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St. David's Gives $2 Million to Texas State Nursing Program

Texas State University

The St. David's Foundation says it will spend $2 million to help fund a master's of science in nursing program at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus.

The program would allow registered nurses to become certified as nurse practitioners, which means they could take on many of the responsibilities of a primary care physician. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges said in a 2011 study that Texas ranks 47th nationally in the number of primary care doctors per person. The study also said that Texas ranks 2nd in retaining medical school graduates. In 2010, 61 percent of the 30,000 in-state medical school graduates remained in Texas to practice medicine.

The program will be Texas State University's first master's program in nursing.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at nbernier@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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