To prepare a ready supply of registered nurses for our community, the Sequoia Healthcare District has created a unique partnership among Cañada College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), and Sequoia Hospital with the goal of producing 300-400 new nurses for this region over the next ten years. The Sequoia Hospital/SFSU BSN Satellite Program at Cañada College addresses the bottleneck in nursing education by facilitating the ability of the schools to increase their capacity to educate nurses, a notoriously expensive curriculum.
The Sequoia Healthcare District is underwriting the program in the amount of $1M per year and has provided $650,000 for a state-of-the-art nursing skills lab on the Cañada College campus.
Sequoia Hospital, among other local healthcare facilities, has opened its doors for the students to do their clinical training there. Cañada College has opened its campus to provide the prerequisite and ancillary classes to the nursing students as well as room for the upper-division classes to be instructed by faculty from San Francisco State University. The accelerated program takes five semesters to complete, including summer courses. The first cohort began in September 2004. Graduates of the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
This innovate partnership is a model for other communities as we face a critical shortage of nurses. The American Hospital Association has recognized this program as a case example as a successful approach to workforce development challenges.
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