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About the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions is a leader in preparing the next generation of clinicians and scholars who are critical in improving both individual and the health of communities in a culturally diverse society. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical informatics, nursing, nutrition, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. Since 1968, the school has produced more than 5,000 nurses, nurse practitioners, educators and researchers.  In addition, the school has graduated more 3,000 allied health care professionals.  Graduates of these programs typically boast 90% or higher pass rates on the required professional registration examinations and hold pass rate averages that are 15% to 20% higher than the national average.

The Lewis School has more than 9,626 alumni.

The Lewis School has 1,798 undergraduate and 510 graduate students enrolled.

85% female

60.7% minority

Average GPA of entering undergraduate class 3.47

Average GPA of entering graduate class 3.50

Undergraduate Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Clinical Informatics
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition
    • Respiratory Therapy

Graduate Degrees offered:

  • Master of Science
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition
    • Respiratory Therapy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Specialty degree options:

  • AS to BS (Respiratory Therapy bridge program)
  • RN to BS (Bachelor of Science, nursing)
  • RN to MS (Master of Science, nursing)
  • BS to PhD (Doctor of Philosophy, nursing)

Non-degree options:

  • Nursing graduate certificate programs

Research & Discovery

  • Measuring resting metabolic rate in overweight adolescents
  • Investigating causes of Type I diabetes in genetically susceptible infants
  • Within-day energy balance and body composition
  • Developing skeletal muscle regeneration techniques for the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Developing virtual reality intervention on upper extremity function in children with cerebral palsy
  • The study of brain changes in the context of motor learning in stroke survivors
  • Evaluating of aerosol medication delivery systems and air compressors in homecare nebulizers
  • Evaluating care-partner-integrated-telehealth rehabilitation for stroke patients
  • Providing health monitoring and social services to grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Promoting sleep in mothers of pre-term/low birth weight infants

Connections to Atlanta and the World

As health care professionals, students and faculty in The Lewis School offer their skills and expertise at no charge to the community. For students, this service is often part of their clinical experience. Recently, students and faculty have:

  • Provided basic health assessments to more than 1,500 attendees at Congressman David Scott’s health fair in South Metro Atlanta.
  • Given back-to-school physicals to more than 150 homeless children through the Children’s Restoration Network.
  • Presented nutrition education to more than 30 healthcare, social service and community organizations for children, adults and the elderly.
  • Provided in-home nursing visits and support groups to grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising.
  • Provided spirometry screening (lung function) for more than 200 legislators, legislative staff and State Capitol visitors.
  • Established a physical therapy faculty practice clinic to aid students’ clinical experience while treating the campus community.
  • Examined, assessed and treated approximately 1,000 migrant farm workers and their children at the South Georgia Migrant Family Health Program.
  • Assessed nutrition in children with HIV in Western Kenya to enhance faculty preparation in Taiwan, China and Turkey
  • Collaborating research with respiratory therapists from universities in Turkey, China and Brazil


Certification/licensing pass rates


  • NCLEX (exam to receive registered nurse–RN license) consistently over 90 percent
  • Advanced Practice Nurse registration exam 100 percent

Pass rates for Coordinated Program graduates for 2013-2014 100 percent

Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2014 licensure pass rate 100 percent

Certified Respiratory Therapist – entry level therapist credential (CRT) 100 percent
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) 100 percent

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