Currently, Northern Virginia Community College Nurse Aide education program offered through noncredit is enrolled in the FastForward initiative. FastForward is a short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth. This means that we are locked into a tuition price, set by the VCCS and we cannot make changes unless authorized by the Chancellor.
If the proposed changes to 18 VAC 90-25 is considering increasing program clock hours,that would significantly impact our program in a multitude of ways. Currently the skilled nursing facilities in our region are constantly booked with degree seeking nursing students. Without being able to raise tuition we would not be able to pay our instructors for the increase in program hours.
In closing, if there are program hour changes if will make the program cost prohibitive and we will most likely need to close and shut down our program.