in-person classes.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Summer admissions only – April 30

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach

Georgia State’s online R.N. to B.S. program is designed for practicing registered nurses with an associate degree or nursing diploma in nursing. In just three semesters, you can complete your core nursing curriculum* and receive your bachelor of science in nursing.  The program prepares nurses at an advanced level to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment.

Hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout our area seek bachelor’s prepared nurses, and it’s well known what a shortage of nurses our hospitals are facing. By holding a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible for more opportunities, and you also will be ready to move into master’s level work, which will help you become an advanced practice nurse.

Transfer pathway agreements are in place with many community colleges.

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

*The courses you will take will depend on your previous coursework and transcripts. Your adviser will help determine any prerequisites courses you may need to complete your B.S. degree. In general, students are limited to no more than four prerequisite courses to be accepted for admission.

 Georgia State’s School of Nursing is the only nursing college in Georgia that offers the full spectrum of nursing education, from associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Although you will be learning primarily online, our downtown campus location and the extensive healthcare network available to you will be extremely advantageous. We know you are working full time and balancing a tremendous number of obligations as you consider coming back to school. Our commitment to you is that your success matters to us. We will support you every step of your journey.

Program Details

Application requirements for the R.N. to B.S. degree option.

  • Acceptance to Georgia State with nursing as the designated major.
  • Graduation from an accredited associate degree or diploma program.
  • Registration to practice as a registered professional nurse in Georgia.
  • Evidence of practice – submit a current resume and transcript from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Two letters of reference – one professional and one academic. Academic reference must come from the school of nursing attended. The second reference may come from an immediate supervisor or a faculty member from the school attended. If a student has been out of school for more than five years, a reference from a work colleague may take the place of the academic reference.
  • Grade point average of at least 2.5 in all prerequisite courses.
  • Must have finished all the Georgia State core requirements areas A-E before acceptance to the nursing program. We allow a maximum of four outstanding prerequisites for admission.
  • A minimum grade of C or higher is required for prerequisites.
  • Upon receiving an acceptance letter from the School of Nursing, the student will be required to establish contact with the School of Nursing records office to complete required forms and health-related requirements before entering into the nursing sequence. Four or fewer prerequisites must be completed before completing the program:
    • ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, (Composition I and II)
    • MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 (Math Modeling or College Algebra)
    • BIOL 2110K and BIOL 2120K (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II w/labs)
    • A sequence of two science courses with labs from the following: CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152K (Survey of Chemistry I and II w/ labs) OR BIOL 1103K and BIOL 1104K (Introductory Biology I and II w/ labs) OR PHYS 1111K and PHYS 1112K (Introductory Physics I and II w/ labs)
    • MATH 1401 (Elementary Statistics)
    • PSYC 1101 (General Psychology)
    • BIOL 2300/BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health with Lab
    • PSYC 3140 Abnormal Psychology or its equivalent

Credit is given for the following courses based on RN license, successful completion of seven credit hours and successful completion of the NURS 3490 Professional Concepts bridge course: NURS 2061, NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810, NURS 4610, NURS 4620 and NURS 3200.

The students must provide their current Registered Professional Nursing license number to the academic adviser no later than the time of registration for the first nursing courses. The license number is recorded at that time.

Contact the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-1000 with questions about the R.N. to B.S. bridge program.

Go to the Academics and Admissions page to apply.

R.N. to B.S. students taking a full-time option take three classes for up to 12 credit hours per semester. A part-time option is available, which reduces course load to two courses per term over two years and may include non-math/science core courses.

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Upon completing the R.N. to B.S. degree program, graduates will be on par with traditional B.S.N. graduates from this and other colleges and universities. They will be ready for advanced nursing education (master’s and doctorate degrees).

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 and external scholarship websites by accessing the Scholarship Resource Center.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship

The largest scholarship in the Lewis College is available to many undergraduate and graduate female students in any Lewis College major. It is awarded in the 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 healthcare professions, 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 healthcare system, the role of nurses has become more exciting, challenging and demanding.

Nurses can work in various 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.


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Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach


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