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Boone Hospital Center and Stephens College Announce Partnership to Develop New Nursing Program

January 29, 2020 — Boone Hospital Center and Stephens College are pleased to announce that they have entered into an agreement to develop a new nursing program.

Boone Hospital and Stephens College recognize the need for more healthcare professionals in our community, and believe this program provides an innovative approach to addressing the nursing shortage that is being felt nationwide.

“Stephens College is proud to work alongside Boone Hospital, our neighbor, to help fulfill a need in our community,” said Dr. Dianne Lynch, President of Stephens College. “As the oldest higher education institute in Columbia, we have a long history of providing creative and innovative academic programs that reflect the needs of their time.”

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Watch: Jan. 29 Partnership Announcement

Stephens College President Dr. Dianne Lynch, Boone Hospital Center President Jim Sinek and Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan made a public announcement of the Stephens College and Boone Hospital Center partnership on Jan. 29, 2020, at Sampson Hall on the Stephens campus.


Partnership Timeline

Stephens College is proud to announce that we have received initial approval from the Missouri State Nursing Board to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN). Our next step is review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). We are confident we can meet the expectations of the HLC, having received accreditation for our Physician Assistant Studies and similar programs. We look forward to the potential enrollment of students in fall 2020, but we acknowledge that the HLC review phase remains underway. As such, we cannot yet accept applications. However, all interested parties are encouraged to sign up to receive updates on our accreditation and enrollment status.


Media Inquiries 

Boone Hospital Center: Madison Loethen | | (573) 815-6251

Stephens College: Rebecca Kline | | (573) 876-7111


Student Inquiries

Sign up to receive developing program information from the Stephens College director of nursing and the Office of Admissions.


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