Brenau University Nursing School Review

Brenau University (BU) is a private, not-for-profit institution based in Gainesville, Georgia.  The university educates over 2,500 students annually and maintains a small student to faculty ratio of 11:1.  Brenau University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Brenau University was founded in 1878 as a Baptist seminary for women. Today the university offers bachelors through doctoral degrees in areas such as nursing, business and education.

Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs at Brenau University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The Department of Nursing at Brenau University seeks to educate nurses that positively impact their patient’s lives.  The university offers a variety of flexible class options for nurses of all levels that would like to pursue higher education and advanced career standing.

Brenau University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

 BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The BSN program at Brenau University prepares nurses to become competent leaders in their field.  The program is offered both full and part time to accommodate working nurses. The part-time program has course options primarily in weekends and evenings to accommodate the busy nurse’s schedule.  To earn the BSN, students must earn 120 semester hours.  The program requires a residency of 31 hours.  A unique aspect of the BSN program at Brenau University is that general education requirements are divided into learning areas which students must complete. Learning areas include World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic & Creative imagination, Communication and Language Fluency. Students must earn a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.75 GPA in all nursing courses to successfully complete the program and earn the BSN. Upon completion of the program, students are also eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.

RN to BSN Bridge Program

The RN to BSN Bridge program is designed for RNs who are seeking advanced career standing by earning a BSN degree.  The program also requires 120 credit hours to complete as does the general BSN program.  Admission requirements include a 2.5 GPA overall and in nursing requirement courses and an ADN or nursing diploma.

Brenau University Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)

Brenau University offers an MSN program with three specializations, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner), NE (Nurse Educator) and Nurse Leadership and Management.  Admission requirements to the MSN program include a 3.0 GPA, GRE score, 1 year of work experience, and two letters of recommendation.

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

The Standard RN to MSN program allows nurses to complete their MSN in just 3 to 4 years of study.  The program utilizes both 100% online and hybrid (a combination of on-campus and online) courses.  Students can choose from three specializations-Families Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader/Manager. Admission requirements include a copy of the RN license, transcripts for all post-secondary education, a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score and 2 letters of reference.

Accelerated RN to MSN Degree Program

RNs who would like to complete an MSN as quickly as possible can do so in as little as 2 to 3 years plus one additional semester in Brenau University’s Accelerated RN to MSN degree program.  Ultimately the student’s concentration will determine how quickly the course is completed.  Students choose from the same concentrations offered in the Standard RN to MSN Program, but complete their undergraduate courses in one semester and graduate courses over the next 2 to 3 years.  Admission applications are accepted once annually by March 1st and requirements are the same as those of the Standard RN to MSN program.

DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Program

The DNP program at Brenau University prepares MSN qualified nurses with work experience to complete the highest qualification available in clinical nursing practice.  Admission requirements to the program include a minimum 3.0 GPA in MSN coursework, a GRE score and three letters of recommendation.  The program is delivered in hybrid format, with both online and on-campus courses required.  Students in the program can choose from a Leadership and Management track or an Advanced Nursing Practice track.

Brenau University Nursing Certificate Programs

In addition to the MSN programs, nurses can earn post-masters certificate in the Nurse Educator (NE) and FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) Specializations.

Brenau University
500 Washington Street Southeast
Gainesville, GA 30501

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