Albany’s two higher education institutions create pathway from associate’s to bachelor’s degree in nursing
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany Technical College (ATC) and Albany State University (ASU) made it easier for nursing students to continue their education. The institutions held an articulation agreement signing ceremony on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the Logistics Education Center on the Albany Tech campus. The agreement establishes a pathway for nursing students who complete an associate of science (ASN) in nursing degree from ATC to be able to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from ASU.
This seamless transition for technical college students in Georgia to complete an associate’s degree and earn a bachelor’s degree with a university is another example of the Technical College System of Georgia’s ongoing partnership with the University System of Georgia.
“It is beneficial to the Albany community for two great institutions to come together and develop a pathway and pipeline to support southwest Georgia in response to the healthcare needs of this community,” said Tanjula Petty, vice president for academic affairs at ATC. “By signing this agreement, we are promoting educational progression to support the healthcare industry and provide our students with a great opportunity to articulate and achieve greater heights in their education and careers.”
“Considering the healthcare needs of Southwest Georgia residents, we are continuously identifying better ways to serve our growing population,” said Tau Kadhi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at ASU. “The signing of this articulation agreement allows us to better educate students and develop professionals in the healthcare field for our region and beyond.”
To be eligible for the transfer credit, Albany Tech nursing students must have completed the ASN program with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 or better, have achieved the RN license from the National Council of State Board Nursing (NCSBN), and have met the admissions requirements of ASU Those with a GPA of less than 2.80 and who also meet the admissions requirements of Albany State University, will be considered for admission on a space available basis.
“This partnership signifies the strength of our institutions both in the Technical College System and the University System,” said Anthony O. Parker, president of Albany Tech. “We look forward to adding this program to our list of pathway partnerships already in place with Albany State University.”
“The signing of an articulation agreement for the nursing program is a step in the right direction for both Albany State University and Albany Technical College,” said Art Dunning, president of Albany State University. “We cannot make our region work without an educated workforce. This hand-in-glove partnership between Albany’s higher education institutions will greatly benefit residents eagerly seeking an easier 2-year to 4-year degree pathway.”
Albany State University and Albany Technical College currently have articulation agreements in criminal justice, technology management, accounting, supply chain and logistics and fire sciences.
About Albany State University
Albany State University, in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the university continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the university responds to the needs of all of its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. For more information, please visit https://www.asurams.edu/. Follow the university on Twitter and Facebook at @AlbanyStateUniv.
About Albany Technical College
A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting www.youtube.com/albanytech1 .