Nursing

In response to this statewide demand for qualified registered nurses, Wesleyan College now offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Hallmarks of the Wesleyan College program include an emphasis on women’s health and holistic nursing, with specific coursework designed to prepare graduates for leadership and management roles in the field of nursing. For information about specific course requirements, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Each year, the College will admit one cohort of students to the nursing program. The first cohort began junior-level nursing courses in Fall 2013. A close and consistent connection between class content and hands-on clinical experience will be an important aspect of Wesleyan’s BSN. Students will be prepared for leadership and practice in the role of professional nurse in a variety of health care settings and specialties. Area facilities serving as clinical sites include Central Georgia Health System, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Coliseum Health System, and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. The College anticipates working with other acute and primary care health facilities in the region as well.

Nursing Facilities:
Wesleyan students studying to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree work in the 1,500 square foot high-tech, cutting-edge, clinical simulation lab located in Munroe Science Center. Designed to simulate a hospital, the lab includes a state-of-the-art control room containing audio and video equipment capable of recording all student simulator experiences, a home health room, a pediatric care unit, plus high fidelity human patient simulators, a medication dispensing system, and several other unique equipment features. The simulation lab will not take the place of clinical education, but will serve to augment and enhance instruction. This type of instruction allows students to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes in a controlled environment. Warren Associates, Inc. of Macon, Georgia, was awarded the 2013 Build Georgia Award First Place honor for their work on the lab.


How to Apply

Prospective nursing majors should apply as first year, transfer, or nontraditional adult students, respectively.  Apply online at no cost.  Once a student has applied to Wesleyan, she will then apply online to the Nursing Program by February 1 prior to enrolling in junior-level nursing courses. Please contact the Admission Office at 1.800.447.6610 or 478.757.5206 for any questions on how to apply to Wesleyan College. For more information about prerequisite courses or how to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, contact Sirena Fritz or Kara Koran.

Admission Requirements
Admission to Wesleyan College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. The student must apply for admission to the Nursing Program no later than February 1 prior to enrollment in junior year nursing courses. The Nursing Program is full-time. Class and clinical times can vary throughout the week. Minimum criteria for admission:
  • Admission to Wesleyan College
  • Completion of all concentration classes or their equivalents and have no more than six hours of required proficiency and general education classes outstanding.
  • Overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all pre-nursing general education core and concentration classes.
  • Satisfactory score on the Health Education System, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2).
  • Good academic standing at Wesleyan College.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in pre-nursing Math, Science, and Psychology courses.
  • Submission of the Nursing Program Student Application.
  • Students who fail to meet one of the minimum required criteria for admission may be considered on a space available basis.

Additional admission policies for transfers and students who already hold a baccalaureate degree:
  • Pre-nursing courses completed at another regionally-accredited college or university will be evaluated by the registrar to determine which courses are the equivalents of Wesleyan’s pre-nursing curriculum.
  • Courses in human anatomy and physiology taken more than five years before the enrollment at Wesleyan College will not satisfy the pre-nursing course requirements. At the discretion of the relevant program director, students may elect to challenge by examination Wesleyan’s human anatomy and physiology courses.
  • Nursing courses completed at another institution will not be accepted by Wesleyan College.
  • Transfer students and students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Baccalaureate degrees that are applied in nature or are from an institution outside the United States will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Program Goals

The program prepares the successful graduate to:

1. Synthesize knowledge and content from the prerequisite core of science, mathematics, the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, modern foreign language and the social sciences) to the practice of professional nursing.
2. Provide holistic care to clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
3. Integrate evidenced-based practice (EBP) as the foundation for nursing interventions and care delivery.
4. Analyze issues that impact nursing, health and the global community.
5. Synthesize concepts of leadership and management into the practice of nursing.
6. Integrate the role of the professional nurse with an awareness of self and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The program earned Initial Approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in July 2012, and will seek Full Approval during 2015 when the first cohort of nursing students graduates. Wesleyan College received approval of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the spring of 2013. In 2013, the Wesleyan Nursing program will apply for national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body for both baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. 



fritzsSirena Sawyer Fritz, MSN, R.N. to the positions of BSN program director and assistant professor of nursing. Fritz began her academic career at Georgia College and State University in 1995 as an adjunct clinical faculty member. Since 2010 she has served in the role of nursing programs chair at Macon State College. Fritz also worked as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and HCA Coliseum Medical Centers. 

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Teresa Kochera, DNP, RN, PCCN, CNL serves as associate professor of nursing and nursing simulation director. Most recently Dr. Kochera served as adjunct faculty for the Medical College of Georgia and as associate professor of nursing at Macon State College. Dr. Kochera continues clinical practice in the middle Georgia area specializing in progressive care and clinical nurse leadership.

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Holly Hollis, EdD (c), MSN, RN has joined the Wesleyan nursing faculty as assistant professor of nursing.  Hollis began her teaching career at Gordon State College, serving as an assistant professor of nursing since 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an ICU nurse at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

DarrenBlassingameNursingDarren Blassingame Assistant Professor of Nursing.  Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Macon College 1996; BSN Medical College of Georgia 1998; MSN / MBA Georgia College and State University 2002. My nursing background and interest includes administration and acute critical care. Munroe Science Center 218. dblassingame@wesleyancollege.edu.

Marsha A. (Alex) Ward Roberts Assistant Professor of Nursing B.S. (Microbiology) University of Georgia, 1994; M.S. (Nursing) Medical College of Georgia, 2010; DNP candidate (Acute Care/Geriatrics) Georgia Regents University. My interests include critical care, end of life care, and caregiver burnout. I am particularly interested in the implementation of evidence based practice for sepsis patients and its impact on mortality.Munroe Science Center 218. mwroberts@wesleyancollege.edu.