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Why HCC’s Nursing Program is On Probation — and Why It Expects Soon Not to Be

Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven’t worked out. But while that’s gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits “course corrections” need to be made, there’s another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree […]

Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven’t worked out. But while that’s gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits “course corrections” need to be made, there’s another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree nursing program is on probation. The Texas Board of Nursing came to that conclusion recently, as the percentage of current nursing students passing the National Council Licensure Examination was below 80 percent for the third straight year.

So, the pressure is on for the program, its instructors and its teachers. And it couldn’t come at a worse time for the profession: as we’ve explored previously on this program, demand for nurses in Greater Houston is high, but the supply is falling short. We discuss the situation at HCC with Dr. Philip Nicotera, president of Houston Community College’s Coleman College for Health Sciences.

MORE: HCC Nursing Program: Hanging on With Life Support (The Egalitarian, Feb. 24, 2016)

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