(Jasper, Ga. – May 9, 2013) In a pinning ceremony Thursday in Jasper, 13 new nurses received their pins in recognition of completing the practical nursing program at Chattahoochee Technical College. The ceremony honored those who completed the college’s popular Practical Nursing Program that prepares students to become LPNs.
“The nursing programs at CTC are so popular because we offer a variety of degrees for nursing and we are initiating a LPN to RN bridge program,” said Program Director and Instructor Shannon Ferdarko. “This allows the students to be able to enter into the nursing field at various levels and progress upward if they so choose. CTC has such an excellent reputation and fantastic pass rates for the NCLEX. We also have kept our costs manageable which opens doors for those students that cannot afford nor do they wish to go the traditional 4-year route.”
In just one year, practical nursing students complete 685 hours in the classroom and 485 hours of clinical experience. They learn nursing fundamentals, leadership basics and are exposed to medical/surgical, obstetrics, labor and delivery, pediatric and mental health specialties. Through clinicals the students gain experience at hospitals, surgery centers, doctor’s offices, public health offices, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, home health agencies and other healthcare providers. The graduates will now be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for licensure in all 50 states. Having already completed their classes and clinicals, the graduates will now begin preparing for the exam.
Between 40 and 60 percent of the students will typically go on to pursue their RN degrees, according to Ferdarko. This group is no different. Many have already found jobs in their field. The two cohorts graduating have proven to be a diverse group with at one male student in each class, nine students from outside the United States, several nontraditional students returning to school for a second career and many single parents. Most of the students completing the program reside in the college’s service delivery area.
Graduates of the program for Spring 2013 include:
- Tawnia Arrant of Fairmount
- Lauren Evans of Woodstock
- Jatta Fatou of Powder Springs
- Andrea Johnson of Ball Ground
- Rosalid Kimani of Woodstock
- Kayode Philips of Marietta
- Shawna Rauch of Canton
- Brandy White of Cartersville
- Rich Yi of Atlanta
- Vincent Zangadou of Lilburn
“We would not be as successful without the nursing faculty we have,” said Ferdarko. “Thank you to all of the faculty who are nurses! They offer exciting ideas, different and unique educational techniques, caring for the student’s success and a wealth of experience and knowledge. They are all fantastic.”