South Carolna State to Discontinue Nursing Pre-Licensing Program
The Times and Democrat today reports that South Carolina State University is planning to discontinue a degree track for its undergraduate nursing program. The track, which serves students without professional nursing experience, is being prepped for a 2016 phaseout.
But the South Carolina Board of Nursing says that the program should end in 2014, and cites poor test scores and structure problems as the reason.
Nursing students from the SCSU nursing program went from an 88 percent first-time passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination in 2009 to 28.5 percent in 2012. Last year, the national average for first-time passing rate was 92 percent.
Officials with the SCSU Board of Trustees say the program needs more funding, but say that they’ve implemented tutoring for students over the last three years.