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
“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