Welcome to the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. For more than 50 years, we have been educating the health professionals who care for you. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, nutrition and respiratory therapy as well as field-entry level degree programs in occupational therapy (masters) and physical therapy (doctorate). Our School of Nursing offers an associate degree program in nursing through Perimeter College and both the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy in nursing, making Georgia State the only university to offer the full breadth of nursing education.
The Lewis College offers, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the dynamic, growing field of health informatics through an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree and a new master’s certificate. We also partner with two other colleges to offer terminal degrees in nutrition and physical therapy – the Ph.D. in chemistry with a nutritional sciences concentration and the Ph.D. in kinesiology with a rehabilitation concentration.
Our degree programs receive high marks for student education. The Department of Physical Therapy won the Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs. Recently, the Department of Respiratory Therapy was given the Apex award by the American Association of Respiratory Care for achieving a 100 percent licensure examination pass rate over multiple years.
The Lewis College delivers innovative teaching, immersing students in active learning, simulation and experiential learning. The college maintains clinical partnerships with a wide variety of hospitals and health care providers ranging from Atlanta’s largest hospital Grady Memorial to up-and-coming health IT corporations such as Athenahealth, giving our students the best clinical and internship opportunities.
Lewis College students actively participate in research, aiding faculty with funded research and presenting their research findings, receiving college, university and national professional level recognition for their work. Highly skilled faculty are passionate about teaching, leading to top student outcomes including high licensure pass rate for all programs.
The Lewis College boasts a diverse faculty and student population. We are proud to say that our graduates mirror the community that they will serve, whether by race, gender, age, religion or personal experience. This diversity is leveraged in the student and faculty service to the community in need. Nursing students and faculty give back-to-school physicals to homeless children. Physical therapy students provide treatment for musculoskeletal conditions to migrant farm workers. Respiratory therapy students educate the public on lung disease and support stop smoking efforts. Nutrition students in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement assist the university’s food insecure students.
A Lewis College health care education provides excellent job opportunities. Our college is training graduates who will serve at the frontline of health care; we have produced over 11,000 graduates. The new laboratories and classrooms are ready for the next phase of growth in the coming decade as we strive towards the vision to be “the premier school of the education of health professionals in the southeast.”
Our college is proud to be part of a larger Georgia State University family, what the New York Times calls “an innovative engine of social mobility” and U.S. News and World Reports ranks as the 2nd most innovative university in the nation.
We in the Lewis College are privileged to be educating the next generation of health care professionals and are proud of the accomplishments of our students and alumni. Learn more about us and our impact by exploring our website or following us on social media. And ask your healthcare providers if they are Georgia State graduates. You’ll discover that our grads are the people who care for people – and we welcome you to explore the dynamic world of healthcare as a career choice for you!