5010 General Information

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to the preparation of professionals in the areas of Nursing, Nutrition, Respiratory Therapy and Health Informatics. The programs are designed to meet the health and human service needs of the citizens of Georgia. Involvement in research and practice in the urban community is encouraged. The programs are responsive to the needs of students entering both first and second careers. Courses are delivered through a variety of modes including classroom and laboratory instruction, web-based instruction, and distance technology.

5010.10 Office of the Dean

816 Urban Life
404-413-1100
snhp.gsu.edu/

Nancy Kropf, Dean
Lynda Goodfellow, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Andrew Butler, Associate Dean for Research

5010.30 Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in the School of Nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredits the baccalaureate program in the Department of Respiratory Therapy in collaboration with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Education. The Nutrition Science in the Department of Nutrition is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.

5010.40 Degree Programs

The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in  nursing, nutrition science, and respiratory therapy. The School also has a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Informatics.

5010.70 Admission to Professional Programs

Acceptance to Georgia State University into one of the majors in the School of Nursing and Health Professions allows a student to take prerequisite course work leading to the professional program. A separate application process is required for acceptance into the professional programs in nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy and health informatics.

The professional program in nursing begins in the fall and spring semesters only. The professional programs in nutrition and respiratory therapy begin annually in the fall semester only. The B.I.S. in Health Informatics will have new cohorts in the Fall and Spring. Admission into these programs is highly competitive, and students are encouraged to inquire about admission criteria, policies, and deadlines as soon as possible. Admission information and requirements for each program are included in the section on the major.

It is highly recommended that a student wishing to enter the programs in nursing, nutrition science and respiratory therapy take one year of biology and one year of chemistry in high school.

Applicants for admission to the professional programs must be able to demonstrate prior to admission an ability to meet certain technical standards of performance which are necessary to carry out their activities as health professionals. They must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form. Applicants for admission must demonstrate the functional use of their senses that will allow them to elicit appropriate information, as well as to perceive nonverbal communications from patients or clients whom they are serving. Additionally, each of these applicants should be able physically to provide reasonable care and emergency treatment when necessary.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student at any time in order to preserve and maintain the program’s standards of scholarship and conduct.

International applicants to the School of Nursing and Health Professions whose native language is not English, regardless of language of instruction, may be required to submit acceptable results from an English proficiency examination.

Each division may require other, more specific, technical abilities in its consideration of candidates for admission to its program.

5020 Academic Regulations

5020.10 Credit for Transfer Work

The specific credit for work done at other institutions that may apply toward a degree from the School of Nursing and Health Professions is determined by the Undergraduate Admissions Office, the University Advisement Center, the School of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance, and, if appropriate, department the student is applying for. Allowance of transfer credit by the Office of Admissions does not mean necessarily that all such credit will be accepted toward a degree from the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

5020.20 Credit for Transient Work

Students in the School of Nursing and Health Profession who wish to take course work at another college must have prior written approval from the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance if they wish to apply that credit to a degree program. The student must be in good academic standing at Georgia State University. A student may not take more than four courses as a transient student. Courses that have been failed at Georgia State may not be retaken at another institution. Please consult section 1300 of this catalog for additional regulations pertaining to transient status.

5020.30 Clinical, Field Experience or Internship

As part of the degree completion requirements in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, the student will be placed in a clinical setting which requires the student to care for and/or be exposed to individuals and patients of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses and symptoms, some of which are communicable and infectious. However, unless otherwise required by law, the School of Nursing and Health Professions does not grant special consideration or waiver of any degree completion requirements, including placement in a clinical setting.

Please note that majors must complete a clinical program during their matriculation. Some students will be placed with a clinical affiliate that gives care to vulnerable populations or deals with sensitive information. As a result, the agency or affiliate may request a criminal background check and/or drug screen as a prerequisite for placement. If students use illegal drugs, have a criminal record before they declare their major, or acquire a criminal record after declaring their major, they might be prohibited from participating in the clinical program.

5020.40 Graduation

Coursework with a grade of D can satisfy no more than 12 semester hours of degree requirements. A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses. Certain programs may require a grade of C or higher in other courses as well. A 2.00 grade point average is required for graduation.

Any deviations from catalog requirements are unauthorized except by approval of the department,  or by written petition filed through the Office of Academic Assistance and properly approved by the appropriate committee.

Please note that licensing boards or agencies for program-related occupations may deny, suspend or revoke a license if an applicant has a criminal history or licensee is convicted, pleads guilty or nolo contendre to a felony or other crime. Students should consult the licensing board corresponding to their intended occupations for more details. Successful completion of a program of study in the School of Nursing and Health Professions does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

5030 Degree Requirements

The undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing and Health Professions are designed to comply with the University System of Georgia core curriculum requirements. The program requirements for Undergraduate Core Curriculum Areas A through E are listed in the “Core Curriculum” chapter of this catalog. Recommendations of specific courses in the core curriculum for nursing, nutrition science and respiratory therapy students are listed below as well as in each program section. Area F requirements for the major and other course requirements are found in the sections of this chapter which describe the specific major.

5030.10 Core Curriculum Recommendation

Area B: Institutional Options:

It is suggested that nursing majors take [PHIL 1010] as one of the two required courses, as critical thinking skills are an essential piece of the nursing profession.

Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts:

It is suggested that nursing majors take SPAN 1002 as one of the two required courses.

Area D: Science, Mathematics and Technology:

It is strongly recommended that respiratory therapy majors take [CHEM 1151K] and CHEM 1152K. For nutrition science majors, CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K is required. Health Informatics majors can select one two-course science sequence listed in section 1410.40 of the undergraduate catalog.

Area E: Social Sciences:

It is strongly recommended that nursing majors take PSYC 1101 as the social science foundations selection as it is a prerequisite to PSYC 3140.

5030.20 Program Admissions

The undergraduate programs in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions because of their professional nature, have more stringent admission requirements than those of Georgia State University.

Health Informatics

Admission is by application. All SNHP B.I.S. degree prerequisites must be completed for the Clinical Informatics concentration and all RCB B.I.S. degree prerequisites must be completed for the Health Information Technology Management or Health Administration Management concentrations, with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The prerequisites will be listed in the curriculum section of the BIS. Students generally apply at the end of their second year (sophomore) when prerequisite courses are complete and will begin this BIS program in the junior year. A new cohort starts each fall and spring semesters. As demand for this major grows, the need to limit the number of times a student can apply and additional admission criteria will be re-evaluated. The application deadline for Fall is March 15th. The application deadline for Spring is October 1st.

Nursing

The applicant must meet the general admission requirements of Georgia State University and the School of Nursing. Acceptance to the university allows the student applicant to register for prerequisite course work leading to the professional program in nursing and but does not guarantee automatic admission into the nursing program. Acceptance into the professional program requires a separate application and admissions process. Applicants are admitted on a space-available basis. The University gives some preference to applicants who began their college careers at Georgia State and meet all other criteria. Due to the high demand for this major, the need to limit the number of times a student can apply and additional admission criteria will be re-evaluated on a continuous basis and changes will be made as necessary.

Two program options are available in the undergraduate nursing program: the traditional option and ACE (Achieving the Curriculum Expeditiously). The traditional option is six semesters and does not require summer classes. The ACE option is four semesters, including summer over a 16-month period. Students in both options have identical degree requirements; however, the ACE option has more stringent application requirements.

The RN-BS is an undergraduate degree option, however it is only open to students who hold a current RN license and have graduate from an NLN-Accredited associate degree or diploma. The RN-BS only admits in the summer.

Traditional Option Prerequisites: The following courses are prerequisites, which must be completed before entering the traditional option in the fall or spring semester.

It is recommended that NURS 2010 be taken before beginning the nursing courses, but it is not required.

Traditional Option Requirements:

  1. Acceptance to Georgia State University.
  2. Completion of 9 hours of the science courses in the prerequisite courses listed above and English 1101.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.30. Higher grade point averages receive preference for admission. A minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the sciences courses listed in the prerequisite courses. In computing this GPA, only the first two attempts at a course will be will be considered. Even if a student repeats a course under Georgia State’s repeat-to-repeat policy, only the first two attempts will be considered in the Nursing admissions process.
  4. Successful completion of the current version of the Test Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  5. A two-page typed paper discussing the applicant’s position on a current social or health-related issue.
  6. Two letters of reference. One should be academic (high school or college instructor); one should be professional (employer, volunteer organization, etc.).
  7. An Application Cover Sheet form.
  8. Answers to a short list of questions that are included with the Application Cover Sheet form.

ACE Option Prerequisites: The ACE option requires the following prerequisites, in addition to those listed for the traditional option, be completed before entering the first semester of the ACE option.

  • All Core Curriculum requirements, Areas A-E
  • NURS 2010 (Health and Human Development Across the Lifespan)
  • SNHP 3000 (Communication and Cultural Diversity)
  • PSYC 3140 (Abnormal Psychology)

ACE Option Requirements:

  1. Acceptance to Georgia State University.
  2. Completion of 9 hours of the science courses in the prerequisites courses listed above and English 1101.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.30. Higher grade point averages receive preference for admission. A minimum grade point average of 3.30 in the science courses listed in the prerequisite section. In computing this GPA, only the first two attempts at a course will be considered. Even if a student repeats a course under Georgia State’s repeat-replace policy, only the first two attempts will be considered in the Nursing admissions process.
  4. Successful completion of the current version of the Test Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  5. A two-page typed paper discussing the applicant’s position on a current social or health-related issue.
  6. Two letters of reference. One should be academic (high school or college instructor); one should be professional (employer, volunteer organization, etc.).
  7. An Application Cover Sheet form.
  8. Answers to a short list of questions that are included with the Application Cover Sheet form.
  9. Successful completion of the legislative requirements in U.S. and Georgia History, and U.S. and Georgia Constitution, advisement.gsu.edu/self-service/testing/georgia-history-and-constitution-legislative-requirements/.

A person may apply to Nursing only twice. If not accepted on the first application, applicants who have earned fewer than 89 credit hours must meet with an advisor in the University Advisement Center. Applicants who have earned at least 89 credit hours and are not accepted on the first application must meet with an admission advisor in the School of Nursing.

A student who has a cumulative Georgia State GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first semester at Georgia State is permanently ineligible to apply to enter Nursing.

A student who has a cumulative Georgia State GPA below 3.3 at the end of their third semester at Georgia State is permanently ineligible to apply to enter Nursing.

Effective for Fall 2016 admissions round, pre-nursing applicants must have grade of B or higher in at least one course in each of the following four categories by the end of the freshman year:

English (ENGL 1101 or 1102)
Math (MATH 1070 or 1111)
Science (BIO 2300 or CHEM 1151)
Social Science (PHIL 1010, PSYC 1101, or SPCH 1000)
All applicants will be screened for this requirement.

Admission selection for both options is based on GPA, number of and grades earned in required science courses taken, score on the nursing entrance exam, letters of reference, and a social/health issue paper. If the applicant’s native language is not English, regardless of language of instruction, he or she may be required to submit acceptable results on the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

It is important that applicants are aware of the current level of competition for admission. The program can accommodate only a limited number of students each year.

The application deadline for the fall semester is March 1. The application deadline for the spring semester is October 1. Early applications are advisable. Application requirements and information about the Test Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Test are available on the Nursing website nursing.gsu.edu/academics/undergraduate/frequently-asked-questions/. The cost of the exam is the applicant’s responsibility.

Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, the student will be required to complete the Program Intake for Nursing School orientation on Brightspace’s Desire2Learn and attend an orientation meeting before the first semester of nursing classes begin. The student must complete required forms and health-related requirements prior to the first semester of nursing classes. The accepted student must submit to Nursing a current health record (and must keep this record current). Evidence of in-force liability insurance and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification by the American Heart Association is required for enrollment in clinical nursing courses. Students may be required to have a criminal background check and a drug screen based on hospital policy. It will be the student’s responsibility to pay for any cost associated with the criminal background check and/or drug screen.

When applying to the Georgia Board of Nursing to take NCLEX upon graduation, students will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen according to a Georgia law that went in to effect in July 2008. Students may be required to provide documentation to the Georgia Board of Nursing explaining any such positive findings on the criminal background check. The Georgia Board of Nursing has the exclusive authority to issue a license for the Registered Professional Nurse and could decline to issue a license based on an applicant’s prior criminal record. Further information regarding this requirement can be obtained from the Georgia Board of Nursing or any other state licensing board where practice is contemplated.

Nutrition Science

Admission to the nutrition science program requires completion of prerequisite courses and a submission of a information form to the department. Information forms must be submitted to the SNHP Office of Academic Assistance by March 1.

Respiratory Therapy

Admission to the Department of Respiratory Therapy is limited. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the university, the applicant must meet the specific admission requirements and regulations of the Department of Respiratory Therapy. Acceptance into the program is based competitively on the factors of demonstrated academic ability, consistency of performance, personal qualifications, including motivation and interpersonal abilities.

International applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of language of instruction, must submit acceptable results from the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP). Because of the communication demands in the profession of respiratory therapy, both with patients and staff members, and the critical nature of clinical care, adequate verbal and written comprehension of English is necessary.

Individuals who desire to pursue respiratory therapy as a profession and show academic ability may apply for admission. Enrollment in the Department of Respiratory Therapy is limited and, therefore, early application is advisable. The application deadline is May 1st proceeding the fall semester in which admission is desired. The Office of Admissions evaluates the credentials of students transferring from other colleges and universities. Acceptance into the university does not ensure admission into the respiratory therapy program.

Students taking the prerequisite courses in colleges or universities other than Georgia State University should take equivalent course work.

Students are admitted into the professional courses in the fall of the junior year. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required. Higher GPAs receive preference for admission.

A.S. to B.S. Program

Requirements for Admission

  • Admission to Georgia State University in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions with a major in respiratory therapy.
  • A complete Advanced Standing application for admission to the respiratory care program.
  • Notarized copy of RRT certificate.
  • AARC Student Membership.
  • GPA at least 2.5

Program Highlights

Bridge students must complete University core education requirements (see General Education Courses), as mandated by the University System for a Bachelor’s degree. Many students have coursework from other schools that can transfer to satisfy some of the required prerequisite courses. Georgia State University also requires that 39 semester hours in the major area (Respiratory Therapy) be completed in residence (at Georgia State). The suggested courses are listed, which represent the most advanced coursework in the Bachelor program in the Bachelor degree program (See AreaG: Major).

Credit by Validation for 30 semester hours is given based on the RRT credential. This includes all clinical coursework

Students must also demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitutions of the United States and Georgia by either completing an American History and an American Government course, or by taking exams to fulfill these requirements after enrollment at Georgia State. Information is available at advisement.gsu.edu/self-service/testing/georgia-history-and-constitution-legislative-requirements/.

Students have the option to Test Out of a Course, if they are competent in the course area, with the exception of the final capstone course, RT 4950, Directed Study (Contact course instructor for further information).

An Integrated B.S. to M.S. degree is an option to those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and wish to enter the respiratory therapy profession. See the Graduate Catalog for details.

5040 Academic Advisement

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to providing advisement, counseling, and referrals to help students achieve academic success. Students in the School receive advisement from faculty members as well as from professional academic advisors in the Office of Academic Assistance located in the Urban Life Building Room 811. All students with 89 hours or less are advised by the University Advisement Center, advisement.gsu.edu. All students with 90 hours or more are advised by professional advisors located in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance, snhp.gsu.edu/student-resources/academic-assistance/.

5060 Honors and Awards

Maymi Walker Chandler Memorial Scholarship: This award was established in memory of Maymi Walker Chandler in recognition of her commitment to the professional development of women. The award recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship: These scholarships are funded by Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading healthcare organizations, and are given to undergraduate students in recognition of academic achievement.

Kaiser Permanente Endowed Nursing Scholarship: This scholarship was established to benefit graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career as a nurse educator.

Barbara Haltiwanger Nursing Scholarship Endowment: This award was established in memory of Barbara Haltiwanger. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are midway through their nursing education and who demonstrate academic excellence, exhibit character and motivation, and are committed to a career in adult health nursing.

Byrdine F. Lewis Clinical Practice Scholarship: This award was established to honor Mrs. Byrdine F. Lewis for whom the Georgia State University School of Nursing and Health Professions was named. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate nursing students who have a strong academic record and who are committed to clinical practice in a hospital setting.

Merle Kennon Lott Scholarship: This award was established in memory of Merle Lott, who was Director of Nursing for the Dekalb County Health Department and a dedicated public health nurse in Georgia for over 30 years. It recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence and plan to pursue a career in public health nursing.

Cennette Fisher Jackson Scholarship:  This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Cennette Fisher Jackson, a faculty member for 25 years in Nursing program. Awardees are undergraduate students in nursing who espouse the values Dr. Jackson personified: compassion, fairness, collaboration and respect for cultural diversity, and dignity in all people.

Daniel J. Sansone Memorial Scholarship: this award was created in memory of Daniel Sansone, son of Joseph Sansone, founder and CEO of Pediatric Healthcare, LLC. The award is given to an undergraduate student interested in pediatric nursing or respiratory therapy.

Gordon Seagraves Cummings Scholarship: Professor Gordon Cummings taught in the Georgia State University physical therapy program for 27 years. The scholarship recognizes individuals who are critical thinkers and caring, competent practitioner.

James Ancil Lewis Award: This award was established in memory of James Ancil Lewis and honors his exemplary work in respiratory therapy, from his graduation in 1973 until his death in 1992. The award is given to a junior in the program who exemplifies Mr. Lewis’ characteristics of service to others, particularly in clinical work and direct patient care.

Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship: To provide scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in nutrition. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.

Pediatria Healthcare Endowed Nursing Scholarship: To provide scholarships to Georgia State University undergraduate and graduate nursing students enrolled in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing. Students must have a Georgia State program GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be presently studying or will be studying pediatric nursing at the time of the awarding of the scholarship.  Financial need will be taken into consideration.

The units in the School of Nursing and Health Professions may award honors. Criteria for honors are listed below:

  1. Students must be recommended and approved by departmental faculty committee.
  2. The residence requirements for graduation from Georgia State University must be fulfilled. No courses exempted or validated by examination are considered as being taken in residence.
  3. The following grade point average requirements must be met:
    1. A minimum overall accumulated grade point average of 3.0 in all courses excluding professional program courses. This includes all courses applied toward the degree including courses transferred in.
    2. An accumulated grade point average of at least 3.5 in all professional program courses.
    3. Accumulated grade point average will be calculated on courses that apply to the degree including courses transferred in from other schools.

Awards are contingent on final clearance by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Any student receiving aid under any federal financial aid program is limited by the student’s “estimated cost of attendance” as to the total amount of aid that may be received. This applies to aid from all sources, public and private. You will find this information in your aid letter from the financial aid office or online in your financial aid record in PAWS.

5110 Health Informatics

Program Offered:

B. I. S. in Health Informatics

1228 Urban Life Center
404-413-1225
Tamara S. Melton, Program Director and Clinical Instructor
healthinformatics.gsu.edu

The Mission of this concentration is to prepare graduates to address the expanding complex information technology needs of our healthcare system.

The Goals of the program are as follows:

  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will understand the systems and processes associated with health informatics in the areas of Clinical Informatics; Health Information Technology; and Health Administration Management.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will be able to analyze and draw relevant conclusions associated with health informatics in the areas of Clinical Informatics; Health Information Technology; and Health Administration Management.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will understand the role of and be able to effectively work in the health information, technology and administration industry.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will be able to function as an effective member of a successful interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will be an effective critical thinker.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will be an effective oral and written communicator.

The Learning Outcomes are the following:

  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will be able to analyze and evaluate the systems and processes associated with health informatics in the areas of Clinical Informatics; Health Information Technology; and Health Administration Management.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will demonstrate the ability to effectively function in multifunction teams operating in the field.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will present their analysis and evaluations of health information systems and processes as an integrated part of the health information industry and a larger health care system.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will use critical thinking in their decision processes.
  • A student graduating with a B.I.S. degree in Health Informatics will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Program Academic Regulations

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in  all courses designated as health informatics major courses. All health informatics majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student at any time in order to preserve and maintain the school’s standards of scholarship and conduct. Furthermore, if the student has been sanctioned for any violation of university rules, procedures, or policies, an automatic review and determination of that student’s progress in the program will occur.

5110.10 Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisites – 42 hours of pre-requisites (Areas A through E) are listed first followed by Area F which includes pre-requisites related to Clinical Informatics or Health Information Technology Management/ Health Administration Management (includes 18 hours that students must complete prior to admission to the BIS in Health Informatics).

Area F – Courses Related to BIS Program for Clinical Informatics concentration   (18 hours)    

  • BIOL 2110K Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 2120K Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CIS 2010 Achieving Business Goals using Information Systems (3)
  • SNHP 2010 Basic Medical Terminology (3)
  • SNHP 2000 Introduction to Clinical Informatics (1)
  • Elective (3)

Area F – Courses Related to BIS Program for Health Information Technology and Health   

Administration Management concentrations:

Major – 60 hours total in junior/senior years                                                         

Area G – Core, 36 hours        

  • SNHP 3010 Advanced Medical Terminology  (3)
  • SNHP 3100 Electronic Health Records (3)
  • SNHP 4010 Healthcare Leadership and Ethics (3)
  • SNHP 4110  Future Trends –Telemedicine, Telehealth-CTW (3)
  • CIS 3001  Managing Information Technology Projects (3)
  • CIS 3730 Database Management Systems (3)
  • SNHP 4120 Business Processes for Health Informatics(3)
  • SNHP 4680 Introduction to Security and Privacy (3)
  • HA 3900 The US Health Care System (3)
  • HA 3910 Health Policy in the US (3)
  • HA 3950  Health Economics and Financing (3)
  • HA 4450 Legal Concepts in Healthcare (3)

Concentration:   Clinical Informatics,  15 hours

  • SNHP 3105 Health Promotion and Health Informatics (3)
  • SNHP 4100 Quality & Safety in Healthcare Organizations (3)
  • SNHP 4450 Data Analytics (3)
  • SNHP 4600  Health Informatics Capstone  (3)
  • SNHP 4109  Training and Instructional Design (3)

OR

Concentration: Health Information Technology Management/Health Administration Management, 15 hours

  • CIS 3300  Analyzing Business Systems (3)
  • CIS 3320  Business Communications /Telecom (3)
  • CIS 4980 Working with Health IT Teams/Capstone Project (CTW)  (3)
  • HA 3970 Health Information Systems (3)
  • HA 4620 Operations Management in Health Care (3)

General electives
Select 9 hours

  • SNHP 3105  Health Promotion and Health Informatics (3)
  • SNHP 4100 Quality & Safety in Healthcare Organization (CTW) (3)
  • SNHP 4250 Entrepreneurial Health Informatics (3)
  • SNHP 4270 Project Management in Health Informatics (3)
  • HA 3970 Health Information Systems (3)
  • CIS 3260 Introduction to Programming (3)
  • CIS 3270 Application Programming (3)
  • CIS 3300 Systems Analysis (3)
  • CIS 3310  Systems Design (3)
  • CIS 3320  Telecom for Business (3)
  • CIS 4000 Introduction to Computer Forensics (3)
  • CIS 4140 Implementing IT Enabled Business Processes (3)
  • CIS 4190 IT Enabling the Realtime Organization (3)
  • CIS 4300 Measuring and Improving Software Quality (3)
  • CIS 4389 Directed Readings in Information Systems(3)
  • CIS 4620 Managing Information Services (3)
  • CIS 4700 Managing IT Project Risk, Vendors and Contracts(3)
  • CIS 4970 Field Study in Computer Information Systems (3)
  • CIS 4980 Systems Development Project/Capstone Project (CTW) (3)
  • HA 4620 E Operations Management in Health Care (3)

5120 Nursing

Program Offered:

  • B. S. with major  in Nursing

900 Urban Life Center
404-413-1200
Susan J Kelley PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean & Chief Academic Officer for Nursing
nursing.gsu.edu/

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Upon the completion of the baccalaureate program and subject to the rules of the Georgia Board of Nursing, the graduate becomes eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) a requirement for becoming a registered professional nurse.

The university catalog in effect at the time a student is admitted to the nursing program will normally apply to a student. However, the nursing curriculum and other requirements are subject to change in order to comply with regulations of accrediting agencies or with institutional or university-system policies. Every effort will be made to notify students of such changes; however, it is the student’s responsibility to become aware of all current program and college requirements. Students who withdraw from the nursing sequence and wish to return will enter under the current catalog if space is available in nursing courses. Academic credit for nursing courses for a student who withdraws from the nursing program is valid for a five-year period. Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3140) and Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2110KBIOL 2120K) must be completed within five years prior to beginning the nursing sequence. Special exceptions may be made to this policy for individuals who can document current utilization of the knowledge gained from these classes. All requests for exception will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs.

Academic advisers work closely with students to plan programs; however, it is the student’s responsibility to see that course prerequisites are met as required. The student is expected to follow the program planned in conjunction with the assigned academic and faculty advisers.

Clinical and didactic learning experiences may be scheduled at any time during the day and/or evening hours and on weekdays and weekends; personal schedules must be flexible to meet program requirements. Students will be expected to provide their own transportation to/from both the classroom and clinical settings.

Nursing has the right to make changes in the program, curriculum and courses with appropriate notification. Students will be expected to accommodate these changes as long as the total hours required for graduation are not increased.

The student is responsible for adhering to policies and procedures specified in the Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook. Degree requirements must be completed in order to meet the eligibility requirements for writing the NCLEX.

Program Financial Information

Clinical practice will require that the applicant obtain student uniforms that meet Nursing program standards. Additional costs that are the responsibility of the student include 1) the cost of cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification and liability insurance; 2) the cost of lab supplies; 3) the cost of a standardized testing program; and 4) the cost of criminal background checks and drug screens.

Program Academic Regulations

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in statistics and all courses designated as nursing. All nursing majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to remain in the nursing sequence.

Enrollment in a course may be terminated at any time if, in the judgment of the instructor, the student’s behavior jeopardizes patient safety. This termination would result in a course failure and may result in dismissal.

A student may repeat a nursing course in which a grade of D, U, F or WF was received one time only. Failure of the repeated course or a second nursing course results in termination from the program. In the event a student is unsuccessful in NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710 or NURS 3810, the student may take one new clinical course (NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810) concurrently with the course that must be repeated.

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student at any time in order to preserve and maintain the school’s standards of scholarship and conduct. Furthermore, if the student has been sanctioned for any violation of university rules, procedures, or policies, an automatic review and determination of that student’s progress in the program will occur.

The procedure for re-entering students may be found in the previous section entitled “Admission Requirements.”

Each teaching team establishes the attendance policies for classroom and clinical experiences. In general, however, all learning experiences are required. Due to the complexity involved in selecting and supervising clinical learning experiences, students are required to complete all assignments promptly.

Selected achievement tests are required throughout the program. An end-of-program exit activity will be required of all nursing students.

Additional information, including information on program, policies and procedures, can be found in the Nursing’s Undergraduate Student Handbook. Students are responsible for the information in this handbook as well as that in other university publications.

5120.10 Curriculum Requirements

Area B: Institutional Options:

It is suggested that nursing majors take PHIL 1010 as one of the two required courses, as critical thinking skills are a vital part of the nursing profession.

Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts:

It is suggested that nursing majors take SPAN 1002 as one of the two required courses.

Area D: Science, Mathematics and Technology:

It is recommended that nursing majors take CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152K or BIOL 1103K and BIOL 1104K or PHYS 1111K and PHYS 1112K.

Area E: Social Sciences:

It is recommended that nursing majors take PSYC 1101 as the social science foundations selection, as it is a prerequisite for [PSYC 3140].

Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study (18)

Area G: Major (49)

  • NURS 2040 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing and Trends (1)
  • NURS 2061 Pharmacology (3)
  • NURS 2080 Basic Concepts of Nursing Care (3)
  • NURS 2160 Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills (6)
  • NURS 3510 Caring For Adult Populations (6)
  • NURS 3610 Caring for Childbearing Families (5)
  • NURS 3710 Caring for Children and Adolescents (5)
  • NURS 3810 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care for Populations (5)
  • NURS 4510 Caring for Families and Communities (5)
  • NURS 4600 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
  • NURS 4610 Senior Practicum (4)
  • NURS 4620 Complex Health Care Problems Across the Lifespan (3)

Area H: Allied Fields (14)

Total Program Hours Required: a minimum of 123 semester hours

RN-BS Bridge Program
The RN to BS Bridge program is designated for licensed Registered Nurses with an associate degree or nursing diploma to earn a Bachelors of Science with a major in nursing. The program is three semesters, 30 credit hours, online program. For the RN-BSN Bridge Program only, the 39 hour Residency Requirement, which is a requirement of all Bachelor degree programs at Georgia State University  is waived. Admission to this program is only once per year in the summer.

Admission requirements

  • Acceptance to Georgia State University with nursing as the designated major.
  • Graduation from an NLN-accredited associate degree or diploma program.
  • Current registration to practice as a registered professional nurse in Georgia.
  • Evidence of practice – a current resume must be submitted. Individualized evaluation and testing may be done for students with less than 1000 hours of clinical practice in the past 3 years
  • Two letters of reference – one professional and one academic. Academic reference must come from school of nursing attended. Professional reference must come from an immediate supervisor. If a student has been out of school for more than 5yrs then a reference from a work colleague may take the place of the academic reference.
  • An essay, 2 pages maximum, discussing the students career goals and plan for achieving these goals.
  • Grade point average of at least 2.8.
  • Must have finished all of the Georgia State University Core requirements areas A-E  prior to acceptance to the nursing program
  • A minimum grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisites
  • Upon receipt of an acceptance letter from the School of Nursing, the student will be required to establish contact with the Office of Records & Information and to complete required forms and health-related requirements prior to entry into the nursing sequence.
  • The following prerequisites must be completed prior to completing the program :

Credit is given for the following courses based on R.N. license, successful completion of 7 credit hours and successful completion of the NURS 3490 Professional Concepts bridge course:  NURS 2061, NURS 3510, NURS 3610, NURS 3710, NURS 3810, NURS 4610, NURS 4620 and NUTR 3200.

The student must present his or her current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Georgia to the academic adviser no later than the time of registration for the first nursing courses.  The license number will be recorded at that time.  The Georgia Board of Nursing recommends that copies not be made due to the risk of unauthorized duplication’s.

For general questions about the RN-BS bridge program please contact the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-1000.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The School maintains membership in the Council of Member Agencies of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Honors and Awards

Students may graduate with honors if the criteria listed under the “Honors” section of this chapter are met.

Evangeline B. Lane Founders Award: This award is given to all graduating senior students in nursing who have a 3.5 overall average in those courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a 3.67 average in the nursing courses. These recipients will receive a certificate of achievement.

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions is home to the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International.

The Excellence in Pediatric Nursing is an award given by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to an individual in each graduating class who has demonstrated high academic achievement and interest in Pediatric Nursing.

5130 Nutrition Science

Program Offered:

  • B. S. in Nutrition Science

Department of Nutrition
862 Urban Life Building
404-413-1225

Huanibao Mo, Department Chair

nutrition.gsu.edu/

The Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition science. The program: provides a strong foundation for those interested in positions in applied sciences or for those pursuing pre-professional (medical, dental, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and dietetics) studies. After completing the core requirements, students take courses in physiology, and nutrition (required for the major) and may take additional courses in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physics.

Student outcomes associated with the Nutrition Science program.

  1. Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate, and use professional literature.
  2. Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence based guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate advocacy and negotiation skills.
  5. Apply knowledge of the role of environment, food, and lifestyle choices in health and disease.
  6. Describe the role of essential nutrients in health promotion and disease prevention.
  7. Determine nutrient needs across the lifespan.
  8. Integrate knowledge of the use of nutrients at the molecular, cellular and organ level.
  9. Integrate genetic, physiologic and biochemical mechanisms by which food and nutrients promote optimal health.
  10. Use the scientific method in the application of research methodologies.
  11. Interpret basic statistics used in nutrition and medical research.
  12. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate information.
  13. Apply theoretical information to solve practical problems.

Program Degree Requirements

Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a science GPA of 2.5 to register for 3000 and 4000 level nutrition courses. Any grade below a C is not acceptable toward the degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to receive the degree.

Area A: MATH 1113 is a prerequisite for CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K.

Area D: CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K are required as the lab science sequence.

Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study (18)

Area G: Major (60)

Required Courses (46)

Electives (14)
Any other 3000 or 4000-level NUTR course; CHEM 3100 (Organic Chemistry I Lab), CHEM 3110 (Organic Chemistry II Lab), CHEM 3410 (Organic Chemistry II), PHYS 1111K (Introductory Physics I), PHYS 1112K (Introductory Physics II), CHEM 4600 (Biochemistry I), BIOL 3240 (Human Physiology), BIOL 3250 (Human Physiology Laboratory), BIOL 3800 (Molecular Cell Biology), BIOL 3810 (Molecular Cell Biology Lab), BIOL 3900 (Genetics). Other electives may be used if approved by advisor. 1000 or 2000-level courses will not count as electives in Junior or Senior years.

Total Program Hours Required: a minimum of 120 semester hours

5140 Respiratory Therapy

Programs Offered:

  • B.S. in Respiratory Therapy

Online and Traditional Advanced Standing Degree in Respiratory Therapy (A.S. to B.S)

Department of Respiratory Therapy
1228 Urban Life Building
404-413-1225
Douglas S. Gardenhire, Interim Chair
Robert Pettignano, MD, Medical Director

respiratorytherapy.gsu.edu/

Respiratory therapy is a health care profession dedicated to the support and management of individuals with abnormalities or deficiencies of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist is an expert in therapeutic and diagnostic modalities associated with the pulmonary system, as well as the heart. He or she must have a working knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and physiology as well as respiratory therapy. This background affords the therapist the ability to become proficient in working with respiratory life support systems. Under the guidance and supervision of a physician, the therapist treats by employing academic knowledge and technical skill for direct patient care. For a dedicated man or woman who finds a service field rewarding, respiratory therapy offers a career opportunity as a vital member of the health care team that is both personally and financially rewarding.

The Department of Respiratory Therapy offers a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program provides classroom study with observation, clinical experience, independent study, and seminars. The Georgia State University respiratory therapy program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The program provides classroom study, laboratory study and observation, clinical experience, computer-assisted instruction and simulation, seminars, and independent study. Classes generally meet on a daily basis from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Clinical courses in area hospitals (clinical affiliates) meet generally from 6:45 AM to 3:15 PM.

The overall purpose of the Department of Respiratory Therapy is to provide a quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the respiratory therapy needs of the health care community. Inherent to this purpose is the goal to prepare respiratory therapists who are able to demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of the community. It will be necessary for the respiratory therapist to cooperate with all members of the health care team in identifying and solving the problems related to respiratory diseases and disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate good judgment, and provide self-direction. It is a primary objective of the respiratory therapy program to educate well-qualified, competent respiratory therapists who demonstrate leadership ability.

The baccalaureate degree program in respiratory therapy seeks to establish an atmosphere in which the student achieves respect for the dignity and worth of the individual, the capacity for critical thinking, a genuine desire for knowledge, and the realization of his or her own potential. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are qualified to enter the Registry Examination System of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Clinical Course Requirement

Students who must complete a clinical component as part of their program of study must complete the School of Nursing and Health Professions Health Form and provide evidence of current tuberculosis status, immunization for hepatitis B, and review of current CDC guidelines on universal precautions. The health form and review of CDC guidelines on universal precautions must be updated annually. Clinical agencies may require additional evidence of health status.  It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the graduate program director in their academic unit prior to beginning a clinical assignment. Liability insurance must be purchased before the clinical course begins.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Your application for licensure may ask you to respond to questions regarding any violations of federal, state or local law. You may be required to provide documentation to the state licensing board explaining any such occurrence. The individual state licensing agencies have exclusive authority to issue a license and could decline to issue such a license based on an applicant’s prior criminal record.

Additionally, many of the clinical sites with which we have a clinical agreement require criminal background checks, finger printing and drug screen prior to allowing the student to be placed in the facility. The clinical facility has the right to deny the student an internship in the facility based on the findings of the criminal background check or drug screen.

A.S. to B.S. Program

The Department of Respiratory Therapy has a comprehensive advanced standing policy. Students who are graduates of CoARC-approved A.S. degree programs and are Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) may apply for advanced standing to the B.S. degree program. The department utilizes the following mechanisms to assess the awarding of credit in advanced standing: transfer credit, credit for professional credentials and credit for specialty exams from NBRC and courses offered from the AARC. Notarized proof of completion of specialty exam or course must accompany the application. The department maintains a philosophy of educational flexibility to meet the needs of the profession. The student has the option of testing out of  the course, taking the course online or attending the class on campus. Students must complete all general education course requirements before taking respiratory therapy courses. All students must meet the GSU 39 hour upper division residency requirement that requires students to take 39 hours of 3000-4000 level course work at Georgia State University. Students must complete all general education course requirements before taking respiratory therapy courses.

Program Financial Information

During the junior year, students can expect to pay approximately $1400 for uniforms, stethoscopes, student liability insurance, books and background check. In the senior year, expenses are estimated at approximately $1000. This includes books and expenses related clinical training, NBRC self-assessment exams.

Program Academic Regulations

A minimum grade of C is required in all major, major-field-related, and mathematics and natural sciences courses for graduation. If a student’s progress is interrupted at any point in the program through withdrawal or unsatisfactory performance, the student will no longer be in the program. If an individual applies to reenter the program, consideration will be given on the same basis as any new applicant. Curriculum changes are made whenever necessary to keep the learning experiences up to date and relevant in this rapidly changing technological field. Students will be expected to subscribe to these changes whenever they are necessary.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical training sites. Students are expected to comply with the policies and regulations of the division regarding absences, tardiness, standards of performance, conduct, dress code for the clinical areas, and other regulations as specified. A copy of these policies and regulations may be obtained from the division and will be given to all entering students.

Respiratory therapy courses are intended to be taken by students majoring in the Department of Respiratory Therapy. All professional courses involving a component of clinical training are open only to professional program majors.

Program Degree Requirements

Semester hours are shown in parentheses following an entry. Requirements for areas A through E of the undergraduate core curriculum are listed in the “Core Curriculum” chapter of this catalog. Area D, F and G apply to both B.S. Respiratory Therapy students and A.S. to B.S. students.

Area D: CHEM 1151K and CHEM 1152K are strongly recommended as the lab science sequence.

Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study (18)

  • BIOL 2110K & BIOL 2120K Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3)
  • BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
  • RT 2011 Application of Physical Principles in Healthcare (3)
    (General Physics accepted in place of RT 2011)
  • Elective Adviser-approved elective (3)

Area G: Major (66)

  • RT 3005 Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
  • RT 3025 Patient Evaluation (4)
  • RT 3027 Pulmonary Diseases (3)
  • RT 3030 Pulmonary Diagnostics (3)
  • RT 3040 Respiratory Care Pharmacology (3)
  • RT 3111 Respiratory Care Procedures I (4)
  • RT 3112 Respiratory Care Procedures II (3)
  • RT 3500 Research Methods (3)
  • RT 4011 Ventilatory Support I (3)
  • RT 4012 Ventilatory Support II (4)
  • RT 4060 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring (2)
  • RT 4070 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2)
  • RT 4075 Patient Care Management Strategies (3)
  • RT 4080 Pediatric Respiratory Care (2)
  • RT 4081 Neonatal Respiratory Care (2)
  • RT 4085 Professional Trends to Long Term Care (3)
  • RT 4096 End of Life Issues (1)
  • RT 3050 Clinical Practice I (1)
  • RT 3051 Clinical Practice II (4)
  • RT 3052 Clinical Practice III (1)
  • RT 4051 Clinical Practice IV (4)
  • RT 4052 Clinical Practice V (5)
  • SNHP 3010 Medical Terminology

Total Program Hours Required: a minimum of 126 semester hours