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Department of Nursing scores $1.5 million to address Maryland's nursing shortage

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 16, 2009) - TUís Department of Nursing recently received $1.5 million in funding from the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) Nurse Support Program II in support of TUís accelerated Associate to Master's (ATM) degree program in nursing. HSCRCís initiatives are aimed at increasing the number of bedside nurses in Maryland by enlarging nursing school capacity. Working in partnership with Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and Frederick Memorial Hospital, funding will allow TU to expand the ATM program through increased clinical sites, classrooms and nursing clinicians serving as adjunct faculty.

The ATM program, developed in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) was launched as a pilot program in January. This program offers a fast-track curriculum to non-nursing students who have bachelor's degrees.† At the masterís level, a nursing education track is being offered with an aim to create a future pipeline of nursing faculty. With this additional support, the nursing department will increase its efforts to recruit and admit additional nursing students in January 2010. The department also aims to extend its partnership with other community colleges offering associate degrees in nursing.

"The accelerated program is an opportunity for faculty collaboration. It is also a great opportunity for non-nurses to get a Master of Science degree in nursing education in this three-year seamless associate to master's degree program," says Project Director Vicky Kent.

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