In Georgia, there are several Christian-based colleges that offer nursing programs. A common pathway to become a nurse is to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Upon completing your degree, you'll sit for the National Council of States Boards of Nursing's NCLEX licensing exam.
Christian colleges are plentiful in the Bible Belt, and Georgia lives up to that reputation. Looking at these colleges that offer nursing programs, we will see what denomination is practiced and the cost to attend the school.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Toccoa Falls College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christ and Missionary Alliance Church||Toccoa Falls, GA||$22,104|
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Atlanta, GA||$49,392|
|Covenant College||4-year, private not-for-profit||The Presbyterian Church in America||Lookout Mountain, GA||$33,170|
|Piedmont College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Church of Christ||Demorest, GA||$24,464|
|Shorter University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Rome, GA||$21,730|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Comparing Nursing Programs
Nursing positions are expected to grow in need over the next decade. With this in mind, it may be a good time to consider beginning your nursing education. The following schools in Georgia are Christian colleges with accredited nursing programs.
Toccoa Falls College
The Fetterman School of Nursing is where students will take nursing courses at Toccoa Falls College. To maintain good standing in the program, students must maintain a GPA of no lower than 3.0. This 4-year program uses courses in childbearing, mental health, pharmacology, and health assessments. Toccoa Falls urges students to continue a faith-based education throughout their program, urging extracurricular activities and the mandatory completing of BSF 103, a Christian study foundations course. In fact, Toccoa Falls student are expected to earn a minimum number of spiritual formation credits (SFC) each semester. Students can earn the SFCs through attending worship, spiritual formation seminars, and other faith-based activities.
According the U.S. New and World Report, Emory ranked third for its nursing graduate program in 2018, and its doctor of nursing was ranked 5th in the nation. The average student to teacher ratio is 9:1, keeping classrooms intimate. Emory has a 91% graduation rate on top of their 94% rate for returning students. In 2017, Emory awarded 751 scholarships for their nursing programs. To encourage spiritual growth and service attendance, Emory holds a free lunch every week after service and a dinner during a Bible study group. Along with services and ministries, Emory's chaplain runs a lighthearted Sarcastic Meditation Podcast that looks at the world and events for the week.
Completing 126 credits will earn you a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Health Professions Concentration at Covenant College. While not technically a nursing degree, this program sets students up to continue their nursing education for a master's or doctorate degree. This school might be a good choice if you want to keep your options open while attending a Christian college. You could then move onto a secular graduate school to complete your nursing education. Covenant has students meet with an advisor to guide them to the correct courses for their intended profession.
With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1, you can expect to have a small college feel at Piedmont College. This school offers many health services programs, like sport science and cardiovascular technology, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In order to enter this program, you must first be an enrolled Piedmont student. If you have a GPA of 3.25, you can then submit an application for the BSN program. Students must also pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) given by the ATI Nursing Education organization. If you are 25 or younger, an active member of the United Church of Christ and have a GPA of over 3.4, you can apply for the Nickerson Congregational Heritage Scholarship, which covers 100% of your tuition.
As one of the newest nursing programs at a Christian college, Shorter University's BSN program was added in 2009 at the Brady School of Nursing. To combine the study of Christ with the call of nursing, Shorter has incorporated a medical missions experience into the program study, so that students can work abroad helping communities with health services. To continue the mission's attitude, Shorter offers many ministry opportunities within the community, including working with Habitat for Humanity, going to retirement communities, tutoring underprivileged kids, and bagging groceries for needy families.