Community college receives grant to begin nursing programThe Lewis and Clark Community School (LCCS) has received a federal grant to begin an accelerated program for nursing students.

The school will receive a $309,440 grant to support a Registered Nurse Bridge Program. The curriculum is designed for students who have previously obtained a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate to complete an associate degree in nursing in one year, reports The Alton Telegraph

“A report came out from the Institute of Medicine that said ‘nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression,'” LCCC Dean of Health Sciences Donna Meyer said to the news source. “We are doing that here.”

The course of study was previously merged into other nursing classes provided by the college for students who lacked clinical experience. Now the program trains students in more online classes and weekend training sessions to enable them to graduate as registered nurses (RNs).

The federal grant allows the school to disburse financial aid to students who previously could not receive money to complete the degree. Most students were paying out-of-pocket and taking out student loans while losing income from their full-time jobs as a result of attending school, college officials said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of RNs will increase by 22 percent by 2018.

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