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After Legislative Delay, TCC Gets Approval For First Bachelors Degree Program

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Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College has received approval to start its first bachelor’s degree program. The state education board signed off on a bachelor's degree-level nursing program at TCC Wednesday. TCC must still get the program accredited but it could be operational by early next year.

“We had support all the way along from Florida State University, and Florida A&M University, along with the local community partners we have here like TMH and Capital Regional Medical Center," said TCC Spokesman Al Moran.

The program has been in the works for a while, but was delayed when the legislature placed a moratorium on new, four-year degree programs at community colleges. Both Florida A&M and Florida State University’s also have nursing programs, but TCC hopes to serve current nurses who are going back to school to earn their degrees.

This would be TCC's first bachelor's degree program. Moran says whether the college offers more will depend on community need and demand. TCC was one of the last of the state's 22 community and state colleges that didn't offer any B.S. degrees.