Letter response
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This is a response to the letter to the editor from Faye Kinney published in the Bee-Picayune on Feb. 19. At Coastal Bend College, customer service is always a top priority, and we strive to ensure that all faculty and staff are cross trained to answer basic questions about the programs and services we offer. It appears as though that was not the case when Ms. Kinney contacted us, and we sincerely apologize for that experience.

Our allied health programs (radiologic technology, nursing, and dental hygiene) consistently produce highly trained and qualified students that obtain high paying jobs in the medical field. Furthermore, all of our allied health programs have very high state board examination licensure pass rates. The reason our allied health students are so successful is because of the rigorous curriculum, outstanding faculty and the many hands-on learning opportunities provided in the classroom and during clinical instruction.

Our dental hygiene program follows the high standards set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA mandates that a faculty to student ratio of 1:5 be adhered to for all clinical instruction. The CBC Dental Hygiene Program operates a fully functional clinic that provides low cost dental services to the community. The dental hygiene clinic is where students gain hands-on experience working with real patients. There are no clinical courses conducted online—it’s all face-to-face. This program is accredited through year 2019.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) recently reaffirmed our radiologic technology program for an additional eight years because of the success, high quality instruction and job placement rates of our program graduates. The average radiologic technology class contains 15 students who are all required to attend clinical instruction at one of seven different hospitals in the area. No portion of clinical instruction is done online.

The CBC Nursing Education Program adheres to the high standards set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing. Both our licensed vocational nursing (LVN) and registered nursing (RN) students participate in clinical experiences at regional healthcare facilities to gain hands-on experience providing care to patients. All CBC LVN and RN students must complete a minimum of 840 hours in a clinical setting, in addition to classroom and laboratory instruction.

I invite Ms. Kinney, or any community member, to contact me for a tour of our allied health facilities. From the state-of-art equipment and laboratories to the highly trained and qualified faculty, CBC is still a great place to obtain a high quality allied health education at an affordable price. Anyone interested in more information can contact Monica Cruz at 361-354-2258 or via email at

Monica Cruz

Coastal Bend College
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