UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Due to a shortage of nurses in Florida, Utica College has decided to take its nursing program south to the sunshine state.
Utica College St. Petersburg will open in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 26th.
According to the Florida Center for Nursing, more than 15,000 nursing jobs went unfilled in the state in 2012, and the shortage is projected to continue to grow in the coming decade.
Utica College President Dr. Todd S. Hutton says there is so much opportunity for students pursuing nursing careers today, "As our population ages and the demand for nurses grows, it is critical to provide the latest educational advancements required to improve the delivery of health care. We are committed to giving our nursing students a curriculum that is in step with those advances -and helping them to successfully complete their bachelor's degree program in just four semesters. We are confident they will graduate with the necessary leadership and clinical skills to excel anywhere in the health care industry."
Hutton says the St. Petersburg accelerated nursing program builds on the success of Utica College's accelerated nursing program in Syracuse which opened in 2013.
The St. Petersburg accelerated nursing program is currently accepting applications, and the first classes will begin next month. For more information on Utica College's accelerated nursing program, visit acceleratednursing.utica.edu/florida or call 866-890-9340.