Medicine - nursing - degree programs - community colleges. The act allows, with state board for community colleges and occupational education (board) approval, a community college that is part of the state system of community and technical colleges (community college) to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing as a completion degree (nursing degree). In considering a request from a community college to offer a nursing degree, the board shall consider student and workforce demand, cost effectiveness for students, and accreditation and licensing requirements. The board shall provide such information to the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) and solicit the commission's input during a joint meeting of the board and commission. At least 90 days prior to requesting board approval to offer a nursing degree, a community college shall provide notice of its request to the commission and all state institutions of higher education.
A reporting requirement is added, requiring each state-supported institution of higher education that offers a nursing degree to provide the department of higher education with an annual report concerning its nursing degree program.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)