Albany State University Nursing School Review

Albany State University (ASU), founded in 1903, is a HBCU (Historically Black College University) originally founded as a Bible training program to provide religious education for African-Americans young adults. The college accepts students from all backgrounds and serves over 4,000 students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Nursing Degree Programs

The Albany State University Nursing Program began in 1961 with 27 nursing students. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredits nursing programs at Albany State University. The programs at Albany State University are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Albany State University offers several nursing programs for students without previous nursing experience, current RNs (registered nurses) as well as students pursuing graduate education.

Albany State University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Generic BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The generic BSN can be completed in four years and is designed for nurses with no previous nursing education. Admission requirements to the Generic BSN program include a GPA minimum of 2.75 in all core nursing courses, the completion of several course pre-requisites and CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and BCLS (basic cardiac life support) certification by the American Heart Association. The certification must be designated specifically for healthcare providers.

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The RN to BSN program is ideal for RNs who would like to complete the next step in their nursing career by earning a BSN qualification. The program is 2 years. RNs whose previous educational experiences meet the criteria outlined in the Georgia RN-BSN Articulation Model are not necessarily required to take additional exams proving understanding and competency in nursing courses. In general, students in the undergraduate nursing program are required to maintain a 75% or higher grade in all nursing courses.

Albany State University Graduate Nursing Programs

RN to MSN (Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing)

The RN to MSN program is for RNs who desire to earn a graduate qualification. This program allows nurses to complete that goal in less time than it would require earning a BSN and MSN degree individually. Nurses in the RN to MSN program can choose from two tracks to complete their programs, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) or EDU, which is an abbreviation for the Clinical Nurse Educator track. Upon completion of the program nurses will receive an MSN and nurses in the FNP track are eligible to take the national certification exam in their area. Both programs can be completed in 3 years. The program is delivered online.

Traditional MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Program

The traditional MSN program is also offered in two specializations, Nurse Educator (NE) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and is designed for nurses that have completed a BSN. The programs can be completed in two years. Admission requirements for the MSN program include a 3.0 overall GPA in previous nursing education; students must also complete a personal interview and the GRE or MAT with a score of 800 or 44 respectively.

Albany State University
504 College Drive
Albany, Georgia 31705

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