Fresno State & Fresno City College Partnering to Train More Nurses

First year nursing student, Emma Champlin, poses for a photo in her clinical laboratory class at Fresno State on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fresno, Calif. Champlin said that like many of her classmates, she saw the pandemic as a chance to learn critical-care skills and to help at a time when those abilities are needed. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

FRESNO, CA (KMJ/FOX26) – Fresno State and Fresno City College are partnering on a project to help train more nurses in the Valley.

Fresno State’s school of nursing is working with the nursing program at Fresno City College on the Nurse Pipeline Extension Project.

Congressman Jim Costa, who represents California’s 16th congressional district, recently secured federal funding of $475,000 to help both institutions expand their programs and create opportunities for nursing students, particularly first-generation students of color, to achieve advanced degrees in nursing.

FILE – Congressman Jim Costa, who represents California’s 16th congressional district, recently secured federal funding of $475,000 to help both institutions expand their programs and create opportunities for nursing students (FOX26)

The funding is part of over $11 million in community project federal funds Costa received, which will fund 10 projects that respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Fresno, Madera, and Merced Counties.

These projects support underserved areas and foster economic development, providing more opportunities for folks to get ahead,” said Costa.

Through the project, students obtaining their associate degree in nursing at Fresno City College will be able to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree from Fresno State in approximately three years, and later proceed into the University’s nurse practitioner master’s degree program.

This will be a dual enrollment program designed to simplify the process of achieving a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“With the funding, the goal is to accept and graduate 75 new bachelor of science nursing students and 5 to 10 nursing master’s students annually,” said Costa.

“The partnership between our nursing education programs at Fresno City College and Fresno State is one way we are responding to the shortage of BSN nurses within central California,” said Dr. Sylvia Miller, chair of the Fresno State School of Nursing. “The concurrent collaborative partnership promotes a seamless academic progression for completion of a BSN, while also bridging the gap between ADN and BSN programs.”

“This will significantly reduce barriers to degree completion for our students.” said Dr. Miller

by Stephen Hawkins/KMPH FOX26

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