Caring for Missourians gets a boost from one-time funds

The University of Missouri, along with the state’s other public four- and two-year institutions, received a boost to the Caring for Missourians initiative in the form of one-time funds last month. The initiative’s original goal was to gradually increase health care-related class sizes by an average of 20 percent to address the state’s shortfall of health professionals.

The university’s share, $24.3 million, will allow the university to increase health care programs graduates on a temporary basis. Here’s a breakdown of how the funds will be used, by campus and college or school (detailed descriptions of proposed use of the funds appear below):

• MU Health Professions: $1.6 million
• MU Medicine: $6 million
• MU Nursing: $1.7 million
• UMKC Dentistry: $2.1 million
• UMKC Medicine: $5.6 million
• UMKC Pharmacy: $2.2 million
• UMKC Nursing: $1.8 million
• UMSL Nursing: $1.8 million
• UMSL Optometry: $750,000

Note: While the Missouri University of Science and Technology does not offer health care education programs, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee and Missouri S&T Chancellor John F. Carney III are exploring options to use the funds to improve health care in Missouri.

Department of Physical Therapy at MU
The Department of Physical Therapy will create an additional clinical skills laboratory, and purchase necessary equipment and distance education technology. These changes will allow the department to support an increase in class size from 40 to 44 for the doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) class beginning in June 2010.

Department of Occupational Therapy at MU
The Department of Occupational Therapy will expand lecture room capacity, create a new skills laboratory and teaching laboratories, hire a fieldwork coordinator and purchase distance education technology. These changes will allow the occupational therapy class size to be expanded from 24 to 30 on a permanent basis starting in the Fall 2009 semester.

Department of Communication Science and Disorders at MU
The Department of Communication Science and Disorders will hire three half-time instructors for three years, fund renovation costs and purchase equipment for a teaching laboratory for master’s and doctoral students. Over the course of three years, these changes should enable the department to add eight students at the undergraduate level, four at the master’s level, and three at the doctoral level. Additionally, the funds will be used to develop a distance education program, which will permanently add eight undergraduate students per year.

Department of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences
The Department of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences will fund faculty positions to temporarily increase class size in the bachelor’s of health sciences respiratory therapy program from 16 to 20 students per class beginning in the fall of 2010. The department will also fund one additional faculty member and the purchase of equipment needed to permanently expand enrollment in the master’s diagnostic medical ultrasound program by five students per year. The remaining funds will be used for renovations and equipment replacement in the radiography teaching laboratory, which will allow for an increase of four students in the radiologic sciences program in 2010, as well as the purchase of distance education technology to promote expanded online instruction and to allow for the development of online courses in the new master’s program in nuclear medicine. The increase in class size will result in a corresponding permanent increase in the number of graduates in the two-year radiologic sciences program from 15 to 19 in 2013. The increase in the class size of the two-year respiratory therapy program will result in a temporary increase of four graduates in the 2013 graduating class. The increase in the class size of the two-year master’s in diagnostic in ultrasound program will result in a temporary increase of five additional graduates in the 2013 graduating class.

MU School of Medicine
The MU School of Medicine will create new problem-based learning labs and increase faculty resources to accommodate a larger class size; create the Mizzou Preparation for Medical School program, with the goal of helping rural, socio-economically disadvantaged, minority and other nontraditional students gain admission and achieve success in medical school; enhance academic support to successfully graduate enrolled medical students; and develop new learning methods and training sites. These changes will allow the medical school to increase class size by eight students per year for two years, resulting in a total of 16 additional physicians by 2015.

MU School of Nursing
The School of Nursing at MU will increase the number of nurses in the accelerated bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree, with a focus on preparing nurses for the workforce and to serve as nurse educators. This effort will allow for the education and training of 10 accelerated BSN students and 10 doctoral students who will be prepared to become nursing faculty members.

UMKC School of Dentistry
Beginning this fall, the School of Dentistry at UMKC will renovate facilities to make room for additional students in preclinical laboratories. The school plans to add a total of 17 new students from fall 2010 through fall 2013; five students in fall 2010 and four students per year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. New students admitted to this expanded class will be heavily recruited from disadvantaged backgrounds.

UMKC School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at UMKC will initiate a one-time enrollment increase and aggressive, sustained retention efforts to increase its average graduating class size from 90 to 105 over a three-year period. The school will also facilitate creative approaches to the use of scholarships and waivers to help attract the most highly-sought after students in Missouri.

UMKC School of Nursing
UMKC’s School of Nursing will increase enrollment and graduation in the MSN program, with an emphasis on the role of nurse educators, by 12 students each year. The school will also increase enrollment in the doctoral program education by a minimum of three students each year. Additionally, the school will expand online access.

UMSL College of Nursing
The College of Nursing at UMSL plans to hire a combination of non-tenure-track faculty and temporary staff, renovate existing space and purchase new equipment to support an increase in enrollment. Additionally, the college will seek creative approaches to build on collaborative relationships between the three schools of nursing within the University of Missouri System in the area of graduate education. These changes will allow for an increase of 16 BSN students, 10 MSN nurse educator students and five doctoral students over the next several years.

UMSL Optometry
The College of Optometry at UMSL will hire additional non-tenure-track faculty, provide additional tuition assistance, and invest in new technology and laboratory equipment to support an increase of 16 additional optometrists between 2014 and 2017.

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