BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Blinn College District has named Karla Ross, a 12-year healthcare professional with eight years’ experience as a Blinn nursing instructor, its new Associate Degree Nursing Program Director.
“I am very excited to further my career with Blinn’s Associate Degree Nursing Program,” said Ross. “My familiarity with the program and its high standards will be beneficial as we look forward to a new academic year.”
Ross has been a nursing instructor since 2010 and served as the program’s interim director since January. Under her direction, Blinn ADN students posted a 96.4 percent overall pass rate on the national licensure examination in 2018, with the Fall 2017 cohort achieving a coveted 100 percent pass rate.
“Early in my career with Blinn, I assumed a leadership role within the program, mentoring new faculty and introducing innovative and research-based curriculum,” Ross said. “As the director, this will give me an even greater opportunity to collaborate with our faculty to enhance instruction for our students.”
Ross continues to develop her professional skills as a medical-surgical nurse at the College Station Medical Center, a position she has held since 2007. Prior to her work in Bryan-College Station, she served as a surgical and oncology nurse in Laredo from 2006-07.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas A&M International University; and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in clinical research management from Texas Tech University. She is nearing completion on a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in educational leadership from American Sentinel University.
“Mrs. Ross’ experience as a longtime healthcare professional and her passion for training students as an instructor gives her the ability to collaborate with stakeholders in developing a vision for the future of the program,” said Tom Lescarbeau, Dean for the Division of Health Sciences. “Blinn is very fortunate to have her on our team.”
Located at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC) in Bryan, Blinn’s two-year ADN Program prepares students for a nursing career or for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year university. Blinn’s ADN Program emphasizes interactive learning opportunities via clinical experiences and its simulation and clinical labs within the HSC’s 26,000-square-foot Simulation Center.
Students who complete the program and pass the NCLEX-RN have a job placement rate between 97 and 100 percent and are qualified for a variety of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school, and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn an average of $70,000 per year.
“Blinn has exceptional access to an abundance of resources and creative individuals,” Ross said. “Our nursing program is truly on the cutting edge, and I am thrilled to be part of its continuing success.”
In addition to associate degree nursing, Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences offers dental hygiene, emergency medical services, fire science, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, and vocational nursing programs designed to train students for high-demand professions.