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Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program


Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP)

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. | SMCL 162/63 – Community Room
  • Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. | SMCL 162/63 – Community Room
  • Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. | SMCL 162/63 – Community Room
  • Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. | SMCL 162/63 – Community Room

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.


  • – 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.


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 a 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.

MaricopaNursing Application

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.


  • – 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)


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

Location: TC – 204 (Technology Center)

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