Piedmont College Nursing Program Review
Piedmont College, a traditional liberal arts college, has a residential campus in rural Demorest in North Georgia and a commuting campus near downtown Athens. The college prides itself on its faculty, which is focused on teaching rather than research, and its small class sizes. (The student to faculty ratio is fourteen to one.) Approximately 2800 students attend the college, studying liberal arts as well as a few professions such as business, education, and nursing.
The Piedmont College Daniel School of Nursing at the Demorest campus offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, with several different available tracks, depending on the incoming student’s previous education and nursing experience. Piedmont College (PC) is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the Daniel School of Nursing is approved by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Pre-Licensure
Students who have no previous nursing experience enter the Daniel School of Nursing BSN-Pre-Licensure program. This is a traditional, four-year program, assuming that the student has no advanced placement credit or transfer credit. Students spend the first two years fulfilling core classes and prerequisites. In their sophomore year, students apply to Piedmont College’s nursing school. This is a separate application process from the Piedmont College application process, and admission is not guaranteed, even if a student is already enrolled and taking classes at Piedmont College. If accepted, the student spends the next two years learning nursing skills, both in the classroom and in clinical settings. After completing the BSN-Pre-Licensure curriculum, a student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN). If successful, she can begin working as a Registered Nurse (RN) immediately.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN Track
If a student has already earned an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, he does not need to complete all the classes that a traditional nursing student needs to take. Instead of spending eight semesters earning a BSN, as in the traditional BSN Pre-Licensure program, an RN can earn his BSN in just three and a half semesters. This time frame assumes that he has already completed his core requirements in the sciences, English, math, social sciences, etc. If these are not complete, he will need to factor in additional time to take these courses. The nursing courses in the RN to BSN program take place one day a week so that the RN can continue to work while studying.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN-BSN Track
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can also obtain a BSN at the Daniel School of Nursing. As with the RN-BSN program, this accelerated option allows a student to skip some nursing classes in the traditional BSN program, based on her work experience and her nursing diploma. For LPNs who wish to advance in the nursing field, this LPN to BSN bridge option is a wonderful opportunity. At the end of the program, the LPN is eligible to take the NCLEX_RN. If she passes, she becomes an RN and can expand her career options.
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Demorest, GA 30535
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Athens, GA 30601