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TWU awarded $744,422 federal grant for weekend nursing program


DALLAS — Texas Woman’s University will use $744,422 in federal grant money to expand its weekend nursing program in Dallas.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded TWU the funds through the newly enacted Affordable Care Act of 2010 — the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program.

The grant will help fund 80 new nursing students in the TWU Weekend Nursing Program over a three-year period.

“Our emphasis will be on recruitment of racial and ethnic minority students whose clinical experiences will be with underserved populations,” said Dr. Susan Chaney, nursing professor and program director of the TWU weekend nursing program with Dr. Susan Sheriff, TWU nursing professor and project coordinator.

Offered through the TWU Dallas-Parkland Center, the TWU Weekend Baccalaureate Nursing Program combines weekend and online classes for individuals with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who want to earn a bachelor of science in nursing and become registered nurses. For more information, call (214) 689-6510 or visit

“Graduates of the TWU weekend nursing program will improve health access, decrease health disparities within their selected communities and bolster the nursing workforce in the state of Texas,” said Dr. Stephanie Woods, associate dean of the TWU College of Nursing in Dallas.

The HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for individuals who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. For more information, visit

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page updated 11/12/2015 5:12 PM