WKU Nursing Program Receives $400,000

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One of Western Kentucky University's most in-demand programs is getting some federal funding. Senator Jim Bunning was at the Knicely Conference Center at WKU's south campus to present a $400,000 check.

The check is for the accelerated Master of Science in the nursing program. Fifteen graduate fellowships will offset the cost of advanced education.

Beverly Siegrist is the coordinator of the program. She says, "I'm talking to applicants from all over Kentucky- Louisville, Elizabethtown. So the word is getting out. We hope to put about 15 more faculty out in the workforce in about a year."

The accelerated program will allow nurses to graduate in less time. This program will help address the serious shortage in nursing faculty-which is another complication to the shortage of nurses nationwide.