DURANT, Okla (KTEN) — Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Murray State College are pooling their resources to help boost the number of nurses across Texoma. 

The Murray at Southeastern Nursing Program will let students pursue a nursing degree without leaving the Durant campus.

"Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Murray State University are joining forces to help solve a crisis that we have — not only in our region, but in our country — and that is a shortage of health care workers," said SOSU president Thomas Newsom. 

Twenty students are set to launch the Southeastern nursing program.

"These programs are instrumental in providing the workforce for care in our hospitals, our health facilities, and it's critical for nurses to be trained in the area," said Murray State president Joy McDaniel.

Both schools believe this will help their students to further their careers. 

"Our institutions in Oklahoma do a great job of preparing the workforce of preparing individuals to be successful in the workforce," Newsom said.

Southeastern has many plans for its program. 

"The next step would be the development of the [Bachelor of Science in Nursing] program," said Tim Smith, chair of Southeastern's Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Science Department. "Hopefully from that, we can produce a graduate degree with nursing and the long-term goal would be to expand the other areas of outlined health."

The Murray at Southeastern Nursing Program is scheduled to begin in Spring 2023 if approved for accreditation.