DENISON, Tex. (Grayson College Press Release) - Grayson College has recently been approved to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The final step in this approval process has just been completed when the college was approved by SACSCOC as a Level II institution. With this approval, the college is set to begin offering a portion of the courses for the program in the fall of 2019.
“This is a historic milestone for our college as we offer our first Bachelor’s Degree,” GC President Dr. Jeremy McMillen said. “It speaks to the quality of the nursing program as we complete our 50th year. Our region has asked us to do this, and it's been a muli-year effort with many contributing to the ultimate arrival at this point today. I'm particularly proud of the GC team and area partnerships and their confidence in us to execute a quality program.”
Prior to this approval, the College received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Board of Nursing, and Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing. Approval from each of these entities began in 2017 following the passage of Senate Bill 2118 which authorized select community colleges to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degrees. At this time, the Bachelor’s degree in Nursing will be the only bachelor’s degree offered at GC.
“As the North Texas region continues to grow, the need in all healthcare fields will continue to grow as well,” GC Dean of Health Science Joanna Barnes said. “This program will allow nurses in the Texoma region easier access to the education they are requesting, provided by a local, well established School of Nursing that has been providing excellence in education for 50 years, and at a much-reduced cost than compared to that provided by Universities and private online programs.”
Grayson County has the 31st highest spending per capita on Medicare in the State of Texas, and 81st in the nation. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine formulated a goal for 80% of Registered Nurses to have a BSN by the year 2020. Currently 31% of RN’s in Grayson County and 32% in Fannin County have a Bachelor’s degree. Not including turnover and excluding any growth in the community, to get to 80% in our community we would need 1,000 BSN’s almost immediately.
This degree will be offered as an RN to BSN program, meaning that the candidate must first have completed an initial licensure program and be licensed as a Registered Nurse. The college will combine coursework from the student’s initial licensure program with upper division level nursing courses to be offered through GC to award a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. All courses will be offered in an eight week, hybrid format.
“This means that the majority of the course content will be online, but will require the student to be on campus for a specified number of hours each semester,” GC Director of the School of Nursing Dr. Jamie McKinney said. “The program was developed specifically with the working nurse in mind. The student can complete course work online around his/her work schedule and will be able to know in advance when to schedule required on-campus hours as well.”
Because of the overwhelming number of nurses already expressing interest in the program, the Health Science Division is planning three RN-BSN Admission and Enrollment Days in July to provide advising and enrollment of students on a first come, first serve basis. Those with all of their non-nursing academic classes completed will be given priority consideration for the BSN courses.
Those who have not completed their non-nursing academic courses can receive assistance with enrolling in those courses required to prepare the student for the RN to BSN program. Because the courses are eight-week sessions, additional students will be accepted in October 2019 for the second eight-week session with rolling enrollment and entry six times per year.
For additional information about this program, potential students are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.