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Southwestern College to drop clinical nursing program on Winfield campus

February 24, 2011

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— Southwestern College will end its clinical nursing program on the Winfield campus at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

College president Dick Merriman says current nursing students will be able to earn their degrees, and the college will continue to offer a nursing degree completion option for licensed nurses wanting to earn a bachelor's degree.

Merriman says the college's trustees made the decision because of competition from public universities. He says the competition increased in 2006 after the state decided to increase funding and the number of spots in nursing education programs at the state's public colleges and universities.

The Winfield Daily Courier reported Wednesday that Merriman stressed that Southwestern's nursing program is not in jeopardy.

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