PVC nursing program conducting community survey: College gauging interest in program expansion

Palo Verde College (PVC) is once again readying for the end of a Vocational Nursing (VN) graduating class this coming December, as well as anticipating the beginning of a new January 2019 incoming class – applications of which the nursing program is currently accepting through until the deadline date of Nov. 11. Currently, the college’s premier healthcare flagship program is conducting an online survey to gauge the greater Palo Verde Valley community’s interest in program expansion. (Photo by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

With Palo Verde College’s (PVC) January 2019 Vocational Nursing (VN) class application deadline fast approaching (Nov. 11), the community’s premier healthcare education nursing program is also eagerly awaiting the upcoming graduation of current students this coming December.

Given the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational and employment outlook for Registered Nurses (RNs) finding a projected growth of 15 percent over the next eight years (a rate “much faster than the average for all occupations”), the demand for the career field will necessitate strong educational footholds for respective higher education institutions’ according programs.

To gauge the demand locally, PVC’s Nursing Department and Transfer Department are currently conducting an online survey (at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FT2SZFF) in order to measure possible future enrollment and overall interest within the community.

The quick survey’s purpose is specifically looking out for the interest in PVC expanding their current nursing program to include a six-week summer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course for those as young as 16; a one-year VN to RN track; and an RN Associate’s degree program.

The PVC Transfer Department is also utilizing the survey to eye the hopes of possibly hosting a four-year Bachelor’s program on campus.

“Potentially, the information will be used to plan a schedule, location, and start date for students. Your answers provided will only be used by Palo Verde College and the four-year non-profit institution for informational purposes,” states the PVC survey.

The PVC survey ends Nov. 24; potential students or those who know someone with an interest in the nursing field are encouraged to participate.

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