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The School of Nursing has a strong tradition of excellence in educating professional nurses by offering associate, baccalaureate, masters, and certificate programs designed to prepare you to practice in a dynamic and challenging field of health care. Our graduates consistently perform above the national average on the nursing licensure exams and our nurse practitioners and nursing educators have a high pass rate on the certification exams. 

GSW's Nursing program was ranked the Best Online RN to BSN Programs in Georgia for 2020 and earned the #1 spot in the top 10 Nursing Schools in the state for 2019 and 2022. We also offer the Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP) which offers guaranteed admission into GSW’s nursing program for a select number of exceptional high school seniors. 

Upon acceptance to Georgia Southwestern, prospective nursing students must also complete an application for the School of Nursing using their CanesNet credentials. See more details for each specific program. 

Undergraduate Majors

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)


RN to BSN (Online)

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Graduate Majors

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Education

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Leadership

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Informatics

Graduate Certificates

Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Nurse Educator

Nursing Informatics

Nursing Leadership

Online Majors

Online RN to BSN

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing

Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex

229-931-2275 phone
229-931-2288 fax

Faculty & Staff

Guaranteed Acceptance Program (GAP)
The School of Nursing offers an excellent opportunity for a select number of exceptional high school seniors accepted to GSW. GAP assures eligible students a place in our nursing program, providing they meet the required benchmarks during the program.
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ACEN Candidacy

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The most recent CCNE approval for the baccalaureate program extends from October 7, 2020 to June 30, 2031, and the master's program approval extends from February 1, 2021 to December 31, 2026.

Effective March 2023, the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Georgia Southwestern State University located in Americus, GA is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 2025. The Initial ACEN site visit was held February 20-22, 2024. The findings will be reviewed at the next ACEN Evaluation Review Panel/Board of Commissioners Meeting in September 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at Search ACEN Programs.

The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare safe, competent, and compassionate professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality person-centered care in a global society. Students achieve academic excellence through a vibrant learning environment using evidence-based practice, creative inquiry, and the pursuit of lifelong learning. This mission prepares nurses to lead in their profession as they contribute to the health of the communities in which they live and work.

  • Named in the Top 10 Nursing schools in Georgia 2024 by
  • Named as #10 Best LPN to BSN programs in the US by
  • Named #9 Most Affordable RN-BSN programs in the US by

Which Program is Right for Me?

Georgia Southwestern offers several programs for students to pursue based on commitment level, program costs, and employer preferences. Students are encouraged to determine each of these items before deciding which program is chosen is most beneficial for his or her desired career goals.

  • Career Goals & Employee Preference
    There are a variety of nursing positions and levels that require different education and credentials. In order to determine which program is best suited, consider what type of career you anticipate to pursue. While some jobs only require an ASN, others may prefer those with a BSN for specific positions or an MSN for more advanced positions. 

  • Availability & Commitment
    From traditional first-year students to those looking to increase their credentials, the time you are willing to dedicate to a program will help determine which program will best suit your lifestyle. Students just starting their education are encouraged to pursue a BSN, while the program structure of an ASN is built for those needing a quicker path to enter the nursing field. Those wishing to pursue an MSN as their end goal should complete the BSN program in order to save time overall.

  • Program Tuition
    It is important to consider the cost of the program you intend to commit to. A shorter program will take less time and cost less than a lengthier program by default. 

Need Assistance Deciding?

If you are unsure which program you may be best suited for, please contact the School of Nursing to help advise you. It is important to know your future goals and if you intend on jumping into the workforce or working towards a more advanced degree. Georgia Southwestern offers a variety of nursing programs to students wishing to enter the healthcare field.

Georgia Southwestern offers a variety of scholarships specifically for nursing students.