Mount St. Joseph University has received more than $200,000 to offer the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to make graduate nursing programs more affordable. The grant money would allow 20 students in the Mount’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs who are committed to being nurse educators.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for nurses interested in advancing their nursing careers who want to be nurse educators and contribute to healthcare in a different way,” said Darla Vale, Ph.D., dean of health sciences at the Mount. “The nursing field faces a significant shortage of nursing faculty who are expected to retire in the coming years. Financial aid to support nurses’ goals of advancing their degrees is very beneficial to them and to helping the nursing profession.”
“The Mount has a rich history in nursing and providing innovation, high quality nursing education,” said Nancy Hinzman, DNP, the Mount’s MSN/DNP program director. “The NFLP will allow the Mount to expand our MSN and DNP programs with more students and course options.”
The NFLP covers the cost of tuition, fees and other reasonable education costs for eligible students. Up to 85% of the loan can be forgiven for those who complete their degree program and teach fulltime at an accredited school of nursing. Priority will be given to students who are accepted into the Mount’s program by August 1, 2015. Students who would like to be considered for the grant must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) and indicate their commitment to pursuing a career in nurse education.
The Mount will hold an information session for any MSN and DNP candidates to learn more about the programs and the NFLP on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Seton Center. Parking is available in the parking lot with the fountain off Neeb Road. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes for MSN and DNP begin in September. For more information about the Mount’s graduate nursing programs, please contact Nancy Hinzman at email@example.com.
Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.