WSU Tri-Cities nursing program prepares for expansion

<p>New Nursing Facility</p>

New Nursing Facility

Nursing students at Washington State University Tri-Cities are a big step closer to having a new, state of the art educational facility.

This morning, Kennewick General Hospital and Prosser Memorial Hospital donated a total of $170,000 to the project.

Nursing students say the new facility - which includes a simulation lab, a larger practice lab, and improved classrooms - will better prepare them to provide quality health care in our area.

The 10,000 square foot facility will be located on Lee Boulevard in downtown Richland.

Crews will renovate a vacant commercial building owned by Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Kadlec is leasing the building to the college for $1 a year for 20 years.

Nursing students say having a new facility with new equipment will make a big difference in their education.

"It means so much to me and everybody in this program. We are looking forward to all the new technology that we're going to have access to. It's going to be a huge facility compared to what we have. We'll have so much more time to go in and spend more time in the facility, using the new stuff. So it's gonna be great" said Angelina Moody, nursing student.

The entire project costs $4.4 million.

Administrators still need to raise $280,000.

Construction on the new facility is expected to start in April, and be complete in December.

Classes are expected to start there next January.

Educators say the nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities is very competitive.

More than 120 students apply for no more than 48 openings each year.