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      SC State has plans to phase out nursing program

      South Carolina State University plans to close one of its three nursing degree programs to new students, but will allow those already in the program to finish.

      ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina State University plans to close one of its three nursing degree programs but will allow some of those already in the program to finish.

      The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported Tuesday the university presented a plan to the state Board of Nursing.to close its generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

      The program is for students with no nursing background. State officials say rising juniors and sophomores can finish, but freshmen and sophomores will not be allowed to major in nursing starting this fall.

      The plan cites students' first-time pass rates on a national test to license registered nurses as well below state and national levels as the reason for ending the program. In 2011, only seven of 34 students passed the test.

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