Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN-RN Bridge) (AD13) (513801)  Degree


Campus Locations: Moultrie (Veterans Parkway), Thomasville

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 Three (3) semesters of general education and occupational courses

ASN Program Effectiveness Data
ASN Student Handbook

The purpose of the Associate of Science in Nursing (Bridge), 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 2020-2022 (80.6%)
  • 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 (AY2020-AY2022) which averaged 60%. 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 rate average over the three years (AY2020-AY2022) was 60%.
  • Job Placement Rule: Expected Level of Achievement – not less than 90% within 12 months of graduation. This ELA was established by the ASN faculty after reviewing the Perkins Local Application FY2021-2024, which cites the Local Level of Performance for Placement is at 99.10% for the College. The ASN Program’s three-year (2019-2021) placement rate 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):

  • EOPSLO #1 : Upon completion of the Program, the graduate will synthesize knowledge, skills, attitudes, safety, and quality of care competencies in order to provide patient-centered care incorporating teamwork, collaboration, evidence-based practice, and informatics. (Knowledge-Test-Subjective-Measured End of RNSG 2941).

Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 60% of students will complete the program by individual scoring of a Level 2 or higher in overall performance of the program exit exam within three attempts.

ELA for the percentage of students is based on research from the Program Completion Rates for the Program over three years (AY2020-AY2022) which averaged 62.3%. The Level 2 proficiency achievement (scoring between 74.0%-78.0%) is based on the 94% predicted probability of passing the NCLEX-RN.

EOPSLO#1 is introduced in RNSG 1920/RNSG 1960 when students take their first ATI Content Mastery Assessment. It is reinforced in RNSG 1940 and RNSG 2930. Students are expected to master it by RNSG 2941.

  • EOPSLO #2 : Upon completion of the Program, the graduate will achieve basic comprehension of pharmacological principles while utilizing knowledge relating to the safe administration, monitoring, and evaluation of client medications. (Knowledge-Test-Subjective-Measured during RNSG 2941).

Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 75% of students will achieve a Level 2 score on the Pharmacology ATI proctored assessment given in RNSG 2941.

ELA of 75% based on the average percentage of students (71.7%) for graduating cohort (Spring 2023) receiving a Level 2 or higher on the Pharmacology content mastery assessment. The Level 2 proficiency achievement (scoring between 71.7% -86.6%) is based on the expectation of the student to readily meet NCLEX-RN standards in this content area.

EOPSLO#2 is introduced in RNSG 1931 where students are exposed to the basic principles of pharmacology. EOPSLO#2 is reinforced in the didactic and clinical setting throughout the ASN program. At the completion of RNSG 1931 students will take Practice A of the Pharmacology content mastery assessment and will remediate on the deficient topics prior to taking Practice B assessment at the end of RNSG 2930. Practice B assessment deficient topics will also be remediated on prior to taking the Pharmacology Proctored assessment in RNSG 2941. They are expected to master EOPSLO#2 in RNSG 2941 with 75% of students achieving a Level 2 on this assessment.

  • EOPSLO #3 : Upon completion of the Program, the graduate will evaluate data using critical thinking skills to formulate appropriate action in response to changes in the health status of the client. (Knowledge-Skills and Attitude-Clinical-Objective-Measured end of RNSG 2941).

Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 80% of students will score 20/20 points in section 5 (Clinical Decision-Making) of RNSG 2941 Clinical Evaluation Tool.

ELA of 80 % based on the average percentage of students (79.9%) for AY2022 receiving 20/20 points in section 5 of RNSG 2941 Clinical Evaluation Tool.

EOPSLO#3 is introduced in RNSG 1920 and RNSG 1960 during the clinical component of the course and reinforced in each RNSG course with a clinical component and mastered in RNSG 2941 capstone clinical evaluation.

  • EOPSLO #4 : Upon completion of the Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate effective communication using the SBAR technique (written and verbal). (Knowledge-Skills-Subjective-Rubric-RNSG 2930).

Expected Level of Achievement: 90% of the students will receive a score of 80% or higher on the SBAR assignment. Failure to meet the 80% will result in losing the privilege of preceptorship in the capstone course RNSG 2941. The ELA is based on the on the research article published 9/12/2017 Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Inadequate Hand-Off Communication. In this article, Joint Commission stated that in their research project, only 37 percent of the handoff reports were unsuccessful. That would mean only 63% of licensed nurses could give a sufficient report. The original ELA was set at 60%, however it was noted previous cohorts were meeting the ELA, thus prompting the increase of the ELA to 90%.

EOPSLO#4 is introduced in RNSG 1920 and RNSG 1960 during the didactic and clinical component of the course and reinforced in each RNSG course with a clinical component and mastered in RNSG 2941 capstone clinical evaluation.

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.

A TEAS Entrance exam is required to enter the ASN Program. Please see the Admissions Criteria Booklets linked below.

Program Admission: Moultrie – Fall Semester Intake; Thomasville – Spring Semester Intake.

Bridge Option: 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, BIOL 2117 – Introductory Microbiology, BIOL 2117L – Introductory Microbiology Lab, ENGL 1101 – Composition and Rhetoric, Any Degree Level Math – College Algebra, PSYC 1101 – Introductory Psychology, one Humanities Elective, and one additional General Education Elective.

LPN-RN Bridge Option Admission: All materials to be considered for the Thomasville ASN LPN-RN Bridge Option must be completed by the end of Summer (Thomasville) and Spring (Moultrie) semester.

Associate of Science in Nursing Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

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 bridge option must be completed within 2 years of successful completion of RNSG 1931. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

General Information: Students who are unsuccessful in RNSG 1960 must apply for the Generic Option and are not eligible for the Bridge Option. Generic program students of SRTC who are unsuccessful in the generic option and qualify for the LPN-RN bridge option (must have an active unencumbered LPN License) will receive exemption credit for RNSG 1960 as long as they have completed RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940, and RNSG 1950 with a “C” or above. In addition to all program requirements, LPN-RN Bridge option students must have at least 6 months of in-field LPN work experience as well as have and maintain a current and unencumbered LPN license throughout the course of the ASN Program. Failure to maintain this document may result in dismissal from the program.

Students will not be eligible to apply for admission to the ASN Program if they have unsuccessfully completed any ASN, ADN, or BSN programs at another institution. Students will be considered for admission to the ASN Bridge option three (3) years after the last nursing course failure.

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.Note: Upon successful completion of RNSG 1960, eleven (11) additional semester credit hours will be granted for RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940, and RNSG 1950.

Credits Required for Graduation: 61 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Collaborative Graduate BSN Cohort: SRTC & University of Phoenix

Accreditation Information: The nursing program has been granted full approval by: Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-2858. They can be contacted by phone at (478) 207-1640 or you can view public information here: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45

Accreditation: The Associate of Science in Nursing Program at Southern Regional Technical College at the Thomasville Campus located in Thomasville, Georgia is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at https://www.acenursing.org/search-programs/entry/3044/

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Curriculum Outline (61 hours)
1: General Core Courses (15 Hours) 15
Area I: Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101

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.

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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)
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 (43 hours) 43
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 1931

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, ENGL 1101, Any Degree Level Math, COLL 1500, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1920 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, 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 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, ENGL 1101, Any Degree Level Math, COLL 1500, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1920 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, 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. The action, side effects, range of dosage, and the route of administration of commonly used medications will be discussed. The student will gain knowledge in the system of classification/prototypes of drugs according to body systems. Legal factors relating to medication administration are also empha¼sized. The course utilizes activities that stimulate critical thinking. The student will gain knowledge also in the system of classifications/phototypes of drugs according to body systems.

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RNSG 1960

Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, BIOL2117, BIOL 2117L Any Degree Level Math, PSYC 1101, COLL 1500, a Humanities and General Education Elective, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1931 Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ENGL 1101, BIOL2117, BIOL 2117L Any Degree Level Math, PSYC 1101, COLL 1500, a Humanities and General Education Elective, Program Admission Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1931 This course is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) to matriculate into the second level of the nursing sequence by giving credit for previously learned knowledge and skills. (Successful completion of this course gives the student credit for RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940 and RNSG 1950.) This course provides for a transition from the role of the practical nurse to the role of the registered nurse and introduces the student to the conceptual framework and philosophy of the associate degree nursing program. The existing knowledge base of the student will be built upon with the introduction of new concepts and skills. Course content focuses on nursing care of diverse clients (from early adulthood to later maturity) experiencing physiological, biopsychosocial, developmental, and/or spiritual, transitional responses related to medical, or mental health/wellness function(s). The utilization of therapeutic communication skills, caring attitude, and teaching/learning principles that promote or restore health will be incorporated into the areas of transitions that the client may be experiencing. Concepts in pharmacology, drug administration, physical assessment, and nutrition will be included in critical thinking activities that will assist the student in identifying the affect that these modalities have on a client experiencing a transition in health.

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RNSG 2910

Generic Option – Thomasville – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Co-requisite(s): 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 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 childbearing and the health care of children. Students will be challenged to integrate prior and new knowledge using therapeutic communication, critical thinking and clinical judgement to plan and provide nursing care for women, newborns, and children. 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 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. The student will gain knowledge in the system of classification/prototypes of drugs according to body system.

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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): Spring Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2910 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 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 2930 Generic Option – Thomasville/Tifton – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1920, RNSG 1931, RNSG 1940, RNSG 1950, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2930 Bridge Option – Thomasville – Spring Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960, RNSG 2910, RNSG 2930 Co-requisite(s): Bridge Option – Moultrie – Fall Admit Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1931, RNSG 1960, RNSG 2910, 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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Faculty
Advisor

Practical Nursing Program Chair
School of Health and Sciences
Moultrie Veterans Parkway

800 North Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 31788
Advisor

Dean of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

800 North Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 31788
Advisor

Associate of Science in Nursing Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

15689 US 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792
Program Chair

Nursing Program Chair
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

15689 US 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792
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