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Schools create new pathway between nursing programs

Two Albany schools are hoping a new agreement between them will help local students become nurses. / Mary Green

Two Albany schools are hoping a new agreement between them will help local students become nurses.

Albany Technical College and Albany State University signed an agreement Tuesday, which allows nursing students to receive their associate’s degree from ATC, then go to ASU for their bachelor’s.

Students will need to have a 2.8 GPA and meet ASU’s admissions requirements to qualify.

Both schools said it should benefit them, their students and the community.

“To me, 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 Kerri Johnson, dean of Darton College of Health Professions.

Students said it’s something they’re glad to see in place now.

“To have something right here, in Albany, Georgia, right around the corner, less than 20 minutes away from the college, just gives us the peace of mind because we’ll know we’ll have a smooth transition, so like I said, if you need something or they need anything, you don’t have to fax it, email it. We can just take it to the college ourselves,” said Brian Haire, who’s in his final year in ATC’s nursing program.

This is the sixth agreement like this that the two schools now have.

ASU President Dr. Art Dunning said he hopes this will attract more nursing students from around the state here to Southwest Georgia.

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