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Caring For Our Own Program Graduate Support
Welcome to the Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) for
American Indian graduate students in the College of Nursing!
We are committed to enabling the pursuit of better healthcare for American Indian people, one student at a time.
The CO-OP is a Reservation/University Partnership between:
- nursing educators and tribal leaders
- reservation-based educators and Native health professionals
We are looking for American Indian students who would like to provide quality, culturally sensitive healthcare to their own people and who are interested in pursuing graduate-level education.
CO-OP Benefits Available for Graduate Students
- financial assistance through Indian Health Service (IHS) scholarships
- many classes distance delivered
- academic assistance (including free tutoring)
- technology assistance (including free laptop and webcam checkout services)
- networking with top researchers in the nursing field
- job placement assistance
What our students have to say:
“As nurse leaders we have an opportunity to guide the future of Native American healthcare in a manner that meets our local cultural needs.”
“I am pursuing an advanced degree in nursing because I see a large need for clinical and administrative leadership in our tribal and IHS healthcare organizations. I feel it is important for us as Native American nurses to step forward and fill these leadership roles.”
“The benefits that I get from CO-OP have been great. Especially financially. Through the CO-OP and IHS [Scholarship] I am able to cover the tuition with some living expenses that will allow me to focus on school.”
“I think it is important for Native Nurses to get advance degrees because the communities that we come from are in desperate need of healthcare providers of any kind. Those of us that come from our communities are more likely to stay for the long haul to care for the people.”
Why choose advanced nursing?
Healthcare for American Indian people can be improved by increasing the number of nurses with advanced degrees. Advanced educated nurses and advanced practice nurses can provide exceptional clinical and culturally sensitive care to their people and provide local leadership to advance the state of tribal healthcare.
For Information about each of the options in the Graduate Program in the College of Nursing go to: http://www.montana.edu/wwwnu/student/graduate.php