Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) has officially been approved to expand the Associate Degree Nursing, or RN, program to the Flint River Campus in Thomaston. The approval was granted by the Georgia Board of Nursing at the November regular meeting.
The Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) program is currently offered at the SCTC Henry County Center. Twenty qualified students have been accepted into this new cohort being offered on the Flint River Campus beginning in January for Spring Semester 2020.
“The approval of this expansion of SCTC's Associate Degree Nursing program marks a significant gain for our college and community in meeting the demand for qualified registered nurses,” said Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas, SCTC President. “This approval results from several years of planning and strong support from both our community and our local healthcare partners.”
This new cohort will be housed in the newly renovated building A on the Flint River Campus. The renovated space will house state of the art equipment, along with a simulation room where students will use their knowledge to replicate “real life” scenarios. Simulation allows students to “practice” critical thinking skills, psychomotor skills and decision making skills in a safe and controlled environment. SCTC Dean for Allied Health Kimberly Register stated, “With the expansion to our Flint River Campus, Southern Crescent Technical College is enhancing our high-quality, high-demand Associate Degree Nursing program and making it available to more students. Along with the strong support from our highly educated nursing faculty, we are confident that the program expansion will be successful and will open up opportunities for many qualified students. Our goal is to continue to graduate exceptional nurses who are both clinically competent and also possess excellent leadership skills.”
Angie Ballard, Nursing Department Chair at SCTC stated, “The nursing shortage in the state of Georgia is reaching critical levels. Our focus is to continue creating a culture of success within our existing program by expanding to the Flint River Campus. We anticipate more applicants and graduates from our program which will help bridge the gap between the workforce needs in both our region and state. This is truly an exciting time for our college and students!”
In addition to RN at the Henry County Center, SCTC currently offers Practical Nursing (LPN) programs on both the Griffin and Flint River campuses. The ASN program will allow students the option to pursue an advanced level of nursing by earning an associate’s degree and gaining the skills and knowledge needed to practice as Registered Nurses. Graduates of the program will be qualified to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
For more information on the ASN (RN) program, please contact 770.229.3320 or ASN@sctech.edu.