Special to the Journal
Augusta, Ga. – Georgia Regents University’s College of Nursing is accepting applications for the inaugural class of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
On Jan. 8, 2013, Georgia Regents University became a new university when Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University consolidated. Undergraduate nursing was the only duplicate academic program at both universities, requiring that the two programs be combined into one with new admission guidelines, new curriculum and new program standards.
“With the combined student population, GRU College of Nursing is the largest nursing school in the state of Georgia,” said Dean Lucy Marion. The college will launch a brand new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Fall 2013. All nursing students will attend classes on the Health Sciences Campus, where GRU’s hospitals are located.
“The inaugural BSN Class will experience a brand new GRU BSN curriculum—more than the sum of the parts from ASU and GHSU nursing,” Marion said. “We have highly experienced and dedicated faculty ready to educate students and provide a fantastic journey for each to become an excellent professional nurse.”
GRU College of Nursing will offer students hands-on learning opportunities in simulation labs, instruction from faculty with varied experiences and diverse backgrounds and the opportunity to work alongside students from other health professions.
“The ideal applicant has a commitment to the nursing profession, caring for others who cannot care for themselves and striving for better health. The applicant needs to be flexible, change-oriented, able to describe how they have worked well independently and with a team and have outside interests and hobbies,” said Rebecca Rule, GHSU BSN Program Director for the teach-out and the Interim GRU BSN Program Director.
GRU College of Nursing will teach out two different curricula from ASU and GHSU for students previously enrolled in the nursing program at one of the institutions.
“Individuals with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are in demand, and employers have expressed a need for these professionals. Previous graduates have accepted positions in a variety of settings,” Marion said.
To apply for the program or learn more about the admission requirements, visit http://www.georgiahealth.edu/nursing/bsn.html.