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ATC, ASU sign agreement to help nursing students

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ATC nursing student Brian Haire (Source: WALB) ATC nursing student Brian Haire (Source: WALB)
Darton College of Health Professions Dean Kerri Johnson (Source: WALB) Darton College of Health Professions Dean Kerri Johnson (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It will now be much easier for Southwest Georgia nursing students to continue their education. 

Albany Technical College (ATC) and Albany State University (ASU) held an articulation agreement ceremony Tuesday afternoon to seamlessly complete their higher degree programs in Southwest Georgia. 

"To have something right here in Albany Georgia right around the corner, less than 20 minutes away from the college, just give us a peace of mind," said ATC nursing student Brian Haire. 

Haire will be one of first nursing students to segue from Albany Tech's associate degree program to ASU's bachelor degree program. 

Haire explained before the articulation agreement, it was very difficult to transition from one program to the next.

"It's a lengthy process as far as all the transcripts and everything, so when something comes up we can just take our transcripts on down ourselves," remarked Haire. 

Darton College of Health Professions Dean Kerri Johnson said the partnership was another solution to the nursing shortage in the region.  

"It's about the workforce initiative and meeting the healthcare needs of our region and making it easier and less intimidating for the students to enter into a higher education," said Johnson. 

While many students commute from Atlanta, Johnson explained the partnership focuses on helping Southwest Georgia students. 

"Very excited, very excited," remarked Haire. 

To be eligible for the transfer credit:

  • Albany Tech nursing students must have completed the ASN program with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 or better
  • have achieved the RN license from the National Council of State Board Nursing (NCSBN)
  • met the admissions requirements of ASU

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