What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The ACE Bachelor of Science Nursing Program is 123 credit hours and is completed in four semesters.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

Nursing, B.S., ACE (fast-track)

Undergraduate students learn the essentials of nursing care in the classroom and an advanced 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 available for first-time nurses through the traditional and Achieving Curriculum Expeditiously (ACE, fast-track) options. The ACE option allows students with degrees in another field or heavy science background in a bachelor’s degree to complete degree requirements more quickly.

Accreditation and Approvals

The College of Nursing is 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.

Nursing, B.S., ACE (fast-track)

Undergraduate students learn the essentials of nursing care in the classroom and an advanced 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 available for first-time nurses through the traditional and Achieving Curriculum Expeditiously (ACE, fast-track) options. The ACE option allows students with degrees in another field or heavy science background in a bachelor’s degree to complete degree requirements more quickly.

Accreditation and Approvals

The College of Nursing is 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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The ACE Bachelor of Science Nursing Program is 123 credit hours and is completed in four semesters.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: October 1

Careers

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 find employment before graduation.

Program Details

Application requirements vary for the traditional, ACE and RN to B.S. degree options.

Students applying to the ACE bachelor of science with a major in nursing must:

  • Complete an online 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. 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 Georgia State and other testing locations.

  • Admission requirements effective for any student under the fall 2013 catalog and forward.
  • 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, note that the first and second attempts only will be calculated into the science GPA.
  • A student who has a Georgia State institutional GPA below a 3.0 at the end of their first semester is ineligible.
  • A student who has a Georgia State institutional GPA below 3.30 at the end of their third semester at Georgia State is ineligible to apply to the program.

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

Prerequisite courses
Engl 1101 (Composition I)
Engl 1102 (Composition II)
Math 1101 (Math Modeling) OR Math 1111(College Algebra)
Biol 1110K (Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab)***
Biol 1120K (Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab)***
(***Course cannot be older than five years old)
Biol 2300 & 2310 (Microbiology and Public Health w/lab)
Choose a completed science sequence Survey of Chemistry I and II OR Introductory Biology I and II:
Chem 1151K (Survey of Chemistry I w/lab)
Chem 1152K (Survey of Chemistry II w/lab) OR
Biol 1103K (Introductory Biology I w/lab)
Biol 1104K (Introductory Biology II w/lab)
Math Modeling (MATH 1101) or College Algebra (MATH 1111)
MATH 1401 (Statistics)
HIST 2110 (US History)
Core Curriculum (Areas B, C and E)****
English 1101 and 1102 (English Composition I and II)
NURS 2010 (Intro to Human Development)
PSYCH 3140 (Abnormal Psychology)
Communications & Cultural Diversity (SNHP 3000)

Go to the Academics and Admissions page to apply.

Achieving the Curriculum Expeditiously (ACE) option is for students who have already completed all undergraduate core course work, who want a fast-paced, rigorous course of study. The ACE option is a four consecutive semester program.

The ACE option requires a commitment of time totaling approximately 81 hours per week. These hours include classroom, clinical and laboratory time as well as study time. The School of Nursing strongly recommends that students enrolled in this program NOT work full or part-time until after completing the program.

View Full Curriculum Requirements

Scholarships
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 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.

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.

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Contacts

Office of Academic Assistance

Academic Adviser II
Jamelle Funches
404-413-1000
jfunches2@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist
Silas Manais
samnais1@gsu.edu

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

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