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Board of Trustees approves development of proposal for RN-to-BSN nursing degree

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – Today, Tallahassee Community College’s District Board of Trustees authorized the development of a proposal for adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to TCC’s offerings. The new program would be intended for registered nurses with an A.S. degree interested in earning a B.S. in nursing. In reaching their decision, the Board considered what was best for TCC’s students, what was best for the community and what was best for the College.

Local, state and national trends project a need for more nurses with baccalaureate degrees—and local healthcare providers have encouraged TCC to help meet this important demand. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare recently indicated its need for 80 percent of its nursing staff to be baccalaureate-prepared by 2020. Nationally, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies cites baccalaureate-prepared nurses as a significant factor in addressing needs in the healthcare industry, and the Florida Center for Nursing recommends increasing the number of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“TCC reviewed the higher education and workforce landscapes in our region and determined there is a need to be met,” said Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of TCC. “This proposal is very much within the College’s mission—anticipating and responding on a local level to make sure our community has access to the education opportunities they need.”

Throughout the process of evaluating the demand for a new program, TCC communicated with healthcare providers, local universities, community members and its students to gain feedback on what adding its first baccalaureate degree would mean.

“I have no hesitation in supporting this. The community needs more nurses and TCC has the resources and facilities to do what needs to be done,” said Eugene Lamb, chair of the TCC District Board of Trustees. “We’ve listened to our community and now we need to act.”

If the proposal is approved and implemented, the new nursing program would be offered primarily at night and on weekends, with some online components, to accommodate the schedules of working nurses looking
to earn an RN-to-BSN degree.
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