The Idaho State Board of Education gave its approval for Lewis-Clark State College’s proposal to offer a graduate certificate in Nursing Management and Leadership.

The approval marks another milestone for the college as it seeks to introduce its first graduate offering in school history. In March, Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 395 which officially amended Idaho Code, allowing LC State to offer graduate level coursework. Since then, the college has been busy developing this certificate.

The approval clears the way for the college to submit the certificate to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for approval.

The proposed certificate addresses a regional need in the health care industry. Along with a shortage of nurses and other medical personnel, there is a need for more qualified managers in the nursing profession.

The NWCCU usually takes 3-4 months to conduct its review.

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