SNU Nursing Program Receives $2.5 Million Grant

Program established to prepare nursing school educators

The Nursing program at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from an anonymous donor through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. This grant was established to help combat the shortage of nursing instructors at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. This grant of $500,000 per year for 5 years is the largest multi-year grant from a foundation in the history of SNU.

“This expansion of our existing nursing master’s programs will most certainly produce numerous graduates who will pledge to remain in Oklahoma. In addition to expanding our programs to Tulsa, I am excited to see our nursing faculty think creatively and develop a new but flexible weekend class format to meet the needs of Oklahoma students. We believe this initiative will significantly extend the reach and accessibility of our nursing programs, permeating the state with master’s education opportunities for nurses.” said Dr. Loren Gresham, President, Southern Nazarene University.

SNU offers a nineteen-month graduate program track leading to a Master of Science with a Nursing Major at the Oklahoma City / Bethany location. In addition to expanding the program to Tulsa with the traditional one night a week program, SNU will also introduce a weekend delivery system at the Oklahoma City / Bethany campus. Students can attend class Friday night and all-day Saturday every third weekend of the month. These Oklahoma Incentive Nursing Graduate Scholars will receive $6,000 scholarships.

The grant will also help provide faculty support and development, instructional technology and supplies, and marketing costs.

“Our students are sought after for faculty positions at other nursing schools, with many beginning to teach while they are still in the graduate program,” said Dr. Carol Dorough, Chair, SNU School of Nursing.

SNU was one of only two Oklahoma universities receiving the Nursing Program Grant that included Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). Currently, an additional $3 million grant by the anonymous donor provides scholarships to students obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma Baptist University.

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma, with an additional campus located in Tulsa.

For more information on the SNU Nursing Program contact Carol Dorough, EdD, MSN, RN, Chair, SNU School of Nursing; 405.717.6217, email, or locate information on the web at