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ASU Nursing Department Awarded National Grant

September 09, 2010

Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help fund the department’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program for the 2010-11 school year.

This year’s grant will be utilized to provide traineeships to graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program with the options of clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, nurse educator or a collaborative nurse practitioner program with Texas Tech University. Students can use the traineeships to help pay for tuition, books and other fees.

“With the addition of these AENT funds to our other financial aid programs,” said Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of the ASU College of Nursing and Allied Health, “I would encourage any registered nurse who wants to seek advanced education to contact the Nursing Department to see what types of financial assistance are available to help achieve their educational goals.”

Dr. Susan Wilkinson, head of the Nursing Department, added “With the vast majority of graduate nursing students already employed as full-time nurses, they are often not eligible for need-based financial aid to continue their educations. Traineeships are particularly beneficial because all graduate nursing students are eligible.”

HRSA grant amounts are calculated using a formula that reflects increased enrollment, graduation rates and growth in diversity. This is the ninth year in a row that ASU has received this grant for the AENT program. More than 90 students are enrolled in Angelo State’s M.S.N. programs this fall.

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