DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Technical Community College is set to become the fourth educational institution in the state to offer a bachelor of science in nursing degree program.
The Board of Trustees approved the move in October, and school officials plan to offer the program by January 2017. The school currently offers an associate degree in nursing.
Delaware Tech President Mark Brainard says an aging baby boomer population - and a growing demand for nurses - factored into the school's decision to expand the nursing program.
Furthermore, Brainard says more local hospitals have "Magnet status," meaning the hospitals are required to have 80 percent of their front line nursing staff to hold a bachelor's degree in nursing by 2020.
The two-year associate degree in nursing program will still be offered at the school.