SRTC Offers A Variety of Nursing Options to Fit Every Lifestyle

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A busy lifestyle will no longer hinder you from becoming a nurse.  Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is providing access to careers that, for many, may have never been an option.  With three different nursing programs that vary in length from two semesters to two years and flexible scheduling options SRTC has a fit for you.  The College’s nursing options – Nurse Aide, Practical Nursing (PN), and Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) – can be completed independently or can be taken progressively, allowing students to gain knowledge and workplace experience simultaneously.

The Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) is a two-semester series of courses that prepares students with classroom training and laboratory practice; as well as, the clinical experiences necessary to care for patients in various settings including general medical and surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities, community care facilities for the elderly, and home health care services. Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the Georgia State Nurse Aide registry. The Nurse Aid TCC is offered at SRTC Cairo, Moultrie- Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton, and in select High Schools in our area. The High School option allows students to complete the program in its entirety prior to graduation.  The program provides a wonderful foundation for both the PN and ASN options.

The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester sequence of courses designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

For those who have completed the requirements of the LPN program and wish to continue into the ASN program, SRTC offers the LPN – ASN Bridge Option. The LPN –ASN Bridge provides LPN’s with an opportunity to attend school and continue working, with flexible scheduling and weekend clinical hours.

The ASN program supports SRTC’s commitment to serve the surrounding counties, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region. The ASN program is a six semester sequence of courses designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for culturally diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  Upon successful completion of all program requirements including passage of a standardized final exit exam, the student will be awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be eligible to submit application to the State of Georgia Board of Nursing to register for NCLEX Registered Nurse licensure examination.

According to the Unites States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the job outlook and pay rates for all three of these nursing options continues to be much stronger than other careers. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11%, while the growth rate for Nurse Aides is 21%, LPN’s is 25%, and RN’s is 19%. In 2012 the average median pay for all Nurse Aides was $11.73 per hour ($24,400 / year), LPN’s was $19.97 per hour ($41,540 / year), and RN’s was $31.48 / hour ($65,740 / year). Those numbers vary by region and facility.

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu.

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