Grant to aid nurse program expansion

The New Hampshire Technical Institute has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to help the school build a new wing for its nursing program.

NHTI began a $3 million capital campaign for the project in 2004 and has so far raised about $1 million from corporations and large donors. The federal money brings the campaign halfway to its goal and kicks off the public portion of the fund-raising effort.

About 200 students are enrolled in NHTI’s registered nurse program and 25 students are in its licensed nurse practitioner program. NHTI also offers smaller programs in the allied health sciences, including radiologic technology, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonography and paramedic training.

Despite a nationwide nursing shortage, NHTI had to reject more than half of its qualified applicants to its nursing program last year for lack of space. The limited building space only allows room for about 100 new students in the registered nursing program each year.

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