KCC receives approval for a new RN program targeting local students to meet the region’s rural nursing shortages. The new program begins summer term. Apply TODAY!
On April 16th, the Oregon State Board of Nursing approved the Associates of Applied Science Nursing degree and program at Klamath Community College. The KCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing (AAS-N) will provide students with the academic and clinical preparation necessary to take the national licensure examination leading to practice as a registered nurse.
The KCC’s AAS-N program priority is that graduates will serve our local medical community by providing highly skilled Registered Nurses (RN) at a time when RN nurses are in short supply and in high demand. The need for increased RN recruitment is everywhere, but especially so in rural areas. Because demand is so high, Klamath and Lake County rural hospitals have a difficult time attracting and retaining qualified nursing personnel. They frequently rely on traveling nurses to fill positions. So the KCC AAS-N provides the opportunity to grow our own RNs from our local kids.
For our local students the AAS-N offers the opportunity to become an RN within two years. In the AAS-N students receive many hours of clinical study and hands on practice time. Since KCC already offers a highly successful LPN program, we have the updated, modern SIM labs where all students can practice patient care until they reach proficiency. This approach to teaching has proved successful in the LPN program where 3 out 4 of the last classes of graduates had 100% pass rates. Students in the AAS-N program will also develop skills particular to the needs of rural communities. The benefits to students and the community is this program puts highly skilled RN’s into rural hospitals and clinics after two years. Another distinct benefit is that with the high demand for rural RNs there is also a high wage that comes with these jobs for local kids.
As Dr. Gutierrez emphasized, “This program would not have happened without a strong partnership with the Lake Health District and the hard work of its CEO Charlie Tveit. These kinds of partnerships between KCC and businesses helps us to afford these programs that provide access for local students so we can fill rural nursing positions.” Charlie Tveit, CEO of Lake Health District, expressed that the Health District has experienced very positive retention of homegrown nurses. “We have found that these types of programs being available for our region are a good investment, providing opportunities for employing and retaining quality staff for the hospital, long-term care unit, home health and hospice,” he said. Overall, The KCC RN program will increase KCC’s ability to enhance the growth and development of individuals, businesses, and our greater community.
This program also addresses KCC’s strategic plan goal to increase the number of academic disciplines in (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics/ STEM) by 25%. KCC is continuing to develop local STEM opportunities which will result in students securing high demand and high wage jobs by offering a new AAS Computer Engineering Technology and AAS Digital Media and Design degrees which will start next fall.
KCC will be accepting applications to the AAS-N program ASAP. Please call our Nursing Director: Lori James 541-880-2223 or visit our website www.klamathcc.edu for more information. The KCC RN program begins this summer on June 22nd.
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Are you looking to brush up on your French or Spanish, hone your skills in photography or learn to ballroom dance? Perhaps you’re looking for a flagger certification, to study karate or garner your American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED Course Completion Card…KCC offers dozens of Community Education classes every term. Register today!
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Two fully-online associate degrees are now available via Klamath Community College’s Distance Education program. Students can now earn a full associate degree in both Accounting and Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Management.
We also offers many of your classes online and several hybrid classes that have both online and in-person components.
You can now earn an associate degree without ever setting foot in a classroom. Attend college on YOUR schedule from anywhere in the world! We are currently enrolling students into these programs! Contact Pat Hockersmith at 541-880-2328 or Hockersmith@klamathcc.edu for more information.