Utah Valley Community College has received permission from the Utah State Board of Regents to implement its own two-year associate degree in nursing.

UVCC is one of several state schools, including the College of Eastern Utah and Salt Lake Community College, that had requested permission to implement an associate degree in nursing."This is a major victory for the college," said Kerry D. Romesburg, president of UVCC. "This gives us a chance to respond to the needs of the community."

Karin Swendsen, director of the UVCC nursing program, said this type of "career ladder" program will provide an opportunity for many licensed practical nurses to return to school and sharpen their professional skills.

"Health-care facilities experiencing a shortfall of nurses with educational preparation equal to an associate degree in nursing will benefit also," Swendsen said.