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Nursing Program Caters to Students in Rural Areas

Living in a remote area of the country can sometimes make life difficult and force an individual to put their dreams aside. However, Lower Columbia College (LCC) in Washington has helped many achieve their goal of earning a nursing degree, reports The Daily News Online.
LCC answered the pleas of rural hospitals around the state and developed a nursing program that allowed students from remote regions to take classes in these facilities, rather than relocating.
For example, Wendy Hunter would have had to spend her weeks in Spokane to take the courses that are necessary to become a registered nurse. To spend weekends at her home in Ferry County with her husband, she would have to make a treacherous 250-mile roundtrip.
The college ended up bringing their rural outreach nursing education program closer to Hunter and a dozen other students, who recently became the first graduates of the two-year pilot program.
These individuals earned an associate’s degree and the same education they would have received if they had taken classes at LCC, says Helen Kuebel, assistant dean and director of nursing programs at LCC.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who hold an associate’s degree in nursing can qualify for entry-level positions as staff nurses.

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