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May 02, 2017

Six colleges and universities receive grants to expand nursing education programs
Funding will help train more health care professionals in Missouri

Six Missouri colleges and universities will receive grants to expand their nursing education programs. The grants, totaling more than $800,000, were awarded by the Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Board of Nursing, which provides funding for the grant program.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of nurses in Missouri, especially in areas where a shortage of health care professionals exists. The funds will be used to add faculty and develop new programs so that more students can study nursing.

“These grants will provide valuable educational opportunities for many students and help meet Missouri’s growing need for highly trained health care professionals,” said Zora Mulligan, Missouri commissioner of higher education.

The 2017 grant recipients are:

  • Columbia College – $150,000
  • Crowder College, Neosho – $ 98,478
  • Jefferson College, Hillsboro – $150,000
  • State Fair Community College, Sedalia – $149,730
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City – $150,000
  • Webster University, St. Louis – $112,013

The recipients were selected by the Missouri Board of Nursing and the Department of Higher Education through a competitive application process.

The grants can be used to:

  • Add faculty positions in nursing education programs.

  • Recruit and retain highly qualified faculty for nursing education programs.

  • Develop accelerated graduate nursing programs.

  • Provide scholarships or training to develop faculty who will commit to teach in a Missouri school of nursing for at least three years.

  • Develop new clinical partnerships for training new nurses.