School and Ranking Information
All four schools that offer nursing degrees in the Augusta area are public schools. Two of these only offer two-year degrees. For bachelor's on up, we recommend the following school as the best option because of its number of programs, program rankings and flexibility:
- Winner: Georgia Regents University, located in Augusta, GA, was formally Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, which merged in 2013. The school's College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing.
School Info Chart
|Category||Georgia Regents University|
|Rankings||#44 in Best Graduate Nursing Program (2011); #31 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $6,552 (in-state); $19,446 (out-of-state)*|
|Nursing Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||332**|
|Most Popular Nursing Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||29%**|
|Noteworthy||Students have access to numerous clinical facilities, including the campus-based Interdisciplinary Practice and Research Center|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Georgia Regents University
Georgia Regents University
- The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs, the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and the Georgia Board of Nursing
- The college offers many of the classes as online courses, which allow students to learn at their convenience
- Students who are already RN's have the option to take four semesters of coursework to obtain a BSN
Georgia Regents University enrolls approximately 9,000 students and has nine colleges and schools. The university's College of Nursing was the first in the state to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The college has satellite campuses in Columbus and Albany, in addition to its main campus in Augusta.
The bachelor's degree program in nursing includes traditional classroom instruction as well as clinical experiences, where students obtain hands-on training. Courses cover health assessment, pharmacology, clinical nursing care and public health nursing.
The master's degree in nursing program offers two separate options in nursing anesthesia and clinical nurse leader. Students learn through didactic instruction, including time in the simulation lab. Students also have the option to complete nurse practitioner post-master's certificates in adult gerontology, family health, pediatrics and psych-mental health.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program prepares nurse clinicians for advanced clinical and leadership roles. Courses include bioethics in nursing, healthcare policy seminar, strategic resource management and improving health outcomes. Graduates are expected to have completed around 1000 hours of clinical work.
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree program work closely with faculty mentors to evaluate behavioral and biological aspects of illness and health. Courses offered cover faculty research, biostatistics, quantitative and qualitative design and scientific grant writing.