As a response to the nursing shortage in New York, and in an effort to grow Utica College’s dedication to the field of nursing, we created an Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (ASDN). This program is available in Liverpool, New York, just outside of Syracuse. And now we’ve launched the accelerated nursing program in Tampa, Florida. Despite the fact that Tampa is nearly 1,300 miles from Utica, our excitement about Tampa is very real and tangible. Why? Here are three reasons Utica College is looking forward to Tampa:
- Similar to the national nursing shortage trend, Florida’s need for RNs is outpacing the existing available workforce. According to the Florida Center for Nursing (FCN), the current nursing shortage is expected to increase with forecasts showing that Florida’s nursing shortage could be as great as 50,300 full-time equivalents (FTEs), or 56,000 RNs by 2025. However, Florida is taking steps to mitigate this gap in available nurses and demand, one of which focuses on new methods of education, both clinical and didactic. Our ASDN program is indeed a new approach to nursing education, combining online theory courses, hand-on lab simulation and real-life clinical rotations where students learn experientially. In addition, the program is a second degree program, so it’s designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and hear the calling to nursing. In short, Utica College is eager to provide support, solutions and educated nurses in the Tampa Bay area.
- In addition to answering a need for more nurses, we’re excited about this new venture since Tampa supports a robust healthcare landscape. Three of the area’s hospitals were ranked among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report. In fact, Tampa General Hospital was ranked #1 in Tampa and #2 in Florida by the same publication. In Tampa, you will find the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, member of the elite National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Also, Tampa is home to Baycare Health System, a community-based health system with 11 not-for-profit hospitals and 200 locations in Tampa. Baycare hospitals include Baycare Alliant Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Womens’ Hospital and Mease Hospitals. The Utica College ASDN program is excited to be part of this healthcare community!
- Finally, we’re anticipating educating nurses in Florida as yet another to demonstrate that at Utica College, we “Never Stand Still.” This phrase is something we take pride in, as it captures our approach to academics, our belief in our students and our role in the communities we serve. At Utica College, we believe in not settling for what’s necessarily worked before, but using innovation and optimism to solve problems. Our ASDN is an example of this, providing a new method and pathway for future nurses to enter the field. Also, Utica College’s students and graduates pride themselves on being important to the community. As such, we must not stand still and remain idle. We must be nimble and adaptive in the face of change, and our ASDN program has and will continue to do this in the changing healthcare environment.
Utica College is looking forward to becoming an integral member of the Tampa Bay community. Contact us to learn more about this exciting new venture.