SIU, SIH expand partnership to address nursing shortage

by WFCN News (Photo: Southern Illinois Healthcare)
by WFCN News (Photo: Southern Illinois Healthcare)

6/21/2022 | 1:31 p.m.

JACKSON COUNTY - Southern Illinois Healthcare is expanding its partnership with SIU Carbondale to address the nursing shortage here in Southern Illinois.

A new program at SIU allows qualified candidates to earn their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in about a year with a fully funded scholarship. 

SIH will also be creating a scholarship program for SIU’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

There’s been a severe shortage of trained nurses not only in Southern Illinois but throughout the country, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need the last couple of years.

“I am grateful to SIH for its support and excited that our university is providing even greater opportunities to our students while benefitting the people who live right in our own backyard," said SIU Chancellor Austin Lane.

For details about the new scholarships and submitting an application, you can view full information by clicking here or emailing Kelli Whittington at or calling (618) 453-7172.

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