For Immediate Release: March 18, 2016
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016
Florida legislature approves $2 million in appropriations for FSCJ’s Medical and Nursing Simulation Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) received $2 million in appropriations to create a new Medical and Nursing Simulation Center at FSCJ’s North Campus, located on 4501 Capper Road. The funding allows FSCJ to meet the area’s growing medical and hospital workforce needs by expanding and enhancing our health care programs.
“We are deeply appreciative of our legislators, in particular our local delegation and legislative leadership, for recognizing the need for building a strong base of future health care providers and we look forward to innovating and growing our program to meet the demand,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “Seven local hospitals also supported our funding request, which is a testament to the quality of our graduates who are now in the workforce.”
The Simulation Center will provide students with critical hands-on instruction to better prepare them for their future in the medical field and directly supports the STEM HUB2 initiative for Northeast Florida. The Center – housing three simulation labs, each with four simulators – will also lead to interdisciplinary programs for nursing and all other allied health programs including respiratory, radiography, occupational therapy assisting, physical therapy assisting, EMT, paramedic, cardiovascular technology, medical assisting, pharmacy technology and surgical technology.
Florida is facing a nursing shortage of 12,000. FSCJ receives 2,200 nursing applicants annually and only has capacity to serve 400, which means the College must turn away 1,800 prospective students simply because of the lack of resources. The appropriation will now allow FSCJ to serve 1,200 total students, tripling the current instruction capability – this positively impacts the lives of those students while boosting our community’s nursing resource pool.
North Campus President Dr. Sandy Robinson said, “Jacksonville’s number of health care options is rising steadily, requiring the number of skilled nurses and health care practitioners to do the same in order to keep up. With the support of the additional funding, FSCJ continues to do our part in the state to help close the skills gap.”
For more information about the FSCJ’s nursing program, visit http://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services/nursing.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.