The Future of Nursing


The California State University Channel Islands Nursing Program at Cottage Health System (CI Nursing Program at Cottage) welcomed the first group of 22 nursing students on Monday, January 23. Having already completed their freshman year of general education courses, or having previously earned a qualifying Bachelor’s degree, these nursing students will gain hands-on experience with patient simulators and clinical experience through rotations at Cottage. A three-classroom CI-Cottage facility located adjacent to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will host the full-time, 2.5 year (or 7 semesters) program. The facility also boasts a fully equipped, high-tech simulation laboratory. This first cohort of students will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the end of the 2014 spring semester.


In July 2010, Cottage and CI entered into a 10-year agreement to establish the first BSN program in Santa Barbara County. In addition to the nationally impending nursing shortage, the need for a local BSN program arose when SBCH first embarked on the journey to Magnet Hospital Designation, which requires a higher than average number of BSN nurses at the bedside. The CI Nursing Program at Cottage will be instrumental in generating a continued workforce for the future. By 2020, the fully-accredited program will have 140 BSN graduates, and an additional 40 students will be scheduled for graduation in 2021 and 2022.


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