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Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP)

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Health Industry Needs Spanish Speaking Nurses

The Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP) was created to increase the number of nursing graduates who speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently.

BNFP is an award-winning collaboration between South Mountain Community College and Phoenix College. It is structured to enable each enrolled student to complete an AAS in Nursing and obtain a nursing license within three years after acceptance into the program.

  • Information about upcoming introductory meetings will be posted here. Check back in the near future for details about our next cohort.

Program Advantages

  • Tutoring
  • Employment Assistance
  • Nurse Mentors

Note: You must attend ONE information session to receive an application, no RSVP needed.

Informational Sessions

  • June 21 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • July 5 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • July 19 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The informational sessions will be held in the Library Community Room 162.  Please arrive early, as space is limited.

There’s never been a better time to be a nurse. South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Phoenix College, Gateway Community College, and Arizona State University offers one of the foremost bilingual nursing programs in the Southwest. The healthcare industry is growing each day and there is high demand for qualified bilingual nurses.

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

Bilingual Student Nursing Association

Meetings of the Bilingual Student Nursing Association are held throughout the academic year. For upcoming meeting dates, contact Dr. Travis May 602-243-8324.

Your Future Begins Here

South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Phoenix College, 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 to offer this program.

The healthcare market is growing each day and there is a high demand for bilingual nurses in the medical industry. You will learn how to care for patients, complete lab work and learn from highly qualified instructors. Attend one of our Informational Sessions to learn more about our program!

Program Requirements

  • Speak, read and write English and Spanish proficiently. (If you are selected for an interview, the interview is bilingual!)
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number.
  • Achieve college level placement into English, Reading, and Math.
  • Obtain a passing grade of C or better in all BNFP classes.
  • Attend all curriculum as scheduled. Program is offered as a cohort, with no other scheduling options.
  • Take courses as offered simultaneously at SMCC and Phoenix College.
  • Be willing to commit as a full-time student to a 3-year, 12-month program.
  • Submit monthly BNFP Academic Tracking Forms on due dates.
  • Attend all monthly meetings and BNFP events.
  • Be responsible for all individual program costs.
  • Be up-to-date on all immunizations – this is the student’s responsibility.
  • Acquire and wear uniforms – this is the student’s responsibility.
  • Score negative on drug screens.
  • Apply for free Application For Student Federal Aid (FAFSA) and general scholarships every academic year.

  • Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with more than 2.6 million jobs.
  • 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 works 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 the nursing practice grows more complex. Additionally, bachelor’s degree programs offer more clinical experience in non-hospital settings. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting or teaching.
  • Overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting.

(BLS, Occupational Outlook)