Georgia Highlands College (GHC) is based in Rome, Georgia and enrolls over 5,000 students annually. Georgia Highlands College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Though it was founded in 1970 as a 2-year college, the college is now a four-year institution.
Despite the fact that it is a small institution, Georgia Highlands College offers athletic programs for women and men including basketball, softball and baseball.
Nursing Degree Programs
The Nursing Program at Georgia Highlands College began in 1971 and graduated its first class of over 25 students two years later. The Nursing Department is housed under the Division of Health Sciences of Georgia Highlands College. The ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program at Georgia Highlands College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Georgia Highlands College Undergraduate Nursing Programs
RN Program (Registered Nurse)
The RN Program at Georgia Highlands College prepares students for an entry level career in nursing. The program can normally be completed in two years. Upon completion of the program, Georgia Highlands College awards an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN, also called ADN). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, NCLEX-RN, to become RNs (Registered Nurses). Admission requirements to the nursing program include a minimum SAT score of 830 (no exceptions are made), completion of general education courses, and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students who take the ACT standardized test may submit these scores to have them converted to SAT scores. Students with a bachelors degree who apply to the program are exempt from the SAT requirement.
LPN and Paramedic Career Mobility Program Hybrid Option
The Career Mobility Option is an ASN program for LPNs and Paramedics who desire to earn the RN qualification while working. The program offers a hybrid option, which means students will complete courses online and in-person. The two programs, LPN to RN Bridge and Paramedic to RN Bridge are listed below.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are eligible to complete the RN degree in less time than students without a healthcare background. The LPN to RN program is limited access; meaning that not every student that applies to the program is admitted. Admission requirements include a 2.5 GPA, SAT score of 830 or better, a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score and at least 1000 hours of clinical experience as an LPN.
The Paramedic to RN Bridge program allows paramedics to complete the RN program in three semesters instead of two years. Admission requirements to the program include a GPA of 2.5 or higher, a TEAS test score, SAT scores and at least 1000 hours of clinical experience as a paramedic.
RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program)
The RN to BSN program at Georgia Highlands College is designed to provide RNs an opportunity to learn and develop skills necessary to perform as fully competent nurses in healthcare settings. Students will learn valuable skills such as communication and decision making as part of their nursing career. Admission requirements include holding a valid RN license.
Georgia Highlands College Highlands Association of Nursing Students (HANS)
HANS is the nursing student association for students of Georgia Highlands College and the nursing department encourages all students to become involved. In addition to facilitating professional development opportunities, students will gain valuable leadership skills through holding one of several officer roles in the club. Through these roles, students can gain experience that may translate to their nursing careers by affording the opportunity to learn leadership and responsibility. Available leadership positions include Public Relations, Community Service, Legislative, Secretary, President and Vice-President roles.
Georgia Highlands College – Floyd Campus
3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E.
Rome, Georgia 30161-3897