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RN to BSN Program Kicks Off This Fall

Georgia Highlands College introduces its first baccalaureate program with the new RN to BSN online program when the fall 2013 semester begins.† The program is designed for working registered nurses who are busy with work and family.† The online courses are designed for maximum flexibility so that these busy students can make their academic schedules fit into their other activities.† The first cohort comprises 35 students, but GHC plans to increase that number gradually over the next few years.†

The college is already well known and respected for its rigorous nursing program, one of the two health sciences curricula (the other being dental hygiene)† that feature highly competitive admissions requirements.† The associate program generally accepts only one of every four qualified candidates.† This first class to enroll in the bachelorís degree program had 101 applications for the 35 slots.

GHC became a state college in May of 2011, a designation that allowed the institution to begin offering select four-year degrees to meet the specific needs of the service area.† The Bachelor of Science in nursing is the first of what may become a list of such degrees.†

The program can be completed in just three semesters for a student enrolled full-time.† Part-time students can complete the program in 4 semesters. †

To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must:

  • Possess a current and valid Georgia license as an RN with no disciplinary actions.
  • Have graduated in the last four years from an accredited program or, if more than four years, from an accredited program with documentation of 1,000 hours of clinical practice within the last three years.
  • Have had a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in general academic courses and a C or better in specific nursing-related courses.
  • Provide a resume.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview.

Acceptance into the program is very competitive and those with higher cumulative GPAs will be considered first. Both new graduates and seasoned nurses are encouraged to apply.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the United States increase the national proportion of nurses possessing a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.† This new BSN program allows nurses from a wide geographic area to upgrade their skills to meet the recommendation.† More hospitals are demanding that their nursing staffs meet these recommended qualifications as well.† That's why WellStar - Kennestone and Cobb; Floyd Medical Center; Redmond Regional Medical Center sites in Rome, Snellville and Cartersville; Northside Hospital in Cherokee and Gordon Counties; Tanner Health System facilities; and Children's Health Care of Atlanta all have nurses working toward their bachelor's degree in nursing through this new program.

Because courses are completely online, students donít necessarily have to live and work near Romeís Heritage Hall campus, which houses Health Sciences. They are only required to come to campus once at the beginning of the program for an orientation.† Itís a win/win for students, the field of nursing and Georgia Highlands.† Learn more about GHCís new RN to BSN program.

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