LaGrange College Nursing Program Review
LaGrange College, located about sixty-five miles southwest of Atlanta, started out as an academy for women in 1831. It is now a coeducational, four-year college offering fifty-three academic programs, and serving about 1000 students. The college prides itself on its small class sizes, with a ratio of eleven students to each faculty member.
While the college has strong science programs, it is a traditionally liberal arts college, and continues to emphasize the liberal arts as an important component of a well-rounded education. All students are required to take core liberal arts classes. The college also has a strong tradition in the arts, with renowned programs in drama, music, and art. LaGrange College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Nursing Program Overview
Drawing on its roots as a Methodist school, the nursing program at LaGrange College focuses on serving patients emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. As part of their training, the nursing students get involved in the community and work in many different healthcare settings, helping them to realize the many different possible applications of a nursing degree. The nursing program shares LaGrange College’s commitment to expanding educational horizons through off-campus/abroad study. The schedule of the junior- and senior-level nursing courses allows nursing students to study abroad in January of their junior and/or senior years. They can pursue classes and independent research relating to nursing, or round out their liberal arts education. The nursing program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
LaGrange College offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This requires four years of study to complete. As LaGrange College takes pride in its history as a liberal arts school, liberal arts core classes are a key component of the BSN program. In addition to sixty-one nursing credits, a student is required to take forty-six common core credits. Students in the nursing program must earn at least a C in all nursing classes, and maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all classes. Students who are interested in the BSN program must apply and be accepted to LaGrange College, and then apply separately to the nursing program. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is part of the application process. After successfully completing the BSN degree program, a student can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) and earn certification as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Option (RN-BSN Program)
An RN with a valid license to work in Georgia can opt to complete his baccalaureate degree through the BSN Completion Option. All the nursing classes that he took while earning his associate degree or diploma will be taken into consideration. If he successfully passes the first six credit hours, his previous nursing credits will be accepted as transfer credit. Based on his previous education and his professional experience, an RN in the BSN Completion program also has the option of testing out of three classes: Health Assessment, Pharmacology, and Nutrition.
601 Broad Street
LaGrange, GA 30240