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The University of West Georgia’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing continues to be highly ranked among peer institutions.

Tanner Health System School of Nursing was ranked 53rd in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs. 

Tanner Health System School of Nursing graduate nursing program was ranked 12th in the nation according to Top Masters in Health Care Administration, 2016.

Tanner Health System School of Nursing graduate nursing program was ranked 33rd in the nation according to College Choice, 2017.


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Susan Welch, EdD, RN, CNE - Associate Dean
Alumnus CCRN
Sally Richter, EdD, RN - Director


The Tanner Health System School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a 100% online Master of Science in Nursing degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership. The Tanner Health System School of Nursing also offers post masters certification in these areas.

The nursing education track is a program of study that addresses innovations in curriculum, instructional skills and strategies, the development and use of educational technology, and educational assessment and evaluation. Students will develop expertise in health education and promotion, patient education, professional development, or college/university teaching.

The health systems leadership track is a program of study designed to prepare nurse managers/leaders and clinical nurse leaders (CNLs). The CNL is a role designed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003) to prepare a leader who is accountable for management of care and the care environment. Courses focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, pharmacology, case management client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care of diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership and management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health.

Courses in the curriculum build upon courses in the baccalaureate program in nursing. Students apply research concepts, theories, and skills in the development of the role components of the program. The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to meet the need for nurse educators, leaders/managers, and CNL's in a variety of health care settings. Students may complete the course of study in four semesters of full time course work, or students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

The MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476.

University of West Georgia monitors regulations governing online education at the state and federal level. As of March 2016, UWG was approved to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), as part of the state of Georgia's membership and as of May 2017 the State of Georgia joined the Nurse Licensure Campact (eNLC). As a result, UWG may enroll residents of many, but not all, states outside of Georgia.

Prospective students who reside outside the State of Georgia should contact deregs@westga.edu or UWG Online at 678-839-6248, for more information and status updates on their state of residency, as some limitations may be lifted soon.

Prospective students who reside outside the state of Georgia  who are considering a professional program (nursing, education, social work, counseling, allied health professions, veterinary medicine) should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. UWG cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.

For advisement and information contact:
Embry Ice
Graduate Studies Associate
Email: eice@westga.edu
Phone: 678-839-5115

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