Collin College Wins Center of Excellence in Nursing Title Second Time
Aug. 18, 2015 – The National League for Nursing (NLN) has announced it will honor
Collin College this fall as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for a second
time. The institution was the first in the state to win the designation when NLN
awarded it to the college originally in 2011. It's now one of three in Texas and
the only community college in the state with the designation.
The Centers of Excellence (COE) program honors colleges and universities that demonstrate
a commitment to quality nursing education. Only 42 of more than 1,900 nursing programs
in the United States have earned the COE designation.
"This adds emphasis to the great things Collin College does for our students, our
community and the nursing profession, "Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Bob Collins said.
"Our program is producing exceptional health care workers ready to fill a growing
need, and it is good to know that organizations like the NLN are taking note."
The news comes as Texas faces a massive shortage of registered nurses (RNs), particularly
those with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degrees that hospitals need to
qualify for magnet status. By 2020, Texas will be short 71,000 RNs, and as much as
80 percent of the nursing workforce will require at least a bachelor's degree. Nationwide,
the shortage is expected to reach 260,000 by 2016.
Twenty-two states have already authorized community colleges to offer bachelor's degree
to alleviate shortages, and Collin College has proposed that state officials expand
the B.S.N. credential so it can help ease the shortage.
"More hospitals have begun to require nurses to obtain a baccalaureate or higher level
of education, including the majority of hospitals in Collin County," District President
Dr. Neil Matkin said. "Collin College's nursing program is one of the finest in the
state and nation, and we are ready to help fill the explosive need in our workforce.
The Higher Education Coordinating Board has expressed strong support for our efforts
to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Collin College will continue to work
to fill the needs of our community. We are the only public institution of higher
education in Collin County."
Less than 50 percent of Texas' nursing workforce meets the baccalaureate degree standards
now, meaning many nurses will have to return to school to earn a bachelor's degree
or earn one before applying for employment.
"With one look at our licensure rate, award-winning faculty and the recruitment of
our graduates, it's easy to see Collin College has something special," Dr. Matkin
The Collin College nursing program consistently has a first-time pass rate on the
National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) almost 10 percent higher than the state
and national averages. The college's graduation rate is 98 percent over the past three
years, and the college will open a new building to expand health science programs
The NLN announced the Center of Excellence news in July, although the renewal will
become official in October. Collin College's Center of Excellence renewal extends
the designation through 2019.
The Nursing Refresher course is no longer offered through the ADN program at Collin
College. For more information please visit Collin College Health Sciences Continuing
Education department at