Tribal college in ND to end nursing program

BISMARCK (AP) — A Native American college in North Dakota is preparing to close its nursing program this month.
The United Tribes Technical College’s nursing program will end May 10, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
The college decided in December to voluntarily discontinue the program after recent resignations put it out of compliance with North Dakota Board of Nursing standards. The college saw departures from the program’s administrator and three faculty members.
The college contracted with temporary staff to allow eight students in the program to complete their education in order to graduate this month, said Stacey Pfenning, the board’s executive director. Officials also alerted current and prospective students last year that the program would be discontinued.
The number of students enrolled in the college’s nursing program had been declining in recent years, according to the state board’s annual report.
The United Tribes Technical College had 22 students enrolled in its nursing program in the 2017-2018 school year, compared to 34 in 2012-2013.
College officials attributed the decrease to the creation of two-year registered nursing programs in the area. United Tribes Technical College is the third tribal college in North Dakota to close its nursing program in recent years, the school stated.
Leander McDonald, the college’s president, said “knowing that students would have other options in the community helped in making the decision.”