A feasibility study will be conducted on bringing a potential mid-level medical provider college to Dodge City.
The study will be made possible through a US Department of Agriculture rural development grant of $76,960.
"We are working on a possible mid-level medical provider college for physician's assistants, physical therapists, dental hygienists for example," said Dodge City/Ford County Economic Development director Joann Knight. "We have met with Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University and University of Kansas medical departments about the opportunity.
"The feasibility study will show us what area of need and potential students could be possible for the college."
Knight added that Hennessy Hall is being looked at as the possible location for the medical college with support from Kansas Senator Bud Estes and area physician's.
"The grant will cover the 12-month study as well as additional funding for a consultant to help keep the process moving forward," Knight said. "The consultant will get meetings and additional studies brought together during the process."
Once the study is completed, Knight said they will meet with the university officials again to see the need levels and get their expertise on what would be the best possible outcome on the medical provider college.