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GGC nursing program receives approval

LAWRENCEVILLE — By next fall, the first nursing students at Georgia Gwinnett College should be walking the campus.

The school announced on Thursday that the Georgia Board of Nursing approved the development of GGC’s degree program in nursing, which was previously approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences, said the approval means the college can begin recruiting students.

“There is an increased need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses and GGC is poised to meet this need,” White said in a press release. “I am excited to have the opportunity to design a bachelor’s degree nursing program from the beginning.”

The school said it received inquiries about the program since White was hired late last year. White came to GGC from Georgia Perimeter College, where she has served as dean of Health Sciences since 2009.

In that position, she oversaw programs in nursing, dental hygiene and six collaborative programs with Georgia Health Sciences University, the DeKalb Medical Center Radiology Technology Program and the Grady Health Systems School of Radiology. She was responsible for strategic planning and the development of new degree and non-degree programs.

GGC announced earlier this year that Sharon Grason was hired as the inaugural director of nursing, the first degree program in the School of Health and Sciences. She had nearly 16 years of experience with the Gwinnett Health System, working in surgery and trauma rooms.

Grason earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing, and a master’s from Georgia State in nursing and is currently finishing her doctorate in nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing — Mercer. She also served as faculty for the Georgia Perimeter College nursing program.

The School of Health Sciences will be housed in the college’s $25 million Allied Health and Sciences building, scheduled for completion next year.