The University of Missouri-Kansas City is changing the name of its nursing school to reflect added study areas, including the training of substance-abuse treatment professionals.
The new name, announced Monday afternoon, is the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Besides turning out nurses, the school will train professionals with backgrounds in health to become hospital and clinic administrators, conduct community outreach, serve as patient advocates and health educators and manage conversion to electronic medical records.
Last fall, the Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice moved to UMKC to train health professionals on substance use.
The nursing school has been expanding for nearly two years. In 2011, the school added a bachelor’s degree in health sciences.
“We wanted a name that more closely represents the breadth of offerings we are providing,” said Lora Lacey-Haun, the school’s dean.
The school also has received a $2.4 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to offer full scholarships to students from underrepresented groups, such as those with African-American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan native backgrounds. The program will assist 240 students.