In the September meeting of the Georgia Board of Nursing the Board unanimously voted to grant full approval status to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at Southern Crescent Technical College.
Per Board rule 410-8-.02, the Board may grant Full Approval to a nursing education program with Initial Approval when review of the most recent annual report, the most recent site visit report, and program responses to it document compliance with the rules. At least eighty (80) percent of all graduates must pass the licensing examination as first-time writers within one (1) calendar year of the graduation date. The granting of Full Approval may be for any period of time up to ten (10) years as determined by the board.
Recently, Southern Crescent Technical College announced that 23 students took and passed the exam on their first attempt, giving the school a 95.6 percent pass rate. The year-to-date national average for first-time testing on the NCLEX among associate degree nursing programs is approximately 84 percent, according to the National Council of State Board in Nursing.
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a nationwide exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to determine if a nursing graduate has the knowledge, skills and abilities to deliver safe, effective nursing care. Students are required to pass the exam after they graduate in order to continue their nursing careers. In order to take the NCLEX, students must successfully complete a nursing degree. They are tested on knowledge they would need as a beginning nurse and the test is revised every three years. In order to pass the exam, students have to answer higher level questions, some of which can have several parts that can become more and more difficult if they continue to get them correct.
Kim Register, Dean for Allied Health programs at Southern Crescent Technical College stated, "Full program approval is a huge accomplishment for the college. This is our "stamp of approval" from the Georgia Board of Nursing that we are producing qualified and competent nurses. The school’s excellent pass rate and program approval is attributable to a combination of factors, none of which is as important as the instructors training the next generation of nurses for success. I attribute our program success to the quality of our faculty. We have a wonderful group of nursing faculty who specialize in a variety of areas. We start with intense remediation that is built into our curriculum and then use active learning strategies, which emphasizes analysis and application. These strategies help them find success on both the NCLEX and in their nursing careers.”
The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program is a six-term program offered at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center and accepts students each Spring Semester. The curriculum is designed to produce highly-trained, technically advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings.