Missouri is investing $5 million in hopes of boosting the state’s nursing education programs.

A news release from Gov. Mike Parson said competitive grants will be distributed to 20 Missouri colleges and universities.

“It is vitally important that we continue to invest in Missouri’s health care workforce to stay competitive nationally, especially for our high demand fields such as nursing,” Parson said. “These grant funds will allow nursing programs to increase faculty support, develop future faculty through scholarships and nursing educator programs, and invest in clinical simulation technology and equipment.”

The 20 competitive grants were part of a special designation to the Missouri State Board of Nursing that was recommended and approved by Gov. Parson. The approved grants include:

• $172,760 to Bolivar Technical College
• $165,590 to College of the Ozarks
• $211,855 to Crowder College
• $159,856 to Lincoln University
• $227,000 to Maryville University
• $441,405 to Missouri Baptist University
• $394,772 to Missouri State University
• $532,944 to Missouri State University – West Plains
• $386,780 to Missouri Western State University
• $198,000 to North Central Missouri College
• $147,500 to Northwest Missouri State University
• $135,563 to Research College of Nursing
• $293,400 to St. Charles Community College
• $99,704 to St. Louis University
• $450,000 to St. Luke’s College – Rockhurst University
• $150,000 to Truman State University
• $256,875 to University of Central Missouri
• $285,996 to University of Missouri – Columbia
• $150,000 to University of Missouri – Kansas City
• $140,000 to William Jewell University

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