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 29th in the nation according to US News and World Report’s 2017 America’s Best Graduate Schools. The ranking commemorates the fourth consecutive year the School of Nursing ranked among the top 50.

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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Laurie Jowers Ware, PhD, RN, CNL - Associate Dean

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 (CCNE).

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.  As a result, UWG may enroll residents of any U.S. state other than Utah or Delaware, provided state professional licensing requirements are met for the applicable program. In addition, practicums or clinicals may be conducted in any state other than Utah, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Prospective students who reside within the aforementioned states should contact or UWG Online at 678-839-6248, for more information and status updates, as some limitations may be lifted soon.

Prospective students that 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 at 678-839-5115.

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