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  • PCC bachelor program in nursing to begin this fall

    Nursing Student -BAS Program

    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College has received final approval to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree starting this fall.

    The Higher Learning Commission, PCC’s accrediting institution, recently notified the school of its approval. Student registration will open May 1.  

    The program is a bachelor completion degree for those who already have a two-year nursing degree. Courses will be taught online in order to accommodate working professionals. Specific workplace training will be required for two courses. 

    “A lot of our graduates are calling and asking when they can start. Current (associate-degree) students want to know what they need to do to get started,” said Paula Kirchner, dean of PCC’s nursing division. “It’s so convenient to have it 100 percent online and they definitely like that it’s going to cost them less money here than at other schools.”

    The Colorado state legislature passed bill HB18-1086 in March 2018 to allow the state’s community colleges to offer bachelor degree completion programs in nursing in order to address a significant shortage of skilled nurses.

    The BSN degree becomes PCC’s third bachelor-degree offering, joining the dental hygiene and radiologic technology bachelor programs. The school also is awaiting final approval to offer a bachelor’s degree program in respiratory therapy.

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