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Murray State College, Southern Tech Join Forces for Nursing Programs

October 12, 2022

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Murray State College and Southern Tech have joined forces to help nursing students and graduates further their education.

During the last 50 years, the Murray State College RN Nursing program and the Southern Tech Practical Nursing program have shared many students. Most of Southern Tech's LPN students successfully complete Murray State's Paramedic to RN Career Mobility Program.

"Students can finish their first two years at Southern Tech and then have advanced credit to transfer to Murray," said Dr. Eric Ward, Southern Tech Superintendent. "So essentially, if a student starts with us in high school, then they can have their RN by the time they are 20 years old."

With this agreement, students who finish the LPN program at Southern Tech will no longer be required to take the Murray State College entrance challenge exam. Seeing nursing and healthcare shortages, it's even more critical to see what can be done to better facilitate students on their educational highway.

Months ago, administrators from both insitutions started looking for ways to enhance students' career pathway options. It's important to create a better workforce and economy for southern Oklahoma, and education should do just that.

Murray State College will reserve a minimum of 10 seats per semester for Southern Tech's LPN graduates who meet the criteria. 

"The students at our institutions are going to have opportunities they've never had before," said Dr. Tim Faltyn, Murray State College President. "As far as the community goes, we will have more nurses in the community, which leads to better health outcomes and a better southern Oklahoma."