Nicholls phases out two-year nursing program

THIBODAUX – In coordination with the recent launching of a two-year nursing program at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, Nicholls State University has initiated a phase-out of its own, similar program.

Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, said current students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Nicholls will be fully accommodated with alternative educational routes, but new applicants for admission will not be accepted. The two-year program at Nicholls will be fully discontinued with the graduating class of spring 2009.

“This phase-out process will be conducted in such a way as to prevent any undue stress upon scarce clinical sites as well as to prevent interruption in output of two-year nursing graduates,” Westbrook said.

“The university will do everything that is required to assist students in the clinical component of the two-year nursing program with their timely graduation. We will also assist declared, two-year nursing majors, not yet admitted to the clinical component, with alternatives. It is anticipated that all resources, including faculty, will shift to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. An articulation plan is already in place maximizing transfer of credits between Fletcher’s Associate of Science in Nursing program and the Nicholls Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.”

The Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved the phase-out in May, Westbrook said.

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