TSTC to Offer RN Program Fall 2012
POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 8:52am
HARLINGEN — The goal is to put more registered nurses to work right here to the valley.
One local school is offering an accelerated course to do just that.
News Center 23's Na'Tassia Finley has more.
"We can't graduate enough nurse fast enough," says Barbara Bennett, TSTC’s Associate VP of Student Learning, Health Divisions.
That's why Texas State Technical College is now offering a Registered Nursing program at the school.
"The valley as you probably know is considered a medically underserved community, meaning there is a very, very high ratio of patients to nurses. In fact, we have the highest patient to nurse ratio in the state of Texas," explains Bennett.
"The work is definitely there because of the shortage," says future TSTC nursing student, Ruben Contreras.
Contreras is currently a private duty LVN here in the lower valley, but is working his way up to earning a degree as a family nurse practitioner. Contreras says the accelerated program at TSTC, which requires students to already have their certification as a licensed vocational nurse, is one way to reach his goal sooner.
"It's going to be an intense three semesters back to back with classes and clinical time, so that's going to be a lot of work put into it, aside from the outside studying," says Contreras.
While the intense workload will be there, landing a job after graduation will be relatively easy for these nursing grads.
"We have 13 clinical affiliations already, meaning our students will be able to go to 13 different clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities and that's just amazing," says Bennett.
Bennett adds that the goal is to hopefully train high quality nurses here in the valley, whom will stay in the valley to tend to the needs of patients right here at home.
The deadline for applying to the RN program for Fall 2012 has passed, however the next application period will be May 1-31 2013.
For more information on this RN program you can contact 956.364.4983 or
toll-free at 800.852.8784.