Two New Nursing Programs Launched

(Dec. 20, 2014) — In response to a growing demand for nursing professionals, the College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University—the number one producer of undergraduate health professionals in the University System of Georgia since 2007—has launched two new nursing programs that will help remedy the projected shortage of nurses statewide.

“These programs are Armstrong's response to a statewide initiative to increase nurse practitioners and registered nurses in Georgia,” said Nursing Department Chair Catherine Gilbert. “By 2020, the nursing profession is expected to grow 26 percent and produce 712,000 new jobs, and we are preparing our graduates to fill that need.”

In the Summer of 2015, the College of Health Professions will begin offering the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate degree program. This program will allow registered nurses to become a practitioner responsible for managing families in primary care settings. The program of study will prepare graduates for certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

In the Fall of 2014, Armstrong introduced the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This three-semester program allows for students with a bachelor's degree in another field to come back to school to become a nurse in just one year. The program of study prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), and equips them with entry level nursing practice knowledge and skills upon which professional careers and additional study can be built.

“The increase in the number of people over the age of 65, coupled with recent health care reforms that give millions of people access to health care, are just some of the reasons why these programs are vital to healing the state's nursing shortage,” explained Gilbert.

The launch of these two highly needed programs exemplifies Armstrong's dedication to not just producing more than 400 health professional graduates every year, but making sure we address real employment needs.

Armstrong's College of Health Professions is now accepting applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate degree program and the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). For more information, visit the Department of Nursing website or call 912.344.2575.