Department of Nursing

ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT

The Department of Nursing at ABAC offers immersive and comprehensive programs that teach students to provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support for patients and families. Our graduates leave prepared to enter the nursing field with hands-on, applicable experience and the confidence and skills necessary for success.

This department offers options for those just beginning their nursing journey, as well as those with existing experience in health sciences. The Associate of Science in nursing is a two year degree track for students interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. Those with existing experience may be eligible for the one year Bridge Program to reach RN status.

We’re also proud to offer the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program for those with existing Registered Nurse status interested in completing their baccalaureate degree online. Students are expected to apply knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, healthcare financing and policies, patient safety, and technology integration to provide high quality care and evidence-based practice. Graduates of the BSN program have enjoyed success in positions such as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwifes, and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Degrees and Tracks

Nursing - R.N. to B.S.N. Completion (B.S.N)

The RN to BSN Completion track of the nursing program is designed to provide the educational opportunity for the RN who has an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) to complete the requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Nurses commonly return to school to pursue a BSN to enhance their education and prepare for additional career opportunities. Because students are already RNs, the emphasis is less on clinical bedside care and more on leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, and population-level nursing care. Nurses often seek a BSN as a stepping stone to graduate school as they pursue careers as nurse practitioners, midwives, anesthetists, administrators, or educators. The RN to BSN track is individualized to each student’s career goals.

 

Completion Rate

  • 2017 Graduates – 90%
  • 2016 Graduates – 94.5%

 

Job Placement  Rate

  • 2017 – 100%
  • 2016 – 100%

 

Resources

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Tamara Dennis PhD, RN-C
229-391-5027
tdennis@abac.edu

 

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Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.)

The Associate of Science in Nursing is offered in two tracks. Both lead to eligibility to take the licensing examination to be a Registered Nurse (RN). The first track is a traditional or Generic track, which can be completed in as few as two semesters of pre-requisites and four semesters of nursing courses for a total of six semesters. The second track is the One-Year Registered Nurse track, commonly known as the Bridge track, in which licensed practical nurses, registered paramedics and registered respiratory therapists may qualify for advanced placement after they complete all of the core courses. The nursing courses are completed in three semesters (one calendar year).

 

Resources

 

HESI Admission Examination

*Testing Space for the HESI A2 on the Tifton and Bainbridge campuses is limited.  Testing dates may close out quickly.  Please review the information here and at the Testing Center site for details.

 

Information for Newly Accepted Students

 

Program Information and FAQ

 

Generic

The Generic track of the nursing program is a common traditional pathway to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). The program requires two semesters of pre-requisite courses that must be taken before the first nursing course. After these courses are completed, students enter the four-semester sequence of nursing courses. The courses begin with the basics of nursing care and then progress in the following semesters to more complex issues including the latest technology used in patient care. Students learn in classroom settings as well as in small groups in campus laboratories where realistic automated patient manikins create a safe learning environment in which students are encouraged by an expert faculty to build skills and confidence. Students complete clinical rotations in area hospitals, all of which have excellent reputations for quality patient care. Graduates earn an associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to earn their RN license. This program dovetails into the Nursing, RN to BSN Completion track, B.S.N.

 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates (Dates / National Mean / School Pass Rates)
Jan 2016 – Dec 2016 84.57  Tifton 90, Bainbridge 93.94
Jan 2017 – Dec 2017 87.11  Tifton 93.9, Bainbridge State 100
Jan 2018 – Dec 2018 88.29  Tifton 97.98, Bainbridge 100
* National Mean: NCLEX Statistics from NCSBN

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One-Year Bridge Program

The Bridge track of the nursing program affords LPNs, paramedics, and respiratory therapists advanced placement and an accelerated, one-day-per-week program. This track recognizes that these health care practitioners already have a knowledge base that will allow them to succeed in an RN program at a faster pace. The program requires that students have completed their entire core coursework required for the associate degree in nursing program. Upon completion of these classes, students take three semesters of nursing courses. This pace is challenging but very appealing to working health professionals. Graduates earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to earn their RN license. This program dovetails into the RN to BSN Completion track with no loss of credit.

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Clinical Screenings

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires screening examinations, criminal background checks, and drug screens upon acceptance and throughout the nursing program as required by clinical agencies. A student, who is denied access to a clinical agency due to the results of a criminal background check or a drug screen, will be dismissed from the program due to the inability to complete the program requirements.

 

Contact the following for more information about our programs:

Reba Selph, Administrative Assistant – Tifton Campus
229-391-5020  or  rselph@abac.edu

 

Ashley Robinson, ASN Program Assistant – Bainbridge Instructional Site
220-243-4280 or Ashley.Robinson@abac.edu

 

Tamara R. Dennis PhD, RNC
RN- BSN Program Coordinator and Professor
Health Sciences 104
229-391-5027 or tdennis@abac.edu

Applications

Associate of Science in Nursing Applications

Traditional/Generic Track

One Year Bridge Track

 

To change the semester for which you wish to apply or to apply for re-admission into the program use the following:

Online Change of Application Status Form

Nursing – Apply for Re-admission

 

RN to BSN Completion Program Application

RN to BSN Completion Program

 

*For questions about application to the Tifton campus, please contact Reba Selph at 229-391-5020 or rselph@abac.edu.

*For questions about application to the Bainbridge campus, please contact Ashley Robinson at 229-243-4280 or Ashley.Robinson@abac.edu

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Accreditation

The nursing programs are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858 (phone: 487-207-2440) and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (phone: 404-975-5000).

 

Deadlines to Apply

Please read the following prior to completing an online application for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program.

Do not complete a nursing application if you have not been accepted to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). To apply to ABAC go to abac.edu and click on the Admissions link.

All required information must be included for the application to be considered. An application missing required information and/or submitted after the deadline dates will not be considered.

  • Traditional/Generic Track (ASN) 
    • Tifton Campus
      • September 15 for admission consideration Spring Semester
      • May 15 for admission consideration Fall Semester
    • Bainbridge Campus
      • July 1 for admission consideration Fall Semester
  • One Year Bridge Track (ASN)
    • Tifton Campus
      • February 15 for admission consideration for Summer Semester
  • RN to BSN Completion Program
    • Online
      • April 15 for admission consideration for Summer Semester
      • July 15 for admission consideration for Fall Semester
      • November 15 for admission consideration for Spring Semester

Admission to the program is competitive and the number of students accepted is limited by the Georgia Board of Nursing student to faculty ratio.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires screening examinations, criminal background checks, and drug screens upon acceptance and with progression through the nursing program as required by clinical agencies. A student who is denied access to a clinical agency due to the results of a criminal background check or a drug screen will be dismissed from the program due to the inability to complete the program requirements.

Contact Information

Health Science Building

ABAC 52, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793