GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette College will consider expanding its nursing program to help address a shortage of nurses in northeast Wyoming.

College officials plan to begin reviewing a possible expansion next semester, after the program completes its accreditation requirements.

The program now accepts 32 students each year, all in the fall. College nursing director Louise Posten says the school is considering admitting 24 students in the fall and 24 in the spring.

The change could begin in the fall of 2021.

College officials say expansion would require two additional faculty members and more assistants, and class schedules would have to be adjusted to make room for more students.

Posten says the college might also need to increase financial aid, academic support services and other student resources.

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