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Truett-McConnell, Shorter offering new degrees


DULUTH — Starting this fall, Georgia Baptist college students at Shorter and Truett-McConnell will have another option as career choices go.

In Rome, those wanting to pursue nursing can enroll in classes required for Shorter’s Bachelor of Science degree in that field. A statement issued by the school said students completing the core sequence will be the strongest competitors for available spaces to begin the nursing curriculum in 2010, pending final approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Across the state in Cleveland freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be offered courses for Truett-McConnell’s Bachelor of Arts in Business degree. Senior level courses will be added in fall of 2009.

Shorter announced intentions in mid-February to apply to the state nursing board for the BSN degree. Plans also include a medical missions experience as part of the curriculum where students would serve domestically and abroad. The news was a jolt of excitement for incoming freshman Amanda Brock.

“I’ve always wanted to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing,” said Brock, who lives in nearby Silver Creek. “My grandmother was in the medical field and it’s always been around my family.”

Brock graduated from nearby Coosa Valley Technical College where she was trained as a certified medical assistant, which includes taking blood pressure, diagnostic testing, and clerical work. Earning her bachelor’s – and master’s somewhere else, she said – will put her closer to where she wants to be professionally.

“Everybody that knows me knows I like to be around the blood, guts, and gore,” said Brock, who added she hopes to land a job at Floyd Medical’s Level II Trauma Center. “I want to be in the action.”


Reflection of growth

Truett-McConnell Interim President Mike Simoneaux has high hopes for the new business degree and its impact on the school and surrounding community.

“It’s central to the growth of any liberal arts institution,” he pointed out. “We’ve been wanting to have this degree for a number of years. We expect it to have our largest number of students in a couple of years.”

Simoneaux added that recent growth seems to mirror an upswing on campus.

“We’ve had an increased head count of 25% from this spring to last spring. Summer school since last year has increased 30%.” He went on to say that TMC is looking for a named endowment after whom to name the program. Professor Chuck Forney is currently serving as chair of the program.

On June 23 Shorter announced that Vanice W. Roberts would be the first dean of the School of Nursing.

“As a professor emeritus, national nursing education consultant, published author, researcher and presenter, grant writer, and clinical examiner, she is a distinguished addition to the academic leadership at Shorter,” the school said in a statement.

A 30-year veteran of Kennesaw State University, Roberts retired in 2007 as a professor of nursing. In the field she earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women, master’s from Georgia State, and doctorate from UAB.