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McLennan Community College nursing program receives full approval from Texas board

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 18:21:03-04

McLennan Community College said their Associate Degree in Nursing program status was upgraded from “Conditional” to “Full Approval” by the Texas Board of Nursing this week.

In January 2019, the McLennan Community College said they will not be admitting students for the associate degree in the nursing program for the fall semester due to two years of low student test scores. This was after their status changed from status changed from “approved with warning” to "conditional approval." However, The ADN program accepted and graduated students throughout the process.

The Texas Board of Nursing placed the program on “Full Approval with Warning” status in January 2017 after two consecutive years of NCLEX pass rates did not meet the 80 percent threshold set by the board.

Since January, the MCC nursing faculty worked on the recommendations and requirements provided by the Texas Board of Nursing to ensure improvements. The ADN faculty implemented in-depth success sessions, provided additional case studies, and met with students who struggled with the rigorous content of the program. Faculty members attended professional development sessions focused on concept-based curriculum and dedicated themselves to instructing students in critical thinking and problem solving. Finally, the administration demonstrated constant support and commitment to the ADN program, providing resources for success while upholding program policy and faculty decisions.

“McLennan Community College has a long history of providing excellent nurses for our community, and I am pleased that our faculty and students have demonstrated that adjustments can be made to enable us to return to acceptable first-time pass rates,” MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown said. “Many other colleges have made this journey, and our program has emerged stronger in a very short time. I am proud of both faculty and students who accepted the challenges and excelled.” The College received tremendous support and encouragement from the local healthcare community and our partners.

The ADN Program is accepting applications for the Spring 2020.