HESSTON, Kan. (KAKE) - Beginning this fall, Tabor College will begin providing a nursing major program thanks to a partnership with Hesston College.

The agreement will allow students to take courses on Tabor’s campus over the first two years, while continuing to live on campus and participate in Tabor activities in their final two years while taking nursing courses at Hesston College and clinicals in area hospitals.

Both institutions will have offices on each other’s campuses for further opportunities for students, and allow for expansion in course offerings from each college. Course offerings for Hesston’s students at Tabor have yet to be finalized, but will include classes from an undergraduate catalog of over 30 majors.

“I expect that soon our partnership will allow us to create four-year degree options for Tabor students in engineering and aviation on our end,” explained Hesston’s Interim President Ross Peterson-Veatch, Ph.D., “and also allow Hesston students access to Tabor’s excellent four-year programs in social work, accounting, education and other career-focused degrees.”

Hesston introduced pre-nursing to its curriculum in 1945. The program has consistently produced a first-time pass rate on the RN licensure exam that is well above the national average, and graduates have a 100% job placement rate in health care agencies.

“This has been a truly collaborative effort from the beginning - with goodwill, good ideas and strong planning from start to finish,” said Peterson-Veatch.