School of Nursing
Kathryn Grams, Ph.D., RN, Dean
Ed Annex 264 • 678-839-6552
K. Grams (Dean), C. Epps (Associate Dean), L. Ware (Associate Dean), C. Wilson
S. Ashford, J. Bryan, J. Crager, H. Dever, A. Farmer, P. Horvath, B. Ishoy, R. Lake, J. Lawson, T. McClenny, (Nursing Resource Center Coordinator), L. Patterson, T. Warren, J. Weber, S. Welch, J. Williard, D. Wise
The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with two tracks. The first track, for traditional students, prepares graduates who are eligible to apply to take NCLEX‑RN, the national licensing examination to become a registered nurse (RN). The second track, the RN completion track, is for individuals who are licensed registered nurses. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) will be granted transfer credit for ASN and Diploma courses as defined by West Georgia policies and as described in the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Agreement. The BSN curriculum combines a strong foundation in the arts, sciences, and humanities with a unique program emphasizing the art and science of nursing. Courses are taught using online and face-to-face instruction. Agencies utilized for clinical experiences in the BSN include, but are not limited to, hospitals, home health, public health, schools, and industry.
The mission of the BSN program at the University of West Georgia is to offer high quality undergraduate education that:
- Prepares registered nurses for basic practice roles in diverse health care settings in Georgia and the surrounding region
- Integrates a strong liberal arts curriculum
- Provides regional outreach through external degree and off-campus programs
- Provides a caring, supportive, personal environment for learning that:
- Affirms the holistic nature of individuals
- Reflects caring as the essence of nursing
- Expects that nurses use critical thinking in decision making
- Supports evidence-based practice
- Utilizes disciplinary rigor to support BSN student progress toward clinical competence
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is to prepare individuals for basic registered nurse practice roles in diverse health care settings. Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Utilize the Domains of Nursing to provide clinically competent and culturally sensitive nursing care to diverse patients/clients, families, groups, and communities in a variety of health care systems (Competence).
- Utilize a variety of strategies to increase self-awareness and self-empowerment (Confidence).
- Practice nursing in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (Caring).
- Practice nursing within established ethical and legal boundaries (Conscience).
- Engage in nursing practices that reflect a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (Holism).
- Use scientific and humanistic concepts, nursing theory, and research in evidence-based practice to think critically and make nursing decisions (Critical Thinking).
- Participate in activities of the nursing profession as well as activities that benefit the global community (Commitment).
- Work collaboratively with patients/clients, families, communities, interdisciplinary health team members, and others in providing nursing care (Collaboration).
- Communicate effectively orally, in writing, and electronically using appropriate verbal and nonverbal techniques (Communication).
The BSN program has approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Information about approval and/or accreditation may be obtained from the following:
Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120