Nursing at Berry

Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the status of the new program addition to Berry College, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing?
A: Berry College was granted initial approval for a baccalaureate degree program in nursing by the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) in November 2012. The first nursing courses will be available at Berry in January 2014.  

Q: When will applications be accepted for the Nursing Program?
A: The inaugural class of nursing students may begin applying for admission to the Nursing Program on April 1,2013. Nursing admission decisions will be made by July 15, 2013. The first cohort of admitted students will pursue a fast-track option in which students will go to class in four consecutive terms, including spring, summer and fall 2014 and spring 2015, with graduation projected for May 2015. The second class of students may apply to the nursing program beginning October 1,2013. Nursing admission decisions for this class will be made by March 1, 2014. The second class will begin nursing courses in Fall 2014 with graduation projected for May 2016. The second class will follow the traditional fall, spring, fall, and spring sequence of coursework. The first step for students interested in pursuing a nursing degree at Berry is to complete the general admission process. Admission to the nursing program requires additional application after enrollment to Berry, and space is limited.

Q: What classes should I take?
A: Prospective nursing students are encouraged to begin the general-education courses that are required for all Berry degrees. A new cohort of nursing students will begin every fall semester starting in fall 2014. Follow this link for a more detailed Curriculum.

Q: Why is earning a nursing degree a good career choice?
A: Because nurses with baccalaureate degrees are in high demand and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. National studies suggest that Georgia alone will face a shortage of nearly 40,000 registered nurses (RNs) by 2020 if effective action is not taken, and national numbers are even more staggering. The Institute of Medicine released its landmark report on The Future of Nursing, initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% and doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees. The current nursing workforce falls far short of these recommendations with only 50% of registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate or graduate degree level. ( )

Q: Will the Berry/Emory Dual-Degree program still remain an option?
A: While Berry students continue to have access to a strong dual-degree nursing program with Emory University, it requires nursing students to leave Berry’s campus and to spend five full years earning a nursing degree. 

Q: How does the Berry BSN program differ from the Emory Dual Degree Program?
See comparison below:

 Berry College

  • 4 years (124 credit hours)
  • 61 hours of Core Classes
  • 63 hours of Nursing

 Emory University

  • 5 years (156 credit hours)
  • 93 hours of Core Classes
  • 63 hours of Nursing at Emory site
  • Additional science courses required (CHM 109 and CHM 221)