POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 9:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:20am
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Doña Ana Community College nursing program lost it's accreditation last week after an April visit from the accreditation commission.
DACC President Margie Huerta said the decision from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission came from a lack of full-time faculty.
"What they require is one faculty member for every 9.7 students," Huerta said.
The program has 109 students with only six full-time faculty members.
Huerta said the challenge comes in recruiting. She said there are plenty of nurses in the area, but it's hard to find those who are willing to teach for less money than what they would make working in the field.
"They're not all going to want to come here and give up being nurses in a hospital setting where the salaries are greater than teaching at any program," Huerta said.
Losing accreditation does not mean the program will shutdown.
The college still has the required approval from the state board of nursing.
For those concerned about finding jobs, Huerta says they are willing to help.