TCC Nursing Program Celebrates 50 Years of Success

Some 115 graduates of the Tarrant County College Nursing Program received their pins and other honors on May 9 during an honorary pinning ceremony held before a large crowd of family and friends at Mansfield ISD’s Center for the Performing Arts. The program featured a candle lighting ceremony that is a rite of passage in honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The TCC Nursing Program also is celebrating another milestone: 50 years of providing quality nursing education to the region. In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on the South Campus of what was then Tarrant County Junior College. Once the Trinity River Campus East opened in 2011, the program relocated there.  During his opening remarks, TCC Trinity River President Sean Madison discussed plans to establish a TCC Alumni Nursing Association as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The association will support the mission of Tarrant County College through professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities for alumni.

The graduating class heard words of wisdom from keynote speaker Phyllis Norman, former vice president of patient services for Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist; Vicki Brockman, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Resources Cleburne; and TCC Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman, a 1962 graduate of the nursing program at Texas Women’s University.  Each spoke about nursing opportunities in the region and the need for lifelong learning.

To learn more about TCC’s nursing program, visit tccd.edu/nursing or call 817-515-2472.

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TCC Nursing Program Earns Full Reaccreditation

ACEN evaluators impressed by academic credentials of TCC nursing faculty
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 18, 2016) – Tarrant County College recently was awarded full reaccreditation for its nursing program from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). TCC is the only ACEN-accredited associate degree program in Tarrant County and one of only three in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
 
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks volumes about the quality of the education that Tarrant County College is providing our nursing students,” said Trinity River Campus President S. Sean Madison, Ed.D. “This noteworthy achievement would not have been possible without the passion, expertise and experience of our nursing faculty and the Health Care Professions program leadership.”
 
TCC met all six accreditation standards that were verified during the ACEN evaluators’ three-day intensive site visit in February 2016. The site visit included visits to clinical sites and classrooms and meetings with TCC administrators, faculty and the public. ACEN will conduct its next evaluation of the program in 2024.
 
In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on South Campus at what was then called Tarrant County Junior College. The college relocated the program to Trinity River Campus East: Center for Health Care Professions in 2011. TCC’s nursing faculty, which includes 41 full-time instructors and 12 adjunct instructors, all hold at least a master’s degree. Additionally, 13 faculty are certified in specialty areas, two have doctorate degrees and four are pursuing doctorate degrees.
 
Approximately 550 students currently are enrolled in the nursing program, which doubled in size over the last six years to meet the increasing need of the community and in response to the nursing shortage. The nursing program graduation rate averages 85 percent. In 2015, only two community colleges had more students sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) in the state of Texas than TCC.
 
“Our students and the community can be confident that TCC will continue to devote the resources necessary to ensure that we continue our upward trend of graduating students who pass their exam on their first attempt,” said Nursing Program Director Deann Mitchell, Ph.D., R.N. “Additionally, they can count on us to attract and retain faculty who are exceptionally qualified to educate our students. They set expectations daily that surpass basic nursing education standards so that our reputation remains intact for graduating students with the skills necessary to join experienced nursing staffs and immediately meet the critical needs of patients.”
 
For more information about the nursing program, visit tccd.edu/nursing.