Missouri State University will receive $2.2 million dollars from next year's state budget to help the institution beef up a program designed to attract and train health care professionals.
Governor Jay Nixon stopped by MSU Thursday to tout a program that he says is critical to help meet the needs of a state where 79 counties fall short of the health workers they need, according to federal guidelines.
*WATCH A CLIP OF NIXON'S COMMENTS ABOVE*
The program provides $40 million dollars to state universities. Missouri State said the funds would help increase enrollment in its nursing program by 41 students; 10 in physical therapy and 9 in physician assistant/audiology programs. Ozarks Technical Community College will receive $471,224 for its program.
MORE HERE: The AP notes: "It contains no scholarship money and does not it require the new health care graduates to stay in Missouri. And Nixon acknowledged that many hospitals, particularly in rural areas, don't have the money to hire any new workers."