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Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program


Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP)

Bilingual nurses are needed.

There has never been a better time to be a nurse. South Mountain Community College, in cooperation with Phoenix College, Gateway Community College, and various universities offers one of the foremost bilingual nursing programs in the US. The healthcare industry is growing each day and there is a high demand for qualified bilingual nurses. Being bilingual is critical in this industry as it helps cross-cultural barriers and to build trusting relationships in clinical settings. Nurses who speak more than one language are in demand because:

  • 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 in English/Spanish and wish to pursue a career as an RN, please consider applying to the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program at South Mountain Community College.

Upcoming information session dates:

January 8, 2020 @ 5:​00 pm in SU 100
January 22, 2020 @ 5:​00 pm in SU 100
February 5, 2020 @ 5:​00 pm in SU 100
February 19, 2020 @ 5:​00 pm in SU 100

Important: Please arrive early as seating is limited and so that we may begin at the assigned time. No admittance after 5:​10 pm


  • – 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.
  • – Attend all curriculum as scheduled at SMCC.
  • – 3.0 GPA in prerequisite course (some exceptions apply)
  • – Apply for Admission at South Mountain Community College (


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.

Retention Meeting for the Current Semester

Please access your BNFP Canvas page for announcements with dates/times.

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.

Maricopa Nursing Application

Please follow this link to access the Maricopa Nursing application. This application will be filled out starting on page 17 and submitted to the BNFP office 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

Location: TC – 204 (Technology Center)

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