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What Is Nursing?

Nursing is an art and a science. It is the art of knowing how to balance knowledge and compassion to give holistic care to individuals, families, groups and communities. As a science, nursing requires a wealth of knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary to provide safe, effective, culturally competent medical care.

Effective July 1, 2016, the Perimeter College Department of Nursing became an administrative unit of the Georgia State University School of Nursing.

The new name for the associate degree path to nursing is The Georgia State University School of Nursing Associate Degree Program, Perimeter College.

The associate degree courses continue to be housed at the current campus locations, and admissions standards and program costs remain the same.

For more information on the change, visit the School of Nursing website .


Nurses practice in a variety of health settings, among them; medical, surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry and community nursing. The workforce needs nurses, and projections show the need will increase in coming years. Settings include:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Community centers
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Educational facilities
  • Government/military settings
  • Home health care
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical equipment facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Career Template
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Associate of Science in Nursing

The career Nursing program leads to an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX examination for registered nurses. The curriculum is designed as a career program. Students who desire to continue their education may transfer credits to a number of institutions of higher learning. For information concerning admission to the Nursing program go to the Nursing Department website: General Education Required Courses (33 Credit Hours):
  • ENGL 1101 English Composition I (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 1001 Quantitative Reasoning (3 Credit Hours) or higher, except for MATH 2008
  • [SCOM 1500] Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)
  • [RSCH 1203] Research Strategies and Technology (1 Credit Hour)
  • Elective from Core Area C (3 Credit Hours) (This course may not be a World Language course.)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • POLS 1101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • KH 2150 Healthy Lifestyle Choices (1 Credit Hour)

MATH 1001 and ENGL 1101 must be completed with a “C” or better.

Professional Curriculum for Nursing                                                                           Required Courses (36 Credit Hours): First-year courses:
  • NURS 1921 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (8 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 1930 Intermediate Concepts of Nursing (9 Credit Hours)
Second-Year courses:
  • NURS 2922  Childbearing Family Concepts of Nursing (3 Credit Hours) (Obstetric Nursing Concepts)
  • NURS 2924  Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 2927  Childrearing Family Concepts of Nursing (4 Credit Hours) (Pediatric Nursing Concepts)
  • NURS 2928 Advanced Concepts of Nursing (9 Credit Hours)
  1. The passing of standardized nursing exams is required for successful progression from course to course and from First Year to Second Year.
  2. Advanced placement students (for example, Licensed Practical Nurses who meet specific requirements and who complete NURS 1926, a special accelerated course, with a “C” or better) may exempt NURS 1921 and NURS 1930. Call the Office of Enrollment and Registration Services; Advising, Counseling, and Retention Services; or the Nursing Department for further information.



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