School of Nursing
To qualify for application to the BSN program, a student must have:
- Completed 36 hours of the core curriculum courses with a minimum Program GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Applications for the BSN program are accepted from October 1st through February 1st each year
- View the official BSN Admissions requirements here
- Pre-Nursing majors (those who have not yet been accepted into the Nursing program) can be advised within the EXCEL Center or the School of Nursing. You will be assigned to one of three advisors: Laura Edmonds, Joy Ginther or Dawn Liverman. You can find out who your advisor is via email or by contacting the Excel Center by visiting UCC 200 or by calling 678-839-6280.
- Nursing majors are advised within the School of Nursing. Please visit the School of Nursing Website and click the Advising link to meet with an advisor.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The BSN program has two tracks: Traditional BSN and RN-BSN. See the School of Nursing website for more detailed information www.westga.edu/~nurs
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program has two tracks: Health Systems Leadership, which includes Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nursing Education.
Doctorate in Nursing Education
The University of West Georgia now offers an online Ed.D. in Nursing Education degree. The program is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. Competencies include the knowledge and skills in theoretical and analytic approaches to the discovery and application of knowledge in nursing education.
The BSN and MSN programs have approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. No such programs as the Ed.D. in Nursing Education exist in Georgia and only a few exist in the nation, including Teachers College at Columbia University and University of Alabama.
Nursing as a Career
Nursing, an art and a science, is creative and occurs in a variety of settings. Nursing involves the creation of a safe, nurturing, and healing environment emphasizing respect for the opinions, wishes, and goals of those receiving nursing care. The environment in which nursing is practiced is constantly changing, and nurses must be responsive to consumer and other political demands.
Specialty areas include: Geriatrics, Intensive Care, Maternal Infant Nursing, Neonatology, Nursing Administration, Occupational Health, Oncology, Pediatric, Psychiatry, Public Health, Nursing, Surgery and Teaching.