The Technical College System of Georgia board has given North Georgia Technical College the go-ahead for its Associate of Science in Nursing degree.
Earlier this month, North Georgia Tech received approval of the degree program effective this coming Fall semester.
In addition, school officials said that the program has also received initial approval from the Georgia State Board of Nursing.
North Georgia Tech is starting the Associate of Science in Nursing program after receiving grant funds to do so in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Labor.
School officials said the desire to implement the Associate of Science in Nursing program comes as a direct result of growing student demand for allied health training, as well as job availability, and projected job growth.
According to North Georgia Tech, the school already attracts more “pre-nursing” students than can be accommodated through its Licensed Practical Nursing program.
Also, the school reported that registered nursing projects to be one of the two occupations with the highest growth rate in Georgia and is among occupations with the most annual openings in north Georgia. The ASN program will offer graduates a direct path to becoming a Registered Nurse.
North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton said the school is proud to continue moving ahead with the new program. She added that there is a tremendous need for additional nurses and that the school’s program will make a real difference for students, healthcare employers, and residents.
The school said entry into the program for this Fall was handled through a competitive process and the first 30 students have been sent letters of acceptance.
The school said it evaluated candidates based on Grade Point Average and test scores from the Health Education Systems, Inc. test administered periodically by North Georgia Tech.