The University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing Undergraduate Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on two campuses. The Carrollton campus offers a six semester program and the Newnan campus offers an eight semester program. The traditional track offered on these campuses are for students who have never been licensed as an RN. This program prepares graduates who are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, the national licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse. The Traditional BSN program admits once each year in the Summer

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of West Georgia is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036.

    Note: While the eight semester BSN program in Newnan does not require full-time enrollment each semester (less than 12 semester credit hours), it requires attendance mainly during the day, during the week. There is the possibility of evening and weekend hours for clinical experience but this is not guaranteed from semester to semester. Schedules vary each semester and students must be flexible. While this program allows some students to work part-time or manage their family needs, it is not designed for students that wish to work full-time.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus, Newnan

    Method of Delivery

    Face-to-Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 12
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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    Major Required

    • NURS-2101 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

      This course is first in a sequence that builds on biophysical concepts from foundational sciences and introduces pathophysiological changes and the pharmacotherapeutics (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics/genomics) associated with illness and disease across the human lifespan. Within a quality caring framework, the relationship of these changes and pharmacotherapeutics are emphasized in the delivery of safe and person-centered care. Admission to the BSN Program required.

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    • NURS-2102 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

      This course is second in a sequence that builds on biophysical concepts from foundational sciences and introduces pathophysiological changes and the pharmacotherapeutics (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics/genomics) associated with illness and disease across the human lifespan. Within a quality caring framework, the relationship of these changes and pharmacotherapeutics are emphasized in the delivery of safe and person-centered care.

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    • NURS-3000 - Holistic Health Assessment

      This course prepares the student to holistically assess the general health of persons, identifying findings outside the range of acceptable parameters. Basic assessment skills emphasized within a quality caring framework to prepare students to deliver safe and person-centered care.

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    • NURS-3101 - Professional Nursing Concept I

      This course provides the student with an introduction to concepts integral to professional nursing practice within a quality caring framework. Content is designed to facilitate initial socialization into the role of the professional nurse through examination of concepts and exemplars situated within the perspective of the person. Admission to the BSN Program required.

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    • NURS-3102 - Professional Nursing Concepts II

      This course immerses the student in the study of concepts integral to professional nursing practice within a quality caring framework. Content is designed to facilitate the students continuing role acquisition as a professional nurse.

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    • NURS-3201 - Health Care of the Client I

      This is the first of four concept based healthcare courses essential in preparing students for safe and person centered care within a quality caring framework. Students are introduced to basic knowledge associated with providing quality, holistic nursing care to persons across the lifespan. The course focuses on selected concepts using exemplars from the categories of biophysical, social, and psychological functions, and health, wellness, and illness.

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    • NURS-3202 - Health Care of the Client II

      This is the second of four concept based healthcare courses essential in preparing learners for safe and person centered care within a quality caring framework. Students advance their knowledge associated with providing quality, holistic nursing care to persons throughout the lifespan. The course focuses on selected concepts, using exemplars, within the categories of biophysical, social, and psychological functions, and health, wellness, and illness.

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    • NURS-3301 - Clinical Practice I

      This course focuses on the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the professional nurse to deliver safe and person-centered care across the lifespan. Beginning professional and healthcare related concepts will be applied in laboratory, simulation, and a variety of health care settings.

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    • NURS-3302 - Clinical Practice II

      This course focuses on progressive knowledge and skills necessary for the professional nurse to deliver safe and person-centered care across the lifespan. Professional and healthcare related concepts will be applied in laboratory, simulation, and a variety of health care settings.

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    • NURS-3303 - Competency-Based Clinical Performance

      This course will focus on the demonstration of knowledge and skills learned in the pre-requisite courses. The course will assess the ability of the student to deliver safe and person-centered nursing care within a quality caring framework across the lifespan. Competency in professional and healthcare related concepts will be evaluated in the skills and simulation laboratory.

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    • NURS-3400 - Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

      This course introduces the student to the relationship among nursing research, theory, and evidence-based practice in providing holistic, safe, and person-centered care within a quality caring framework.

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    • NURS-4000 - Preparation for Nursing Licensure

      This course focuses on preparing students for the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX?-RN). Emphasis is placed on reviewing nursing clinical decision- making, improving test-taking skills, reducing test anxiety, and cognitive restructuring to ensure an attitude of success.

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    • NURS-4101 - Professional Nursing Concepts III

      This course expands the perspective of the student to include a systems view of professional nursing practice within a quality caring framework. Content is designed to prepare the student to be an active collaborator within multidimensional aspects of healthcare systems.

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    • NURS-4102 - Professional Nursing Concepts IV

      This course empowers the student to synthesize knowledge of professional concepts within a quality caring framework. Content is designed to prepare the student to apply leadership and management principles to achieve positive health outcomes within health care systems.

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    • NURS-4201 - Health Care of the Client III

      This is the third of four concept based healthcare courses essential in preparing learners for safe and person centered care within a quality caring framework. Students continue to advance their knowledge associated with providing quality, holistic nursing care to persons throughout the lifespan. The course focuses on selected concepts, using exemplars, within the categories of biophysical, social, and psychological functions, and health, wellness, and illness.

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    • NURS-4202 - Health Care of the Client IV

      This is the last of four concept based healthcare courses essential in preparing learners for safe and person centered care within a quality caring framework. Students analyze knowledge related to the provision of quality, holistic nursing care to persons throughout the lifespan. The course focuses on the interrelationship of multiple concepts, using exemplars, within the categories of biophysical, social, and psychological functions, and health, wellness, and illness.

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    • NURS-4300 - Clinical Specialty Practice

      This course focuses on progressive knowledge and skills necessary for the professional nurse to deliver safe and person-centered care in a nursing specialty clinical immersion environment. Professional and healthcare related concepts will be applied in laboratory, simulation, and a variety of health care settings.

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    • NURS-4301 - Clinical Practice III

      This course focuses on advanced knowledge and skills necessary for the professional nurse to deliver safe and person-centered care across the lifespan. Professional and healthcare related concepts will be applied in laboratory, simulation, and a variety of health care settings.

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    • NURS-4302 - Clinical Practice IV

      This course focuses on the integration of knowledge and skills necessary for the professional nurse to deliver safe and person-centered care across the lifespan. Students will be expected to utilize leadership and management principles to achieve positive health outcomes within healthcare systems in simulated and actual clinical experiences.

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    Major Selects

    • BIOL-2021 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      An introduction to the structural and functional relationships in the human body. This course will introduce the student to the background material and the organ systems associated with protection, support, and movement, as well as, the systems which control and integrate body functions. Course is designed to be taken before Biology 2022. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Students must enroll in BIOL 2021L in the same term.

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    • BIOL-2022 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      A continuation of the study of the structural and functional relationships in the human body. This course will introduce the student to the structure and function of the organ systems associated with blood production, blood flow, respiration, digestion, excretion, reproduction and immunity. This course is designed to follow Biology 2021. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees.

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    • BIOL-2030 - Medical Microbiology

      Medical microbiology is a course designed for nursing and other allied health persons and is intended to introduce the student to the basic concepts and practices of microbiology, especially with regard to health and human disease. Lecture portions of the course will address the basic biology of microorganisms, pathogenic mechanisms, host defense and immunity, and microorganisms and human diseases. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Students must enroll in BIOL 2030L in the same term.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Application available October 1st through February 1st for Summer admission.
    • Admits once a year for Summer (June)
    • 6 semester program (Carrollton, Main Campus) and 8 semester program (Newnan Campus)
    • Admissions process, including pre-requisites and application instructions
    • Click here for a full list of BSN Core Courses
    • Prospective transfer students should read about admission requirements to the universityClick here to see what courses may transfer(reference only). Official transfer evaluation of transcripts takes place 4-6 weeks after admission to UWG and orientation registration.
    • HESI A2 Entrance Exam
      • Students may only have ONE attempt on the required sections between February 2, 2016 and February 1, 2017. Required sections include Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Basic Math Skills, and Anatomy and Physiology. For information on how to prepare for the HESI A2, visit https://uniontestprep.com/hesia2 and https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/hesi.html
      • The exam cost is $95.80 and is available via Prometric Testing Centers - but students must first get approved for eligibility through their Elsevier Evolve account. Click here for registration instructions!
      • Applicants must register using the UWG-Distance Testing Department ID:  201715 provided on the registration instructions. Registering for the exam under our Department ID ensures that the Tanner Health System School of Nursing can access your scores without requiring you to send a transcript (which saves you an additional cost in this process).
      • Elsevier and Prometric are ADA compliant. Click here for special registration instructions!
    • Certified Nurse Aid Training (CNA)
      • Not required for application but required by May 1st for enrollment in nursing courses.
      • The only applicants exempt from this requirement are LPNs with an active license.
      • If you were previously certified as a CNA but have been out of practice for 2 years or more, re-certification will be required.
      • UWG offers CNA courses through Continuing Education for current students. 
      • You may click on the following link to see a list of State Workforce Investment Board approved training centers compiled by UWG's Continuing Education Department. List of CNA Programs

    Admission Process Checklist

    UWG Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    University of West Georgia
    Tanner Health System
    School of Nursing
    678-839-6552
    nurs@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    1. Provide Holistic nursing care to persons (individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations) across the continuum of health care in a variety of settings at local and global levels, focusing on health promotion and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan.
    2. Practice quality caring as the essence of nuring for persons of diverse cultures, values, beliefs, and lifestyles.
    3. Utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning based on theoretical, empirical, and experiential knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences to provide safe, competent, evidence-based care.
    4. Communicate and collaborate effectively within inter-professional teams utilizing technology and information systems to improve health outcomes and healthcare systems.
    5. Participate in analysis, critique, and reform of healthcare regulatory, policy, and financial systems that influence nursing and healthcare environments.
    6. Apply leadership and management principles to empower nurses and achieve high standards of quality and safety in the delivery of person-centered care.
    7. Assume alturistic legal and ethical responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behavior.
    8. Utilize effective teaching strategies to empower persons to achieve healthcare goals.