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MSU College of Nursing wins grant to support nurse practitioner students

October 15, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University graduate nursing students who are studying to become primary care nurse practitioners may receive up to $9,000 per year for two years, thanks to a grant that was awarded recently to the MSU College of Nursing.

The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant (grant number A10HP25161), from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration, will assist MSU nurse practitioner students with tuition and fees. The grant provides $346,000 to MSU each year for two years, subject to the availability of funding.

All MSU nurse practitioner students who apply for the traineeship money will receive up to $9,000 per year, and the amount each student receives will be dependent on their chosen plan of study and credit load, according to Helen Melland, dean of the MSU College of Nursing. Students may apply for the traineeship money in the fall. One hundred percent of the program costs are financed with federal money, Melland added.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide this assistance to our students," Melland said. "This support will help them progress through the graduate program, enable them to enter the workforce, and, in turn, benefit those who need their care."

The MSU College of Nursing offers a master's of nursing degree with options in family nurse practitioner and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The options focus on primary or mental health care in rural settings and are accessed via distance delivery. The programs can be completed in five semesters.

Graduates are prepared to provide primary or mental health care in a variety of settings in rural underserved areas. They are engaged in education, case management, expert clinical practice, consultation, research and administration. Graduates also are eligible to seek national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and to apply for advanced practice registered nurse licensure in Montana.

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