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Associate of Science in Nursing

PROGRAM HISTORY

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree at the North Georgia Technical College 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.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The ASN program is a 69-semester 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, North Georgia Technical College 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

ADMISSION TO THE ASN PROGRAM

Students interested in the Fall Clarkesville ASN program must be admitted to North Georgia Technical College (NGTC Admissions Page). 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 Spring semester. Please contact Ms. Farilyn Rearden at frearden@northgatech.edu for more information.

Students interested in the Spring Blairsville ASN program must be admitted to North Georgia Technical College (NGTC Admissions Page). Students will be required to complete the ASN Intent Form.  This form will be available on the college website and will be accepted from June 1 through September 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 Summer semester. Please contact Ms. Farilyn Rearden at frearden@northgatech.edu  for more information.

HESI INFORMATION

HESI test dates and sites are listed in "Available Courses" under Continuing Education

Register online by clicking HERE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAssociate of Science in Nursing cohort standing in front of Rubye Franklin and Hoyt Coe

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).

 

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. (404) 975-5000 www.acenursing.org.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

1. The program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement in completing the nursing program. At least 90% of the students will graduate within 150% of time from entry into program. 

Program Completion Rate:

                                    2016: 90.3%

                                    2017: 98.1%

                                    2018: 93.2%

                                    2019: Cohorts in Progress

 

2.  The program demonstrates evidence of graduates’ achievement on the licensure examination. At least 80% of graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.

NCLEX Pass Rate:

                                    Students who graduated in 2016: 89%

                                    Students who graduated in 2017: 92.8%

                                    Students who graduated in 2018:  81%

                                    Students who graduated in 2019:  Cohorts in progress

 

3. The program demonstrates evidence of graduates’ achievement in job placement. At least 90% of graduates will report employment as a RN within 6-12 months of graduation.

Job Placement Rate:

                                    2016: 100%

                                    2017: 100%

                                    2018: No data

                                    2019: In progress

ASN HESI Exam Information

HESI test dates and sites are listed in "Available Courses" under Continuing Education.

Register online https://northgatech.edu/pages/coned/courses.aspx

    • Exams cost $65
    • All exams will start at 9:00 AM and finish at 1:00 PM
    • Registered students will receive an email within one week of the exam date chosen with specific instructions and directions for the exam.

Credentials You Can Earn

Degree

Associate of Science in Nursing

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.

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Meet the Faculty


Dee DeFoor, AGNP-C

Instructor

Melissa Elliott wearing a light teal blouse, with a pearl necklace, and pearl earrings

Melissa Elliott, MSN, RN

Instructor

Specialty:  ER, Medical-Surgical, Oncology

Bethany Elrod

Bethany Elrod, MSN, RN

Instructor

Specialty:  Obstetrics, Critical Care

Martha Marquardt wearing a blue top with a collar

Martha Marquardt, PhD, RN

Instructor

Specialty:  Psychiatric Nursing

Stacie Perry wearing gold hoop earings with black blouse and scarf

Stacie Perry, MSN, RN

Interim Program Director

Specialty:  Medical Surgical, Oncology, Hospice

Debie Shelton wearing a turquoise top, chain necklace, and pearl earrings

Debbie Shelton, MSN, RN

Instructor

Specialty:  Obstetrics

Meet the Staff


Kathy Stamey

Kathy Stamey, BSN, RN

Simulation Lab Technician

Specialty:  Critical Care, Cardiology, Gerontology, and Hospice

Michelle Wood with blue blouse and necklace

Michelle Wood, BSN, RN

Simulation Lab Coordinator and Clinical Coordinator

Specialty:  Medical-Surgical, Critical Care in Cardiology

Farilyn Rearden

Farilyn Rearden

Health Care Science Specialist