A&M Regents Approve College of Nursing

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Getting a bachelor's degree in nursing may soon be available in the Brazos Valley.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Friday approved establishing a College of Nursing at the A&M Health Science Center.

That could eventually mean addressing the growing shortage of nurses in the state.

"The state of Texas is going to need tens of thousands of nurses," A&M Health Science Center president Nancy Dickey said. " We will be short that many people simply to fill the jobs in our hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing homes."

Dickey says the number of nurses needed does not include nurses currently serving in administrative or educational roles.

The creation of a College of Nursing is pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The school could enroll its first students this fall, ultimately growing to 250 students in less than 10 years.