News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As Augusta State and GHSU prepare to merge one of the first programs to be affected will be the nursing school.
Wednesday, Augusta State nursing students had their first chance to see GHSU's college of nursing.
Nursing is the only big program that both ASU and GHSU share so it will have the biggest changes. On Wednesday, students were able to get a much better look at how it will affect them.
"It's actually pretty cool and I'm looking forward to actually coming to this campus and work in some of the labs and situations they have set up here," said ASU nursing student Sean Kramer.
Starting this summer the schools will begin to integrate and in January, all these students will be on one campus.
"I think that it's gonna be good to have access to other resources and hands on is a great opportunity, but if i wanna practice my skills during off hours and things like that I think having that opportunity will be wonderful," said ASU nursing student Kalomi Goss.
The merger has created a lot of concerns with one of the biggest being cost
"There is a difference in the fees and so that is a concern and we're working on the fees," said Lucy Marion, Dean of GHSU College of Nursing. "We're working hard not to increase them any more than what we have. We also are working on more and more scholarships."
A change in the curriculum has also been a concern for many students.
"We had a curriculum at Augusta State campus for the Baccalaureate and we had one here," said Marion. "The one on their campus was four semesters and the one on our campus was five semesters so we're gonna follow the ASU model of four semesters."
After Wednesday's tour, many of the students feel more prepared for the merger.
"They did kinda explain a lot of things as far as they know so we know about preliminary curriculum, cost things like that so I'm kinda relieved a little more," said Goss.
Relieved and excited about everything the medical university has to offer.
"I'm ready for it and I'm ready to see how things work out just kinda roll with the punches and get my degree," said Goss.
One of the other big concerns they talked about is campus size. Augusta state is relatively small and GHSU's program is spread out a lot more but they said Wednesday they were really able to see how it all works.
They are also going to let the current students choose if they still want an Augusta State diploma.The first official integrated class will begin in fall 2013.