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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.

Total enrollment – 1,913 (spring semester)

1,439 undergraduate

474 graduate (25% of total)

83% female

58% minority

Undergraduate Degrees offered:

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

Graduate Degrees offered:

  • Master of Science
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Occupational 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
  • Providing health monitoring and social services to grandparents raising grandchildren

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Collaborating research with respiratory therapists from universities in Turkey, China and Brazil
  • The Panther’s Pantry, a food pantry available to needy Georgia State students which was created and is staffed by nutrition students, is receiving the 2016 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice Outstanding Student Organization award.
  • The Physical Therapy Community Practice in Nicaragua is receiving the 2016 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice Outstanding University Program award.
  • The School of Nursing graduated its first class of Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Ten DNPs are continuing in the program and expect to graduate by the spring of 2017. The school also graduated the first class of on-line RN-to-BSN students in the summer of 2015.
  • The Nursing Students at Georgia State (NSGS) received the Chapter of the Year award at the Georgia Association of Nursing Students Annual Convention in fall 2015.
  • The Department of Nutrition Coordinated Program was recently selected as one of three noteworthy dietetics practices among the ACEND-accredited programs. (ACEND is the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.)
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) awarded the Department of Respiratory Therapy with its third Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. The department holds a seven year 100% pass rate for the RRT exam.


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