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UTC Receives Grant to Help Advanced Practice Nurses to Better Serve Rural and Underserved Communities

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing has received a $2.6-million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to help prepare its advanced practice nurses to meet the needs of rural and underserved communities in the Chattanooga region. The four-year grant comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is part of the HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program.

Each semester of their program, the students—pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees—will receive approximately $8,500.

According to the HHS, nearly 70 percent of areas designated as primary medical Health Professional Shortage Areas are in rural areas.