ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina State
University plans to close one of its three nursing degree programs but
will allow some of those already in the program to finish.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported the university presented a plan to the state Board of Nursing.to close its generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The program is for students
with no nursing background. State officials say rising juniors and
sophomores can finish, but freshmen and sophomores will not be allowed
to major in nursing starting this fall.
The plan cites students'
first-time pass rates on a national test to license registered nurses as
well below state and national levels as the reason for ending the
program. In 2011, only 7 of 34 students passed the test.
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