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There are only 7.5 nurses per 1,000 Oklahoma residents, ranking the state 46th in the nation for nurses per capita, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The SONEC will train 300 new nurses each year.

Since 2020, 87% of Murray State nursing graduates are practicing in the region.



Murray State seeks to build a 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art nursing education center on the Ardmore Campus. The facility will include classroom, laboratory, student services and flexible learning space for Murray State and our partners. This project will require $25.5 million in funding and create 38 new positions to train 250-300 nurses each year.


Murray State College will construct the Southern Oklahoma Nursing Education Center to be the premier hub for nursing education in southern Oklahoma.

This project aims to tackle the national nursing shortage by producing 250-300 new nurses annually.