While South Georgia College (SGC), in rural southeastern Georgia, began in 1906 as an agricultural and mechanical school, it has rapidly expanded to become a four-year institution. But despite its status as a four-year school, it still focuses mainly on two-year associate degree programs. Several bachelor degree programs are available as well.
The college is a member of the University System of Georgia, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. South Georgia College has a strong nursing division, which offers an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and just recently added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as part of the college’s transition to a four-year school. The nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at South Georgia College is a two-year program, consisting of seventy-two credit hours. The curriculum includes a few general education classes such as English. At the end of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Associate of Science in Nursing – LPN to RN Bridge Program
South Georgia College also offers an accelerated track for students who are already Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). On the basis on his nursing diploma and work experience, the LPN is allowed to skip most of the first-year nursing classes that a traditional ASN student must take. He is still required to take the upper-level nursing courses as well as all the core requirements. This track consists of sixty-four credit hours, and also allows the graduate to take the NCLEX_RN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at South Georgia College is a recent addition. This program is intended for practicing Registered Nurses (RN) who hold an ASN to gain a full baccalaureate degree. The program is not intended as a direct-entry for students who have no previous nursing experience or education; students without nursing experience who wish to attend South Georgia College must begin at the ASN level. The program requires sixty credit hours of general education courses and sixty-two credit hours of nursing classes. A student may have completed some of these classes in the course of becoming an RN, and these credits may be transferred.
While studying nursing requires a substantial time commitment and often precludes spending a semester abroad, South Georgia College has arranged study abroad programs that a nursing student can fit into his schedule. It offers summer study abroad classes in Russia, France, England, Spain, and Germany. If a student needs to use the summer semester for nursing classes, there is also the option of a short study abroad program in Costa Rica that takes place in May, between the spring and summer semesters.
Even at a state school, tuition can be very expensive. There are options for this issue at South Georgia College. In addition to financial aid, prospective students at South Georgia College can look into the South Georgia College Foundation Scholarship Program. The scholarship program offers over eighty different scholarships with different eligibility requirements. A student does not need to apply to each scholarship separately. He only needs to fill out a general scholarship application.
South Georgia College
100 West College Park Drive
Douglas, GA 31533