Milligan nursing program receives grant from MSHA

From Staff Reports

   Milligan College's nursing program has received a three-year commitment of $175,000 from Mountain State Health Alliance (MSHA). The funds will be used to help meet the needs of the college's growing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
   "We are pleased to be partnering with Milligan College in producing more nurses for our region," said Dennis Vonderfecht, MSHA CEO.
   The Tennessee Board of Nursing granted full approval of Milligan's BSN program in December 1999, and for the past three years nursing classes have maintained a 100 percent first time pass rate on the national licensure exam. The program's successful pass rate has increased its enrollment numbers considerably.
   "Mountain State Health Alliance has been instrumental in the success of our occupational therapy nursing programs," said Milligan College President Donald R. Jeanes. "This collaboration has benefited many deserving students who are majoring in health related fields and our graduates have helped strengthen the health services in return."
   The college will seek corporate and individual contributions to match the funds which will be used to strengthen the program. "MSHA has been generous in supporting our BSN program since its inception and have helped us provide a quality program," said Melinda Collins, Interim Chair of Nursing at Milligan College. "In return we can now provide them with nurses who are prepared to meet their needs."