LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College can start enrolling students into its new registered nursing program, with classes beginning this fall.

The Advocate reports the Louisiana State Board of Nursing gave its approval Wednesday for the college to start accepting students.

Only 40 students will be admitted in the program, though Laurie Fontenot, dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Safety, has said the goal is to expand the program to 60 students.

The program received $500,000 in donations last year from Lafayette's major hospitals and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority to help fund faculty salaries and equipment needed to get the program off the ground.

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