Coastal Carolina University has established a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program in conjunction with Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC).
The 33-credit, three semester program is designed for nurses who have completed an associate degree in nursing and are licensed in the state of South Carolina. Students who complete the program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from CCU and will be eligible to apply for graduate study in nursing.
"This was initiated as a collaborative project with HGTC in response to an urgent need in the region," said Pat A. Bohannan, associate professor and director of nursing, who was hired in January to develop the program. "The hospitals want it, and the nurses want it."
Classes begin in January 2011 with an expected enrollment of 20 to 30 students.
Already more than 50 prospective students have inquired about the program, nearly all of them graduates of the nursing program at HGTC. Saturday classes are planned to accommodate working nurses. Through a collaborative agreement, classes will be held in the Spier Building on HGTC's Grand Strand campus.
The program has received approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS). National accreditation is being sought from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
For more information on the program, call Bohannan at 843-349-4112 or e-mail her at email@example.com.