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For Immediate Release: July 24, 2004
New Nursing Program Approved for Brookhaven College
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX • The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas today in Austin unanimously approved Brookhaven College's application for initial accreditation of an associate degree nursing program. The BNE's vote was the final approval needed for BHC's first class of 30 students that begins this fall. Intensive preparation and documentation began more than 18 months ago, when BHC leaders decided to pursue a program to help address the Texas nursing shortage.
The BNE has a mission to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the state is competent to practice safely. Headed by Linda R. Rounds, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., president, the board has 12 other members from across the state. Go to www.bne.state.tx.us, for more information.
Approval also came Wednesday from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Community and Technical Colleges Division in a letter from Glenda O. Barron, assistant commissioner, addressed to Alice W. Villadsen, Ph.D., president of Brookhaven College. Go to www.thecb.state.tx.us, for more information.
"Under authority of the Coordinating Board Rules, the Commissioner of Higher Education has approved your application for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing for the requested implementation date of Sept. 1, 2004," states Barron's letter. "The staff appreciates the opportunity to work with you in the development of your technical and vocational programs. We wish you success as you meet the educational needs identified in your community."
From Austin today BHC President Alice W. Villadsen called to share the good news with the college. "It was all glorious and unanimous! I'm very proud of the superb job by Juanita Zapata Flint, Sue McLelland and the whole college's support that led us to this point.
"It has been a very careful and complex process and we are very pleased." Villadsen said. This is a great opportunity to serve both our students--by offering this challenging program, and our community--by training students to help fill the demand for nurses," said Villadsen. "We are especially appreciative of the 22 advisory board members from area medical and education institutions, such as RHD Memorial Hospital, Parkland, the Carrollton and Farmers Branch Independent School District, Tenet Corporation and Metrocrest Hospital Authority, who have been so supportive of our efforts to establish this program at BHC."
The new program is headed by Juanita Zapata Flint, M.S., R.N., F.N.P.-C., executive dean for Health and Human Services Division, and Sue McLelland, M.S., R.N., associate dean for nursing.
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