MANATEE — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has received official notification from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that it has received Level II accreditation.
The accreditation allows SCF to begin accepting applications for its first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Provisional applications will be accepted immediately and the review process will begin Aug. 1.
To be eligible for the program, students must have completed prerequisite courses and have a Florida registered nurse license.
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SCF, until recently known as Manatee Community College, has offered accredited associate degree programs for decades.
The college changed its name to reflect its new four-year-degree programs.
SCF developed the baccalaureate nursing program to fill a need for nurses at local hospitals and health-care providers.
The new nursing program is designed to allow registered nurses to complete their bachelor’s degree locally in 15 months.
“This milestone for SCF represents tremendous progress for our community,” SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner said in a press release. “By bringing the RN-to-BSN program to our community at an affordable cost and with a convenient schedule, hospitals and health care employers as well as students and their families benefit. Hospitals get nursing professionals with the higher level education needed in today’s workforce, and students have the advantage of living, working and earning their bachelor’s degree close to home.”
The new program is slated to begin in January with the first two classes of 25 students each at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice.
SCF also operates a campus at Lakewood Ranch, where the two-story, 40,000-square-foot Medical Technology and Simulation Center is under construction. Nursing and other health care students will train in the state-of-the-art simulated hospital setting at Lakewood Ranch.
Information sessions on the four-year program are scheduled at three campuses from July to September. The first session will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at SCF Bradenton, 5480 26th St. West, building 29.
For more information, visit www.scf.edu/BSNursing.