Temple: Nursing students find alternatives after MCC registration freeze

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) McLennan Community College's Associate Degree in nursing program failed to meet passing requirements for the third year in a row and won’t accept new students for the fall 2019 semester, but for those willing to make the drive, Temple College is welcoming students into its nursing program.

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However, entry requires specific standards, and that is one of the improvements that has helped the Temple program get in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing.

Eighty percent of students graduating from a nursing school have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for the program to earn the seal of approval from the Texas Board of Nursing.

In April 2018 the board changed the MCC program’s status to approved with warning after the school’s first-time pass rate for students taking the exam dropped to 64.04 percent in 2016, well below the 80 percent minimum, and then fell short again in 2017 at 77.88 percent.
The 2018 pass rate was 76.47 percent, still below the 80 percent minimum, and as a result the nursing board has reduced the program’s status to conditional approval.
Representatives of Temple College's Associate Degree in Nursing program couldn't go on camera but say they have seen a recent uptick in interest and transfer requests.

The school boasts a 96.5 percent pass rate after also failing to meet standards in 2013.

The administration says faculty development, changes to curriculum and adjusting admission criteria have led to their success.

Although the school welcomes any interest in the program, it has a 120-person cap on new enrollment for the fall, and only non-nursing credits will transfer from MCC because of differences in curriculum.

The school is also hiring new instructors as part of their collaborative growth program.

Information sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center. Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions.