AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo College, Frank Phillips College and four regional hospital districts have come together to create a new program to increase home-grown nurses in the Panhandle.
“Today is a real celebration of the Panhandle spirit where we are truly coming together, pulling our resources, and providing a nursing education opportunity for students across the Panhandle and I am honored to be a part of it,” said Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President of Amarillo College.
The Rural Nursing Education Consortium involves the partnership between hospital districts in various counties in the Panhandle, including Dallam-Hartley counties, Deaf Smith County, Hutchinson County and Moore County.
"There is a nursing shortage here and across the country. Really it is a high demand area that pays a really amazing living wage," said Dr. Lowery-Hart.
In response to the high need for nurses, Amarillo College and Frank Phillips College will provide a program for students in their facilities, with the hospitals paying the tuition for the students.
Students will have the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Amarillo College and Frank Philips College is providing a Vocational Nursing Program.
“We will have classroom sites at each of Dalhart, Hereford, Dumas and Borger,” said Jud Hicks, President of Frank Phillips College. “These locations will have instructors, but they also will be sharing their expertise and each of those classes will be connected through distance learning.”
The program is awaiting approval by several state agencies.