Colleges sign nursing agreement

West Georgia Technical College and LaGrange College signed a nursing articulation agreement last week that makes it simpler for students who earn an associate degree in nursing at WGTC to transfer to LaGrange College and complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Signing the agreement are, from left, WGTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Pat Hannon, WGTC President Steve Daniel, LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander and LaGrange College Provost David Garrison.

Colleges sign nursing agreement

Oct. 3, 2014

The path to a bachelor’s degree for area nursing students became smoother last week with the signing of an articulation agreement between West Georgia Technical College and LaGrange College.

The agreement makes it simpler for students who earn an associate degree in nursing at WGTC to transfer to LaGrange College and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree quickly.

“This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for nursing students in the West Georgia area,” said WGTC President Steve G. Daniel. “It will allow more opportunities for students to build on the skills they learn here.”

LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said that students—and area patients—stand to gain from the new arrangement.

“The demand for leaders in health care continues to rise,” he said. “Helping more nurses prepare for leadership roles in the profession benefits them and our entire region.”

The agreement outlines a plan for nurses who earn their associate degree at WGTC to transition into LaGrange College, and not lose unnecessary time or course credit.

“Now a plan exists to identify what general education courses students will need to complete before they enter the BSN program,” said Cecilia Owens, Dean of Health Sciences at WGTC.  “Some of those could be taken here or at LaGrange College.

“The aim is to create an easy transition between the two programs.”

LaGrange College officials plan to offer much of that coursework online and say that once it is completed, the BSN can be finished in two semesters.
“Achieving the bachelor’s degree in one academic year makes this option extremely attractive for nurses who are considering pursuing a specialty or a role in research or leadership,” said Dr. Celia Hay, Chair of the LaGrange College Nursing Department. “Students also will move through the BSN completion program together as a cohort, so there will be a great deal of support built in.”

The first cohort is slated to begin next fall. For more information, students can contact the nursing program at either institution.

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