Athens Technical College Nursing Program Review

Athens Technical College (ATC, or Athens Tech) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Athens Tech is a memebr institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

The college serves over 2,000 students and is located in Athens, Georgia. The college opened in 1966 to meet a need for vocational education in the state of Georgia with just 13 programs. Athens Technical College has grown to offer over 20 vocational programs leading directly to career opportunities for students in Georgia.

Nursing Degree Programs

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 health fields such as Health Information Technology and Patient Care Assisting.

Athens Technical College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing Program)

The ADN program prepares students without prior nursing education to become RNs (Registered Nurses). Admission to the ADN program is competitive, and students are admitted annually in the fall. Admission criteria include a score from the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission RN exam, college placement test scores, completion of general education requirements in math and English, and attending a program information meeting. Upon completion of the program, students earn an ADN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. The program is 70 semester hours. Students must complete all pre-requisites and nursing courses with a minimum grade of “C.”

Accelerated Option for Practical Nurses

LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) may participate in the accelerated ADN program option which allows nurses to build upon their previous experience and education to earn the ADN.Upon completion of the program students will earn an ADN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. In addition to the requirements for the general ADN program, students must have two years of work experience and have a current, valid LPN license. The program is also 70 credit hours.

Athens Technical College Nursing Certificate Programs

Practical Nursing (Licensed Practical Nurse/LPN) Program

The Practical Nursing (LPN) program trains nurses to provide care to patients under the supervision of RNs (Registered Nurses) and physicians. The program is the entry level step to the nursing field, and allows nurses to serve basic patient needs. The program accepts applicants once each spring and admission is competitive. Admission criteria to the program includes a 3.0 GPA overall on all high school and college courses and a National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-PN (Practical Nursing) entrance exam score. Other requirements include an SAT, ACT or college placement test score, completion of math and general education courses, and attendance to a mandatory pre-admission orientation. The program is 60 semester hours. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a diploma and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, National Council for Licensure Practical Nursing exam to become certified practical nurses.

Tech on Tuesdays at Athens Technical College

Tech on Tuesdays is an admission informational session offered to prospective students interested in applying to and attending Athens Technical College. If a student attends and applies for Athens Technical College at a Tech on Tuesday event, the application fee is waived.

Athens Technical College
800 US Highway 29 North
Athens, GA 30601

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