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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers two widely sought-after degrees in healthcare for both beginning undergraduate students and current healthcare professionals.


We are proud to boast one of the highest NCLEX RN pass rates in the state and a 100% employment rate for our graduates. We offer both a traditional track to becoming an RN and an option for practical nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists to become registered in just one year through the Bridge track.

Message from the Dean

Jeffrey Ross

Dean and Professor of Nursing

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at ABAC!  Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or an alumnus of ABAC, take a moment to explore our website to learn about our outstanding nursing programs.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences, located in both Tifton and ABAC Bainbridge, offers both a traditional two-year Associate in Science of Nursing (ASN) Degree and a one-year Bridge Program for students who have health sciences backgrounds such as a licensed practical nurse, paramedic, or respiratory therapist. In addition, an RN-BSN Program is available for Registered Nurses to complete their baccalaureate degrees. ABAC Nursing boasts highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who impart knowledge and skills necessary for the nursing profession while instilling values of life-long learning.

The Nursing Program, established in 1966, has a longstanding history of excellence in nursing as evidenced by our exceptional NCLEX-RN licensure pass rates, high employer satisfaction, and superior job placement rates. The success, achievements, and overall strength of the nursing programs are due to the dedication of our faculty and staff, determination of our students, and dynamic support from our clinical affiliations.

We have partnered with the best hospitals and community agencies in the state of Georgia to offer hands-on, real-life clinical experiences. Students develop and refine their clinical judgment and nursing skills at Tift Regional Medical Center, Colquitt Regional Medical Center, South Georgia Medical Center, John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, Donalsonville Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Manor, Miller County Hospital, Florida State Hospital, and many other excellent healthcare sites.

If you have been looking for a school where you can receive superior quality instruction with individual attention, supported by a rich clinical learning environment, I invite you to become a part of our ABAC family at the Tifton or Bainbridge locations and begin your professional nursing career!


Run for the Nurses

Break out your running shoes and join us on Saturday, October 28, as participants race around our beautiful campus. Our half marathon course and 5K route offer scenic routes. This event supports the ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences.


The Department of Nursing at ABAC offers immersive and comprehensive programs that teach students to provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support for patients and families. Our graduates leave prepared to enter the nursing field with hands-on, applicable experience and the confidence and skills necessary for success. This department offers options for those just beginning their nursing journey, as well as those with existing experience in health sciences.

Nursing: BSN
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RN-BSN Program Mission Statement 

The ABAC RN-BSN program facilitates engaged student-centered learning by providing relevant experiences in a supportive community. To support the healthcare needs and welfare of the community and across the nation, the RN-BSN program prepares registered nursing professionals to assume leadership positions, utilize informatics in the performance of nursing research, and collaborate to manage complex clinical situations.

Degrees and Tracks

Nursing: ASN
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ASN Program Mission Statement 

The ABAC ASN program’s mission is to prepare students to become professional registered nurses by providing foundational nursing knowledge and engaging students in relevant experiences. To meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations, the ABAC ASN graduate will utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and clinical judgment skills to deliver evidence-based nursing care safely and invest in continued professional learning to maintain excellence.

Degrees and Tracks


Meet our Students & Alumni

See what our students have to say about our School.

Jameila Barzallo

Jameila Barzallo

I chose ABAC because of its outstanding reputation for producing "top of the line" nurses. The ABAC Nursing program has awesome professors and staff members who really care about the student's success. Our professors have always challenged us to be the best and I appreciate that. Being a single mother and working 2 jobs while in nursing school has not been easy, but I was hungry for success. This program has given me a chance to make a positive impact on my community. The program is rigorous but worth it. I feel that I have learned so much and will be able to be a competent nurse someday. I have met many friends and possible future colleagues through this program. We have laughed and cried together but most of all we have had a blast!!
Alexander Eason

Alexander Eason

The school of nursing at ABAC has far exceeded any and all of my expectations! It has done so in a sense of how tough it can be but, it has also done so in a sense that the teachers have adequately provided the needed guidance and support to get me through each phase. I chose this program because of its reputation for being one of; if not the best nursing schools around, I can honestly say it has been just that. I will be forever grateful for all of the relationships I have formed both with my peers and my instructors. I would also like to thank ABAC school of nursing for the opportunities that have been presented to me to further my career!  
Jacob Walker

Jacob Walker

My favorite part about the ABAC Nursing Program is the friendships I have made. Connections with my professors will undoubtedly help to further my career goals. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me in this program, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Raegan Clack

Raegan Clack

ABAC has felt like home since the first day I stepped onto campus. I fell in love with the campus and how the faculty and staff want to see me succeed in my education. As a nursing student, the faculty gives so many opportunities for us to have hands-on experience which will help me in my future career.
Kari Brown

Kari Brown

ABAC has given me the second chance I needed to do life right. I am a single mom that works full time. Because of ABAC and its wonderful staff motivating me and helping me along the way, in May 2021 I will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. ABAC has already taught me so much, not just in my field of study, but also about who I am. There was a reason I only applied to ABAC and its nursing program. I will always recommend it as the best around.
Hannah Barry

Hannah Barry

I love ABAC because it has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse in the comfort of my hometown. I also love ABAC because the class sizes are fairly small and allow you more one-on-one interaction with your professors. My ABAC education is preparing me for what lies ahead once I receive my degree. Graduating from ABAC’s nursing program will give me an advantage over other nurses who did not receive their education from ABAC.

Featured Faculty

Meet some of our brilliant and dedicated professors.

Tamara Dennis

Tamara Dennis

I have been in higher education for 16 years. I practiced for 23 years as a Registered Nurse with my specialty area being maternal-infant care. I have experience in the ER and Med-Surg floors as well. I was a Director of the Maternal Infant floor for 12 years. I also was a nursing supervisor periodically through my 23 years in hospital employment.

Deborah Drummonds

I currently am the senior level / preceptor coordinator for the RN associate program (traditional and accelerated-bridge programs) here at ABAC. I have been in higher education for over 30 years, teaching over 12 years at the baccalaureate level and approximately 20 years at the associate level, with the last 11 years at ABAC.   Providing critical care experiences and helping nursing students understand that nursing is the finest art – “A blend of caring and science.” Critical illness not only affects the patient, but the entire family/support system is impacted. Supporting families/ social support system is integral to excellence in patient care. Providing nursing education that sets high standards with an emphasis on caring, working as a team, and doing your best is what ABAC Nursing signifies to me. 

Job Placement

Our job placement is 100% in area hospitals, long-term care facilities, prisons, chemical dependency Rehabilitation units, Physician’s offices. Tift Regional Medical Center works with our students so they can intern on a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) with specific preceptors. It is part of the student’s clinical experience but more individualized like an internship. Hospitals love to hire our students.

Nursing Students in practical lab

Career Opportunities WITH

Apply to the Nursing Program

You must be accepted by ABAC to apply. You will need to have your ABAC email address and 918 student ID number.

If you are applying to the ASN Bridge Program or the BSN Program, you will need to supply your license or certification number.

Please only access the “Accept Your Seat” link if you have been notified of your acceptance to the nursing program. Student documents, such as physical exams, drug screens, etc., are required following admission to the nursing program.

Baccalaureate Accreditation
ACEN Nursing Website

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College located in Tifton, Georgia, is accredited by the:

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (404) 975-5000
Fax:  (404) 975-5020

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Baccalaureate Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

Associate Accreditation
ACEN Nursing Website

The Associate Nursing Program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College located in Tifton, Georgia is accredited by the:

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (404) 975-5000
FAX: (404) 975-5020

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

Licensure and Accreditation

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs (PN, RN and APRN) make public that the professional nursing curriculum meets or does not meet educational requirements for practice outside the state where the education was obtained.

Within the United States, each pre-licensure nursing program must meet educational requirements set forth by its individual state’s board of nursing. The NCLEX exam is a national licensing exam.  Graduates of pre-licensure nursing programs are required to successfully pass the NCLEX exam to obtain licensure.  Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College’s Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Georgia State Board of Nursing and meets the necessary requirements for taking the NCLEX-RN exam and obtaining licensure in the state of Georgia as a Professional Registered Nurse.

The following link will assist you in knowing the requirements for licensure in each state: National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN).

The Associate of Science in Nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

The contact information is listed below.

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA  31217-3858
Telephone:  (478) 207-2440
Fax:  (877) 588-0446

Contact Us

Health Sciences Building
ABAC 52, 2802 Moore Hwy.
Tifton, GA 31793