STATE COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAMS
Patti Hill, far left, MSC assistant
professor of nursing, wraps things up with her class
of nursing students after a day of clinical rotations.
The students, from front to back and left to right, are
Selena Taylor, Nkechie Lawrence, Combelena Lewis, Rebecca
Hunter, Kristie Yaughn and Erica Haas.
by Bruce Radcliffe
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (under development): Pending
Georgia Board of Nursing approval, Macon State will launch a
bachelor of science in nursing in Fall 2004. The
College will begin accepting applications for the program in
January 2004. The program will be known as an RN-to-BSN completion program
because it is specifically designed for practicing Registered
Nurses with associate degrees or hospital diplomas. Students
are eligible to enter the program once they have completed an
associate degree or hospital diploma program and earned state
licensure as RNs. The baccalaureate nursing program will consist
of 60 academic credit hours beyond the associate degree. It will
focus on preparing RNs for leadership roles in nursing education,
community health and gerontological nursing. Macon State is building
schedule flexibility in the RN-to-BSN program to accommodate
professional nurses who want to pursue the degree while continuing
to work. Baccalaureate-level courses will be offered online and
at the College’s Macon and Warner Robins campuses.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE: The A.S. curriculum combines nursing
and general education courses and prepares students for entry
level practice. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council
Licensure Examinations, successful completion of which certifies
the graduate as a Registered Nurse. An associate degree is the
first step in a professional nursing career.
LPN CAREER MOBILITY:
This program gives licensed practical nurses the opportunity
to earn their associate degrees, thus becoming eligible to take
the NCLE to become Registered Nurses.
RN REENTRY PROGRAM: Macon
State’s “RN ReEntry” initiative
is aimed at nurses who have not practiced for at least five years.
The program consists of classroom instruction and clinical experiences
at health care facilities in the midstate. Students who successfully
complete the program will be eligible for re-licensure without
having to re-take the NCLE.
For more information about Macon State’s
nursing programs, call (478) 471-2761 or 471-2762, or visit www.maconstate.edu/nursing.