The University of Texas at Tyler and Kilgore College announced a partnership July 18 to offer a pathway for nursing students to earn both associate and baccalaureate degrees in four years.
The partnership will allow eligible Kilgore College nursing students pursuing an associate degree from the College to enroll at UT Tyler and obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University. The state of Texas has been facing a shortage in nurses for years, and that shortage affects the region. Both institutions are working to help meet these needs.
A recent study by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis states that by 2030, Texas will have the second-largest nursing shortage in the country.
“The nursing shortage in Texas requires that we work together to produce quality nurses,” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This expansion of our existing partnership with Kilgore College will help address the shortage and allow the deserving students of East Texas to earn two distinguished degrees.”
“This will deepen the relationship between our institution and UT Tyler by blending the two institution’s missions to provide a clearer and more precise pathway for our students pursuing a BSN through UT Tyler’s outstanding nursing program,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president. “We are always looking for ways to expand educational opportunities for our students to improve student success, and this will be a wonderful partnership that will immediately benefit our nursing students.”
Officials from both institutions identified the courses to be completed in the concurrent degree program as well as licensure examination protocol and financial assistance opportunities.
Kilgore College is an accredited public two-year community college that has met the academic and workforce needs of East Texas since 1935 by providing a learner-centered environment that focuses on student access, success and completion via collaborative partnerships. KC promotes great value – primarily for its 20-member school district service area in Northeast Texas – with a highly competitive cost and 138 academic majors to choose from.
A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.