Bilingual Nursing Program

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Health Industry Needs Spanish Speaking Nurses

The Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP) is designed to increase the number of nursing graduates who speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently. BNFP is a collaboration between Phoenix College and South Mountain Community College. It is anticipated that each student will complete an AAS in Nursing and obtain a nursing license within three years after acceptance into the program.

  • For information about upcoming introductory meetings, click here.
  • For important dates and reminders for all current students, Click Here.

Program Advantages

  • Tutoring
  • Employment Assistance
  • Nurse Mentors

There’s never been a better time to be a nurse. South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Phoenix, offers one of the foremost bilingual nursing programs in which students from all cultural backgrounds can participate. The healthcare market is growing each day and there is a high demand for bilingual nurses in the medical industry.

This page is designed for the current Bilingual Nursing Fellow to access forms, important dates, and accomplishments. We encourage all current BNFP Fellows to utilize the page to keep informed.

The Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program will like to introduce the newest cohort, Group XIV (14) who has began their journey in becoming a nurse in January 2013. Congratulation Cohort XIV and welcome to the SMCC!

Bilingual Student Nursing Association

Meetings of the Bilingual Student Nursing Association are are held throughout the academic year. Upcoming meeting dates will be posted on this web page. For upcoming meeting dates, contact Rochelle Rivas at 602.243.8269.

Your Future Begins Here

South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Banner Health, offers a unique program in which students from all cultural backgrounds can study bilingual nursing. This profitable career is in high demand and SMCC is one of the few certified colleges that offer this program.

The healthcare market is growing each day and there is a high demand for bilingual nurses in the medical industry. At SMCC, you will learn how to care for patients, complete lab work and learn from highly qualified instructors. Take advantage of this offering and sign up today.

South Mountain Community College 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85042

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Requirements

  • Speak, read and write English and Spanish proficiently
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number
  • College level placement into English, Reading and Math
  • If selected for an interview, interview is bilingual
  • Must obtain a passing grade of C or better in all BNFP classes
  • All curriculum offered as a cohort – cannot deviate from the course schedule
  • Courses offered simultaneously at SMCC and Phoenix College
  • Willing to commit as a full-time student to a 3-year, 12 month program
  • Must submit monthly BNFP Academic Tracking Forms on due dates
  • Must attend all monthly meetings and BNFP events
  • Responsible for all individual program costs
  • Immunizations – student responsibility
  • Uniforms – student responsibility
  • Negative drug screen
  • Must apply for free Application For Student Federal Aid (FAFSA) and general scholarships every academic year


Information Sessions

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse – and you speak, read, and write fluently in both Spanish and English – you will want to attend one of two available information sessions of the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP).

Information Sessions Dates:

Information Sessions will begin Summer 2015

For more information contact:

Rochelle Rivas

Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program Advisor

South Mountain Community College

Phone: 602.243.8256

Fax: 602.305.5647

  • Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs (as of 2008).
  • About 60% of RN jobs are in hospitals.
  • About 8% of jobs were in offices of physicians, 5% in home healthcare services, 5% in nursing care facilities, and 3% in employment services. The remainder worked mostly in government agencies, social assistance agencies, and educational services.
  • Advancement opportunities may be more limited for those without a BSN or higher. Individuals who complete a bachelor’s degree receive more training in communication, leadership, and critical thinking, all of which are becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. Additionally, bachelor’s degree programs offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s or higher degree is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.
  • The BLS projects RN job growth (2008-2018) at 581,500 new jobs over the course of the projection period, more than any other occupation. Hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation.
  • The BLS estimates that RN employment will increase by 22.2% (2008-2018), more than twice as fast as the average.
  • Overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting.

(BLS, Occupational Outlook)