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Georgia Regents University (College of Nursing)

  • Augusta, GA
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 3,341
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Georgia Regents University

Georgia Regents University, Home of the Medical College of Georgia, is one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia. Located in Augusta, Georgia, the university offers nearly 10,000 students a vibrant, supportive, and thriving learning community that includes small class sizes, extensive faculty support, comprehensive classroom learning, and in-depth clinical training.

A Top College of Nursing at Georgia Regents University

The College of Nursing at the Georgia RegentsUniversity exemplifies excellence in nursing education as the flagship nursing program in the state of Georgia. The school is amongst the top 10 NIH-funded nursing schools in the southern region and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the 100 best graduate schools in nursing in the country.

It was the 10th school in the nation to offer both the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and the Clinical Nurse Leader Program.

Clinical Nurse Leader Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program is a pre-licensure program that fast-tracks those with non-nursing bachelor's degrees into master-level nursing to provide quality and evidence-based coordinated care. The program prepares nurses to be clinical leaders who possess the competencies needed to succeed in health care systems, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The FNP Program prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families, and communities. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program earn an M.S.N.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Students in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program earn an M.S.N. and become advanced practice nurses who care for patients from infancy into early adulthood.

Nursing Anesthesia Program

The GRU College of Nursing has been "instrumental in promoting the role of the nurse anesthetist in modern health care." The school offers the only M.S.N. in Nursing Anesthesia program in Georgia that expertly integrates didactic and clinical instruction. On average, students perform more than 800 anesthetizations and work at least 2,000 clinical hours over the 28- month program.

Post-Master's Certificates in Nursing

The Georgia RegentsUniversity offers post-master's certificate programs for master's-prepared nurses who are seeking to advance their clinical knowledge in family practice, pediatric practice, psychiatric mental health, and acute care nursing.

Admission into these programs at the Georgia Regents University is based on the applicants' transcripts, clinical backgrounds, and completion of prerequisite courses.

Doctoral Programs in Nursing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program prepares nurses for advanced practice and leadership roles in the health care industry. The program also includes the Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing track that prepares nurses for advanced work in acute and critical care settings.

In addition, the school offers a Ph.D. in Nursing program that trains nurse scientists for research-intensive careers in academia.

Financial Assistance at Georgia Regents University

Applicants to the graduate nursing programs may be eligible for grants, scholarships, and loans as well as the federal work study program. In addition, full-time graduate students may receive nursing traineeships that cover tuition and fees. They may also obtain research assistantships that include stipends and tuition waivers including a reduction in the non-resident fee.

Employment Opportunities and Alumni Achievements

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are connected to health care. This statistic is evidence of the need for accomplished health care providers and medical researchers.

Many of the university's nursing alumni have made great accomplishments in the field.

For instance, Carla Henderson Cobb, who received an M.S.N. in 1979, has worked as a certified family nurse practitioner, medical review program specialist, and nurse consultant. Currently, she is the rear admiral and assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

College of Nursing Research Centers

The College of Nursing at the Georgia RegentsUniversity is committed to advancing the practice of nursing and health care delivery.

It operates several research centers including the Center for Nursing Research that provides support services to student and faculty researchers. Services include data management, grant application consultation, and research statistical software support.

The college also created the Nurse Scientist Incubator, which provides research time, mentoring, and monetary support for junior research faculty so they can further develop their research skills.

Well-rounded Faculty

As educators, clinicians, mentors, and researchers, GRU's nursing faculty members are specialists in their areas of study. They conduct ground-breaking research in a number of areas including cancer, mental health, trauma, and pediatrics.

For instance, Dr. Cheedy Jaja, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Nursing, focuses his research on the "pain experience and the effectiveness of opioids pharmacotherapy in sickle cell disease pain management."

His colleague Corey Peterson is an instructor in the Department of Physiological and Technical Nursing and a practicing nurse anesthetist.

Graduate Student Experience at the Georgia Regents University

The Georgia Regents University provides a supportive environment that takes a holistic approach to educating students. Therefore, nursing graduate students receive full academic support as well as complementary resources including health care, dining, campus transportation, disability, and diversity services.

GRU also hosts campus events and offers various student organizations including the Graduate Student Organization, Georgia Association of Nursing Students, and Chi Eta Phi Sorority. These organizations as well as others provide community service, networking, and social opportunities.

Moreover, students may enjoy the diverse-array of cultural, recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment options that the city of Augusta offers including the Augusta Riverwalk, Artists Row, Morris Museum of Art, and Augusta Invitation Regatta.

Location & Contact

Georgia Regents University (College of Nursing)

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
United States

Mr. John Engel

Interim Director of Academic Admissions

Phone: 706-721-2725
Fax: 706-721-7279

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Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students3341
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students3341
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty757
    • Full-time Percentage85%
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%





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