Carroll Community College moves closer to nursing program

April 03, 2001|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Carroll Community College has received initial approval from the Maryland Board of Nursing to offer a licensed practical nursing program beginning this fall.

The nursing board's approval is a step toward a registered nursing program at the Westminster campus. The Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the licensed practical nurse program last month.

"Approval by the nursing board is a huge step toward getting the registered nurse program started," said Nancy Perry, recently hired as the college's practical nursing program coordinator.

The RN program cannot be offered until a specialized building is constructed to teach advanced nursing classes. College officials hope to get money this fiscal year to start design plans so the Allied Health and Nursing Building can be opened by fall 2003.

The nursing board gives initial approval to new schools of nursing, Perry said, but full approval doesn't occur until after the school's first LPN class graduates and 90 percent have passed a national licensing exam.

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