Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP)
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, Phoenix College, Gateway Community College and Arizona State University. This program is structured to enable each enrolled student to complete an AAS in Nursing and obtain a nursing license within three (3-3 1/2) years after acceptance into the program. Our partnership with Arizona State University offers a Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) opportunity to those who qualify.
- Students who are accepted into the program, complete their prerequisite courses at SMCC and then transfer to one of our partner schools.
- Information about upcoming introductory meetings will be posted here. Check back in the near future for details about our next cohort.
- Employment Assistance
- Nurse Mentors
Note: You must attend ONE information session to receive an application, no RSVP needed.
- July 11 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- July 25 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- August 8 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- August 22 | 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 has 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. You may also follow the links on the right for other documents and information.
Student Nursing Association
Meetings of the Student Nursing Association are held throughout the academic year. For upcoming meeting dates, contact Dr. Travis May 602-243-8324.
Please follow this link to access the MaricopaNursing application. This application will be filled out entirely and submitted once you have successfully completed your prerequisites.
Your Future Begins Here
South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Phoenix College, Gateway Community College, and Arizona State University offers a unique program in which students from all cultural backgrounds can apply for the MaricopaNursing program. Nursing is a career in high demand and SMCC is one of the few certified colleges to offer this opportunity through the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program. The healthcare market is growing each day and there is a high demand for bilingual nurses in the Valley. 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 how to apply* for our program!
*You must apply for this program in order to be considered for an interview.
- Speak, read and write English and Spanish proficiently. (If you are selected for an interview, the interview is bilingual!)
- Have 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/Gateway CC.
- Be willing to commit as a full-time student to a 3 – 3 ½ year, 12-month program (for AAS).
- Submit monthly BNFP Academic Tracking Forms on due dates.
- Attend all retention 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.