Veteran to BSN Program

May 25th, 2017

Nick St. Clair

Army medic Nick St. Clair is now JPS nurse Nick St. Clair after graduating from a new program that allows military medics to apply their training and skills toward a fast-track Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

St. Clair, a nurse on P4 Cardio Progressive Care, graduated from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, one of more than 40 colleges participating with the Texas Workforce Commission in the College Credit for Heroes program.

Medical personnel in the military obtain valuable training and experience, but emerge from their years of service without certifications or licenses required to apply their skills in the civilian workforce. The new program includes a fast-track degree for nursing — Veteran to BNS (VBSN) — as an alternative to delaying employment for up to four years to complete a traditional nursing program.

St. Clair’s VBSN program at Texas Tech is a one-year program. By the end of the first semester, he said, students are in clinical rotations handling a full assignment of five or six patients. Graduates can be on the job in a civilian hospital after passing the state licensing exam.

St. Clair, who was in the Army from 1999 to 2007, is among recent VBSN graduates to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Solutions News magazine.

“The College Credit for Heroes and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s credit by examination for veteran healthcare experience programs helped streamline and accelerate the process of completing a BSN,” said St. Clair, “and achieving my goal of working as a registered nurse at a publicly funded hospital.”

Share this article!