The Kansas Board of Regents gave its formal approval Thursday morning to Salina Area Technical College’s plan to start an Associate of Registered Nursing program in the fall of 2019.

This approval comes after last week’s approval of the program by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The college started a Practical Nursing program in August with 31 students.

While the college can’t begin the program until it has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, Salina Tech’s Director of Nursing Becky Claus urges anyone interested to contact the college soon to find out about entrance requirements, prerequisites and begin the application process.