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


In an innovative public-private partnership, Cal State Channel Islands and Cottage Health System offer the first nursing bachelor's degree program in Santa Barbara County.


The partnership helps address important needs for both Cottage and CSUCI. 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.



Learn about our nursing education scholarship / loan program at Cottage Health System Human Resources - Recruitment Department at 6550 Hollister Ave, Goleta CA 93117, or call  (805) 879-8799.


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


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.