The nursing program will acquire additional state-of-the-art advanced patient simulators using the grant.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Missouri Department of Higher Education recently announced that the Columbia College Nursing program will be the beneficiary of a $150,000 Nursing Education Incentive Grant.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award, which will benefit our students for many years to come,” said Dr. Tina Dalrymple, Nursing and Health Sciences program coordinator. “The grant will allow us to add cutting-edge technology that will increase efficiency in clinical work and allow our students to receive additional hands-on training.”

The program plans to utilize the funds to acquire state-of-the-art advanced patient simulators, peripheral technology and advanced software to aid in students’ clinical skills development. The program currently has two simulators for its students to utilize. The grant will assist in the purchase of additional members of a SIM “family,” including SimJunior and Victoria maternal and neonatal birthing simulators, along with an Obstetric/Neonatal simulation station.

“Our Nursing program continues to produce top-notch health care professionals that benefit mid-Missouri communities,” said Dr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “This grant will allow the program to enhance our class offerings even further to ensure our students’ skills meet the needs of the constantly evolving health care industry.”

This is the first time the program has been awarded the grant. Columbia College currently offers a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree, an RN-to-BSN online nursing degree and an Associate in Nursing degree. For more information, visit