NC weighs community colleges offering 4-year nursing degree

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is confronting a chronic nursing shortage by considering whether its network of two-year community colleges should break with the past and offer four-year nursing degrees.

The state’s community college board could take the next step Friday by launching a feasibility study into the pros and cons. Almost half the states in the country offer advanced nursing education at community colleges.

A study by community college leaders and health-industry groups said the idea is one way to reach a goal of 80 percent of the country’s nurses holding four-year degrees by 2020 as the health care environment gets more complex.

The committee said an in-depth study is needed because community colleges accredited to offer four-year nursing degrees could then offer bachelor’s degrees in other fields, blurring the line with universities.

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