THE BYRDINE F. LEWIS COLLEGE OF NURSING & HEALTH PROFESSIONS at Georgia State University is a leader in preparing the next generation of clinicians and scholars who are critical to improving individual and community health. Since 1968, the college has produced more than 7,300 nurses and nurse practitioners and more than 6,200 allied health care professionals. Many of these professionals go on to become educators and researchers.
Welcome to the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. Over the past 50 years, we have educated more than 12,500 health professionals to serve at the frontline of health care. Our vision is to become the premier school for the education of health professionals in the Southeast.
We provide our students with the real-world knowledge and patient care skills they’ll need to excel in the rapidly evolving fields of nursing and health professions. Our faculty are experts in their fields, and they are committed to supporting you as you progress through your education and toward your career path.
You will have access to a wide range of academic programs and opportunities that will help you chart your career path: health informatics, nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy, field-entry doctorate programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree bridge program in dental hygiene. At Perimeter College, we offer an associate degree program in nursing and an LPN to RN program. Georgia State is the only university in Georgia to offer the full breadth of nursing education.
Many of our programs are nationally ranked, and we are proud of our reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service. Our graduates pass their professional licensure exams with high rates and are highly sought after by employers. Our clinical site preceptors routinely tell us feedback that our students are known for their outstanding clinical skills and leadership abilities.
We also offer a range of research opportunities and internships that allow you to gain hands-on experience in your field of study and to experience how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with fellow graduate and undergraduate students and present their research at the Georgia State and Lewis College undergraduate research conferences
You will be part of a dynamic and supportive community here at the Lewis College that is committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your journey as a student and a healthcare professional.
We are privileged to educate the next generation of health care professionals. Learn more about us by exploring this website or following us on social media. And ask your healthcare providers if they are Georgia State graduates. You'll discover our grads are the people who care for people.
The advisory board is the chief volunteer group of Georgia State's Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions in assisting the dean in promoting and in achieving the vision for the college. This diverse group of friends of the college and leaders in the healthcare community is willing to share their time, their talent and their resources in helping the college achieve greatness.
The Lewis College student ambassador program established by the Office of Dean provides an opportunity for outstanding Lewis College students to serve as official hosts and goodwill ambassadors for the college. Student ambassadors represent the college and the dean with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Informatics
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Sciences — Rehabilitation Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Health Sciences —Health Informatics
Master of Science in Health Sciences — Nutrition
Master of Science in Health Sciences —Respiratory Therapy
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry — Nutritional Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology —Rehabilitation Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Specialty Degree Options
Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science — Dental Hygiene Bridge Program
Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science — Respiratory Therapy Bridge Program
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice
Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
Five Nursing Specialties
POINTS OF PRIDE
Certification and Licensure Pass Rates
School of Nursing
of School of Nursing graduates passed the NCLEX (registered nurse licensure exam) in 2021
average Advanced Practice Nurse registration exam
Department of Nutrition
of Department of Nutrition graduates passed the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Exam in 2021
Department of Occupational Therapy
2021 National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination
Department of Physical Therapy
of Department of Physical Therapy graduates secured Doctor of Physical Therapy licensure in 2022
Department of Respiratory Therapy
of Department of Respiratory Therapy graduates secured Registered Respiratory Therapist licensure in 2000 – 2021
RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY
Lewis College students and faculty are working to improve the lives of individuals in underserved populations. Children and infants, older adults, people with disabilities and survivors of stroke are just a few of the groups we support.
The Lewis College is using its research to make homes and communities healthier. Our faculty experts are supporting and developing a number of projects and programs.
Faculty Research Highlights
Stroke counseling for risk reduction in young African American men
Berry consumption as a therapeutic strategy in chronic lung disease induced by electronic cigarettes in hypertensive rats
Virtual hand rehabilitation using computer vision
Nurse practitioners’ acceptability and use of firearm screening, counseling and lock provision in pediatric primary care settings
Role of cytokines in adult women 18 years or older with fibromyalgia
Effects of resistance exercise on cognitive function and mental health among older Chinese Americans
Clinical utility of Fitbit and Apple Watch to measure daily arm/hand use in stroke
Biochemical and physiological effects of vaping CBD Oil on young adults
Technology development for individuals with disabilities to age in place
Interaction of estrogen, age and activity on musculoskeletal strength in females
ATLANTA & GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
Students gain clinical experience by joining faculty to provide the following services and programs free of charge:
35,000+Collective hours of unpaid service to the Atlanta community and beyond
23+Years of back-to-school physicals for more than 3,000 homeless children through the Children’s Restoration Network and DeKalb County Head Start
500-600Students Served at Panther’s Pantry monthly in collaboration with Student Success and Student Nutrition Services
3000+Children and grandparents helped through Project Healthy Grandparents in in DeKalb and Fulton counties since 1995
18+Years of health assessments and treatment for migrant farm workers in South Georgia through an Emory University-led consortium
Nutrition education for more than 30 health care, social service and community organizations serving younger and older adults
In-home nursing visits and grandparent support groups for grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising
Education exchange with respiratory therapists and students from universities in India, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia