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K-State’s Anderson Hall. University officials said in the coming year, one of their biggest priorities will be reversing enrollment declines.

In response to a nurse shortage in Kansas, Wichita State University and K-State are partnering to bring a satellite nursing program to Manhattan.

The planned program would allow K-State students to earn a three-year bachelor’s of science from K-State’s College of Health and Human Sciences and if accepted, complete a two-year bachelor’s of science in nursing through Wichita State but on K-State’s campus.

The university has signed a memorandum of understanding last month, which starts the planning phase that will end with an application to the Kansas State Board of Nursing to approve the satellite program.

“Our land-grant mission is to serve the well-being of our communities, and this unique partnership, which will bring WSU’s excellent nursing program to our campus, will do just that,” said Charles Taber, K-State provost and executive vice president. “Through this program, we will serve the demand for a nursing major at K-State, as well as the growing demand for nurses in Kansas and across the nation.”

John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, said the program will bring students who would have attended K-State had it had its own nursing program.

The satellite program is intended to address a nursing shortage across the state.

Locally, Ascension Via Christi Hospital has had to turn people away because of a lack of staff, the Mercury reported in July.