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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.

Learn more about the Nursing Associate Degree Program.

Learn more about Georgia State University’s School of Nursing.

One of the oldest and largest health professions, nursing is a critical component of patient care. As primary caregivers, nurses serve individuals, families and communities in medical practices, doctor’s offices, schools, long-term care, assisted living, rehabilitation, hospice and more. RNs are in high demand throughout the United States, and the need for nurses is projected to continue to grow.** ** Note: RNs without bachelor’s degrees may not hold supervisory positions.
Nurses practice in a variety of health settings, among them; medical, surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry and community nursing. 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 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 Associate Degree in Nursing website.  

General Education Required Courses (35 hours):

  • ENGL 1101 English Composition I (3)
  • MATH 1001 Quantitative Reasoning (3) or higher, except for MATH 2008
  • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
  • RSCH 1203 Research Strategies and Technology (1)
  • Elective from Core Area C (3) (This course may not be a World Language course.)
  • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1) (“C” or better required)
  • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1) (“C” or better required)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1) (“C” or better required)
  • POLS 1101 American Government (3)
  • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3) (“C” or better required)
  • PHED 1101 Choices for Life (1)
Note: MATH 1001 and ENGL 1101 must be completed with a “C” or better.  

Professional Curriculum for Nursing                                                                          

Required Courses (36 hours): First-year courses:
  • NURS 1921 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (8)
  • NURS 1930 Intermediate Concepts of Nursing (9)
Second-Year courses:
  • NURS 2922  Childbearing Family Concepts of Nursing (3) (Obstetric Nursing Concepts)
  • NURS 2924  Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing (3)
  • NURS 2927  Childrearing Family Concepts of Nursing (4) (Pediatric Nursing Concepts)
  • NURS 2928 Advanced Concepts of Nursing (9)
  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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