Everest College in Fort Worth has launched its first nursing program in the state, in response to the growing demand for nurses.
According to a report by the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS), the demand for Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow faster than the average career through 2020.
The two-year associate nursing degree program has been approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and includes coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Pharmacology, Microbiology, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Developmental Psychology, Critical Care Nursing, and hands-on clinical training experience.
Everest nursing graduates may work in entry-level nursing positions in hospitals and medical centers, physicians’ offices, surgery centers, extended care facilities and rehabilitation clinics. Career placement assistance is available for all Everest College graduates. Graduates are prepared to take the licensing exam, and after passing they obtain licensure as a RN.
“Offering a two-year associate nursing degree program is a perfect solution that will help counter the critical nursing shortage we are facing now and in years to come,” said Campus Nursing Director Stephenie Akins, in a statement. “With Everest’s modern nursing and science labs coupled with expert hands-on instruction by dedicated faculty members, students will not only learn the biological, physical and social science aspects of nursing, they will also learn the critical thinking skills that their future patients expect and their future employers demand.”