Community Colleges Seek to Award Bachelor’s in Nursing

SPRINGFIELD — In response to a looming shortage of registered nurses and growing demand from employers for nurses with four-year degrees, Illinois community colleges are pushing for the ability to award bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

However, the idea has been met with opposition from the state’s public universities. They say they’re willing to work collaboratively to address the issue but don’t believe community colleges should be in the business of awarding bachelor’s degrees.

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