Associate of Science in Nursing

Program Coordinator
Dawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNE

The Associate of Science in Nursing program has a long and successful history of preparing students to provide professional, compassionate, and safe nursing care for clients and groups of clients across the lifespan. The purpose of the ASN program is to prepare graduates who can successfully enter the practice of professional nursing. The ASN program has been in existence for 50 years, growing and changing over the years to meet the need for registered nurses and to accommodate the learning needs of present-day nursing students. Students entering the program include recent high school graduates and non-traditional students. Many are pursuing entry-level nursing education with a plan to continue studies at a later date or are adults who are seeking a second career in nursing. Although this is not an admission requirement, there are usually several students who have experience in a health care setting and wish to advance their education.


  • Consistently ranked high among similar nursing programs
  • Affordable, quality education
  • Interactive, diverse, and innovative learning environment and experiences
  • Highly experienced and approachable faculty

Graduates of the ASN program are prepared to take the national examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. The program conforms to standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

National Excellence

  • The Associate Degree in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through Spring 2027
    • Address:3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; Phone at 404-975-5000; Fax at 404-975-5020.
  • Ranked #1 in 2017 by the NCSBN out of 2095 associate nursing programs in the United States.The 2018 graduates, and was ranked #1 out of 2056 programs , and the the 2019 graduates ranked #1 out of 2061 programs by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

  • Alpha Delta Nu National Honor Society- Zeta Gamma Chapter

Student Outcomes

1. Demonstrate critical thinking through the nursing process, as evidenced by use of the following skills:

  • Anticipation of client needs and outcomes
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Evaluation of client care and treatments
  • Initiates client care independently, within the scope of practice
  • Prioritization of client care
  • Self-regulation

2. Provide safe, evidence-based, client-centered care for diverse groups of clients through the lifespan with common, well-defined health problems in structured settings in health care facilities and within the community.

3. Practice therapeutic and professional communication, while caring for clients and collaborating with members of the healthcare team.

4. Demonstrate professional competency in the following areas:

  • Accountability
  • Career Readiness
  • Informatics
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Quality Improvement
  • Technology

Program Outcomes

      For more information

Kashawn Littlejohn
Nursing and Health Science Program Specialist

Dawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNE Program Coordinator

Dr. Lydia Watkins
Southeast Georgia Health System
Distinguished Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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