"Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription." - Unknown
Is the Nursing Program Right for You?
Do you enjoy working with people? Do you feel a strong urge to help others? Are you interested in a career in the medical field? If you answered yes, nursing may be right for you. This field demands passion for helping people and serving as a lifeline for somone who may need support.
The new program will be rolled out in two phases. USFSM will initially offer a pre-nursing curriculum during the first two years of the program, leading to an Associate of Arts Certificate. Following the establishment of an Upper Division baccalaureate program major in nursing at the USFSM campus, which will launch in the fall of 2020, participants will gain the opportunity to be interviewed for admission to the nursing major and complete baccalaureate program requirements at USFSM or in Tampa.
Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in the field through USFSM's partnership with the Sarasota Memorial Heath Care System and the Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Students who meet general USFSM freshmen admissions criteria are eligible to join the first cohort of students this fall, and those who have an exceptional high school academic record may apply to receive a scholarship of up to $2,500 each year, or up to $10,000 over a four-year period.
- According to the 2018 Regional Job Market Assessment, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for the greatest demand for jobs in Sarasota in the past 12 months, accounting for one third (33%) of vacant positions.
- The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC), reports that just 31 percent of nurses in the four-county region have BSNs; the goal is to increase that figure to 80 percent.
- And as Sarasota Magazine reported recently in an article titled “What does the future hold for Sarasota,” the nursing profession in Sarasota-Manatee will play a strategic role in dealing with population growth, public health and an aging population. During the next 30 years, the fastest growing demographic in Sarasota County will be people 80 and older; their numbers will double and one in five residents will be 80 or older.