Nursing Program Closes Due to Low Performance in State Exams

6 years 8 months 3 days ago Monday, January 16 2017 Jan 16, 2017 January 16, 2017 10:03 PM January 16, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE - A Rio Grande Valley college announced one of its nursing programs is closing its doors.

Texas Southmost College said its associate degree nursing program failed to meet the passing rate outlined by the Texas Board of Nursing. The program will close at the end of the 2017 spring semester.

The board had already placed the program on probation in early of 2016.

TSC interim president Mike Shannon noted in a press release that it is required for nursing programs to maintain a state nursing exam pass rate of 80 percent.

Since 2013, the pass rate has been under 80 percent.

There are only six students currently enrolled in the program. They will continue to enroll in courses to finish the program and take their state exam.

The college’s licensed vocational nursing program is not affected by the changes.

TSC may be eligible to put a new program in place in a year. The college said they plan to offer a new program for students in fall of 2018. 

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