The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has cleared the way for Jacksonville State University to begin offering a new Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy through its College of Nursing. It will be the only program of its kind offered by a university in North Alabama. The university tentatively plans to begin admitting students in Fall 2016. Officials says the college must first seek its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Once this process is completed, admissions can begin. The College of Nursing is already accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.