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Lewis-Clark State College graduate program approved


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LEWISTON (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Education has approved a new graduate program for Lewis-Clark State College.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the board unanimously approved the plan earlier this month for the nursing management and leadership degree.

The graduate certificate program will be 13 credits, fully online. Now LCSC officials must submit the program to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for approval.

School officials said the idea for the program originated from a request from Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene. Kootenai Health says there’s a need for advanced educational opportunities.

The decision is also supported by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, school officials said, which needs more nurses that can take on leadership roles at its hospital.

The program will have a capacity of 20 students, and the cost for full-time, in-state students will be $9,000.

LCSC President Cynthia Pemberton said the college already has an upper-division nursing leadership and management certificate program at the undergraduate level.

It wasn’t “a huge stretch for us to expand into this graduate arena to better serve nurses in our region that might be interested in this next-level credential,” she said.