The CSU Channel Islands Nursing Program At Cottage Health System


California State University Channel Islands and Cottage Health System signed a long-term agreement, bringing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to Santa Barbara County for the first time. The program is projected to admit nearly 220 nursing students in the next 10 years. The Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation has made a $7 million commitment to develop and sustain the program over a decade.


The program's facility, located near Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, houses three classrooms and a seven-bed simulation lab with medication administration and documentation systems. The lab includes one high-fidelity simulator that gives output-including blood pressure and pulse rate-in response to student actions and input. A video recording system helps students to observe and critique learning sessions.


Who are the nursing students?

  • They are the best and brightest-22 students were selected from 140
  • applicants.
  • They are highly motivated critical thinkers from a variety of background studies-from the sciences to the arts. For many this will be a second Bachelor's degree.
  • Students are tech-savvy and well prepared for changing technology to come.
  • Students were selected based on a scoring system with points for GPA in sciences, overall GPA, scores from standardized nursing preadmission profile, volunteer work, language proficiency and local residence.
  • 80 percent of the students are bilingual- with most speaking English and Spanish.
  • 15 percent of the students are male.
  • 100 percent of students are local residents.
  • Most students have jobs aside from their work as full-time students.


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