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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 - eight semesters.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Nursing, B.S.N.

The Georgia State University traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who do not hold licensure as registered nurses. The BSN program is built on a strong foundation of liberal arts education that includes mathematics, sciences, language arts, social sciences, as well as theoretical and clinical nursing practice. The program is designed to be completed in eight academic semesters. The first four semesters are comprised of University System of Georgia Core curriculum and prerequisites for nursing majors. The final four semesters are centered on the nursing major curriculum and relevant electives. Students learn the essentials of nursing care in the classroom, nursing lab, simulation centers, clinical facilities and community-based agencies. Through the program students build clinical judgment skills by incorporating theoretical knowledge and nursing practice skills in simulated and real world clinical situations.

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:

1. The letter of recommendation submitted must be on an official letterhead providing the complete address of the company or affiliated organization.
2. The letter can be either professional or academic (preferably college level); an academic recommendation is preferred. .
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 to register for the TEAS exam at Georgia State and other testing locations.

  • The minimum science and program GPA needed to apply is 3.0.
  • 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)

Prerequisite Courses

A- F:

Area A: ENGL 1101, 1102 ; MATH 1001 or 1111
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 D2: MATH 1401
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 and Nurs 2200.

Area H: PYSC 3140

Chemistry is the preferred course, but any science sequences listed in the Georgia State course catalog are accepted.

Go to the Academics and Admissions page to apply.

International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

Learn more about the international application process

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

New Nursing Curriculum

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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.

UG Program Outcomes
A graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is:

  1. An individual knowledgeable of self and the arts and sciences when providing safe, person-centered care to diverse and vulnerable populations in various settings.
  2. A critical thinker who employs clinical judgment and reasoning to promote safe care within a complex healthcare system.
  3. An effective communicator who collaborates with individuals, families, populations and the interprofessional team to develop, implement and evaluate health promotions/prevention outcomes.
  4. An individual who respects human diversity when providing culturally congruent care to individuals, families, and populations.
  5. A healthcare professional who considers the impact of healthcare policy, sociopolitical, economic, environmental, and global forces on healthcare delivery.
  6. An individual who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession by using ethical and legal reasoning to promote safe, client-centered care.
  7. An individual who employs communication technology, evidence-based practice and quality improvement in promoting safe, effective care for individuals and populations.
  8. An accountable leader who embraces the spirit of inquiry, ongoing self-reflection, and the pursuit of well-being for self and others to advocate for the nursing profession and practice.

Approved January 24, 2022

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

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