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. The program has received the grant in each of the past two years.

“Nursing education continues to reorient to the needs of the workforce from a local, regional and national perspective, with a large increase in the demand for baccalaureate-trained nurses,” said Dr. Joyce Gentry, director of the Nursing Program. “This grant will play a key role in meeting that need head-on and will position our program to continue to offer outstanding instruction for our students and professional development for our faculty.”

After investing in crucial simulation equipment with last year’s award, this year’s grant funds will go toward purchasing cutting-edge video technology to record simulation sessions, which support clinical skill enhancement for students. The program will also add an additional full-time faculty member to support increased enrollment capacity of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The funds will play a key role in developing a Nursing Faculty Scholars program designed to invest in the professional development of staff who are interested in pursuing a doctoral nursing program.

“The college is honored to once again receive this grant, and we appreciate the commitment the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Missouri Department of Higher Education has made to our program,” said Dr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “Several members of our nursing team, including faculty members Dr. Gentry, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, Faye Fairchild, Kay Dingler and Theresa Veit, played a key role in securing this award that will allow our students to meet the needs of the constantly evolving health care industry.”

Columbia College currently offers a bachelor’s in nursing, an RN-to-BSN online nursing degree and an Associate in Science in Nursing degree. For more information, visit