|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 17, 2007
|Contact: Elizabeth Valente
Oakland, CA -- In direct response to the growing shortage of nurses nationwide, Samuel Merritt College (SMC) has opened its newest nursing facility in San Mateo. On October 2nd, more than three-dozen students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program began classes at the newly renovated San Mateo Learning Center (SMLC). The 12-month program is designed for someone who already has a baccalaureate in a non-nursing field.
The 12,000 square-foot facility, located at 1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, is the latest learning site that will provide vital educational opportunities to healthcare students living in the Bay area. The new learning center has two spacious classrooms, a 12 patient bed skills lab, ten private faculty offices, a computer lab/library, a conference room and break/lounge room.
The ABSN program responds to SMC's mission of educating students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities. Students can enroll at one of the four SMC learning centers located in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and now in San Mateo. The San Mateo cohort of students had been studying at the SMC San Francisco Learning Center while construction was under way at the San Mateo site.
"The new center will provide much-needed nursing and health science facilities for the community," said Abby Heydman, PhD, RN, Samuel Merritt College Interim President. "We are excited about the new learning center and are looking forward to making this a model program."
A grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2008. The campus was made possible due to the grants from the East Bay Community Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative.
Samuel Merritt College is affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Health. SMC, founded in 1909, has been educating health professionals for nearly 100 years. The College offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master’s degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine.