SACS approves Truett-McConnell'sBachelor of Science in Nursing degreeby Norm Miller
Cleveland, Ga. (TMCNews)--Truett-McConnell College announced April 17 the approval and accreditation of its bachelor of science in nursing degree (B.S.N.) by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.*
Set to launch for the fall 2013 semester, the program previously was approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.
"We are grateful to God for opening the door to yet another missions opportunity for students who come to Truett-McConnell College," said the school's vice president for academic services, Dr. Brad Reynolds.
"Our new nursing degree will not only prepare our graduates for the NCLEX-RN exam through rigorous education, but it will also prepare our students to share the good news of Jesus Christ at home or abroad," Reynolds said. "The B.S.N. degree adds yet another dimension to the growing and versatile degree programs Truett-McConnell offers."
Citing TMC's nursing division chair, Reynolds said, "Dr. Anne Fortenberry, with the assistance of her nursing faculty, has prepared a world-class curriculum; and her years of experience as a nurse, a nurse educator and a missionary have left a distinct handprint on our degree which distinguishes it from any other nursing degree in Georgia."
Fortenberry -- a professor of nursing who holds a D.N.S. from Louisiana State Medical Center -- said, "We are very excited about the approval of our bachelor of science in nursing program with a Great Commission minor. Truett-McConnell College has the distinction of being the only college or university in Georgia and the Southern region of the United States that offers this unique nursing opportunity," she said.
"Our B.S.N. program will prepare competent professional nurses with the capability to transform lives through serving people around the world with compassionate care and moral integrity," Fortenberry said.
The former career medical missionary added, "I have seen how our heavenly Father has successfully used nurses to further his kingdom's work. That, coupled with the national shortage of nurses allows the successful nursing graduate to immediately enter the job market, or the mission field, or both."
Reynolds said Truett-McConnell College is "greatly indebted to Dr. Fortenberry for her wisdom and experience. She will be the first to tell you that God opened this door, and again, we express our gratitude to God as well."
TMC President Dr. Emir Caner said, "Truett-McConnell College values the importance of esteeming others better than ourselves (Phil. 2:3) and honoring Christ above all (Col. 3:17). Now, with the approval of our new nursing program, students can fulfill these twin goals while at the same time fulfill their call into this essential field."
Caner noted that the college's required "Great Commission Minor equips every student to share Christ with lost people. It is our prayer that the Lord will raise up hundreds of nurses who will help heal the body while ministering to the soul."
For more info, go to www.truett.edu/nursing. Or, call 1.706.865.2134 and ask for the admissions office.
* Truett-McConnell College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Truett-McConnell College.