Neville Bill Will Give Nursing Students a Shot in the Arm
Denver — Colorado’s aspiring nurses got a potential shot in the arm Monday, when a bill allowing community colleges for the first time to offer 4-year Bachelor of Science nursing degrees passed the Senate on a 32-3 bipartisan vote.
Littleton Republican Tim Neville says the measure — House Bill-1086 — will help lower education costs and eliminate complications for those pursuing a nursing degree in Colorado, by allowing students who start their training at a 2-year school to complete their degree without having to transfer to a 4-year school, which would typically charge higher tuition.
“HB-1086 is a great bill because it offers more people the opportunity to transition from a 2-year to a 4-year nursing degree at a community college without the need to transfer schools, which will lower education costs and help satisfy the state’s growing demand for nurses with 4-year degrees,” Neville said. “They’ll get that degree faster, at a lower cost and with much less student debt, which will free them from that burden so much sooner.”
Neville describes that as a win for students, for community colleges and for medical providers across the state who badly need qualified nurses.
HB-1086 now must return to the House for reconciliation of amendments, before heading to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk for a signature.