AMERICUS, Ga — One college in our area just received word that its Licensed Practical Nursing Program ranks among the best in the nation. However, the good news for South Georgia Technical College doesn’t end there.
Call it a double dose of good medicine for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at South Georgia Technical College. Not only did it rank among the Top 100 best nursing schools in the nation, according to Accredited Schools Online, but the LPN program at SGTC is among the top five programs in state of Georgia. South Georgia Technical College’s ranking among the top LPN programs in Georgia is based on the program’s measurable outcomes and college and student performances. Among those measures are students’ scores on state licensure testing, student to teacher ratios, tuition costs, and graduation rates.
In the next ten years, the need for nurses in Georgia is expected to outgrow the pace colleges can supply them. Therefore, South Georgia Technical College is excited to be recognized as a leading producer in this high demand career field.
“Nursing, because it is such a rigorous program, the employers understand that when our students complete it, they are very well qualified and are ready to work,” says Dr. John Watford, President of SGTC. “So, our students do not have a hard time finding employment.” Dr. Watford adds that since SGTC students must pass state-mandated licensing exams before being able to work as nurses, that achievement further validates the hard work of both students and faculty.
“In fact, if you go to where I’m doing clinicals, the majority of my former students are actually working there. So I’m working along side them now. It means a lot,” says Jennifer Childs, Department Chair and Nursing Instructor at SGTC.
South Georgia Technical College adds that such impressive rankings can help it expand its LPN program in the future and optimize its chances for state funding to do so.
One other interesting fact about the college: It offers students free use of textbooks. SGTC buys the books to save the students money and make the college experience more affordable. Students, however, must still purchase items they use such as workbooks and other supplies.