Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) will offer baccalaureate degrees in two high-demand fields, pending approval by the Florida Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
At last night’s regular meeting, the College’s District Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The approval process involves review and approval by the Division of Florida Colleges, as well as the Florida Department of Education and the College’s accrediting agency, SACSCOC. The College hopes to launch both baccalaureate degree programs in August 2014.
“This is a landmark decision for PHCC, for our students, and for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Katherine Johnson, PHCC President. “These high interest bachelor’s level programs meet our district’s critical needs and provide residents opportunities to earn these degrees cost-effectively and close to home.”
Jayme Rothberg, Dean of Health Occupations, helped design the proposed Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. “This program will allow registered nurses to continue working in the field while earning their bachelor’s degree,” said Rothberg. “Since a BSN can open doors for advancement within the field, I believe many RNs will appreciate the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degrees in this convenient program.”
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree helps meet high student demand for four year degrees. “This incredibly flexible program allows AS degree holders in a variety of specializations to apply the credit earned for their AS degree to the bachelor’s degree program,” said Ed Goolsby, Dean of Workforce Development. “The bachelor’s degree provides better paying job opportunities for graduates and satisfies local employers’ demands for graduates with supervisory and management credentials.”
The College will continue to offer the popular Associate in Arts degree that guarantees graduates transfer to the state college and university systems at the junior level. PHCC will also continue to offer more than 50 Associate in Science degrees and certificate programs.
“With the addition of bachelor’s degree programs,” said Dr. Johnson, “PHCC stays true to the principles that have defined us as a successful and resilient college. As we have throughout our 40 years of service, we will continue to foster relationships with our university and business partners and develop new opportunities for our students.”
“By offering high-demand baccalaureate degree programs, PHCC joins many other state colleges in Florida that provide four-year degrees, affording opportunities for residents to pursue higher education goals cost-effectively and close to home,” said Dr. Burt Harres, Vice President of Instruction/Provost, West Campus.