Southeastern Tech Receives Initial Approval for RN Program
August 5, 2013 - After years of development, Southeastern Technical College has received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing to offer an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program in 2014, paving the way for students looking to become registered nurses.
STC will become the only school offering its own two-year ASN program within a 45 mile radius. Though the semester of the first class hasn’t yet been specified, school officials want to begin enrolling potential students into core classes—available at both Vidalia and Swainsboro campuses—to have them prepared for the Vidalia-based ASN classes as soon as Summer 2014.
“The need for technical, highly professional, trained nurses in this area is very important,” said program director Martha Anders.
Statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor support Anders. Georgia is expected to need over 20,000 more registered nurses in the next 10 years as a large percentage of the workforce prepares to retire. In fact, over the next decade, registered nurses are expected to see the second largest increase in jobs—across all occupations—in the state.
There are still several more reports to be filed—as well as the graduation of the first class—before the entire process is completed, and the program is pending SACS/COC approval, but the faculty are optimistic they have designed a program that will satisfy nursing board standards and produce graduates ready to become registered nurses.
“Our program provides the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as an entry-level nurse,” said Anders. “The program is designed to produce highly trained, technically-advanced, competent and caring individuals who are prepared to practice nursing.”
For more information on the college’s ASN program, visit bit.ly/HealthCareScience or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.