HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac University School of Nursing has been awarded a $652,000 grant that will be used to support underrepresented students in its doctor of nursing practice program.

The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Quinnipiac an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program grant, which was created to increase the number of advanced-education nurses trained to practice as primary-care providers and/or nursing faculty to address the nurse faculty shortage. The grant runs from July of this year through June 30, 2016.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” according to Laima Karosas, clinical associate professor and director of the nurse practitioner and post-MSN programs at QU. “This grant will be used for nurse practitioner education, especially nurse practitioners who want to work in primary care.”

Karosas, the principal investigator on the grant, said the funding will be used to support underrepresented populations Hispanics, veterans and males who demonstrate a need in completing their DNP degrees. “Many of our students are adults with families,” Karosas notes. “They just can’t quit their jobs to pursue their education.”

More than 120 students are enrolled in Quinnipiac’s doctor of nurse practice program.