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

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Online

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Summer admissions only – April 30

Nursing, RN to B.S.

For practicing registered nurses with either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, the R.N. to B.S. option is the ideal way to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many registered nurses who originally completed their nursing programs at the associate degree level are returning to school as employers seek bachelor’s-prepared nurses. Holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing may provide more opportunities within a nurse’s employment place. If a nurse wishes to teach or become an advanced practice nurse, the bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing.

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 nursing schools. See the CCNE website or the Georgia Board of Nursing website for more information.

Nursing, RN to B.S.

For practicing registered nurses with either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, the R.N. to B.S. option is the ideal way to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many registered nurses who originally completed their nursing programs at the associate degree level are returning to school as employers seek bachelor’s-prepared nurses. Holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing may provide more opportunities within a nurse’s employment place. If a nurse wishes to teach or become an advanced practice nurse, the bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing.

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

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Online

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Summer admissions only – April 30

Careers

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.

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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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 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.

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).

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Contacts

Office of Academic Assistance

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

Administrative Specialists
Silas Manais
samnais1@gsu.edu

Sue Hopkins
shopkins1@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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