Schools unite to offer nursing program

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November 11th, 2010

Coastal Carolina University has announced the launch of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) completion program in collaboration with Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC).

The three-semester, 33-credit program is for nurses who have obtained an associate nursing degree and are licensed in South Carolina.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a BSN and be eligible to apply for graduate-level study in nursing.

Pat A. Bohannan, associate professor and director of nursing, developed the program in response to the “urgent need” for the classes in the region. “The hospitals want it, and the nurses want it,” he said.

The nursing program was approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of College and Schools, and school officials are in the process of seeking approval from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Classes are set to begin in January 2011 at HGTC’s Grand Strand campus. Saturday classes are also being offered to accommodate the schedules of working nurses.

The need for new nursing programs reflects the expected rise in patients in need of care, which has been predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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