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SLCC ready for new RN program

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What once stood as the school's barber shop will soon be transformed in order to make room for roughly 40 nursing students. In the spring, South Louisiana Community College will welcome the first class to their registered nursing program.

SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder says it's a popular career choice, pushed by demand.

"The demand for RN's is intense. It will be the number one job opening in this state in 2014, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission," said Harder.

There's a wide range of career options in nursing and this program adds to that scope of opportunity for local students. A nurse's average salary is around $50,000 and specialists can make around six-figures. Harder says the demand will only grow with an aging population, rising healthcare costs and availability.

"Clearly, all that we can do to help graduate more nurses in our community at every level will benefit the healthcare industry as a whole," said Harder.

Having the RN program makes sense not only for Acadiana, but the location plays a big part as well. The Lafayette campus is just one block away from away from University Hospitals and Clinics.

"We are looking forward to the partnership with the university hospital center right across the street for clinical settings that are going to make it so easy for our students to get that clinical time," said Harder.

SLCC is in the process of hiring more faculty members to staff the program, so the enrollment process can begin. So far, there's hundreds on the wait-list.

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