Tallahassee Community College still plans to pursue a new four-year nursing program despite the legislature placing a year-long moratorium on state college baccalaureate degrees. TCC Provost Barbara Sloan says if the moratorium is lifted, the school will prepare to move forward with the proposal as soon as possible.
“We are continuing to refine the curriculum and we are also working on our proposal to send to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, our accrediting agency, so that if the moratorium is lifted, we will be able to submit all of our next steps in a timely manner,” Sloan explains.
The new program would be aimed toward existing nurses wishing to earn a bachelor’s degree. Before the moratorium, TCC had gotten support from both Florida A&M and Florida State Universities which offer similar programs. The college had already submitted a complete proposal to the Florida Department of Education for feedback, but it can’t get final approval for the program by the State Board of Education until the moratorium is lifted.
Sloan hopes the program will be open and accepting students in January of 2016.