Date Posted: January 29, 2024
Officials with Clayton State University and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) have signed a renewed articulation agreement that creates new education opportunities for SCTC students. This signing took place at SCTC’s Fayette County Center during the Launch event for the SCTC’s highly anticipated LPN/Paramedic to RN Bridge program. This new initiative kicked off earlier this month and has received overwhelming support from key stakeholders, donors, community leaders, elected local and state officials, industry partners, and education affiliates.
Under the renewed agreement signed on January 18, 2024 by SCTC President Dr. Irvin Clark and Clayton State University Dean of the College of Health Dewayne Hooks, SCTC students who complete the Associate of Science in Nursing degree and obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse may gain admittance to the RN-BSN completion track at Clayton State as per the Georgia statewide articulation model if they meet admission criteria.
This articulation agreement between Southern Crescent Technical College and Clayton State University facilitates a smooth transition for SCTC nursing students into Clayton State’s College of Health Bachelor of Science degree programs and the RN-BSN Completion Track. This agreement ensures that courses completed at SCTC will be recognized and transferable to Clayton State, minimizing time, credit loss, and course duplication. It includes provisions for communication, maintenance of accreditation, and detailed program specifics. Additionally, the agreement ensures SCTC graduates can seamlessly continue their education at Clayton State.
SCTC President Dr. Irvin Clark said, “Southern Crescent Technical College has a proud history of providing a high-quality healthcare workforce. The partnership between Southern Crescent Technical College and Clayton State University will provide opportunities that increase the accessibility of higher education throughout the area. We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Clayton State University and are excited for the opportunities it brings our graduates.”
“Healthcare is increasingly complex and the demand for higher education exists in almost every job category. In order to meet those demands, we must provide a highly educated workforce,” said Kimberly Register, SCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The articulation agreement recently signed with Clayton State University is a landmark step, bridging educational pathways and amplifying much-needed opportunities for our nurse graduates to advance their careers and expertise in the healthcare field.”
SCTC’s new RN Bridge program began Spring Semester with the selection of fifty medical professionals participating in the inaugural cohort. This program offers a streamlined path for dedicated LPN and Paramedic healthcare practitioners to elevate their careers by becoming registered nurses. Program participants are divided into two cohorts on the Griffin Campus and at the Fayette County Center and required to attend one day of class each week for the duration of the program, enabling participants to complete their RN education in just one year.