Last updated: July 29. 2014 4:46PM - 726 Views
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HAZARD—The School of Nursing at the Hazard Community and Technical College’s Hazard campus has been given additional time to improve pass rates among its students so that it will not face more severe action from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Paula Schenk, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing, told the Herald in May that a meeting of the education committee was planned to be held on May 15, to review information sent by HCTC about its pass rate.

Schenk said that for the last three years, the pass rate at the Hazard campus of HCTC’s School of Nursing had fallen below the minimum requirement—85 percent—having been as low as 67 percent in 2012. This means the school did not meet the standards governing the program.

Schenk said there would not be a determination on what the fate of the program was at the May meeting, and that another meeting would be scheduled for a later date this year.

Evelyn Wood, director of public relations at HCTC, said the board had come to a decision about the issue at hand for the nursing program during a meeting last month.

“During the meeting, held June 12, 2014, the Kentucky Board of Nursing placed the Associate Degree nursing program of Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, on a continued conditional approval status for 2014,” Wood said.

According to the board, a “conditional approval shall be the designation granted to a program of nursing if one or more of the standards of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations that govern the program have not been met.” Six Associate Degree nursing programs in the state are currently under conditional approval status as of June 30.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

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