News Release

Space Remains in Dalton State’s Fall BSN Class

July 2, 2012

Belltower in the autumn
Nursing students at Dalton State practice their assessment skills. First cohort of RN to BSN students starts this fall; program is designed for the working RN.

Registered nurses interested in upgrading their credentials to a bachelor’s level degree in nursing may want to consider enrolling in the RN-to-BSN program at Dalton State College. The first-ever Dalton State BSN cohort will start classes this fall and could graduate students as early as spring 2013.

“This program is geared towards the working RN,” said Dr. Cordia Starling, Dean of the School of Nursing for Dalton State. “It will be offered in a hybrid format: partially online, partially live lecture.”

“I am really excited about this innovative new program,” said Starling who explained that the course design is at the forefront of nursing education.

For starters, it is interdisciplinary and can be customized with electives to meet the professional needs of each participating student. “A nurse interested in management can take business courses,” Starling explained. “One interested in public health nursing might choose to take some social work courses; humanities and social science courses are other options.”

The program offers an international perspective on the field of nursing so that graduates can participate more fully in the global economy.

The first Dalton State BSN cohort will begin in fall 2012 and Starling believes that the first bachelor’s degrees in nursing could be awarded as soon as next spring. “It’s an accelerated program. If a student has completed all his or her general education requirements, it’s possible he or she could graduate in spring of 2013,” she said.

The College has long offered the Associate of Science degree in Nursing which allows graduates to practice as Registered Nurses.

The University of West Georgia has offered an RN-to-BSN completion program as an external degree in Dalton since 1990. However, UWG recently reallocated resources to address demand in locations closer to its home campus in Carrollton and graduated its last cohort of registered nurses in Dalton in May 2011. Subsequently, Dalton State made the continued availability of an RN-to-BSN completion program an institutional priority and has been working with the Board of Regents to make this high-demand degree program accessible again to Northwest Georgians, Dalton State President Dr. John Schwenn explained.

The addition of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree brings to 15 the number of four-year degree programs offered at Dalton State.

Those interested in learning more about the RN-to-BSN program at Dalton State are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing at 706-272-2457.

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