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 cohort will graduate in May 2015.  

Q: When will applications be accepted for the Nursing Program? 
Students may apply to the nursing program beginning October 1st every year. Nursing admission decisions are made by March 1st. 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 an 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. 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)

Q: Must I take classes at Berry College? 
You must be enrolled and taking classes at Berry College to be considered for admission to our nursing program.

Q: Do I have to finish all prerequisites before I can submit an application?
No, but you must be able to finish all prerequisites before beginning the nursing courses. You must also indicate the courses in which you are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in the following semester on your application.

Q: What grade point average (GPA) is required? 
Applicants must have at least a 2.8 GPA.  Students with the highest overall GPA, Science GPA, English and Math GPA, and most hours earned at Berry College will be given priority admission. 

Q: Will any of my credits from other schools transfer to Berry? 
Some may and some may not. The best way to determine this is to schedule an appointment to meet with the dean and let her look over your transcripts. The Registrar’s office determines the transferability of courses taken at other institutions. 

Q: How many students are accepted each year? 
Our classroom will accommodate 30 students.

Q: Is the Cultural Immersion a required part of Berry’s curriculum?

Q: Does Berry College have a bridge program? 

Q: Does Berry College offer CNA classes?

Q: Are any of the nursing classes offered at night or online? 

Q: Is there a test required for admission to the nursing program? 

Q: How long is the nursing program? 
Berry’s BSN program consists of 2 years (4 semesters plus the 2 week cultural immersion) after completing 2 years of core requirements. 

Q: If I’m currently admitted to a BSN program and move to this area, can I complete my nursing requirements at Berry College?
No, we do not accept nursing courses from other programs. 

Q: Can I still work and be in the BSN program? 
The BSN program requires many hours in the classroom, clinical practice, and independent study. Working more than 10 hours a week is not advised.