TCC May Soon Offer Bachelor's Degree

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The Board of Trustees at Tallahassee Community College makes a move that administrators say could propel nursing students, the college, and the community as a whole.

Nursing student, Jessica Truchement, wants to get her bachelors after finishing her two-year degree at Tallahassee Community College.

She says, "I was going to probably look online to see if there was a program available or do to through my employer."

Truchement may now be able to continue that four-year nursing degree right there at TCC. The Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to go through with the process to develop at baccalaureate nursing degree.

The dean of TCC's Health Care Program, Alice Nied, Ph.D., says this would provide more career options.

She says, "Typically, what happens in nursing is you reach a level where you cannot progress. you kind of reach a ceiling. Until you get more formal education, you cannot become a head nurse, you cannot climb the ladder or other options. You could never be a faculty person and things like that."

Dr. Nied says in order to complete the baccalaureate nursing degree at TCC, students must already be a registered nurse.

TCC Board of Trustees Chairman Eugene Lamb says the program would also benefit the community. He says, "It's good for the community because there's a need. There's a need in the community for more nurses."

Dr. Nied says, the federal government has come out with the position stating that it would like 80 percent of all registered nurses to have a bachelors degree by 2020.

The dean says the process to have a baccalaureate nursing degree program at TCC has to go through the Florida Board of Education. She says it could take a minimum of two years.

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