St. Petersburg, Fla. – August 6, 2014 – Utica College, a New York-based comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, today announced the appointment of Honesty Bodiford as its director of community and corporate relations for its new nursing education center in St. Petersburg. The facility, which will open in August to serve the first class of students enrolled in Utica College’s Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Nursing program, will help ameliorate the region’s shortage of skilled nursing talent by graduating new nurses with Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees in just 16 months.
“Honesty’s success in assisting students to achieve their educational and professional goals, combined with her proven track record of fostering strong relationships with corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders, makes her a perfect choice to represent Utica College in Florida,” said Dale Scalise-Smith, vice president of the School of Online and Extended Studies and External Partnerships at Utica College. “Our students, who already possess baccalaureate degrees in other fields, are more mature and highly motivated to pursue nursing careers. The connections Honesty is making in the region will help pave the way for them to land great positions with top health care employers in the area.”
In her new role, Bodiford will be building relationships with local and regional health care organizations, educational institutions, and business and civic leadership organizations. She will be responsible for recruiting students, overseeing participation in career fairs, and serve as the primary spokesperson and representative of Utica College’s nursing program in Florida.
Prior to joining Utica College, Bodiford served as the director of career services at ITT Technical Institute and as an employer liaison at Devry University. Her career in student advising and higher education business development spans over a decade.
The Utica College Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Nursing program is an accredited degree program designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. Students enrolled in the intensive program are full time, and complete their nursing degree in just four semesters (16 months). The curriculum is delivered both online and in a classroom setting, and all students participate in supervised clinical hours with real patients on site at top health care facilities in the region.
More than 15,000 nursing jobs went unfilled in the state in 2012, according to the Florida Center for Nursing, and the shortage is projected to continue to grow in the coming decade. Utica College’s nursing program will address this major workforce challenge by offering students an exceptionally high quality nursing education complete with clinical hours at area hospitals and medical facilities, and providing local health care employers with a valuable new source of top nursing talent.
Utica College is an independently accredited private college founded in 1946, located in Central New York. The College has a proud history of educating the nation’snurses, and its small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio provide an intimate educational experience tailored to the needs of each student. With its prestigious accelerated nursing program, students will be prepared to take advantage of numerous opportunities for exciting careers in hospital, clinic, private practice, or other health care facility settings here or throughout the United States.
The St. Petersburg accelerated nursing degree program is currently accepting applications for its Winter 2015 semester. The inaugural class begins on August 26. For more information on Utica College’s accelerated nursing program, visit acceleratednursing.utica.edu/florida or call 866-890-9340.
About the program– Utica College’s accelerated nursing program offers students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field the chance to finish nursing school in just 16 months. It balances online courses with hands-on clinical rotations throughout the Tampa Bay region. The simulation lab in St. Petersburg features the same medical technology used at hospitals and other healthcare settings. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It is alsoapproved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (provisional approval) & the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
About Utica College– Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 36 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 graduate, pre-professional and special programs. Utica College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.