Until now, the closest bachelor's degree nursing programs were in Monterey Bay, Bakersfield, or Camarillo.
Cottage and CI initiated the program in 2010 through a 10-year joint commitment. 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 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 http://nursing.csuci.edu/.
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 20,000 people, treated 66,700 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns.