OFTC’s ADN Bridge Program Ranked 17th in the State for Nursing Programs
Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge Program was ranked 17th in the state of Georgia for nursing according to a study by RegisteredNursing.org.
OFTC was one of nine Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges to receive the state’s top 20 ranking, named along with four-year universities like Kennesaw State and Emory.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our nursing faculty members to make OFTC’s ADN-Bridge program so successful,” shared OFTC President, Erica Harden. “We take very seriously our call to prepare the next generation of nurses, and our graduates’ success is a direct reflection of the efforts of our faculty to prepare them to be the most caring and knowledgeable nurses they can be.”
RegisteredNursing.org is a nursing advocacy organization who puts together this annual list in order to help students interested in pursuing a nursing degree make the best and most informed choice when it comes to choosing a college and program.
Their ranking was calculated by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 52 Registered Nursing (RN) programs in the state.
Since the NCLEX-RN exam is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student’s competency and is required for licensure, this methodology was chosen by RegisteredNursing.org to calculate and analyze the state’s 52 programs.
Many state boards of nursing use the total overall NCLEX-RN pass rates for a school as one of the main ways to approve a school’s ability to provide a nursing education in the state, according to the RegisteredNursing.org website.
“We work very hard to not only prepare our nursing students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need on the job, but to successfully pass the state board exam,” shared Tammy Bayto, OFTC’s Dean of Academic Affairs for Allied Health and Professional Services.
“It’s awesome to know that our graduates’ success is being recognized, affirming the quality of our program,” she added. “Because that’s our goal – we want to produce the best nurses; and to be named as a top 20 program in the state, it says a lot about the quality of our program and our graduates.”
OFTC’s ADN-Bridge program is offered on the Sandersville campus and allows Licensed Practical Nurses or Paramedics who have worked in-field for one year to pursue their RN license. The program can be completed in three semesters after core classes are completed.