Missouri women’s college announces new nursing program

January 30, 2020 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A private women’s college in Columbia has started a nursing program with a nonprofit hospital.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Stephens College and the Boone Hospital Center announced the new accelerated three-year Bachelor of Science program during a news conference Wednesday.

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch said the college already is getting calls from prospective students and noted that the demand for nurses far outpaces the supply. A Missouri Hospital Association report found that central Missouri had 350 vacant registered nurse positions as of January 2019.


Lynch said the program is an example of “what can happen when two very different organizations, each with its own strengths, expertise and mission, come together to address the workforce needs of our community.”