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Barton nursing program sees renewed success

Nursing program accepting applications

Barton Community College mascot Bart the Cougar poses for a photo in his nurse scrubs. The college nursing program has announced a secondary deadline and is accepting student applications for the 2-18-2019 academic year until March 1.

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The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee the year a report showed only 44 percent that year’s nursing students passed the state exam on the first attempt. Dr. Kathy Kottas, Barton’s executive director of Nursing and Healthcare Education, said she wasn’t happy with the pass rates either.

But on Tuesday, Kottas was able to tell the BCC Board of Trustees how her program responded.
“We sat down and developed a fairly healthy list of strategies,” she said. Her staff ...


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