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Area LPN program ranks fifth in the state

The LPN program consists of five semesters. (Source:WALB) The LPN program consists of five semesters. (Source:WALB)
Marquise Jefferson, LPN student (Source:WALB) Marquise Jefferson, LPN student (Source:WALB)
Jennifer Childs, Practical Nursing Instructor (Source:WALB) Jennifer Childs, Practical Nursing Instructor (Source:WALB)
Dr. John Watford, South Georgia Technical College President (Source:WALB) Dr. John Watford, South Georgia Technical College President (Source:WALB)
Dr. Watford says the country needs more qualified nurses. (Source:WALB) Dr. Watford says the country needs more qualified nurses. (Source:WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia Technical College’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program ranks fifth in the state, according to Accredited Schools Online.

Currently, the program has 31 students who study in the classroom, participate in clinical sessions, and learn at the college's high-tech SIMS lab.

Marquise Jefferson is an LPN student at South Georgia Technical College.

He says he's always wanted to help people.

So, it was a no-brainer when he decided to enroll in the school’s LPN program.

Jefferson says his instructors have been outstanding.

"Teaching us how to do better. Not only in the classroom setting but also in the clinical setting as far as when we go to hospitals and nursing homes,” Jefferson told WALB News 10.

However, Practical Nursing Instructor Jennifer Childs says don't give her all the credit.

"To have this, we have to have good students…it ain't just me, it's the students that make this,” Childs explained.

The college's president Dr. John Watford says the good news comes at a needed time.

"Our population is getting older and we're living longer. And of course that's great, but we also need more care, more health care,” Watford said.

"I get emails at least once a week of places please send us some nurses. We need help,” Childs added.

The need for qualified nurses is something that Jefferson is glad to hear of, especially with his upcoming graduation date.

"Of course I want to start working but I feel like this will be a very good stepping stone as far as when I further my education in nursing,” Jefferson said.

For more information regarding the program, click here.

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