Cottage and CSU Channel Islands Begin Advanced Nursing Degree Program in Santa Barbara


Public-private partnership paves the way for the first program of its kind in Santa Barbara County


March 2012


CSU Channel Islands and Cottage Health System have opened the doors to the first nursing bachelor's degree program in Santa Barbara County using an innovative public-private partnership.


The union of the nonprofit community health-care provider and the region's only nursing bachelor's degree program will be celebrated with a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 5383 Hollister Ave., Suite 220 in Goleta, next to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.


The partnership helps address important needs for both Cottage and CI. It creates a qualified, locally educated workforce that Cottage hopes will relieve future nursing shortages. It also allows CI to continue educating skilled nurses at a time when state budgets have forced the CSU system to halt the enrollment of new nursing students on the CI campus.








"The CSU Channel Islands Nursing Program at Cottage Health System is a prime example of how a public-private partnership can be employed to benefit the entire community," said Dr. Karen Jensen, chair of CI's Nursing Program. "Because of this partnership with Cottage, we can educate 22 new nurses every year in an optimal clinical setting."


"We're excited about how this partnership will help elevate the level of care we offer patients in our community," said Herb Geary, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Cottage Health System.


Until now, the closest bachelor's degree nursing programs were in Monterey Bay, Bakersfield or Camarillo.


The new program in Goleta is off to a strong start. More than 150 candidates applied for the first 22 spots. The first class began in January and will graduate in May 2014. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will be eligible to take the exams to become registered nurses and public health nurses in California.


Cottage and CI initiated the program in 2010 through a 10-year joint commitment. Cottage is pursuing philanthropic support for faculty positions, the program facility and new equipment and technology. CI will also pursue philanthropic outreach for student scholarships and endowment support for faculty positions.


About CSU Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  For more information visit


About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System -- the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital -- is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater-Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 66,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,600 newborns.

Mar 2012