ALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College’s Associate of Science (ASN) in Nursing program recently received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), which accredits all types of nursing programs including master’s, baccalaureate, associate’s, and diploma.

Albany Tech’s ASN program launched in 2013 with the first cohort of students graduating in 2015 with a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX. The second class graduated in the fall of 2016, also with a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX. The program continues to gain popularity in the community as nearly 100 students are expected to enroll this fall.

“A distinction of this magnitude demonstrates that our graduates are well-prepared for the nursing profession, while making it known that our program is a dedicated and supportive partner in nursing education, collaborating with administrators, faculty, students, community partners, and volunteers to continuously strengthen the nursing occupation at the local and national level,” said Dr. Latrona Lanier, Chair of the ASN program at Albany Tech.

Earlier this year, Albany Tech’s ASN program was ranked number one by a ranking conducted by The ranking was based on the student pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam, which is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student’s competency and is required for licensure. In Georgia, 40 schools were analyzed and only 10 schools ranked, with Albany Tech leading the ranking.

“I am proud and celebrate this accomplishment with the Nursing faculty and staff for achieving this milestone,” said Dr. Tanjula Petty, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albany Tech. “All of their work and dedication in achieving accreditation with the ACEN demonstrates ATC’s commitment to providing a quality nursing program for students at ATC and for the healthcare community in and around Albany. This is just one example of the standard of excellence that ATC strives to meet and we continue to be committed to the delivery of quality nursing education.”

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