ARGO — The School of Nursing at North Dakota State University is receiving a $1.57 million federal grant award to help educate future health care professionals who serve rural areas.

The award will make possible a nurse practitioner residency/fellowship program for new graduates. NDSU and Essentia Health are partnering to develop the program for nurse practitioners working in rural clinics.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is providing the funds over four years to create the residency program.

“Highly prepared nurse practitioners that are able to function at the highest scope of practice benefit rural patients and communities,” said Mykell Barnacle, assistant professor of nursing practice at NDSU, who heads the team developing the program, along with Dean Gross, assistant professor of nursing practice.

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