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QUINCY, PLYMOUTH

Quincy College gets permission to again offer nursing program

Quincy College has regained permission to enroll students in two nursing programs that were shut down by the state last May.

The state Board of Registration in Nursing announced March 13 that the college has substantially improved the programs and starting in the fall of 2019 can accept 80 students in the two-year Associate in Science in Nursing degree course and 40 students in the 10-month Practical Nursing Certificate program.

Classes will be divided equally between the college’s Quincy and Plymouth campuses.

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The state board issued an “initial approval” and will change that to “final approval” if at least 80 percent of the new Quincy College nursing graduates pass their licensing exams, officials said.

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The two-year school lost its state accreditation for the nursing programs after several years of students scoring poorly on the tests. There were about 250 students in the programs when they closed last spring.

“The lesson learned is we are going to be much more methodical and careful about how we grow the nursing program,” said Quincy College President Michael Bellotti, who praised the school’s nursing staff for working “tirelessly to revise, revisit, and redesign every facet” of the curriculum.

Students have until May 1 to apply.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.