LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College's new registered nurse program could start in August, pending a site visit in May and approval in June from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

The Advocate reports the college had planned to start the new program sometime this spring, but hiring nursing faculty who fit the educational and experience requirements set by the state proved challenging.

Faculty members must hold a master's degree in nursing, have recent clinical experience and also have experience in curriculum development.

Laurie Fontenot, SLCC dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Safety, says the faculty had to be on board before the state Board of Nursing could begin the process of approving the program.

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