Baccalaureate Degrees Proposal History

Read here for a history of the process to start offering baccalaureate degrees at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (formerly Manatee Community College).

Update: March 26, 2010 - State Board Approves Three New SCF Bachelor Degrees

The Florida State Board of Education (SBOE) at its March 26, 2010, meeting approved proposals by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), to offer a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education, birth to age 4; and bachelor of applied science degrees in health services administration and public safety administration/homeland security.

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Update: March 17, 2009 - BSN Approved

Manatee Community College began a new era March 17, 2009, with the State Board of Education's unanimous approval of MCC's proposal to deliver a complete bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) degree to Manatee and Sarasota counties. Application has been made to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for baccalaureate level change approval.

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View photos of MCC staff, area hospital administrators and community representatives at the State Board of Education's meeting.

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The MCC District Board of Trustees at its September 17, 2008, meeting unanimously approved notifying the Florida Department of Education that the College intends to offer baccalaureate programs. 

As the next step in the process, at its December 9, 2008, meeting the Board approved sending a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree proposal to state education officials and legislators.

The proposal was supported by highlights from a needs analysis showing that a BSN program at MCC would draw strong support from major area hospitals and strong interest from working RNs and nursing students. The analysis showed an unprecedented immediate need for RNs with a BSN and an equally dramatic level of interest in MCC offering the BSN.

If MCC receives approval from state officials in spring 2009 to offer the BSN program, January 2010 is the earliest classes would be expected to begin.

Updates will be posted on this Web page as the College moves through the state's Baccalaureate Proposal Approval Process for Community Colleges. 

More information

Tampa Bay Business Journal: MCC Bachelor's in Nursing Approved - 3/18/09

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: MCC to Offer 4-year Nursing Degree - 3/18/09

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Healthy Change - 3/18/09

Sun-Herald: MCC Nursing Degree OK'd - 3/18/09

Bradenton Herald: MCC Gets Go-ahead for Nursing Program - 3/18/09

Sarasota Herald-Tribune:  State OKs MCC Plan to Offer 4-year Nursing Degrees - 3/17/2009

Bradenton Herald: State Board OKs MCC Plan to Offer Four-year Nursing Program - 3/17/2009

MCC News Release: YES to BSN! State Board OKs Four-year Nursing Degree at MCC. - 3/17/2009

Bradenton Herald: State Board to Consider 4-year Degrees at MCC - 2/10/2009

Sun-Herald: Four-year Nursing Program Proposed - 1/7/2009

Bradenton Herald: Heath Care Boost - State Should Approve MCC Nursing Program - 12/30/2008

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: A Dose of Common Sense - State Wisely Bends the Rules for MCC Nursing Program - 12/26/2008

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: MCC Nursing Program Back on Course - 12/25/2008

Bradenton Herald: MCC 4-year Nursing Degrees Back on Track - 12/24/2008

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Nursing Students May Have to Wait - 12/23/2008

Access Sarasota TV: Dr. Hafner Briefs Sarasota County Legislative Delegation on BSN Proposal - 12/12/2008

SNN News Report: MCC BSN and Carlton Scholarship - 12/9/2008

MCC News Release: MCC Board Meeting Report - 12/9/2008

Bradenton Herald guest column: USF Sarasota-Manatee Expanding in Many Ways - 9/28/2008

Bradenton Herald editorial: SCF's Higher Status: Potential Benefits to our Economy Great - 9/28/2008

Bay News 9 video and report: Manatee Community College Closer to Offering Four-year Degrees - 9/20/2008

Sarasota Herald-Tribune article: College Pursuing Four-year Program - 9/18/2008

Bradenton Herald article: MCC Gets Ball Rolling Toward Four-year Degrees - 9/17/2008

WWSB ABC 7 video and report: MCC Could Become Four-year School - 9/17/2008

MCC News Release: MCC Board Approves Four-year Degree Proposal - 9/17/2008

Sarasota Herald-Tribune article: MCC May Offer Four-year Degree - 8/7/2008

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