Nursing (Dual-Degree B.S. and B.S.N.)

Berry College is expanding its education offerings option if you are interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Currently Berry’s dual-degree nursing program is a combined five-year academic program that results in a Bachelor of Science degree from Berry College and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta.

How does the Berry College Dual-Degree nursing program work?

Beginning in Fall 2012 students can enroll in the core courses that are required for the nursing program. The program is designed so students will complete all courses, both the core classes and nursing classes, in four years. The first nursing courses began in Fall 2013. Updates will be posted on the Berry web page as the program development progresses. The Georgia Board of Nursing granted developmental approval of the program in May 2012, and must approve the program start date.

The Berry College Division of Nursing curriculum will be uniquely futuristic, as it prepares nurses to work in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world. Overall aim of the new baccalaureate program will be to prepare nurses who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and safety of the health care systems.

The Berry College nursing program is built on a strong liberal arts and science foundation that provides the advanced analytical, communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills needed by nurses to negotiate, improve, and effectively manage our increasingly complex health care system. The nursing curriculum will follow the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative by incorporating quality and safety competencies into the curriculum framework. The six competencies are patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement,and safety and informatics.

How are future nurses prepared?

In addition to preparing a nurse for quality safe practice, the educational experience of Berry nursing students will include preparing graduates for service, leadership, and patient centered care that exemplifies the interdenominational Christian values of Berry College. Nurses of the future must be prepared to look beyond the acute health care environment and traditional roles of the nurse. Special emphasis for the BSN program will include healthcare informatics, healthcare economy, gerontology, cancer care, cultural diversity, spiritual dimensions, and community health promotion. Nursing students will participate in a short-term local or global health care mission before their senior year, where they will continue the Martha Berry tradition of the “head, heart and hands” approach to education.

Are there opportunities for practical learning experiences?

Rome, GA, has two regional hospitals, Redmond Regional Medical Center and Floyd Medical Center, and medical offices such as Harbin Clinic, which participate in shadowing opportunities for students. Berry’s vibrant student Work Experience Program offers more than 300 different types of on-campus jobs, including many in the sciences.

Will Berry continue to offer the dual-degree program?

Yes, it is a five-year program. You will spend three years at Berry completing 93 semester hours of general education requirements and nursing school pre-requisites. Then you’ll apply for admission to Emory’s nursing program. When you are accepted, you will transfer to Emory for two years of professional study.