Associate of Science in Nursing (Generic) (NC73) Degree


Campus Locations: Thomasville, Tifton

The Associate of Science in Nursing program supports commitment of Southern Regional Technical College to serve the surrounding counties, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region. The ASN Program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Length of Program: Two (2) semesters of prerequisite courses and Four (4) semesters of general education and occupational courses.

ASN Program Effectiveness Data
ASN Student Handbook

The purpose of the Associate of Science in Nursing, Associate of Science Degree program, is to prepare students as entry-level practitioners who can provide safe, effective nursing care, as well as promote healthy transitions for culturally diverse clients in a variety of settings. Furthermore, the program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences, and humanities; incorporates knowledge acquired from general education courses; and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility, and professional ethics.

Program Outcomes:

  • Licensure Examination Passage Rate Expected Level of Achievement – 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12 month based on a calendar year (January to December). 3-year average 2017-2019 (86.00%)
  • Program Completion Rate Expected Level of Achievement – Not less than 60% established by SRTC ASN faculty. The ELA was based on research from the program completion rates for the program over three years (AY2018-AY2020) which averaged 63.1%. After reviewing this data the ASN Program adopted not less than a 60% completion rate for each cohort. Also, assisting in the decision to adopt the 60% was the program three year retention rate based on the Performance Accountability System (PAS) trend data acquired from TCSG, which was not less than 61.4% as the College Benchmark. The ASN Program retention average over the three years (AY 2018 – AY 2019 ) was71.6%.
  • Job Placement Rate Expected Level of Achievement – not less than 90% within 12 months of graduation. This ELA was established by the ASN faculty after reviewing the AY2019 TCSG report on Unduplicated Graduates and Placement, which showed an average on total placement of 98.53% and the Perkins Benchmark of 90% as recorded in the SRTC Perkins FY2019 Local Improvement Plan. The ASN program three-year (AY2018-AY2020) average was 100%

Associate of Science in Nursing End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs) are decided on by the ASN faculty and are learner-oriented expectations. The outcomes express the knowledge, skills, or behaviors that SRTC ASN students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program. SRTC has developed EOPSLOs based on established professional institutional TCSG program standards which encompass both the SRTC ASN Generic option (NC73) and SRTC ASN LPN-RN Bridge option (AD13). These Standards provide the guidelines and competencies to be used for instruction throughout the ASN program. The outcomes provide a framework for all curricular components and represent the change from student to entry-level practitioner at the ASN level.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs):

  1. Students will satisfactorily integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes of quality and safety competencies to include: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.
    Means of Assessment: Student performance of 850 or higher on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) categories for the program exit exam and overall performance of exit exam. QSEN’s overall goal in nursing education is to prepare nurses who exhibit the knowledge, skills and attitudes to improve quality and safety of patients in the healthcare settings. The areas measured by the exit exam include the key components identified by QSEN that include: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 60% of students will complete the program by individual scoring 850 or higher in overall performance of the course final exit exam within three attempts. To determine any areas of deficiency, performance in individual QSEN categories will be recognized in the analysis of results.
  2. Students will satisfactorily perform clinical skills that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice that promotes nationally established patient health and safety goals.
    Means of Assessment: Student completion of all graduation skills on the graduation skills checklist by graduation.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will complete the graduation skills checklist by end of program. To determine any areas of deficiency, performance of percentage of skills per course will be recognized in the analysis of results.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of professional values and characteristics congruent with the professional role when providing ethical, competent, caring, and culturally sensitive individualized care across the healthcare continuum and lifespan.
    Means of Assessment: Student performance of the overall clinical evaluation and in each individual nursing concept in RNSG 2941. See Student Level Data for EOPSLO and RNSG 2941 Clinical Evaluation Tool.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will score 70% or above on the final clinical evaluation tool for RNSG 2941. A score greater of 70% will result in a satisfactory for the clinical component of the course. Anything below 70% results in a course failure. Any deficiency, resulting in less than the maximum point for each individual nursing concept will be identified in the analysis results.

Entrance Date: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/Competitive Admissions courses (which are listed as follows) must be successfully completed prior to competitive program admission deadline.

BIOL 2113 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIOL 2114 – Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy and Physiology II Lab,, ENGL 1101 – Composition & Rhetoric, MATH 1111 – College Algebra, and COLL 1500.

Program Admission: Thomasville – Spring and Fall Semester Intake; Tifton – Spring Semester Intake.

All materials to be considered for the Spring Generic Option must be completed by the end of Summer semester. All materials to be considered for the Fall Generic Option must be completed by the end of Spring semester.

Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program is based on competitive admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program. The generic option must be completed within 3 years of successful completion of RNSG 1920. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

General Information: Students who are unsuccessful in RNSG 1920 may apply for readmission to RNSG 1920 (limited to one readmission).

Students will not be eligible to apply for admission to the ASN Generic Option if they have failed out of any ASN, ADN, or BSN Programs at another institution. Students will be considered for admission to the ASN Generic Option five (5) years after the last nursing course failure. However, the student who completes a PN Program does not have to wait five (5) years before applying for the ASN Generic Option.

Associate of Science in Nursing Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. All pre-requisite and co-requisite courses in math and science must have been taken within five (5) years of program start/re-entry date.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: All students, both Generic and Bridge option, will be required to take and achieve minimum required scores on standardized and program-generated achievement tests. Physical Exam, Immunization record, drug toxicology screening tests, and Criminal Background Check are required upon start of the program. The student must also hold a current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare provider CPR card upon entry into and throughout the program.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not have access to clinical sites. If clinical placement is not available, the student may be withdrawn from the ASN Program. Successful completion of all program requirements does not guarantee student will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination and/or receive a registered nursing license.

Program Policies and Procedures: Students are provided a copy of the ASN Student Handbook during their first semester. The ASN Student Handbook is to be used in conjunction with the College Catalog and Student Handbook and serves as a means of informing the students of specific policies and procedures as they relate to the ASN Program. The policies and procedures of the ASN Program may change during a student's period of enrollment in the program and students are expected to be proactive in obtaining information regarding these changes. The most current version of the ASN Student Handbook can be obtained on the College website under Other Resources/Policies & Procedures or the ASN Program pages.

Program Final Exit Point: Associate of Science in Nursing, ASN. 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 Georgia Board of Nursing to register for NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 72 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation

Collaborative Graduate BSN Cohort: SRTC & University of Phoenix and America Public University System.

Accreditation Information: The Associate of Science in Nursing program is accreditated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3900 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org and approved by the Professional Licensing Boards Division Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, Phone: 478-207-1640, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45.

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Curriculum Outline (72 hours)
1: General Core Courses (15 Hours) 15
Area I: Langauge Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101

Co-requisite(s): ENGL 0090 and/or Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels. Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Hours) 3
PSYC 1101

Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.

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Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Hours) 3
MATH 0000Any Degree Level Math 3
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Hours) 3
And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3
2: Institutional Credit (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

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3: Occupational Courses (54 hours) 54
BIOL 2113

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101 Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

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BIOL 2113L

Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113: ENGL 1101 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

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BIOL 2114

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L Co-Requisite(s): BIOL 2114L Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.

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BIOL 2114L

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L Co-Requisite(s): BIOL 2114 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

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BIOL 2117

Pre-requisite(s): (BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L) OR (BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1111L) Co-Requisite(s): BIOL 2117L Provides students with a foundation in basic microbiology with emphasis on infectious disease. Topics include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, and microorganisms and human disease.

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BIOL 2117L

Pre-requisite(s): (BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L) OR (BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1111L) Co-Requisite(s): BIOL 2117 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2117. The laboratory exercises for this course include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, and microorganisms and human disease.

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RNSG 1920

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 (any degree level math), COLL 1500, Program Admission Pre/Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1931 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 (any degree level math), COLL 1500, Program Admission Pre/Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1931 This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of foundational concepts, knowledge, basic skills associated with health history collection, physical assessment of all body systems, and essential psychomotor skills related to providing nursing care to a variety of clients experiencing transitions of health status. The following concepts are introduced and integrated throughout subsequent courses: wellness and health promotion; physical assessment, caring; communication and collaboration; ethical and legal implications; cultural diversity; the teaching/learning process; notification; pharmacology; life transitions; the nursing process and critical thinking; and roles of the associate degree nurse. In this course the student will learn how to assist clients to promote health, cope with health problems, adapt to and/or recover from the effects of disease or injury, and support the right to a dignified death. The RN is accountable for abiding by all applicable member board jurisdiction statutes and regulations/rules related to nursing practice.

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RNSG 1931

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111 (any degree level math), COLL 1500, Program Admission Pre/Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1920 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L MATH 1111 (any degree level math), PSYC 1101, COLL 1500, a Humanities and General Education Elective, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1960 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, Any Degree Level Math, COLL 1500, Program Admission Pre/Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 1920 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, COMP 1000, ENGL 1101, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L Any Degree Level Math, PSYC 1101, COLL 1500, a Humanities and General Education Elective, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1960 This course is a study of the concepts that promote the administration of medication with concern for safety and precision. Incorporated into this course are major principles of applied mathematics including fractions, decimals, conversions between the various systems of weights and measures, and the use of ratio and proportion. The associate degree nursing student utilizes these concepts to solve dosage calculations that are frequently seen in a variety of health care settings. Foundations of pharmacology, drug action at the physiologic level, and drug preparation and administration to diverse clients as they transition throughout the lifespan is included. Various routes of medication administration will be discussed along with legal factors relating to medication administration. The student will also gain knowledge of the therapeutic classifications of drugs. Throughout the course, activities that stimulate critical thinking will be utilized.

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RNSG 1940

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1950 This first adult health course is designed to prepare associate degree nursing students to provide nursing care utilizing concepts and skills introduced in the foundational course (NUR 1920). Nursing care that promotes healthy transitions for clients experiencing variations of health status related to gastrointestinal, respira¼tory, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, and psychosocial functions is included. Special consideration is given to the care of the elderly and clients during the operative period. Critical thinking skills are utilized to meet the bio/psychosocial, developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs of the client. Emphasis is placed on the application of the roles of associate degree nursing practice.

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RNSG 1950

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1940, RNSG 2910 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1940 This course is a study of nursing care of mental health clients throughout the lifespan. Application of the concepts of caring and transitions related to mental growth and health is introduced. The course focuses on provisions of care and the role of the associate degree nurse as a communicator to promote health and support individual wellness behaviors. The application of the roles of the nurse to meet the needs of clients experiencing variations of health status related to mental growth and health are introduced. Content related to various treatment modalities, nutrition, pharmacology, and cultural diversity is incorporated throughout the course. Legal and ethical factors related to mental health care are also included.

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RNSG 2910

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2920, RNSG 2930 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2930 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2920, RNSG 2930 This course is designed to prepare associate degree nursing students to provide nursing care to a variety of clients experiencing transitions of health status related to conception, birth, and womens health. Students will be challenged to integrate prior and new knowledge using therapeutic communication, critical thinking and decision making to plan and provide nursing care for women and newborns. Incorporation of the dynamic interplay of culture, socioeconomic status, spiritual beliefs as well as psychological and physiological needs in the care of the individual within the context of the family unit will be expected. Reflection upon the legal and ethical issues affecting the family and collaboration with the family and other health team members in a variety of community settings will be part of the learning experience.

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RNSG 2920

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2930 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910, RNSG 2930 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960, RNSG 2910 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2941 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910, RNSG 2930 This course is designed to prepare associate degree nursing students to provide nursing care to children and families during periods of transitions in health. Students will be challenged to integrate prior and new knowledge as well as information related to socioeconomic status, spiritual beliefs, psychological and physiological needs in the care of children within the context of the family. Reflection upon the legal and ethical issues affecting the family and collaboration with the child/family and other health team members in a variety of community settings will be expected.

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RNSG 2930

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2920 Spring Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910, RNSG 2920 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910, RNSG 2920 This second adult health course focuses on the care of clients with critical care/ acute/chronic/complex needs and problems related to health transitions in cardiac, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine, and immunological systems. Emphasis in this course is placed on the refinement of assessment; care planning; critical thinking and decision making; communication; and nursing skills of the associate degree nursing student.

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RNSG 2941

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2920, RNSG 2930 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2920, RNSG 2930 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2930 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2920 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2920, RNSG 2930 In this capstone course, students will be challenged to synthesize and incorporate knowledge of the nursing profession, and the roles and responsibilities related to associate degree nursing care into practice. The student is expected to apply knowledge accumulated throughout the associate degree nursing program in the care of diverse groups of clients in the practice setting. Information gained from a historical perspective along with current trends and issues in nursing will be incorporated throughout the course. Emphasis will be placed on assisting the student to make the transition from student to graduate nurse through virtual hospital, preceptorship experiences, and leadership opportunities. These reality -based practice experiences will provide the student with opportunities to provide and manage care while serving in the role of team member and team leader. Students will provide care to clients experiencing complex, acute, and emergency variations in health status related to the pathophysiological changes occurring with burns, organ failure, organ transplants, end-of-life issues, and disaster situations. The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills; utilize the principles of delegation; and exhibit communication and collaboration techniques in the management of a client caseload.

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Associate of Science in Nursing Program Director
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Tifton

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Tifton

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

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