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Nursing Degree Programs in Savannah, GA with Course Descriptions

There are four schools around Savannah, GA, that have nursing degrees. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program options, requirements and admission info for two of those universities located within about 55 miles of downtown.

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Savannah Nursing Schools

The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is home to only one school that offers nursing degrees; however, there are other institutions in the surrounding areas that offer education programs in the field. This article puts the spotlight on two universities in particular, and offers details on the courses and clinical experiences required at each. There's also a table of statistics included to provide even more information about the schools.

  • Armstrong State University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing. Located in Savannah, the campus is about 14 miles from the city's center.
  • Statesboro's Georgia Southern University stands as one of the largest universities in the general area to offer nursing. The school, situated roughly 53 miles from Savannah's downtown area, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field as well as a doctoral program in nursing practice.

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Comparison of Schools

Compare the two nursing schools by looking over the following table. Its info on campus setting, costs, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers and more can help you make an informed education decision.

Armstrong State University Georgia Southern University
School Type 4-year, public* 4-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,094* 20,517*
Campus Setting Midsize city* Distant town*
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $5,360 in-state
$15,616 out-of-state*
$6,273 in-state
$16,847 out-of-state*
% of First-time Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 91%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 68%* 63%*
Retention Rate (2014) 70% full-time* 81% full-time*
Graduation Rate (for students beginning in 2008) 30% overall* 51% overall*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Armstrong State University

Founded in 1935 in a historic mansion, today's Armstrong State University is a University System of Georgia member serving nearly 7,500 students as of fall 2011. Five different schools and colleges within the university offer over 100 academic programs, including those in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This 127-unit program begins with a foundation in the humanities and ends with faculty-supervised health care experience. Students from Armstrong typically work with area hospitals, including Memorial Health and Saint Joseph's/Candler Health System. The school attempts to keep class sizes reasonable by admitting students into the program two times per year. The program has received the approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing, as well as national accreditation. Students who already have LPN or RN credentials can apply for advanced standing and earn the BSN degree in a shorter length of time.

Master of Science in Nursing

The graduate program in nursing allows students to choose among multiple tracks, including adult-gerontological acute or primary care, nursing administration, and advanced practice nursing. The master's program at Armstrong State is open to any currently unrestricted RN; however, the school prefers applicants who have a minimum of one year of nursing experience, undergo a pre-admission interview, and possess basic computer operation skills. Those taking the adult nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist tracks must also undergo a physical assessment or health appraisal. MSN students must complete a 3-credit project or 6-credit thesis.

Georgia Southern University

This school is located northwest of Savannah in Statesboro, Georgia. It offers degree options in nursing at multiple levels.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing must apply to Georgia Southern's School of Nursing separately from the university. Prerequisites for this highly competitive undergraduate program include the completion of a number of health science courses, as well as completing a health history and physical assessment, and the HESI A2 exam prior to application. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained in prior coursework, and meeting these minimum requirements provides no guarantee of admission. Working registered nurses without a BSN can apply to the school's online BSN option.

Master of Science in Nursing

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate College Nursing, the master's program at Georgia Southern is open to current Georgia RNs with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Students pursue this degree through a hybrid model, which blends online learning with limited on-campus meetings. Graduates are qualified to sit for professional certification exams. The school has plans for an all-online MSN program. Currently, the program ranges in length from 36 to 48 credits, depending on whether students choose the community health clinical nurse specialist or family nurse practitioner tracks, respectively. As of January 2012, based on changes to the Advanced Practice Nursing Consensus Model, the school is considering whether or not to continue the community health program. Students who are already RNs may pursue an RN-MSN option; completion confers BSN and MSN degrees.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Since its founding in 2008, this online doctoral-level program has admitted ten students each fall semester. The program kicks off with a mandatory on-campus intensive session. The 40-credit curriculum allows for nine credits of specialization in areas of public health, nursing education, epidemiology, and more. The course load generally spans eight semesters, but is designed for working professionals in the nursing field. Students must apply to the school and then the nursing program. A Nursing Education Certificate (NEC) may also be earned in conjunction with this program.

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