Mennonite College of Nursing Awarded Big Grant

Published 07/29 2014 06:18PM

Updated 07/29 2014 06:46PM

NORMAL- ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing is getting a big boost in funding.

The nursing program has received a 2 year grant of $700,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS has estimated that in 2020 there could be a shortage of more than 20,000 primary care physicians.

The grant will help cover tuition costs for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Sequence at the College.

One professor of nursing says the money is a great benefit to students.

"The students who are currently in the program and coming into the program are registered nurses and so they've been working probably full time. And this gives them the opportunity to scale back their work, to really be able to focus on their education," said Dr. Denise Wilson, Family Nurse Practitioner Sequence Leader at MCN.

45 students will have their tuition paid for through the grant.

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