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FSCJ receives funding for new medical center

Legislature approves $2 million for FSCJ's Medical and Nursing Simulation Center

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville received $2 million in appropriations to create a new Medical and Nursing Simulation Center at FSCJ’s North Campus.

The funding allows FSCJ to meet the area’s growing medical and hospital workforce by expanding and enhancing the college's health care programs.

“We are deeply appreciative of our legislators, in particular our local delegation and legislative leadership, for recognizing the need for building a strong base of future health care providers and we look forward to innovating and growing our program to meet the demand,” FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau said in a news release. “Seven local hospitals also supported our funding request, which is a testament to the quality of our graduates who are now in the workforce.”

The Simulation Center will provide students with hands-on instruction to better prepare them for their future in the medical field. The Center houses three simulation labs, each with four simulators. It will also lead to interdisciplinary programs for nursing and all other allied health programs including respiratory, radiography, occupational therapy assisting, physical therapy assisting, EMT, paramedic, cardiovascular technology, medical assisting, pharmacy technology and surgical technology.

Florida is facing a nursing shortage of 12,000. FSCJ receives 2,200 nursing applicants annually and only has capacity to serve 400, which means the College must turn away 1,800 prospective students simply because of the lack of resources. The appropriation now allows FSCJ to serve 1,200 total students, tripling the instruction capability.

“Jacksonville’s number of health care options is rising steadily, requiring the number of skilled nurses and health care practitioners to do the same in order to keep up. With the support of the additional funding, FSCJ continues to do our part in the state to help close the skills gap.” said North Campus President Dr. Sandy Robinson.

For more information about the FSCJ’s nursing program, visit http://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services/nursing.