R2 Opens, San Mateo ABSN Students head to the SFLC for Orientation

The first San Mateo cohort to enroll in the 12-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program had its first orientation at San Francisco Learning Center (SFLC) on June 1. The 32 students represent the latest in Samuel Merritt College program expansion enrolled at the recently acquired San Mateo Learning Center, (SMLC) located at 1720 South Amphlett Boulevard.

Keys to the new center will be given to College staff at the end of June. Classroom and office furniture along with lab equipment will be in place by July.

Future Skills Lab

Though the ABSN program starts on June 11, students will not attend classes at the new site until August. Meanwhile the San Mateo 2008 class will study at SFLC, located on the Saint Luke's campus.

Since April, contractors have hammered out the latest details and construction at the 12,000 square foot facility. Tentatively scheduled to open in late July, the center will house two classrooms, a 12 patient bed skills lab, ten private offices, a computer lab/library, a conference room and break/lounge room. SMLC is located near the Marriott Hotel and the Grapevine Café off of Highway 92 and 280.

SMC is expanding these remote sites due to the generosity of partners: the East Bay Community Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Future Faculty Offices

The College produces more National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse graduates than any schools of nursing in California. The licensure performance reveals a 100% pass rate and an exceptional performance record for the first cohort of its ABSN graduates and within the Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program.

“We are immensely proud of our nursing faculty and their commitment to this growth as well as foresight in incorporating new, innovative teaching techniques including human simulation at all four nursing education centers, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sacramento.  Clearly, SMC is living up to its mission of transforming patient care in diverse communities," said Scot Foster, Provost and Chief Operating Officer.

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