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Saturday August 29th, 2015 5:29AM

Nursing masters to fill needs in administration and teaching

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
DEMOREST - The nursing profession continues to thrive and Piedmont College has started its first master's programs for nurse administrator and educators.<br /> <br /> Piedmont Nursing School Dean Doctor Linda Scott said the programs are filling needs in areas of nursing where current workers are about to begin retiring.<br /> <br /> "The nursing faculty around the country are getting much older and much greyer, and last year, something like 42,000 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing school simply for lack of faculty," Scott said.<br /> <br /> Scott said since qualifications for the programs require a bachelor's in nursing, the master's programs are geared toward working nurses. It's called a flipped classroom.<br /> <br /> "Their content material is delivered online to them, and then they meet for half the class time, so if it's a three credit-hour class, they would meet for an hour and a half a week, and we do it either on the evenings or on the weekends."<br /> <br /> Piedmont's Demorest and Athens campuses are offering the programs.<br /> <br /> Scott said the MSN degree can be completed in two academic years by attending full time, or in three academic years part time. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <i>For more information, contact Scott at lscott@piemdont.edu, or call 706-778-3000 ext. 1218.<i><br />
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