ATLANTA–The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University has been renamed the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, effective Aug. 1.
The new designation will clarify the organizational structure and recognize the growth in program offerings, Nancy Kropf, dean of the college, said.
The college, with 2,285 students enrolled for fall 2017, offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs from bachelor’s to doctorate across six academic disciplines — health informatics, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. The college recently added four new degree programs, the interdisciplinary degree in health informatics with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, a master’s degree in occupational therapy, an associate degree in nursing offered through Perimeter College and a doctor of nursing practice.
The college has prepared more than 11,200 health professionals, educators and researchers and houses the largest nursing school and respiratory therapy department as well as the oldest physical therapy program in Georgia. These programs, along with the nutrition program, typically boast 90 percent or higher pass rates on the required professional registration examinations and hold pass rate averages that are 15 percent to 20 percent higher than the national average.
The School of Nursing was named in 2003 for Mrs. Byrdine F. Lewis, a career bedside nurse and the mother of Kenneth Lewis, former chief executive officer and president of Bank of America. Her name was added in 2011 to the newly consolidated School of Nursing and Health Professions, now College of Nursing and Health Professions.
For more information about the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, visit www.snhp.gsu.edu.