South Louisiana Community College is looking for its newest class of Registered Nurses for the Fall semester beginning August 14. Applications for SLCC’s third RN class are due April 24.
“We are excited about welcoming another class of outstanding students who will become high-quality RNs in Acadiana and beyond,” said Dr. Rebecca Harris-Smith, dean of nursing and allied health at SLCC. “The application process is competitive, and SLCC is looking for some of the best candidates to go through this rigorous program.”
The college’s Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is a 2-year (4-semester) program. Candidates to the program must have completed 16 hours of pre-requisite courses prior to admission into the RN program. A total of 40 students will be accepted into the new RN class.
The RN program at SLCC spurred from local industry demand in healthcare and a desire for an increased pipeline of qualified RNs. Growth in registered nurses in Acadiana is expected to grow 18% by 2024, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
In 2013, Acadiana’s three major hospital systems (Lafayette General Health, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and Lafayette Economic Development Authority collectively invested $500,000 to establish a Registered Nursing program at SLCC. The first cohort of RNs began in Fall 2014 and graduated in Spring 2016. The first graduating class completed its NCLEX with a 91.3% passage rate. The national average is 84.6%, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
“We are incredibly proud of the quality of our Registered Nursing program,” said Willie Smith, Vice President for Academic and Workforce Solutions. “Students are getting job offers before graduation or immediately after. With a local average annual wage $57,693 for registered nurses, the growth will stimulate workforce and economic development in Acadiana.”
ABOUT ACADIANA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 13,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.