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Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Program

The ABAC Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program was established in 1966 and has always been a widely respected RN program in the state.  The employment rate is 100% and healthcare employers actively seek out ABAC nursing graduates.  Nursing, a top major at ABAC, appeals to both traditional and non-traditional students.

The nursing program at ABAC prepares registered nurses through two educational tracks.  We offer the Traditional (Generic) track for students meeting admission criteria and the One Year track which is an accelerated bridge program for licensed practical nurses, paramedics, & respiratory therapists.  Both programs earn students an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree and qualifies them to take the NCLEX-RN.  The ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the ASN degree on the main campus in Tifton as well as on the Bainbridge instructional site.

The mission of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Department of Nursing is to develop exceptional nurses ready to provide leadership in healthcare throughout the rural, ethnic, social, and economic communities the school serves. Students will comprehend the core values of the nursing profession, including communication, critical thinking, nursing process, and professionalism. Students are engaged, taught, and mentored in the classroom, laboratories, and through internships and practice opportunities with the school’s community partners.

If you are not a resident of Georgia, and you are enrolled in the Associate Degree in Nursing program leading to professional licensure, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) cannot confirm whether the nursing programs offered meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please check with the appropriate licensing board in your state to determine whether these programs meet requirements for licensure in your state.  It is your responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state other than Georgia.  For additional information regarding a specific state board of nursing, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website,

Click on the Associate Degree (RN)  link on the left side of the page for Admission Criteria and Specific Track Information.

Application Deadlines for Associate Degree (RN) Tracks

  • Traditional Track
    • Tifton Campus
      • September 15 for admission consideration Spring Semester
      • May 15 for admission consideration Fall Semester
    • Bainbridge Campus
      • July 1 for admission consideration Fall Semester
  • One Year (bridge) Track
    • February 15 deadline for admission Summer Semester

NOTE:  Students are not required to have admission criteria completed by the application deadline dates.  An application must be submitted by the appropriate deadline date even if a student is in process of completing admission requirements.  Admission criteria must be completed by the end of the semester prior to  the students’ desired acceptance semester.

NCLEX  Assessment Data (ADN)

NCLEX – RN Pass Rate
  • January 2016 – December 2016 – 90%
  • January 2015 – December 2015 – 92.2%
  • January 2014 – December 2014 – 85.3%

Completion Rate

  • 2017 Graduates (January 2013 – December 2016) – 74%
  • 2016 Graduates (January 2014 – December 2017) – 60%

Job Placement  Rate

  • January 2016 – December 2016 – 98%
  • January 2015 – December 2015 – 97%
  • January 2014 – December 2014 – 98%

RN to BSN Completion Program

The RN to BSN Completion Program offers educational opportunities to qualified individuals who hold and maintain a degree and current licensure as a Registered Nurse.  Nurses holding the Associate Degree commonly return to school to pursue the Bachelor’s degree to enhance their education and prepare them for additional career opportunities.  Coursework focuses on leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, and population-level nursing  care.   The RN to BSN Completion Program is individualized to each student’s career goals.

The RN to BSN Completion Program mission statement is: “Engage students to grow personally and professionally into nurse leaders in diverse rural settings”. This mission statement mirrors content from the college mission statement.

Click on the RN to BSN Program link on the left side of the page for Admission Criteria and Program Information.

NCLEX  Assessment Data (RN – BSN)

NCLEX – RN Pass Rate

  • Students enter with valid RN license

Completion Rate

  • 2017 Graduates (June 2016 – May 2017) – 100%

Job Placement  Rate

  • June 2016 – May 2017 – 100%


The nursing programs are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858 (phone: 487-207-2440) and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (phone: 404-975-500).

Clinical Screenings

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires screening examinations, criminal background checks, and drug screens upon acceptance and throughout the nursing program as required by clinical agencies. A student, who is denied access to a clinical agency due to the results of a criminal background check or a drug screen, will be dismissed from the program due to the inability to complete the program requirements.


Rebecca Arnold, RN MSN
Associate Professor & Director of the ASN Program – Tifton Campus
Health Sciences 103
229-391-5020 or 229-391-5024


Ashley Robinson, ASN Program Assistant – Bainbridge Campus


Tamara R. Dennis PhD, RNC
Professor of Nursing & Director of the RN to BSN Program
Health Sciences 104


Run for the Nurses

Join the School of Nursing and Health Sciences every April for the annual “Run for the Nurses.”  The event is a ½ marathon and 5K running event with benefits assisting in the future education of nurses through the Lisa Purvis Allison “Spirit of Nursing” scholarship at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


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One-Year Bridge Program

ABAC School of Nursing gives students the opportunity to participate in a transition, which begin in Summer semester. The program allows health professionals to transition into the nursing program at a sophomore level. Learn more about this program on the School of Nursing page.