VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) will expand its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program to its Moultrie and Tifton locations.
This could double the number of nursing graduates. The first classes will begin in 2017, pending accreditation approval.
Tifton will begin to offer the ASN – Generic Option spring semester of 2017, and Moultrie will offer the LPN to ASN Bridge option fall semester of 2017. Students can enroll in core classes for both programs at both locations at this time.
The demand for Registered Nurses is expected to increase by 21 percent by the year 2025. Georgia is expected to create 101,400 nursing jobs over the same period, while graduating only 94,700 registered nurses, falling 6,700 nurses short.
The shortage is caused by too few nursing faculty, an aging nursing workforce, the aging baby boomer generation that requires more healthcare, and high nursing turnover rates. Sometimes nurses quit because of inadequate staffing.
"The expansion of the ASN program will have a significant impact on the shortage of skilled registered nurses not only in south Georgia but throughout the state. This expansion will immediately impact the healthcare quality and critical access in our communities," said Dr. Annie McElroy, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SRTC.