Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), based in Rome, Georgia, was created in 2009 from a consolidation of Northwestern Technical College (NTC) and Coosa Valley Technical College (CVTC). Both Northwestern Technical College and Coosa Valley Technical College shared a commitment to workforce development, so by pooling their resources together, they are now able to have a huge offering of professional programs.
With eight different campuses, the new Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the biggest professional college in the northwest-Georgia area. The college serves over 16,000 students each year (including non-credit continuing education students and advanced high school students) and focuses on training and preparing students to work in rapidly growing career fields, including the healthcare field, the manufacturing and industrial field, and the business and information technology field. The college offers a wide range of associate, diploma, and certificate programs in the healthcare field, including an associate degree and a diploma option in nursing. The nursing programs are both accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Associate of Science in Nursing
Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is offered on the Walker County Campus only. Students can opt to take the program either on a quarter schedule or a semester schedule. The program is composed of a general education component, nursing classes, and a clinical component. Students can begin the general education classes during any semester or quarter. The nursing classes begin in the fall. The college also offers an accelerated track for students who are already Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). While these students still have to fulfill all the general education requirements, they draw on their previous education and work experience in order to skip some of the nursing classes and so shorten the program length. At the end of the ASN program, students take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) and seek work as Registered Nurses (RN).
Practical Nursing Diploma
A student who wishes to start working as a nurse in the shortest amount of time can go through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Practical Nursing Diploma program. This program is just as intensive as the ASN program in terms of the nursing course work, but it only requires six prerequisite classes. The program is offered on both the Floyd County campus and the Walker County campus. At the Floyd County campus, students can begin the diploma program in any semester; at Walker County campus it starts in the fall only. Both day and night classes are available. At the conclusion of the program, students can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN) and, if successful, begin work immediately as LPNs. This is the shortest entry path into the nursing profession and, after getting some work experience, the LPN has plenty of opportunities to earn a higher degree in the nursing field (for example, through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s accelerated transition track for an LPN to ASN).
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
1 Maurice Culberson Drive
Rome, GA 30161