Department of Nursing
Augusta State University (ASU) has a rich history of educating registered nurses. In 1967 the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia approved the development of the associate of science degree in nursing (ASN ) program at Augusta College (now Augusta State University). In 1969 the first ASN students enrolled under the guidance of Ms. Louise Bryant, Director of the Nursing Program. In 1971 the ASN program produced its first 25 graduates and in 2009, the Department of Nursing produced over 100 ASN nursing graduates.
On April 16, 2008 ASU received approval from the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia to transition its Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) program into a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program. The Georgia Board of Nursing granted ASU developmental approval for the BSN program on May 16, 2008 and granted initial approval on July 16, 2009. ASU received approval from the Commission on Colleges (SACS) on January 9, 2009 to implement the BSN program. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) granted Candidacy status to the BSN program on October 26, 2009.
In January 2010 , Charlotte R. Price Ed.D, RN, Department of Nursing Chair, and the nursing faculty welcomed 46 students into the BSN program. As the Department of Nursing admitted the first BSN students, it also prepared for the May 2010 graduation of the last ASN students, and set a program deactivation date of summer 2010 for the ASN program.
The ASU Department of Nursing is proud of its history of community service and involvement. Faculty and students are actively engaged in service projects that impact the lives of citizens in the University's service area. The Department of Nursing sponsors a community health fair that impacts over 300 people each year. In addition the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and Phi Chi Alpha Beta Nursing Sorority provide rich and varied opportunities for students to render service and to engage in professional development.
ASU and its nursing graduates share a mutual pride and respect. The Department of Nursing is proud of the performance of its graduates as they demonstrate excellence in their intelligent, skillful, and compassionate delivery of patient care. ASU graduates demonstrate their appreciation for their nursing education by giving back to the University in remarkably generous ways. Our graduates leave behind gifts that change the lives of other nursing students. For example, nursing graduates return to mentor other nursing students, establish nursing scholarships, and refurbish equipment in the skills laboratory.