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TCC changes graduation requirements for nurses to respond to coronavirus

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By Nichole Manna

Updated April 7, 2020

Tarrant County College is modifying the graduation requirements of their nurses to help expand the workforce amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

About 105 nursing students at the college will graduate this May and will be eligible to work as a graduate nurse.

The college is allowing its final-year nursing students to complete their clinical work with more than 50% of simulated clinical learning experiences through virtual simulation and virtual clinical instead of hands-on learning experience at a hospital or care facility.

 

Usually, the Texas Board Nursing limits simulation learning to 50% or less for each clinical course, but recent action by Gov. Greg Abbott to expand the nursing workforce will help students to graduate without the normally required hands-on hours.

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