Global Health College
|Global Health College|
|Director||Mariatu K. Kargbo|
|Location||Alexandria, VA, USA
Global Health College is a for-profit nursing school in Alexandria, Virginia. It offers a Practical Nursing program, an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree for Registered Nurses, and a Certified Nursing Assistant program. Phlebotomy and EKG courses are also being added to the school offerings. The mission of Global Health is to prepare nurses as critical thinkers and life–long learners, able to function effectively within the changing healthcare environment.
The founder and director of the school is Mariatu Kargbo. A graduate of George Mason University, where she obtained her degrees in marketing and nursing, she ended up working as an RN in a medical-surgical unit and the ICU. She went back to school to complete her Masters in Nursing with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from a George Mason/George Washington program. After being employed for 6 months as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Northern Virginia Family Practice she realized her interest was primarily in teaching and to this end she founded Global Health Nurse Training Services in 2004. In 2011, GHNTS became Global Health College and expanded into a building across the street, allowing the creation of more classrooms and a library. In October, the school participated in the Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival. GHC received full accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)in May 2012. In June 2012 Global Health College participated in Celebrate Fairfax! providing free health screenings to the DC Metropolitan and Northern Virginia area. In 2012, Global Health College was approved for Title IV funding, allowing RN students to receive financial aid.
For nearly three years a Global Health employee was taking money from the school's coffers. In total, from August 2008 through May 2011, Terrence Wilson caused GHNTS to make at least $256,000 in unauthorized refund payments to himself and others. Wilson used Global Health point of sale terminals to create hundreds of unauthorized refunds to his own debit card.
Global Health is located off of Duke Street just west of Old Town, across from the Alexandria Commons shopping center. In addition to a student lounge and campus bookstore it offers a simulation lab, skills lab, library, and computer lab. First Step Care Clinic, across the street from the school campus, is also owned and run by the school. However the first step clinic is now closed, because it has not been profitable. This year a plan for a BSN program has been approved and it is expected to start in the fall.
In 2011, the cumulative NCLEX pass rate of the school for the Associate Degree program is 93.33%. The 2010 pass rate was 100%. The 2012 NCLEX pass rate was 100% for the Associate Degree program and Practical Nursing program pass rate was 90% 
New students must have a high school diploma, GED or 24 hours of college credit, CPR certification, and a letter of recommendation. They must also be current in their immunizations and have had a physical examination and a criminal background check. Before acceptance new students must pass a standardized entrance exam and an English essay. Both the LPN and RN program are qualified for financial aid.
GHC is certified by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) and the practical nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). It operates by the standards set by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The college is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
- National Center for Education Statistics
- SCHEV list of programs
- Hadeed Carpet Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival 2011 Organizations
- Virginia Board of Nursing Education Programs
- Global Health Admissions
- SCHEV certified private colleges
- NLNAC accreditation search
- VBN Annual report
- VBN PN Licensure Approval
- ACICS Institutions invited to apply