Applicants must submit all required documents to the admissions office by February 1 in order to be considered in the selection process. Applicants who are in the process of an academic trial or who are academically discharged from the college at the time of the application deadline will not be considered for admission. Applicants who have not been selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission periods. There is no waiting list between admission periods; Applicants must complete the application process for each attempt to participate in the program. After admission to the program and before enrolling in the first nursing course (RNSG), students must have the following official documents filed with the nursing office: « Simulation is a great innovative way to teach students – the mannequins we use are so realistic. We use them to teach now, and students really enjoy learning with them. We really couldn`t ask for anything more [technologically], » Heath explained. For more information on the admission requirements for applying to the Associate in Nursing program, see www.tiny.cc/ATCnursing. Prospective students can also contact Heath at eheath@athenstech.edu or nursing program president Lori Callahan at lcallahan@athenstech.edu. « This is an exciting time for our nursing program and the Walton Campus, » said Dr. Andrea Daniel, TAC President. « It is also important to mitigate the lack of care here that the pandemic has exacerbated. » Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has once again partnered with Athens Technical College on an updated Memorandum of Understanding and a $250,000 donation to support the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program. The first cohort of nursing students on the Walton campus of the Technical College of Athens will begin classes on August 23.

Nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The practical nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Athens Technical College also offers programs in various other areas of healthcare such as health information technology and patient care. The college serves more than 2,000 students and is located in Athens, Georgia. The college opened in 1966 to meet the need for vocational education in the state of Georgia with only 13 programs. Athens Technical College has grown, offering more than 20 professional programs that lead directly to career opportunities for students in Georgia. The nursing program uses a competitive admissions process to select students. Program faculty and admissions office staff have developed the process to ensure maximum chances of student success in the NCLEX-RN program and licensing exam. The program admits students once a year at the beginning of the fall semester. Prospective students may first be admitted to the college as Health Sciences students/nursing candidates to complete all required learning support courses and general education courses. Applicants must submit the following to the Admissions Office by the application deadline of the year in which they are applying for admission to the program: There is an expected positive impact on the immediate and surrounding communities by impacting the job market for Walton Campus nursing graduates. Health facilities in Monroe, Athens, Atlanta and surrounding counties will benefit from the expansion of the care program.

The ASN program has a respected history and reputation for graduating approximately 1,500 entry-level nurses since the program`s inception in 1983. It also has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN). « We are very excited to partner with Athens Technical College to train the next generation of nurses and clinical support staff at the bedside, » said Larry Ebert, CEO of Piedmont Walton. « Students in the Eastern Metropolitan Area now have easier access to one of the best nursing programs in the state. Athens Tech has invested in the latest technology and equipment and has hired experienced instructors for the Walton campus, making Monroe a destination for many who want to start a career in healthcare, and of course, we hope that many of these students will choose Piedmont after graduation. Beth Heath, a former nursing teacher on the Athens campus, will be the clinical coordinator and instructor of Walton`s nursing program. She completed TAC`s nursing program in 1999 and has a background in hospital care and community health. TAC invites students to apply and find out where they can impact public health and health care in the region. For more information on the requirements for admission to the program, see www.tiny.cc/ATCnursing.

The donation will continue to support the salaries of college faculty and help expand the program to the college`s Walton County campus, which was recently approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) can participate in the accelerated option of the DNA program, which allows nurses to leverage their previous experience and training to obtain DNA. Upon completion of the program, students receive DNA and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. In addition to the requirements of the general ADN program, students must have two years of work experience and have a valid and current LPN license. The program is also 70 credit hours. « The expansion of the ASN program at the Walton campus will address a vital need in northeastern Georgia as the region faces a shortage of critical care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, » said Lori Callahan, Chair of the Care Program. « Given our outstanding nursing results, such as 97% program completion, a 97% employment rate, and a 98% nclex success rate in 2021, our nursing program is working with local healthcare facilities to expand the successful nursing program. » Funding for the program comes in part from a partnership with Piedmont Healthcare, which hopes to hire qualified graduates of the program in the region. Students selected for admission to the nursing program must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to admission after selection. Failure to attend or otherwise arrange to obtain the required information may result in loss of admission to the program. The ADN program prepares students without prior nursing training to become registered nurses (RNs). Admission to the ADN program is competitive and students are admitted each year in the fall.

Eligibility criteria include a Score from the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission Exam, college placement test scores, completion of general math and English requirements, and participation in a program information meeting. Upon completion of the program, students will receive DNA and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. The program consists of 70 semester hours. Students must complete all prerequisites and nursing courses with a minimum grade of « C ». « We are commenting on the number of students driving remotely, especially in this direction, » she said.

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