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Gwinnett Tech starts new nursing program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College will soon begin accepting applications for a new associate of applied science degree in nursing, college officials said.

The college recently received developmental approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing to offer the degree program, a news release states. The 40 students admitted into the program will begin classes in September 2009.

Gwinnett Tech will begin accepting applications Aug. 1 for the new nursing program. The admissions deadline for the first class will be Jan. 15.

Gwinnett Tech's current practical nursing diploma program, which has been offered for many years, will be put on hiatus once the new degree program is implemented, the news release states. The current class of practical nursing students will graduate in June 2009.

"We are eager to serve the community with an associate degree RN program," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said. "There's a tremendous need for additional nurses in the community, and we know that our program will make a real difference for students, residents and health care employers."

Bartels said the addition of the degree program reflects the continued demand for health care professionals and the college's commitment to fill that need.

A new Life Sciences Building at Gwinnett Tech will ultimately provide space for additional classrooms and students in the college's nine health science programs, including nursing. Funding for the building was approved this year as part of the state's budget.

Kim Hudson-Gallogly, who most recently served as an assistant professor at North Georgia College and State University and as a women's health nurse practitioner for the college's Student Health Services, will serve as Gwinnett Tech's nursing program director, the news release states. She has nearly 20 years' experience in clinical nursing and nursing education.

"Nursing is a discipline like no other," Hudson-Gallogly said. "Great nurses not only have great compassion, but also must have a comprehensive and leading-edge education, strong clinical training and proven critical thinking skills.

"Gwinnett Tech's health science graduates - across the board - have earned an outstanding reputation, and we look forward to continuing that standard of excellence in the degreed nursing program."

Gwinnett Tech nursing students will complete their clinical training at area hospitals, including Gwinnett Medical Center and Emory Eastside Medical Center.

Once the degree program is under way, Gwinnett Tech will apply for candidacy to earn accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the news release states. The timeline for the process will accommodate accreditation before the first class graduates.

While Gwinnett Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, specific academic programs at the college often earn specialized industry accreditation.