Federal funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will help 60 nursing students to graduate from the University of Michigan-FlintFederal funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will help 60 nursing students to graduate from the University of Michigan-Flint (UMF), mlive.com reports.

Beneficiaries receive $22,000

Beneficiaries will each receive $22,000 to enroll in a new accelerated online master’s degree program in nursing. College officials told the news source that classes could start as early as January.

“This will directly pay nurses to be nurse practitioners. That has never happened before,” said Connie Creech, director of UMF graduate nursing programs.

Full-Time Graduate Program

The full-time, 43-credit hour graduate program includes 700 clinical hours and students can graduate in under two years, as opposed to the three years traditional classroom instruction takes to complete the course.

Since 2005, enrollment in the university’s nursing program at the university has increased from 30 students per semester to more than 100.

According to a 2009 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students who have acquired a master’s degree have average weekly earnings of $1,257.

For more on nursing programs visit onlinenursinggraduate.com

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