GCC to offer Associate of Science in Nursing

by Guam Community College
Guam Community College

The Guam Community College Nursing and Allied Health Department proudly announces that it has received initial approval from the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners (GBNE) to offer an Associate of Science degree in Nursing starting in fall 2019. 

GCC voluntarily withdrew its Certificate in Practical Nursing program effective fall semester 2018. The Nursing and Allied Health Department then began revamping the program to pursue the more valuable A.S.D. in Nursing, and yesterday received word from the GBNE of the program’s initial approval. The program curriculum has been approved by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), GCC’s accrediting body.

“We are very pleased with the GBNE announcement of initial approval of our Associate of Science in Nursing program,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President. “Once students complete the program and pass the NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Exam), this degree will be more valuable to them, and will help to produce more licensed practical and registered nurses for our island.” Dr. Okada noted that the overall goal is to work with the University of Guam to have the GCC A.S. in Nursing articulate over as a program to UOG’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“It has been a labor of love to transition the Practical Nursing program into an Associate of Science degree,” said Dorothy Lou Duenas, GCC Nursing & Allied Health Administrator. “We thank the GBNE for working with us to be able to offer this valuable program, and we are excited that it will soon be an option for our students interested in a career in the healthcare field.”

For questions regarding the new A.S. in Nursing program, please email dorothylou.duenas@guamcc.edu.

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