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Darton to graduate first four-year nursing class

ALBANY, Ga. -- The first Darton State College students to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in Nursing will graduate Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena.

Seventeen students will graduate, becoming the first class to receive four-year degrees from Darton.

Darton State College received approval from the state of Georgia's Board of Regents to start offering four-year degrees in May of 2011. The first RN-to-BSN cohort class to complete the program started taking classes during fall semester of 2012.

The RN-to-BSN completion program prepares graduates with an associate's degree in nursing with additional skills in management, leadership, health promotion, community health and research.

The program continues over three semesters, and courses are offered online to accommodate working students. Some of the program's hybrid courses require additional time be spent in labs or clinical settings.

Darton has received initial approval for its program from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is currently a candidate for approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.