UTPB has reached another milestone that is sure to attract many new students.
The nursing program at UTPB has only been around for two years but on Monday they announced a new recognition that places the program in the top tier for nursing programs throughout the country.
The program that started in Fall of 2013 is now accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Being accredited by the CCNE now means that students who graduate from the nursing program can continue their education in graduate school.
Dr. Dorothy Jackson, Executive Director of the nursing program tells NewsWest9, "It is the highest recognition in the land for nursing education. it allows us to continue to build a quality program. It will attract more students, more scholarly faculty and hopefully more participation from others in the community and in the region."
In order to earn their accreditation, UTPB had to follow several steps, including writing a study describing their curriculum, explaining how they handle changes in problem areas and hosting a three day visit from CCNE for observation.
This accreditation comes at a time when UTPB has chosen to double their nursing student acceptance from 20 students to 40. Not only is this a field that students are interested in but that is suffering a statewide shortage.
"There's a shortage of nurses in Texas. That's a recognized shortage and it's severe, in fact, the coordinating board provides extra funding to support nursing programs who help to alleviate the nursing shortage," said UTPB President, Dr. David Watts.