ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Tech's nursing program just formed in 2013, but it's already getting national recognition, and it comes at a time when nurses are in high demand.
Kristy Burchett is in her second semester at Albany Tech. And says she's enjoying the nursing program, and it's growing quickly.
"[There are] probably five to 10 calls a day wanting to know the requirements to get into the program," said Schvon Bussey, who is the director of the program.
And with the workforce aging and retiring, officials with Phoebe say the demand for new nurses on the floor grows.
"The hospital environment is very fast paced. A lot of times you're working 12-hour days, so as that group is retiring we have to have a succession plan." Bussey explained.
And schools in the surrounding areas help fill that need.
"We definitely do our share of strong hiring. Especially hiring during periods that mirror the academic calendar, in May, the summer, and the end of December," said Melissa Sumner with Phoebe Putney Hospital.
Albany Tech is ranked No. 52 in the Nurse Journal's Top 100 Best Nursing schools on the east coast.
Burchett says she's not surprised.
"That's great, that's awesome to me," she said. "I mean they've had one class to come out compared to other schools that have had their programs for years and years."