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The College of Nursing has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to improve clinical education for family nurse practitioner students through innovative academic partnerships.

“Nearly half of our nursing graduates go on to work in practices that serve rural populations,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing. “This grant allows us to provide advanced training and implement new models of care delivery which focus on health care analytics, population health, reaching more patients via telehealth, and improving support services.”

The grant will support the college’s academic partnership with Chota Community Health Services and Community Health of East Tennessee.

“We, along with our community partners, are committed to improving the education of family nurse practitioner students to better prepare them to practice in rural communities upon graduation,” said Karen Lasater, clinical assistant professor and project director for the grant. “We’re grateful for the interprofessional collaboration with the College of Pharmacy at UT Medical Center, the Haslam College of Business, and the Department of Public Health and Nutrition for helping us make this happen.”

Lasater and Katie Morgan, clinical instructor, will serve as co-primary investigators for the three-year grant, which runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services serves as the granting body for the Health Resources and Services Administration.


Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,