eLine Military Program Highlights Presented to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Published: February 01, 2016

eLine Military Program Highlights Presented to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s program that offers college credit based on military medical experience was featured at a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting.

Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Dr. Jason Saladiner, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Innovative Programs, presented to the board an overview of the eLine Military Nursing Program and how the program awards credit based on medical military training and experience. The innovative Prior Learning Assessment, a mechanism to award competency level nursing credit for military service and interventions to help veterans earn nursing degrees and licensure were highlighted.

The board requested the presentation for its January meeting in the Program of Excellence section after hearing of the success of the program, Hamilton said.

“We were honored for the opportunity to share our eLine Military Program with the board and higher education officials from all over the state of Texas,” she said. “The designation as a Program of Excellence is a credit to the faculty and the level of military training and expertise demonstrated by our veterans as they transition from the military into their nursing career.”

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system and was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965. The nine-member board meets four times a year in Austin. Others in attendance were chancellors, presidents, provosts and chief academic officers from colleges and universities in Texas.

The White House previously recognized the program for its unique mission to fill two critical needs; a nursing shortage and civilian employment for veterans. It was developed as a model to be used by other nursing schools across the country. The eLine Military Program recently received a three-year grant of more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow for greater focus on veterans, primarily by increasing outreach and by offering veterans the opportunity to begin the program six months before separating from the military.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences have received more than 1,500 inquiries from across the nation and active duty service members stationed around the world since 2011. Nearly 100 veterans and active duty service members have been accepted to the program with 26 completing the program and continuing their lifetime of service to the nation. Currently, approximately 50 eLine Military students are enrolled in the program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with more than 150 students in the pipeline.