Middle Georgia State College is launching evening/weekend associate's degree programs in nursing on the Dublin and Warner Robins campuses this fall.
Nursing programs are not new on either campus but this will be the first time students will be able to earn the associate's degree by taking classes and clinicals entirely in the evenings and on weekends. The scheduling represents a major revamping to accommodate adult learners pursuing nursing as a second (or even third) career.
"Historically, a large percentage of nursing program enrollment is made up of non-traditional students," said Dr. Rebecca Corvey, dean of the School of Health Sciences. "Many of them are employed full-time while attending classes. An evening and weekend program will allow these adult learners to keep working while pursuing their degrees in their off time."
Corvey said Dublin and Warner Robins campuses are ideal for adult commuter students. The campuses are centrally located among the cities and communities served by Middle Georgia State's five brick-and-mortar locations. Both campuses were already set up with the clinical learning facilities required of nursing programs. And both are located near major medical centers to allow short commutes for students attending their clinical rotations.
Students in the evening/weekend program will attend classes from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays. There could be some semesters when students will take classes two evenings a week. Clinicals will be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays.
"I'm proud and excited Middle Georgia State is able to provide this opportunity for second-career seekers." Corvey said. "I know there are students out there who have long wanted to become RNs but could not attend the traditional, daytime program. Increasing access and opportunity is a hallmark of a public college, soon-to-be university."
Those interested in the evening/weekend nursing degree programs have until May 12 to apply. Call (478) 471-2761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The website for the School of Health Sciences is at www.mga.edu/health-sciences/programs.aspx.
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