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Montgomery College Awarded $4 Million for Nursing Education Program
Award Will Fund Statewide Clinical Simulation Training for Nursing Students and Increase Number of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees
Montgomery College has been awarded more than $4 million for the creation of two nursing education programs from the Maryland Higher Education Commission in conjunction with the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.
The College will receive over $3 million to develop a Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (CSRC). The project will provide simulation and training equipment to the 25 pre-licensure nursing programs in the state of Maryland.
A second grant of approximately $1 million will support a dual and innovative admission strategy with the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Students will be able to move seamlessly from Montgomery College with their associate degree in nursing (ADN) to the University of Maryland School of Nursing at Shady Grove for completion of bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN).
“These projects provide our students with amazing resources to promote their learning and continued education,” said Barbara Nubile, associate dean and director of nursing. “In today’s healthcare environment, academic progression is essential and the dual admission project will make the College’s nursing graduates more competitive for employment in acute care settings. And simulation has become essential to give new nurses the skills to identify and respond to changes in a patient’s status.”
The projects are scheduled to run from 2016-2020. They are part of the Nurse Support II program. The program was established to provide funding for expanding and improving nurse education in the state of Maryland to meet an anticipated nursing shortage.