Missouri Southern has received approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing to increase the number of students added to the university’s nursing program each year.

Starting this fall, there will be a cohort of 45 students entering the nursing program in the fall and the spring, for a total of 90 each academic year.

Missouri Southern has previously admitted only a single cohort of 60 nursing students each fall.

The increase in student numbers comes in response to a nursing shortage. By producing nursing graduates in May and December each year, health care organizations will be able to address nursing vacancies in a more timely manner.