Two state legislators have introduced bills to the House and Senate forging the way for Collin College to offer students a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) and state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) filed SB 1328 and HB 2251, respectively, to allow the college to expand its nursing program by offering a four-year nursing degree.
“Collin College’s state-of-the-art nursing program consistently turns out top quality nurses to meet the growing demand of our region,” Taylor said. “SB 1328 would help maximize their potential, giving nursing students additional opportunities to pursue their professional goals while filling an important health care void in our community."
Laubenberg said continued advances in nursing education require more training and that the proposed legislation would allow Collin College to better help students get the advanced training needed.
“Collin College has been an education crown jewel in our community, offering students an affordable entry in the health care system,” Laubenberg said. “Because of the continued advancement of nursing science, what once could be achieved in a two-year program now requires more complex training.”
Collin College President Neil Matkin said the bills are vital to providing the county with the nurses it needs and sustaining a quality of life in the Metroplex that is second to none.