Date Posted: January 29, 2024
Officials with Gordon State College and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) have signed an articulation agreement that creates new education opportunities for SCTC students.
Under the agreement signed on January 18, 2024 by SCTC President Dr. Irvin Clark and Gordon State College President Dr. Donald Green, SCTC students who complete the Associate of Science in Nursing degree and obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse may gain admittance to the Gordon State College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program pending they meet admission criteria. 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.
This articulation agreement between Southern Crescent Technical College and Gordon State College establishes a pathway for SCTC Associate of Science in Nursing graduates with RN licensure to enroll in Gordon State College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This agreement ensures the transfer of relevant courses and credits, minimizing time, credit loss and course duplication while facilitating a smooth transition for students pursuing their BSN after completing their ASN and obtaining RN licensure.
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 Gordon State College will provide opportunities that increase the accessibility of higher education throughout the area. We are thrilled to enter into this agreement 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. 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 Gordon State College 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.
This agreement was signed simultaneously with a similar agreement between SCTC and Clayton State University, ensuring that SCTC RN graduates have multiple options to continue their education.