ABILENE, Texas -

Earlier this month Cisco College lost state approval for its registered nursing program. Now, another Big Country school is working to keep its program in good standing.

The registered nursing program at Texas State Technical College is under a "conditional status."

Over the past three years, just under 80 percent of TSTC's registered nursing students have passed.

Eighty percent is the magic number the school needs to pass final exams to keep its state approval status.

Earlier this month the state nursing board removed that approval status from Cisco College and now, while TSTC is under the conditional status, the school cannot admit new students into their RN program.

Later this year, Texas Tech will open a nursing school in Abilene, so there won't be a shortage of available programs, but according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there is a concern about a future shortage of nurses.

There are currently 44 students enrolled in TSTC registered nursing program.

In September, when students take final exams, at least 80 percent need to pass for the school to return to a full approval status.

KTXS contacted the school's president, and she said TSTC officials are confident they'll be able to get at least 80 percent to pass.

Eighty-eight percent of TSTC students in the vocational nursing program passed their exams last year.