Friday, August 24, 2012
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ALBANY — Albany Technical College has been given provisional approval by the Georgia Board of Nurses to accept students into a new Associate of Science nursing program.
The program is designed to meet the needs of the community by complimenting Albany Tech’s existing nursing program.
Students will be able to complete their nursing career choice by one of two tracks: the traditional path and the LPN-RN bridge path.
“There has been a tremendous response from the community wanting to get information on the admission/entrance requirements,” said Mattie Buchannon, dean of the Health Care Technology division at Albany Tech. “Our program is designed to assist those interested persons to pursue their goals of becoming a Registered Nurse. We built our program based on some of the successful models that we have seen, while not destroying the goals of any entity in our region.”
ATC officials say the new program will help ease a shortage of nurses in the region.
“We are excited to help alleviate the nursing shortage and health disparities in our community by providing well-trained registered nurses,” said Schvon Bussey, program chair for the new program.
Albany Tech has submitted a prospectus by its accrediting board to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on this program.
ATC anticipates approval within the next few months.
The traditional track for the program will be six semesters.
Albany Tech will begin taking applications for both tracks beginning in January.
Students who are interested can contact Bussey at email@example.com or call (229) 430-3698.