A who’s who of local dignitaries gathered at Missouri State University Thursday afternoon to open the expansion of the McQueary Health Sciences Hall and the school’s nursing program.
“Our nursing graduates fill a vital need in hospitals, clinics and communities,” President Clif Smart at the opening. “We are incredibly proud of how they choose to live out the public affairs mission, and we are grateful to be able to expand the university’s reach in this way.”
The expansion will allow Missouri State to double the number of students in one of their major nursing program, develop a master’s degree program for nursing, and open a partnership with Ozarks Technical Community College to allow their nursing students to seamlessly transfer into MSU’s program.
“There are so many avenues for students pursuing a career in nursing,” Smart said. “We have always had success in graduating students who are prepared for this demanding career, and now we will be able to help even more as they join or enhance their training in the workforce.”
Governor Mike Parson was in attendance at the event, and spoke about the way Missouri State’s program works with private businesses like CoxHealth and Mercy health systems to teach skills to nurses that are in demand.
“This is a perfect example of how we can make the state better,” Parson said.
Parson told KWTO after the event that the focus on education which took place during his first term will continue into the second.
“You’ll see the same thing,” Parson said. “Look, we know that when you concentrate on workforce development, infrastructure, and education…it’s a winning ticket for the future of our state. We will continue to do that and continue to expand on all those programs.”