Middle Georgia College Nursing Program Review
Middle Georgia College (MGC), part of the University System of Georgia (USG), offers a few baccalaureate programs and a whole range of associate degree and certificate programs. While it has some programs in the humanities, the college has focused on career development since its foundation and is still committed to preparing students to enter the working world. It focuses on in-demand careers and careers that are vital to the Georgia economy, particularly in the health sciences field, business, agriculture, education, and criminal justice.
In particular, it has a very strong aviation program and a separate campus to accommodate it. Besides the aviation classes at the Eastman campus, the remainder of the programs are offered at the Cochran and Dublin campuses. Both campuses offer nursing programs, which are accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Georgia Board of Nursing. Here is a review of the two available options at Middle Georgia College for nursing students:
Associate of Science in Nursing
Students at Middle Georgia College can earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree in as little as two years (including summer semesters). These two years include general education classes as well as nursing classes. However, a student who has taken advanced placement classes in high school may even be able to skip some of the general education requirements and shorten the program length even further. The program begins each fall at both the Cochran and Dublin campuses, and application to the program is separate from application to Middle Georgia College. Usually, a student would enroll at Middle Georgia College and complete the majority of core requirements before applying to the ASN program. Not every applicant is accepted. To be considered, an applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in all general education classes. The Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) test is also required for application to the program. Throughout the program, the student must continue to maintain a 2.5 GPA. If he fails a class, he must reapply to the program and re-acceptance is not guaranteed. After completing the program requirements, a student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN) and begin practicing as a nurse. Through its Job Resource Center, Middle Georgia College uses its ties with the local medical community to help place graduates in nursing positions.
A full Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree opens doors, and sets a nurse up for career advancement. While a student cannot obtain the full baccalaureate degree at Middle Georgia College, he can save money by going through the pre-nursing program before transferring to a more expensive four-year institution. This pre-nursing program requires two years, during which the student takes core nursing classes. At the end of the program, she is not ready to take the NCLEX, but she is ready to transfer into a full BSN program at another school, which should require only two additional years of study.
Middle Georgia College
1100 Southeast 2nd Street
Cochran, GA 31014
Middle Georgia College – Aviation Campus
71 Airport Road
Eastman, GA 31023
Middle Georgia College – Dublin Campus
1900 Bellevue Road,
Dublin, GA 31021