The two year associate level nursing program prepares students for positions in the nursing profession. 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 healthcare settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to practice competently and safely as a beginning nurse generalist, in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. The nurse is viewed as a caring, holistic person who possesses critical-thinking/problem-solving skills, integrity, accountability, a theoretical knowledge base, refined psychomotor skills, and a commitment to life-long learning.
Program graduates receive an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates are then eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates are employable as registered nurses in a variety of settings.
The Associate of Science in Nursing degree at NGTC received approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing to begin fall semester 2013 on the Clarkesville campus. On March 30, 2015, the Georgia Board of Nursing unanimously approved the expansion of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) program to the Blairsville campus. The addition of this program allows students to complete a first-rate registered nurse program within their own community. Today, the ASN program accepts 30 students each fall semester on the Clarkesville campus and 20 students each spring semester on the Blairsville campus.
The ASN program is a 72-credit hour, five-semester program designed to produce educated, technically advanced, competent, and caring individuals. Under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty, students in the ASN program receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients at local hospitals and community agencies.
The ASN program provides a strong foundation in the practice of nursing and prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function as an entry-level registered nurse in a variety of healthcare settings. Such settings include, but are not limited to, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care, clinics, physician’s offices, government or private industries, and public health agencies.
Graduates of the ASN program who meet the program requirements are eligible to write the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, graduates are then licensed and are employable as registered nurses in the state in which they intend to practice.
For graduates who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, NGTC has established transfer agreements with select four-year colleges to facilitate a student’s transition from an ASN to BSN degree.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, making nursing one of the fastest-growing occupations in the state of Georgia1.
Students interested in the Fall Clarkesville ASN program must be admitted to North Georgia Technical College. Students will be required to complete the ASN Intent Form. This form will be available on the college website and will be accepted from January 1 through April 1. To be eligible to participate in the competitive admissions process for the Fall Clarkesville ASN cohort, certain courses must be completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better by the end of the spring semester and the HESI exam must be taken at one of the NGTC campuses by April 1. Please contact Tiffany Scroggs for more information.
Students interested in the Spring Blairsville ASN program must be admitted to North Georgia Technical College. Students will be required to complete the ASN Intent Form. This form will be available on the college website and will be accepted from May 1 through August 1. To be eligible to participate in the competitive admissions process for the Spring Blairsville ASN cohort, certain courses must be completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better by the end of the Summer semester. Please contact Tiffany Scroggs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Procedure 6.6.1p. Student Tuition and Fees and item VI, C. 5: Out of State students shall be enrolled in the college on a space-available basis and shall not displace any Georgia Student desiring to enroll in the college.
Students in all Allied Health Programs are required by the clinical facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen.
North Georgia Technical College does not require vaccination for program admission; however, each clinical/practicum site reserves the right to deny a student entry based on their own policies and procedures. Clinical/practicum sites mandate vaccinations against specific diseases such as COVID-19, influenza and/or testing for specific diseases such as tuberculosis. Students are required to follow the medical clearance policies designated by their assigned clinical and/or practicum sites. If a student is denied entry to a required clinical/practicum site based on lack of vaccinations or testing, the student will not be able to complete the clinical/practicum course. As a result, successful completion of the program will not be possible.
The Associate of Science in Nursing program at NGTC at the Clarkesville and Blairsville campuses located in Clarkesville, GA, and Blairsville, GA, is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
For additional information, check out these links:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited February 05, 2019).
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Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates can practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings.