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Associate of Science in Nursing Program

The Georgia Highlands College associate degree nursing program was established in 1971. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The program is an agency member of the NLN Council of Associate Degree Programs.

Upon completion of the nursing program, the student earns an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX®-RN).


To provide educational opportunities designed to produce competent entry-level nurse generalists who use a collaborative approach to provide excellent nursing care for diverse populations that support dignity, integrity, and personal growth of clients.

While incorporating quality improvement principles and the use of informatics, the graduate will be able to deliver safe, client-centered care using sound nursing judgment and evidence-based practice.

The program produces graduates who strive for life-long learning through a spirit of inquiry and deepening professional identity.


To provide a teaching/learning environment that promotes inclusiveness and provides educational opportunities, programs and services of excellence in response to the needs of communities we serve.

Core Values

Accountability – embraces integrity, ethics, honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism, responsibility and the obligation to do the right thing.

Caring – promotes respect, compassion, advocacy, human dignity, openness, diversity, empathy and sensitivity to every client and each other

Excellence – inspires distinction, brilliance, accuracy, collaboration, team building, evidence-based practice and superiority with extraordinary passion for the profession

Scholarship – encourages life-long learning, critical thinking and autonomy with a global view, understanding it is a dynamic process that allows for freedom of expression and contributions to nursing practice

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1:  Integrate understanding of multiple dimensions of safe, ethical, client-centered care with respect for diverse individuals, families, local and global communities.

Outcome 2:  Fulfill the role of the professional nurse in an inter-professional team through the use of effective communication, teamwork, and collaboration.

Outcome 3:  Value continuous improvement in clinical practice using new knowledge when creating individualized plans of care based on client values, clinical expertise and current evidence.

Outcome 4:  Implement quality measures that improve outcomes for clients, designees, and communities.

Outcome 5: Demonstrate effective use of strategies to reduce risk of harm to self and others.

Outcome 6:  Utilize information and technology skills essential for providing safe, quality client care.