- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal grant awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 has paid significant dividends to former and active-duty military service members seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1nTNS3a) the three-year grant, in excess of $1 million, allows the Southern Miss College of Nursing to offer a specialized program based at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. To date, the program has graduated six military students who all passed the National Council Licensure Examination for nurses on their first attempt. Currently, there are 11 students enrolled in the program, with six set to graduate in May.

The new program, which may be completed in as little as five semesters after completion of prerequisites, incorporates military training and education previously received in the medical field. Prerequisites may be taken at any accredited college or university anywhere in the country and out-of-state tuition will be waived for students in the program.

“We are very proud of our military and the quality of candidates that we are admitting to our program,” said Patsy Anderson, associate dean and associate professor, College of Nursing and program director. “Our military does an excellent job in training personnel, and as a faculty member I could not be more pleased.”

The program has a curriculum adapted for former and active-duty service members with training as Army or Air Force medics or Navy corpsmen. It is tailored to each student and program requirements are based on military medical education and training. The traditional program is available for those with no medical experience.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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