Texas Southmost College gets green light to establish new nursing program

“The re-opening of TSC’s ADN program was one of the priorities of the college and the board of trustees, and we’re excited to have achieved it,” TSC Board of Trustees Chair Adela Garza said in a press release. “TSC’s nursing program has a long history and tradition at the college and within our community, and we’ve brought it back home.”

The new program is anticipated to begin in fall 2019.

In 2017, the Texas Board of Nursing shut down TSC’s nursing program because students continued failing the state nursing exam.

The failed nursing program is also one reason TSC’s board of trustees fired former president Lily Tercero in 2016 because the board believed that Tercero failed to inform them of problems with the nursing program, which resulted in the program being suspended. Tercero later sued, arguing the board fired her during a sham hearing, and a jury awarded her $13.1 million.

However, the re-opening of the program is a great moment for the college, Board of Trustee Vice Chairman Trey Mendez, who is running for mayor, said in the press release.

“For years, allied health has been a rewarding career path for our students and I look forward to them having this option again,” Mendez said.

TSC President Jesús Roberto Rodríguez, Acting Dean of Health Professions Scott Nelson and ADN Program Director Beth Kasprisin presented the proposal to re-open the nursing program Thursday at a public meeting in Austin, which included testimony on behalf of TSC from Valley Regional Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Frank Acevedo.

“We are pleased with the unanimous decision of the Texas Board of Nursing to grant TSC initial approval to re-open the college’s nursing program, and we are grateful for the support of our health care partners and local school districts,” Rodríguez said in the press release. “With the continued support and commitment of our Board of Trustees, the college’s administration, faculty, and staff, we have been and will continue to work diligently to reestablish the ADN program at TSC to serve our students and the community.”

For more information about the ADN program, call (956) 295-3576 or visit www.tsc.edu.