EGSC’s RN-BSN Bridge Program accredited by ACEN

by | May 16, 2019 11:11 am

East Georgia State College (EGSC) has recently been notified of the accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN Board of Commissioners officially voted on EGSC’s program during their March 2019 meeting, and the accreditation is effective January 31, 2018.

ACEN is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency for nursing education programs located in the United States and its territories. It is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for nursing education programs in the United States and its territories as well as international nursing programs. ACEN accredits all types of nursing programs, including clinical doctorate/DNP specialist certificates, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma and practical nursing programs, and accredits programs in secondary, postsecondary, and hospital-based governing organizations that offer certificates, diplomas or degrees. The organization exists to support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public by the functions of accreditation, which is a voluntary, peer-review, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality. Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved. The monitoring of certificate, diploma, and degree offerings is tied closely to state examination and licensing rules and to the oversight of preparation for work in the profession.

EGSC’s RN-BSN Bridge Program began in 2016 to create an educational pathway for associate degree nurses to earn an advanced credential. The program appeals to working nurses and recent associate degree in nursing graduates and is a targeted baccalaureate-level program that fills an immediate need in the area. The program consists of 120 credit hours and requires students to have an unrestricted State of Georgia registered professional nursing license and must meet all requirements and be accepted under regular admission status to EGSC with the RN-BSN Program as their designated major. To be accepted into the program, potential students must have graduated from an associate degree or diploma registered nurse program, have a minimum 2.5 GPA and grade of C or higher in all pre-requisite courses, and must have completed all required core courses. Students may petition the nursing program director for special consideration if all core courses are not completed. Students are admitted into the RN-BSN Bridge Program based on competitive selection and space availability.

As a student in EGSC’s RN-BSN Bridge Program, students will enjoy a streamlined admission process, convenient online courses, state-of-the-art curriculum delivery, convenient and flexible class scheduling designed for working nurses, highly-qualified and accessible faculty, a student-centered learning environment and strong academic support. The program gives students a professional advantage with…

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