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Missouri State University has once again received a large federal grant to go toward future nurse practitioner students who are studying full-time. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
Dr. Kathryn Hope, the nursing department head at MSU, says the nearly $153,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services allows these graduate students to better focus on the intensive program.
“The main goal is to provide tuition, fees, and stipends to allow nurse practitioner students to be full time students, rather than part time students, which enables them to get out to the program faster,” says Hope.
In addition to a full class load, students in the two-year program also have to complete over 700 hours of clinical experience. Hope says the program is very demanding, but also boasts a high success rate.
She says since the program started in 1996, nearly 100% of the students have passed the Nurse Practitioner Boards. Many of those, who were "fast-tracked" through the program with help from this grant previously, are now giving back to the Ozarks community.
“In a recent survey, 85% of our students are still in southwest Missouri, working full time,” says Hope.
This is the 10th year the program has received the federal grant. The grant amount has increased in recent years because of the program’s focus on community and helping the underserved.
For KSMU News, I’m Shane Franklin.