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Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program


Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP)

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • July 11 | 5-6:30 p.m.
  • July 25 | 5-6:30 p.m.
  • August 8 | 5-6:30 p.m.
  • August 22 | 5-6:30 p.m.

The bilingual nursing shortage.

It is well-known that the number of nurses across the U.S. has been declining over the past decade. This means that there is an even greater need for nurses that speak more than one language, which helps cross cultural barriers and build trusting relationships in clinical settings.

Bilingual nurses are needed.

Nurses who speak more than one language is in demand for multiple reasons:

  • They instantly build a trusting relationship with patients who don’t speak English. This makes patients feel more at ease and able to explain medical concerns comfortably.
  • Bilingual nurses are more cost effective for medical institutions to employ. Hiring a staff interpreter or using one on a contract basis can be costly.
  • Clinics offering bilingual nurses can work with a larger demographic, making the medical facility more diverse and well-received in communities where several ethnicities are present.
  • Bilingual nurses can help patients understand legal documents, take-home care instructions, and educational pamphlets, giving the patient a feeling of security and empowerment.

The solution is you!

If you are bilingual and plan to work in the medical field, get your AAS in Nursing and seamlessly transfer to ASU to complete your BSN. There is even a tuition reduction for students transferring to ASU.


Allied Health Programs Office
Loida Gutierrez
Program Coordinator
602.305.5772 Phone
602.243.8263 Fax

Location: TC – 204 (Technology Center)