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Associate of Science in Nursing Program

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.

The nursing faculty agree that education is essential to the intellectual, physical, economic, social, emotional, cultural, and environmental well-being of individuals and society and that education should be geographically and physically accessible and affordable. In support of this philosophy, the nursing program maintains a teaching/learning environment which promotes inclusiveness and provides educational opportunities, programs and services of excellence in response to the needs of communities we serve.

We integrate the National League for Nursing Associate Degree Program Learner Outcomes and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies. We adhere to the American Nurses Association Standards of Professional Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics. The core values of accountability, caring, excellence and scholarship provide a foundation that prepares associate degree nurses to collaboratively improve the health of individuals and communities. These values are the cornerstone of the program and are modeled by faculty through mentoring, classroom instruction, and clinical education in a supportive learning environment. The frequent individual interactions between faculty and students offer opportunities for students to learn professional roles.

The faculty believe that associate degree education provides the basis for acquiring nursing professional knowledge and role formation. We subscribe to Patricia Benner’s stages of learning and skill acquisition. We utilize Benner’s educational continuum to guide the progression of student learning from novice to advanced beginner through common to complex health concepts. We utilize Jean Giddens’ conceptual framework for delivery of a concept-based curriculum with a focus on experiences across population groups. This concept-based curriculum fosters critical thinking and can be applied across the lifespan and throughout the health-illness continuum.

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

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.



GHC Program Outcomes
GHC Program Outcomes 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate (first time takers only) 82.1% 77.04% 89.41% 91.4% 95.2%
Overall Program Completion Rate 80.2% 79.7% 59.3% 80.5% 65.9%
Traditional Program Completion 76.8% 77.7% 60.4% 84.4% 61.3%
LPN-RN Program Completion 89.1% 82.1% 58.3% 64.7% 75%
Paramedic-RN Program Completion 100% 100% 40% 71.4% 100%
Job Placement Rate 100% 93.5% 93.1% 100% Pending

The associate degree nursing program is approved by the following:

Georgia Board of Nursing

237 Coliseum Drive

Macon, GA 31217

Phone: 478-207-2440

Status: Full approval through December 2024


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road NE

Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 404-975-5000

Fax: 404-975-5020

Status: Accredited to Spring 2024