With a growing nursing shortage in Florida — one predicted to top 50,000 by 2025, according to the Florida Center for Nursing — Utica College is stepping up to prepare more nurses by expanding its accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program to a third location.
Regional healthcare professionals and community leaders will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. September 13 for the grand opening of the new accelerated nursing program site at 3601 W. 160th St. in Miramar Center III in Miramar, Fla.
The new 11,874-square-foot facility serves as a hub for students enrolled in the ABSN program to hone their skills, collaborate and have the school’s faculty evaluate them and is equipped with state-of-the-art nursing labs that replicate the clinical setting with anatomically correct task trainers, full-body patient simulators and contemporary hospital equipment. It also features a study area, student lounge and onsite café in the building complex.
In addition to the hands-on lab portion of the program, ABSN students also complete rigorous online coursework and clinical rotations at healthcare facilities throughout the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.
The program has 26 students enrolled in its first cohort — an indication that there is a demand for high-quality nursing programs in the area.
“The faculty and staff are devoted to our success, creating such a positive learning environment. I’m really looking forward to starting clinicals and working with the community,” says student Dorothy Granger.
The Utica College ABSN program has a proven track record of student success: ABSN graduates in St. Petersburg had a 2016 first-time pass of 94% on the national licensure exam, while ABSN graduates in Syracuse, N.Y., had a first-time pass rate of 97%, exceeding the national average.
“Utica College recognizes the great need for nurses in Florida and remains committed to offering students who qualify a high-quality, accelerated path into the profession,” says Dr. Laura Casamento, Utica College President. “Our 16-month hybrid learning model affords them the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Nursing in a concentrated timeframe, so graduates don’t have to wait to fill the nursing gap.”
Utica’s ABSN program offers three starts per year and is currently accepting applications for the January and May 2019 starts.
To learn more visit acceleratednursing.utica.edu/florida/ or call 866.890.9340